PSI Pakistan in collaboration with National Incubation Center, Karachi are organizing the “Make Space Hackathon” – a 48 hour long online competition taking place online from the 6th to the 8th of August 2021.
The aim of the competition is to empower people with a passion for impact and change in creating solutions to make Family planning/Birth spacing more accessible to people in Pakistan.
Over 200 participants from all over Pakistan will be tasked with creating a solution for one of the four following Challenge Sets;
● Family Planning Awareness for Newlyweds
● Counseling and Accessibility
● Advocacy – Negative and Positive Advocates
● Male Engagement
The competition encouraged participants regardless of age or gender and to any and all sorts of solutions as long as they cater to the chosen challenge set. Whether it is creating an app, website, educational program, YouTube series, workshop or more, the underlining goal should be that the solution adequately addresses the given challenge sets. The top three winning teams will share a prize of Rs. 525,000. Details of the event at www.makespacepakistan.com
Ayesha Leghari, Country Director PSI Pakistan said: “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit us unexpectedly last year, it greatly increased the risks of unintended pregnancies. While the nation and our government were firefighting the pandemic, the health experts were also fearing for another crisis ahead and thus began the efforts to make reproductive health and birth spacing a part of essential service. PSI Pakistan along with its partner organizations, rolled up its sleeves to ensure that even during the strict lockdown the availability of contraceptives and family planning services could be ensured.
To ensure this, PSI Pakistan collaborated with NICK for the “Make Space Hackathon” to empower people with a passion for impact and change in creating solutions to improve Family planning uptake among people in Pakistan. shared – Ayesha Leghari Country Director, PSI Pakistan
The hackathon is a great opportunity for students, researchers and innovators to challenges them to come up with unique ideas and execute them in a demanding yet stimulating environment. Family planning/Birth spacing is a pertinent issue as it not just impacts the economy but the health of women and children.