Ooredoo Myanmar and United Nations Development Program launched the “Innovative Hub – Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals” (Innovation Hub) on 2020, February 6.
Strategically located at the Ooredoo Headquarters in Yangon, Innovation Hub provides aspiring young entrepreneurs with a dedicated facility, technical support, and networks to help them develop and market their products and services that can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through digital innovation in Myanmar. Photo Source By Myanmar Tech Press
The inauguration of the Innovation Hub is a significant milestone underpinned by a commitment of the Ooredoo-UNDP partnership to support the efforts of the government, private sector, and civil society and development partners on accelerating SDG achievement in Myanmar.
The partnership has successfully undertaken a number of unique and productive initiatives with a focus on aspiring youth and women in Myanmar including two editions of the Hackathon since 2018. The hackathon platform has provided Myanmar’s youth with an inclusive innovation platform to present their mobile app prototypes and business ideas while cultivating young entrepreneurs through financial and technical support which has been awarded to the winning participants. Photo Source By Myanmar Tech Press
The Innovation Hub grants free and regular access to all startups and to-be-startups selected through the Ooredoo-UNDP Hackathon series. Learning advanced ICT skills and business models through specialized training programs and networking opportunities, the Hub members explore their own ways to contribute to the SDGs and respond to development challenges in areas including climate change, education, rural development, and women’s empowerment.
“Innovation happens when we successfully integrate viewpoints – and that integration benefits us, not in my way, not in your way, but in a unique, inclusive way unfettered by existing frameworks. I am confident that the Innovation Hub will empower Myanmar’s youth not only with technical facilities but also with a truly stimulating learning environment for integration by combining different sectors and encouraging female and youth leadership. I believe this space can play a vital role in achieving the SDGs in Myanmar, and I look forward to seeing the launch of products and services later this year,” said Mr. Gordon Johnson, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Photo Source By Myanmar Tech Press
The Hackathon is a special initiative of Ooredoo Myanmar and UNDP Myanmar to promotes and scale-up digital innovation and entrepreneurship the youth in Myanmar.