ESSYB Scholarship holder wins Clean-tech and health hackathon


Congratulations to Vitali Yermakou, ESSYB Scholarship holder and his team on winning the 1st hackathon* supported by Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Vilnius!

On 22-24 April 2016 the hackathon on clean-tech and health issues was organized in Minsk, Belarus, at IMAGURU start-up hub. This was the first event organized within the project ‘Supporting innovative solutions in education and clean technologies: series of hackathons in Belarus’ supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden to Belarus and the Finnish Embassy Office to Belarus.

The hackathon participants were developing innovative solutions dedicated to the tragic date for the entire world - the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. The aim was to show that the new generation can stop the devastating human impact on the environment and on their own health. 

More than 60 participants in hackathon in Minsk and 30 participants in hackathon in Linkjöping (Sweden) were connected by Skype. The event started from pitching the ideas and forming teams. All the teams were supported by Belarusian experts provided by the local UNDP office and international mentors from Denmark, Finland and UK.

After 48 hours of intensive working 16 teams presented the prototypes of the new software which helps to address health and environmental issues and creates basis for the new technology based ventures. The main prize went to Vitali Yermakou and his team who developed a new app for owners and users of gyms. Vitali Yermakou is ESSYB scholarship holder, currently pursuing MA in Higher and Professional Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. The winner team will be able to attend the biggest start-up event SLUSH in Helsinki, in November 2016.

* Hackathon is a weekend long intensive development event with a goal to work out the new web and mobile applications and bring new start-ups into life. The event is usually opened for young software developers, graphic designers and project managers.