Ghana’s Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, together with the World Bank will be holding the first ever Sanitation Hackathon in Ghana.

The national competition aims to see innovative ideas that employ digital technology approaches to solve sanitation challenges.

Among the challenges the Hackathon is targeting are littering and inadequate sanitation facilities.

Speaking to Citi News, Liquid Waste Programs Manager at the Sanitation Ministry, Henrietta Osei-Tutu said, “The objective of this Hackathon is to provide a good avenue for us harness and latch on to improve our gains and also leapfrog our progress towards improved sanitation.

“Sanitation in Ghana is lagging tremendously; both liquid waste and solid waste. Also access to toilets. So the Hackathon will help us address these issues in our homes, communities and the country as a whole.”

The 3-day event will be held on November 17 – November 19, 2018 at the World Bank Ghana Office.

Participants in the competition are to develop and pitch an innovative digital solution that can sustainably manage waste in Ghana.

Harold Esseku, a consultant for the World Bank, said, “Whatever the guys are going to do, it should be something that doesn’t require one million dollars from someone. But something simple and practical which can help change the unpalatable sanitation situation in Ghana.”

Participants will develop their ideas on Day 1 and Day 2, with Day 3 being used to pitch ideas for judging and an Award ceremony.

The winner of the competition will receive $5,000, and seed funding and technical support from the Ministry and the World Bank to implement their solution.

Registration for the event ends November 13, 2018.

By: ClaraDoku/