The Kesho Yetu (Our tomorrow) Climate Hack is a part of UNA Tanzania Mazingira Yetu, Kesho Yetu (Our Environment, Our Future) program designed to inspire youth to take action towards climate resilience by taking care of their environment, through positive changing of mindsets, awareness on social and mass media, planting trees, beach clean-up, recycling and supporting youth led innovation towards climate resilience. The hackathon is a two rounds challenge created for young climate innovators aged between 18-25 years to create innovative climate smart solutions for climate resilience. The main objective of the hackathon is to increase youth agency in climate resilience through taking action and supporting youth led climate innovation.
UNA Tanzania and UNA Finland organized the first round of the Kesho Yetu Climate Hack. The hackathon was done parallel ( hybrid format) with youth in Finland and in Tanzania at UNA Tanzania Offices on September 23rd -25th, 2022. In Tanzania 56 Teams making a total of 168 people registered for the hackathon. Out of 56, 6 teams making a total of 19 people (12 female and 7 male) from Tanzania and 3 teams making a total of 9 people from Finland who had innovative solutions were selected for the hackathon. For 3 days, young people in Tanzania and Finland were given the opportunity to be key players in addressing and developing innovative climate smart solutions that mitigate disaster risk and reinforce climate resilience in Tanzania on three areas; early warning system, food security, and youth mobilization in Tanzania.
The hackathon brought together young climate innovators, mentors, and an expert from Tanzania Meteorological Authority for deep consultations. The teams from both countries engaged in mentoring sessions as well as peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing in order to co-create real life innovative solutions to enhance climate resilience. On the final day, the teams presented their final ideas to a panel of experts who selected one best team from Tanzania and one from Finland. In Finland, the best team adopted an ambitious agroforestry approach to tackle several climate issues with one multifaceted solution. The team obtained an opportunity to visit The Finnish Meteorological Institute to discuss their operations and potential trainee programs. The best team from Tanzania, alongside other two teams obtained an opportunity to proceed in the second round of The Kesho Yetu Climate Hack.
The second round will be conducted in November 2022. It will engage top 3 best teams from Tanzania which will enter a boot camp and get a chance to be mentored by experts in human centered design thinking, innovation, pitching, climate entrepreneurship as well as a deepened understanding of climate change and finesse their innovative ideas into practical solutions.
Meet the interventions of the best three teams from Tanzania;
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Created a prototype that will help to predict information on climate hazards and inform people to take precautions. The system works as part of providing solution for challenges in early warning sysytem
Team members from left; Francis Ephraim Mwasyoka, Baraka Solomon Kimaro and Abraham William Mbuli
Created a method that will connect experts and marginalized communities to extend their expertise and experience on climate change and agriculture in ensuring food security.
Team members from left; Happy Malunde, Careen Mbati, Julieth Sewava and Sarah Robert Mrosso
Created an efficient and cost effective Early Warning Device ( EWD) that will help disseminate early warning information to vulnerable communities.
Team members from left; Doreen Machumu, Ebenezer Mathew and Theresina P. Tety