2nd SDG contest held in city

Staff Correspondent

19 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The second edition of computer programming contest on sustainable development goals held in the capital to encourage young problem solvers to come up with innovative solutions.

Mobile phone operator Banglalink organised the event titled Code for a Cause, an initiative aimed at SDG challenges, where computer programmers participated in round-the-clock solution hacking event, said a news release on Tuesday.

Banglalink Chief Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Officer Taimur Rahman, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Muniruzzaman Sheikh and other hi-ups were present in the prize giving ceremony at operator’s headquarters in capital’s Gulshan recently.

Officials informed that the candidates participated in SDG Hackathon through online submissions while a total of 25 teams, consisting of 3 members each, were selected based on the merits of their ideas.

Participants were invited to the hackathon to devise and pitch digital ideas on solving SDG problems related to decent work, quality education, climate action and gender equality.

Team Quirkybits, Team BeNotX and Team Arial Xwere announced as the top three teams for presenting their innovative digital ideas on chatbot-based legal services for women, digital learning for kids and drone-based planting systems, respectively.

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Taimur Rahman the company is delighted to organise the second edition of this programme, which was launched with a view to giving young problems solvers an opportunity to solve crucial socio-economic problems digitally focusing on a few SDG goals.

“We will strive to empower such promising Bangladeshi youngsters as we believe that their fresh ideas can contribute significantly to our endeavour to drive socio-economic progress through digital initiatives”. He also mentioned the innovative digital ideas devised by the participants at the hackathon reflect their new approaches to addressing those problems.

The inaugural edition of Banglalink SDG Hackathon also received overwhelming responses from participants last year.