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Unilever to host a hackathon this weekend

SENEGALESE-BRITISH tech entrepreneur, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation & UNICEF Innovation Award Winning Goalkeeper 2017, Mariéme Jamme is to launch iamtheCODE, the first African-led global movement for STEAMD (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, Arts and Design) Education for girls and women at Unilever’s Offices in Port Sunlight.

Unilever and are joining forces to host a series of events related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The first of the hackathons across the UK will take place at Lever House in Port Sunlight this Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of June 2018.

To help address the STEAMED skills shortage in the most deprived communities in the UK, and to inspire the next generation of young women both organisations have invited girls and Unilever employees to ‘decode’ the Sustainable Development Goals.

Creating synergies between employees and young girls to decode the UN Sustainable Development Goals, not only inform but also educate.  The events are aligned with Unilever’s vision of a new way of doing business – one that delivers growth by serving society and the planet. Together both organisations aims to foster economic empowerment and inclusion through technology.

iamtheCODE is the first African-led global movement to mobilise government, private sector, civil society and philanthropic foundations to advance STEAMED Education.

Its goal is to mobilise multi-stakeholders to invest in future technologies that can drive sustainable opportunities and development for marginalised girls in society. It aims to enable 1 million women and girl coders by 2030 and give them the skills they will need in the future in order to find decent and good work.

A fundamental pillar of iamtheCODE’s work is the empowerment of women and girls across the world, a key target of SDG #5. iamtheCODE is a unique movement of direct action for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcomes for women and girls.

“At the end of the two days, amazing young girls will build innovative solutions related to the Sustainability Development Goals, get inspired, be included and have lots of fun,” says Mariéme Jamme, founder of iamtheCODE.

The iamtheCODE Hackathon will contain 4 tracks and challenges addressing Goal 4, Goal 5, Goal 14 and Goal 17 (Quality Education, Gender Equality, Life Below Water and Global Partnerships). The carefully selected tracks will give an opportunity to girls, employees, geeks, innovators, do-gooders, subject matters experts, with different skill sets ranging from coding, app building and data analysis to design solutions related to achievement of the SDGs.

Over 60 young girls will be invited to be bold and ambitious and put the SDGs into real action, and Unilever will work with iamtheCODE in its capacity as a leader in consumer goods to bring together creative minds, mentors, and speakers.

The Hackathon will act as a kickstarter to partner with Unilever, recruit young women into iamtheCODE Digital Clubs in more communities, and ensure greater inclusivity by aiming for 60% by women and girls at the event.

The best ideas from the girls will be developed and supported through local incubation programmes, mentoring and further co-creation of activities with partners in the United Kingdom and Africa. Prizes include computer kits and tee-shirts.

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