The University Hackathon Challenge, organized by New Westminster Co Ltd and supported by the University of Information Technology (UIT), will see its second challenge kick off from August 18 to 20, tapping talent from 10 universities in Myanmar for revolutionary tech-related prototypes.
This year’s Hackathon aims to provide a better ground for participants based on the experience of Uni Hack Challenge I, and is expecting participation from about 150 students for the event to be held in Yangon.
“The Uni Hack Challenge I saw an enormous interest from students at seven universities in the space of engineering, IT and computer science and the strong support from the UIT. Through the Uni Hack Challenge II, we would like to fill the vital need in Myanmar, to help students get in touch with industry professionals,” said Thet Naing Soe, chief executive officer of New Westminster Co Ltd.
“We are looking to support with further incubation at the Uni Hack challenge II,” said Soe during an interaction with DEALSTREETASIA. He also leads 1shotCV.com and Kantgu social learning platforms.
This year’s Uni Hack Challenge II will offer participants mentoring opportunities from a network of 20 local and overseas professionals holding senior technology or management positions.
Last year’s Uni Hack challenge saw 100 university students forming teams of 30 competing for the first, second, third, and the people’s choice award. The first prize winner of last year’s Uni Hack went to Yay Kyi (Write Something in Myanmar), a crowd sourcing content creation platform.
New Webminster Co Ltd expects to hold such a challenge twice a year going forward.