Why don’t we ask tech-savvy youth how they would use technology to improve the solid waste management system in Libya?
At the end of January 2020, we launched a Hackathon in Libya. The competition aimed at opening the doors to young Libyans to think about new ideas for services related to solid waste management.
Being only the second time that such an event has been organised in Libya, the Lab team was extremely excited. Our expectations on the competition’s result were very moderate since we possessed zero experience of hackathons. Nevertheless, we relied on the smart young people to create interesting solutions for SWM. Around 106 young people applied for the innovation challenge, and almost 26 were selected to join the competition.
For 24 hours, they presented their ideas on technical devices that could be used to segregate waste.
Our government partners were passionate and eager to participate in the event. A lot of people attended the first day of the Hackathon, including representatives from the Municipality of Tripoli Centre, Janzour Municipality, and Maya Municipality, as well as prominent local organizations such as Zero Waste Libya (NGO) and O2 (NGO).The bell rang to begin the completion, and many of the participants decided to spend the night at the Co-working centre (Nuqta Coworking Space), where the competition was held. Others preferred to leave and continue working in their own space.
How was the day of the 24-hours for the candidates look like?
Well, it was exhausting, but, notably, there was much enthusiasm. Working as teams, with little chats from time to time with the Lab team and the NGOs members who explained the challenges the country is facing to tackle the waste issue.