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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chidiogo Akunyili speaks to technology @PeaceHack 2017

Chidiogo Akunyili, proud daughter of former director general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, late Prof. Dora Akunyili would be speaking to how to “Promote Peace Through Technology, Innovation and Knowledge Sharing,” at a five-day event holding in Alexandria, Egypt, reports ITRealms.

The 5-day event which commenced on 21st through May 25, 2017 and tagged Peace Hack in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) where peace innovation ambassadors are utilizing the power of innovation hubs across the region as tools for open dialogue revolving around building and sustaining peace.

ITRealms also gathered the objective of Peace Hack MENA is to explore alternative forms of peace talks that ultimately harness the power of technology, innovation and youth entrepreneurship. The initiative acts as a platform that aims to recognize the role of technology in creating valuable networks of collaboration essential in today’s human interaction, one that presents vast opportunities for innovative solutions in the context of co-existence and peace building.

Chidiogo, ITRealms reports was among the 15 selected peace ambassadors to speak to participants from 11 countries in the MENA region - namely The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, Tunisia, Palestine, Egypt, Jordon, Libya, Morocco and Lebanon.

ITRealms further reports that participants are exploring the notion of actively looking for the added value created by innovation hubs, makerspaces and co-working spaces in developing social innovation and promoting peace building.

The list of international speakers includes Chidiogo Akunyli from the World Economic Forum, Carolina Olsson from Ebbepark and Rasha Tantawy from Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

The peace ambassadors are also partaking in visiting some of the Mediterranean city’s iconic touristic landmarks, while the last day will mark The HACK 4 PEACE Public Event with the Alexandrian community. Javeria Rizvi Kabani, Deputy Director, Swedish Institute Alexandria states, “Based on the power of collaboration and networks we wanted to bring young innovators together to search for new ways of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) and the UNSCR 2250 resolution, recognizing youth as agents for peace.”

The event is organized by The Swedish Institute Alexandria, icealex innovation hub and Global Shapers Alex Hub and is supported by numerous organisations and initiatives such as SI. (Svenska Institutet), Techne Summit, GIG (Global Innovation Gathering), RiseUp Summit and r0g agency. Among the hubs that participants will be contributing through are Women Leaders in Technology, Refugee Youth Forum and Think Tank Egypt.

Nonye Dom/GEE
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