From November 22 to 25, 2022, the Ministry of Education (India), the Ministry of External Affairs (India), and UNESCO jointly organised the UNESCO-India-Africa Hackathon 2022 at Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Geetanshu Dawar, Professor, Dental College & Research Center, and Convener-IIC, Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU), participated in this remarkable event as an Evaluator.
The UIA Hackathon provided the ideal platform for young innovators to come together and find solutions for the social, environmental, healthcare, and technical issues faced by the collaborating countries and brought them together to solve problems for the betterment of humankind. The subject of this hackathon was LIFE, which was divided into 5 sub-themes: Education, Energy, Agriculture, Drinking Water & Sanitation, and Health & Hygiene. A total of 603 students with 150+ evaluators and mentors participated from more than 20 nations.
Talking about the great success of this event, Dr. Geetanshu Dawar, conveyed that this was a great opportunity for students and professionals to interact and learn about each other’s culture and enchantment of technical skills. She said that each squad was made up of three to four African students and two to three Indian students with a mentor appointed to them. They all collaborated in a delightful manner, overcoming obstacles of language, and culture to work toward a shared goal of leveraging technology to address global issues and advance mankind. To see all of this in motion during this major event was truly amazing.
At the annual UNESCO India-Africa Hackathon, students, educators, instructors, and researchers from India and its African partners all come together to hack specialized solutions within a non-stop 36-hour window. The event was graced by eminent personalities including Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Vice President of India, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education & Skill Development Minister; Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh; Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh; Shri Firmin Edouard Matoko, Asst. Director General (PAX), UNESCO along with ministers of the 13 African Countries.
Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU) is accredited with the prestigious ‘A’ Grade by NAAC and is a remarkable place for world-class education. The university offers more than 150 career-oriented programmes at various levels, with each programme emphasising in-depth learning and the development of practical skills. TMU has become one of the most prominent learning institutions in northern India and strives to be one of the top private universities in the world. To learn more, please visit, www.tmu.ac.in.