Jordan Energy Hackathon 2020 kicks off

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman along with its partners Zain, Innovation Norway, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Jordan Entreprene…

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman along with its partners Zain, Innovation Norway, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Jordan Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association (JEIA), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) are launching a hackathon which will take place between 20-29 February, 2020, at the Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC), and Techworks in Amman.

The hackathon connects a multitude of actors in solving humanitarian and development challenges within the energy sector.

The "Jordan Energy Hackathon 2020" will bring together youth, start-ups, organizations and refugees to find innovative solutions.

At the ZINC facilities and the Fabrication Labs in the King Hussein Business Park, teams made up of youth, start-ups, refugees, tech enthusiasts, organizations and participants from a wide range of backgrounds will receive direct mentorship from leading experts and professionals in a variety of fields, including climate, environment, energy and business throughout the 10-day hackathon.

The hackathon aims at addressing how households can become more energy efficient and reduce their electricity consumption, apply innovative approaches to monitor and control electricity consumption and will also look for new ways in which refugees in Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps could have equitable access to electricity.

Commenting on the hackathon, Norwegian Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq, Tone Allers, said: "Collaboration on innovation between different actors - including humanitarian and development actors, private enterprises and entrepreneurs, is essential if we are to maximize the potential for generating innovative ideas and learning across sectors. This hackathon is a perfect example of what we can achieve when we combine expertise from different sectors to address global challenges."

SOURCE: JORDEN NEWS AGENCY