The Garage 48 Design Hackathon

Leading startup ecosystem kicked off a 4-day design hackathon where young entrepreneurs could gain practical skills on user experience(UX) and user design(UI).

The design hackathon was put in place by Pangea Accelerator and Garage48 with support from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation Fund and hosted by iBiz Africa at Strathmore University.

In a bid to jumpstart the global economy, the design hackathon was started as a new, creative approach to deal with the challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic. The hackathon was a part of the EU: Africa They Journey 2021 edition, an African-European online hackathon program, intending to bring together hot digital heads from both continents and kick off new businesses that could contribute to the wellbeing and digitalization of both continents

During the sessions, participants learned the fundamentals of design, user experience, branding, design and prototyping tools. In addition, they had brainstorming sessions and had practical activities that birthed smart, innovative solutions to various societal challenges.

A visit by the President of Estonia, her Excellency Kersti Kaljulaid, was the highlight of the hackathon. She commended the young entrepreneurs for taking the initiative to come up with innovative solutions to better the world. Estonia is one of the world’s most advanced digital societies, it is the first country in the world to have online voting in 2005. The hackathon was funded by the Estonian Development Cooperation that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs, helping them come up with innovative solutions to solve socio-economic problems.

“During the hackathon, I gained useful insights from the facilitators who have vast experience in the field of design. The way I think through designs also changed thanks to discussions with my team.” – Valerie Githio, a delegate at the hackathon.

Furthermore, top teams that will come out of the design hackathon will get a straight pass to the EU: Africa They Journey online hackathon. The winning teams will get a 100,000€ prize fund, develop their prototypes further in the follow up of the program of the hackathon and implement their world-changing ideas in real life. 

About Garage 48

Garage48 hackathon series was initiated to boost a local startup scene by bringing the Silicon Valley attitude to Eastern Europe as well as to other developing markets.

More than 10 years later, after 190 hackathons organized in 43 different cities and 26 countries all across the globe, more than 1500 ideas pitched and nearly 800 prototypes built, the goal has remained the same- to enrich the startup ecosystems all across the globe from a grassroots level to bring the utmost impact to the startup world on a lean budget in a limited amount of time. Learn more about Garage 48 here

About Pangea Accelerator

Pangea Accelerator is a Norwegian accelerator and an investment platform operating in East Africa that matches African startups with investors, foundations and development agencies to reach a global scale. Learn more about Pangea Accelerator here.

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