ODPC Announces an Upcoming Hackathon on Data Protection in Kenya

ODPC announces hackathon fostering data protection culture, offering prize money, part of NADPA event.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) in Kenya has announced an upcoming hackathon focused on data protection. Scheduled from May 3rd to 6th, 2024, the event will be held at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi as part of the Network for African Data Protection Authorities (NADPA) AGM and Conference.

The hackathon aims to foster a data protection culture among data controllers and processors by implementing well-thought-out technical and organizational measures. Participants are encouraged to be proficient in web development and common programming languages, especially those in their final year of study. The ODPC particularly encourages female participants to seize this opportunity.

Prize money totaling KES 200,000 will be awarded, with the first-place winner receiving KES 100,000, the second-place winner KES 60,000, and the third-place winner KES 40,000.

The hackathon is part of efforts to promote a data protection culture by design or by default and is supported by German cooperation through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The event aligns with the theme of the 9th NADPA AGM and Conference, “Regional Data Governance for Digital Transformation,” scheduled from May 7th to 9th, 2024.

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