BRAC organized its first hackathon or programming contest, aptly named BRACathon, on December 4, 2015. BRAC is the world’s largest NGO, whose mission is to eradicate poverty and create social awareness, with a strong focus on empowering under-privileged women and children. BRACathon is one of several initiatives that BRAC has planned in the coming years in an effort to create social change through technology.
The contest was open to all university students and faculty members, as well as private IT startups. 27 teams made the cut for the final event out of 160 applicants, including teams from IUB, NSU, BUET and even a couple of private startups. These teams were presented with 11 problem categories to choose from, such as ‘Tuberculosis Prevention’, ‘Parental Care’, ‘Fleet Management’, to name a few.Contestants were given 36 hours to prepare their solutions and give a presentation in front of a jury made up of representatives from BRAC, BRAC University, BUET, DFID and the Australian High Commission. As stated on the official contest page, “Winners of BRACathon will not only get funding commitment from BRAC to help them develop their apps but may also get the opportunity to participate in FBstart, a programme from Facebook which help mobile startups succeed by providing an exclusive community, worldwide events, mentorship opportunities, and up to USD 80,000 in free tools and services specific to social good developers. Additional benefits specific to mobile game developers include mentorship opportunities with the Games team at Facebook.”
“Reboot”, a team consisting exclusively of IUB undergraduate students, emerged as winners in their chosen category of “Tuberculosis Prevention”. They developed a mobile game app where the user learns about the disease, signs, symptoms, prevention methods, proper medical treatment and progresses through the levels by applying this knowledge. This is a fun and interactive way of spreading awareness about lethal diseases and educating the public. The team plans to extend the concept by creating similar game oriented apps for other diseases and social causes.
A hearty congratulations goes out to the members of “Reboot” -Md.Rezual Hasan Evan, TowsifZahin Khan, Juned Ahmed Chowdhury, Md. Rakib Khan and JisanHaider. Their success once again highlights the strength and depth of the Computer Science department at IUB, following the lofty achievements of another IUB team in the “NASA Space App Challenge” earlier this year. For more information about the BRACathon event and the various winners, please visit the official webpage from the link below:
The students were taught by game development instructors here at IUB at the CCSE LAB.