A Joint initiative by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, the National Youth Services Council and the United Nations Development Programme.The National Youth Software Competition follows the Government's vision of creating a digitally empowered nation. Building on UNDP's expertise of youth and innovation for development, the programme will be a scale up of UNDP's social Innovation Hackathon - HackaDev
The process will be an activation of young people all around the country as part of a larger initiative to strengthen the national institution on youth for better and innovative public service delivery. This is the platform for any young person with an innovative tech based solution to a development challenge that their community, or the country at large is facing. The National Youth Software Competition will engage participants from all around the country. Following a public call for applications, 45 innovative teams in total will be selected to participate at 3 clustered provincial 'HackaDev's. First in Badulla, the second in Matara, and the third in Jaffna.
At the competition teams will ideate to develop a prototype solution that they proposed through their submission. 3 teams each, a total of 9 will be selected as winners, and will qualify to a national incubation programme in Colombo. At the incubation programme, the teams will be mentored and guided by global and local social innovation expertise, to further develop their prototypes towards full implementation. Further adding to the sustainability of the programme, all 9 winning ideas will be provided with seed funding for further development.
Participants are required to arrive on the date prior to the competition. Accommodation and meals will be provided.