In less than a year, the Zika virus has become an international public health emergency, spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean and into the US. In order to combat the spread of Zika and its effects (particularly its effect on pregnant women and related birth defects), the global health community is seeking innovative technologies and new approaches to address this … [Read more...] about Hackathon yields new solutions to combat Zika
By definition, a hackathon is a meeting of programmers whose objective is to provide a solution, in a short period of time, to a problem or challenge that involves software programming. In practice, they are knowledge exchange events between various individuals (not just programmers) that work together to generate solutions in response to a given challenge.
This tag brings together all the articles in Abierto al Público about hackathons, including calls and contests taking place at the IDB and/or in Latin-American and Caribbean countries, results monitoring, and other relevant information. Now that you are here, please take a look at the publication "Know How Now", which shares information on how to organize a hackathon.
As mentioned in an earlier blogpost, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently hosted a first-of-its-kind Open Data Hackathon, focusing on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event attracted over 100 participants from approximately 50 organizations worldwide. Participants across four different cities formed teams … [Read more...] about 8 projects from the USAID Hackathon that help understand crime in Latin America and the Caribbean
Crime and violence are two ongoing problems in Latin America and the Caribbean that affect millions of people. Central America, in particular Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, have the highest murder rates and the countries are considered the most crime-ridden and violent region in the world. Since 2008, Congress has appropriated an estimated $803.6 million for Central … [Read more...] about How Open Data can help fight crime in Latin America