The PSI Pakistan in collaboration with National Incubation Center, Karachi organized the “Make Space Hackathon” – a 48-hour long online competition. The competition began at 6:00pm PKT on Friday, August 6 2021, and adjourned at 6:00pm PKT on Sunday, August 8 2021.
The aim of the competition was to empower people with a passion for impact and change in creating solutions to make Family Planning / Birth Spacing more accessible to people in Pakistan.
More than 200 applications were received from all over Pakistan, out of which 45 teams were shortlisted to pitch their solution on one of the four following Challenge Sets: Family Planning Awareness for Newlyweds, Counseling and Accessibility, Advocacy – Negative and Positive Advocates, Male Engagement.
After the initial idea pitching phase, 14 teams have been taken forward to the final assessment on the solution of the problem set.
The top four winning teams selected by a panel of independent judges have been awarded a seed grant of PKR. 525,000/. The four winning teams are: Bridge the Gap – PKR 300,000/, Baithak – PKR 150,000/, Expert Outreach PKR 75,000/, Team Spirit PKR 50,000/ respectively.
The first position holder team Bridge The Gap’s idea is to launch an authentic, free, and user-friendly mobile application that consists of information on contraceptive methods for both men and women, geo-fencing of free clinics pinned in clinics section, tele-health phone numbers incorporation, and a manual on Life Skills Based Education.