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Haiti - Technology : Winners of the 1st Edition of «Haiti HackFest»
The Group "Code9 Haiti" consisting of students from the "École Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti" (ESIH), is the winner of this competition. Realizing after 48 hours of coding, a digital platform "LekolPam" for the complete management of primary schools (teachers Management, programs and courses).
The second winner is the group "Thinkers" who achieved a web application linked to an Android app optimizing existing medical services, particularly for children and pregnant women.
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The winners of "Code9 Haiti" have earned a trip to Seattle to present their project to the "Hack the Central District Cultural Innovation Conference 2016" one laptop for each team member and 1 year free internet connection. While the winners of the Thinkers group received Surtab tablets.
Speaking at the end of the competition at the awards ceremony, Jean Marie Altema, General Director of the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) stated "[...] I was excited and fascinated by the commitment and passion of these young people who struggle day and night to realize this dream. Dear participants now you are arrived after a challenge delivered against time to produce an IT solution to significant problems for the country
[...] Haiti today matures to accept the advent of digital technology in all spheres of activity. The youth of this country should set the tone [...] Today, 1.4 million of our compatriots young and old have access to the Internet. In 2000, Haiti accounted for only 20,000. More than half of the population has access to a cell phone and about 1 million to a smartphone [...] nearly 10,000 kilometers of optical fiber are installed through our cities [...]"
However, as already h pointed out on May 17 "while the Information and Communication Technology plays an important role in the economic and social development in the countries where these tools and technologies are available, it is not not the case in Haiti where the situation has not improved," Jean Marie Altema in the same line affirmed Sunday "[...] It is not normal that with all the technological infrastructure already available, the economic and social situation is also difficult! We need a paradigm shift. We must get out of the consumer camp to join the producers! ICT is and will be the foundation of any new solutions. "