Alliance 8.7 in action: driving innovation to address child labour in Kyrgyzstan

On March 23-25, 2018 the Central Asian Coalition on Promotion of the Rights of Women and Children and the “League on protection of Children Rights” Public Fund organized here the Central Asian Hackathon “Generation Z: wellbeing of children” in Bishkek.

News | 26 March 2018
The event was undertaken in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Neobis IT company, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) , American University in Central Asia, public and business companies and with the support of UNICEF and the Embassy of the Netherlands.

The Central Asian Hackfest brought together 18 teams of IT specialists – computer programmers and others involved in software development to collaborate intensively within 48 hours with mentors and create usable and innovative software in addressing child related issues.

The winner of the first place was the IT Team "New World" that formulated suggestions to improve communication and adaptation of children with autizm.

The third place was taken by the IT Team "X-plain" for a 3D game for kids on traffic rules.

The second place and the prize of USD 1,500 was awarded to the IT team “Testovoe nazvanie” (Testing title) for an innovative mobile application that would facilitate the operations of the government entities in applying child labour monitoring mechanisms such as identification of child labourers, their referral to social services and further tracking.  ILO has provided general guidance and mentoring to the Team to ensure the conformity of the software to the operational mechanisms of the national child protection system in Kyrgyzstan.

The application was also recognized by the State Committee on Information Technologies and Communication as deserving  further support by the Committee in the framework of the national programme of digital transformation “Taza Koom” (Smart Society).

The ILO is  also planning to support the elaboration and piloting of the new software by the line ministries as part of its overall efforts within Alliance 8.7 and the “Combating Child labour and Human Trafficking in Central Asia: Commitment becomes Action” Project financed by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.