Facebook and Youth Ki Awaaz to hold Digital Masala Challenge in Guwahati for the first time
On the 14th and 15th of October, a 2-day Hackathon called ‘Digital Masala Challenge’ will be held in Guwahati for the first time.
The Digital Masala Challenge is a creative competition sponsored by Facebook where five teams will compete to produce a tech or non-tech solution to counter violent extremism, and reconnect communities. The solution could be in the form of an app, a bot, a social media campaign, or anything else - which can effectively counter violent extremism and its impact can be measured.
The winner of the Hackathon stands to receive a reward of INR 3.25 lakh to develop the idea with mentoring and support from Facebook and Youth Ki Awaaz to execute it smoothly.
The Hackathon will be held at the Royal De Casa hotel. The participating teams first need to submit their idea through the Facebook pages of Digital Masala Challenge or Youth Ki Awaaz’s website. Teams would then be shortlisted from these entries and will be invited to present their ideas. The last date of submission of entries is 11th October 2017 midnight.
During the final round, each team will have 48 hours to envision a concept. It could be a mobile app, a social media campaign, or anything else. Teams will pitch their pilots to a panel of judges and a live audience. The winning team will receive $5000 (around INR 3.25 Lakh) to support their idea.
Kavitha KK, Public Policy Manager, Facebook, India, South Asia and Central Asia and Anshul Tewari Founder, Youth Ki Awaaz will be present at the event.