Moonshot Challenge Hackathon

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Mettā Nairobi

14 Riverside Drive

#Suite 6A

Nairobi, Nairobi County

Kenya

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A hackathon aimed at generating innovative solutions that support a green circular economy among smallholder farms in Lake Naivasha Basin

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WWF Kenya in partnership with Mettā Nairobi introduces the Regional Moonshot Challenge Hackathon aimed at generating innovative solutions that support a green local circular economy among smallholder farms in the Lake Naivasha Basin.

The 2-day hackathon will be held on 7th and 8th November from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on both days at Mettā Nairobi.

Introduction

The Lake Naivasha Basin is a critical ecosystem identified by the Government and WWF Kenya as a priority landscape area essential to the country's economy. The Lake Naivasha Basin is a threatened ecosystem due to unsustainable agricultural practices driven by current market and knowledge limitations as a key driver of local ecosystem degradation.

Design Challenge Statement

How Might We create high impact, cost-effective innovative solution(s) that address unsustainable agriculture among smallholder farmers and facilitate a green/local/circular economy in the Lake Naivasha Basin Landscape?

Panda Labs Moonshot Challenge

A ‘moonshot solution’ is a visionary solution to an urgent and pressing problem. As the scale of global environmental and social challenges continues to increase, innovative solutions provide opportunities for new, scalable solutions.

The Panda Labs Moonshot Challenge seeks to empower communities as local environmental stewards and protectors of nature through innovative solutions.

WWF Panda Labs is calling on interested individuals, techies, start-ups, government officials and corporate businesses, to partner with us to co-create innovative human-centered solutions with local communities, in order to ensure the security of the Lake Naivasha Basin Landscape.

Potential Solutions

  • Tools that raise awareness among smallholder farmers and consumers in the Lake Naivasha Basin Landscape, by providing access to information about:
  • How to produce green i.e.: How to engage in sustainable agricultural practices.
  • The importance of producing + buying ‘’green’.’
  • Tools or interventions that promote market linkages, locations to sell, align pricing structures, provide information facilitating buying/selling “green”, access to capital.
  • Tools or interventions that improve access to financial opportunities for farmers or those engaged in sustainable production and consumption.

Communities and Conservation

Around the world, local communities in developing and emerging economies are at the front line of natural resource conservation. These communities are the gatekeepers of our most precious landscapes. Many directly derive their livelihoods from their natural environment and are tasked with protecting the natural resources they depend on for centuries.

WWF Kenya lays great emphasis on acknowledging that conservation of the environment cannot be successful without ensuring the successful livelihoods of these communities. The Lake Naivasha Basin is a critical ecosystem identified by the Government and WWF Kenya as a priority landscape area essential to the country's economy. The Lake Naivasha Basin is a threatened ecosystem due to unsustainable agricultural practices driven by the current market and knowledge limitations as a key driver of local ecosystem degradation.

Who Should Apply

1. Startups looking for co-creation, integration and funding opportunities and working towards a solution within the realm of the problem statement.

2. Innovators and techies across agriculture, fintech, energy, IoT, and other sectors along the agricultural supply chain with a working solution, prototype, ideas on potential solutions for the design challenge.

3. Corporate businesses and angel investors looking for co-creation partners.

Why Participate:

  • Have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions that would receive support from WWF Panda Labs to be developed, expanded, scaled and replicated.
  • Access to Nakuru Farmers Call Centre which has a database of over 50,000 farmers that can serve as potential users of the technology for the finalists.
  • Co-creation and funding opportunity with WWF-Kenya Panda Labs and other partners.

The hackathon will be facilitated by Peter Ngunyi and Maurice Otieno.

Please note:

1.Non-developers are welcome to apply as well.

2. Each hacker team will consist of 5-6 individuals with diverse skill sets.

3. Solo hackers or individuals are also encouraged to apply and will have the opportunity to meet people during the team-building session on 7th November- the first day of the event.

4. Applications from across Kenya are accepted. However, selected participants have to facilitate their own means.

5. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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Mettā Nairobi

14 Riverside Drive

#Suite 6A

Nairobi, Nairobi County

Kenya

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