UNESCO and Microsoft partner for peace with women’s SE Asia Shared Histories ‘hackathon’

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Women web/mobile developers are invited to join the “UNESCO-Microsoft Women’s Hackathon for a Culture of Peace”, with the creators of the winning app to receive a trophy in the name of Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The hackathon is an initiative of UNESCO Bangkok, Microsoft (Thailand) and the Social Technology Institute, which builds on UNESCO Bangkok’s “Promoting Intercultural Dialogue and a Culture of Peace in South-East Asia through Shared Histories” project.

Hackathon participants will create apps using lessons from the innovative teaching and learning materials that have been developed under the programme and that respond to the question: “How can we enjoy a culture of peace and come to understand history as a source of harmony based on shared histories rather than conflict?”

The three top teams at the conclusion of the semi-final round will be awarded 20,000 baht to develop a full version of their application. The team that wins first prize will receive a trophy in the name of HRH Princess Sirindhorn and be invited to present their work at a symposium in October on the Shared Histories initiative.

The hackathon encourages Thai women’s involvement in line with UNESCO’s wider efforts to promote girls’ and women’s participation in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.