Kenya Hack

On Friday 5th February we held the first of our #YouthPowerHacks.

65 young people from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda gathered online for five hours to hack solutions to the Global Goals around gender equality and access to education.

Illustration by More Than Minutes

What inspired me most today was the passion that I see in young people, to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Kenya Youth Power Hack participant
Participants at the hack.

In a poll at the event:

% of participants said progress towards the Global Goals is too slow
% said young people have the answers to make the Global Goals a reality

Participants followed the design thinking method, first exploring insights from their peers into barriers to education and threats to gender equality, before developing and refining ideas, and agreeing one to take forward. They will now test and adapt their ideas to move them from concept to reality.

Pepa performs her poetry for the participants at the Kenya Youth Power Hack.

I’m inspired by the many youth committed and passionate to use their creativity, talent, skills and insights to transform the world.

Kenya Youth Power Hack participant.

Participants were also joined by motivational speaker Nhial Deng, who spoke about his experiences living in Kakuma Refugee Camp and his passion Youth Power and for the Global Goals. The event finished with a performance by poet Pepa, who had written a piece for the youth hack event.

Nhial Deng tells his inspirational story to the participants at the Kenya Youth Power Hacks.

The power is YOU. Use it to make a difference in your community.

Nhial Deng, inspirational speaker at the Kenya Youth Power Hack

Featured ideas

Educycle is turning Trash into Treasure in Kenya to equip the African child with the strongest weapon, a book.

A child without quality education is like a bird without wings.

Patricia, Educycle Team

In Kenya 30% of women experience SGBV and 18% aged 15-19 are mothers or expecting their first children. Elimu Kwanza aims to change this, through empowerment and sexual reproductive health.

I am keen to ensure that the future of every girl is secure.

Beryl, Elimu Kwanza team

In the coming weeks and months we will be sharing more about the ideas developed at the hack as the process continues. Follow us to stay up to date.

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