Tiphub’s Global Hackathon To Celebrate Black History Month

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Written by Makula Dunbar

Washington, D.C.-based accelerator tibhub will kick off its Diaspora Day of Civic Hacking to take place in D.C., Atlanta, Oakland, Accra, Lagos and Nairobi on February 7th.

The event — which will be hosted by HubAccra in Ghana, Wennovation Hub in Nigeria, ILab Strathmore University in Kenya, Georgia Tech University in Atlanta and Impact hub in both Oakland and D.C. — will honor Black History Month and highlight social issues relevant to the African diaspora.

Paralleling with tiphub’s approach to supporting ideas and startups, the Diaspora Day of Civic Hacking is about a supportive community and mentorship just as much as it is about technology.

“The globalization of technology has enabled us to intermingle new notions with traditional structures for real-world impact,” Amanda Spann, tiphub marketing director said in a press release.

Both tech and community leaders will be present at each hub on the day of the event. Aside from hearing speakers, participants will engage in digital developmental planning while creating hacks that address challenges faced by global African diaspora communities.

“Tiphub is delighted to spark a trans-atlantic conversation and facilitate the transmission of ground-breaking ideas through cross-continent collaboration,” Spann added.

A number of organizational partners including The Dream Defenders, The United Negro College Fund, The Peace Corps, The Asante Africa Foundation and BudgIT are helping to run the hackathons.

Last year, tiphub hosted a pitch event titled Diaspora Demo Day which brought together entrepreneurs, investors and tech stakeholders from around the globe. The upcoming Diaspora Day of Civic Hacking is a follow-up and an extension of tiphub’s efforts to reach international African communities despite being located in the U.S. capital.

“In D.C. we’re kind of spoiled as far as our mentor pool and finding and working with people who have interest and knowledge about a multitude of countries in Africa,” tiphub co-founder Chinedu Enekwe told AFKInsider at Impact Hub last summer. “The overall vision for TipHub is to be the catalyst that supports the African startup and technology ecosystem.”