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The Global Alliance for YOUth, in partnership with Nestlé, HCLTech, Microsoft and Publicis, has opened today the registration for its first hackathon, Code4YOUth. Powered by the global technology company HCLTech, the hackathon aims to promote digital inclusion, spark creativity, and support young people develop digital skills.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are currently 70 million young people unemployed around the world, and that number is still rising. "Young people are a source of inspiration and creativity. In a context of a digital revolution, it only makes sense to invite future generations to help us drive the development of innovative and inclusive solutions to achieve an equitable access to digital devices and the internet," said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé's CEO Zone Latin America and Chair of The Global Alliance for YOUth.

All hackathon participants will meet virtually and work collaboratively on solutions according to four different challenge tracks:

  • Digital Inclusivity, or giving people more access to the internet and digital devices as well as opportunities to develop the skills to use them.
  • Skilling for Success, or identifying ways to make relevant digital learning experiences available for anyone.
  • Mental Health, or creating digital tools and services to support people's well-being including to prevent the negative effects of exposure to digital platforms.
  • Digital accessibility, or designing products, services, vehicles, and buildings (environments) that can be used by people with disabilities.

Participants will have a total of six weeks to develop a prototype and submit it to the jury panel. During the hackathon they will benefit from trainings and expert mentors from prominent universities, leading companies and start-ups, and international organizations, including IMD, the University of St. Gallen, Cambridge University, World Bank, Resilyou consultancy and NielsenIQ.

Winners will get the chance to share their ideas with top industry leaders, get the opportunity to go the annual technology conference Vivatech and to receive financial rewards from a prize pool of USD 25,000.

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