Amadeus East Africa partners with AkiraChix in CodeFest 2016 hackathon

Shaping the future of travel is not just about Amadeus East Africa’s  technological leaps, it’s about coming together as a community, getting involved and driving sustainable social enhancement. This July, Amadeus came together in support of AkiraChix CodeFest 2016 themed; “Building Solutions that foster Citizen Engagement in matters Governance and Security”

AkiraChix has been at the forefront of community driven events that are focused on bringing together women technology enthusiasts interested in developing innovative hardware and software solutions, have fun, and build out the future of technology.

(TOP: AkiraChix Hackathon winners teams – Pretty Tight Security and Kura Elimu – pose for a photo with their dummy cheques).

In its third all female CodeFest, a hackathon held on July 15 – 16, participants were to come up with solutions that foster citizen engagements on current critical issues such as; food security, cyber security, freedom of speech, civil education, and voter engagement. Each presentation was timed to last 7 minutes with 3 additional minutes for questions from the judges and the audience.

Pertinent areas explored included;

  • What role can technology play in remedying or curbing criminal activity or its deadly consequences in Kenya?
  • Is there an opportunity for technology to bridge this gap and curb food shortages facing certain communities?
  • What role can technology play in preventing cyber-attacks? How can citizens better protect themselves?
  • How can we use technology to increase understanding of citizens’ rights, their political systems and the candidates they are to choose from?

The winning team was “Pretty Tight Security” who dealt with the question of how technology can prevent cyber-attacks and how citizens can better protect themselves.

The runner up team was “Kura Elimu” who dealt with the question of using technology to increase citizens’ understanding of political systems and the voting process especially with the upcoming elections in 2017.

With the support of Amadeus, both teams were awarded with cash prizes of Kshs 100,000 and Kshs 50,000 respectively. Akirachix and the panel of judges will provide support and guidance to the winning teams and ensure that their apps are up and running to be actively deployed throughout the country.

AkiraChix mission is to provide training, mentorship and outreach programs to increase the number of skilled women in technology and positively impact the community. Judith Owigar, Operations Director at AkiraChix said, “By organizing and hosting an all-female hackathon we are nurturing innovators by providing a safe space where they can experiment, fail and learn. In so doing we are not only increasing their skill level but also their self confidence in creating complex technologies that have a great impact on humanity.”

Amadeus actively supports empowering women in technology. Juan Torres, GM, Amadeus East African noted; “In today’s complex business environment, diversity and inclusion are the new competitive drivers for corporations. The reality is that today’s problems can’t be solved by one group of people alone because the problems are far too multifaceted. We saw it fit to partner with AkiraChix which is in line with our objective to support talent development in technology among both men and women for a more inclusive society.”

Amadeus is a provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies). In 2003, Amadeus opened operations in East Africa with commercial organization in Kenya. Amadeus now have offices in Uganda and Tanzania. The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, across central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well as 71 local Amadeus Commercial Organizations globally. The group operates a transaction-based business model.


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