Pupils and students of Cahul District participated in the first Tech Hackathon organised in the region by the EU4Moldova: Start-up City Cahul – Entrepreneurial Programme for Young People. The competition gathered the ideas of many Programmers and people interested in this area, i.e. designers, project managers, engineers, teachers and other professionals, who brought their inputs to develop a Software Project. Held during 23-25 July in Cahul, the Hackathon was an opportunity for all those who wanted to transform their ideas into successful businesses. The best participants were awarded with cash prizes: 20,000 MDL for the First Place, 10,000 MDL for the second place and 10,000 MDL for the third place. The embarked in the competition participants were assigned to teams during the first day of the event. Experts in the area of Entrepreneurship, IT, Business Development, Marketing, Design, etc. advised the teams with the aim to strengthen their business ideas. As many as 20 participants were registered for the Hackathon.

“I have come with a proposal to create a platform where the school students may identify teachers for curricular and extra-curricular lessons. Tens of school students graduate from the 12th or the 9th grade annually, and they need to get prepared for the graduation exams. It is always a problem to search and find a good teacher. Hence, we would like to develop a business and address/monetise this issue”, Radu Strelciuc, Hackathon participant, mentioned.

Corina Andronic, Manager of EU4Moldova: Start-up City Cahul Project: “One of the Project priorities is to develop the entrepreneurial skills and competences of young people from the region. We intend to create many opportunities to support those who have innovative ideas and wish to improve the community life, just like this Hackathon. With the help of “EU4Moldova: Start-up City Cahul”, the region would become an innovative business community, with leaders, events and meetings, possibilities for networking, educational initiatives and programmes for start-ups, which would lay down the foundation for a local sustainable economy.”

EU4Moldova: Start-up City Cahul – Entrepreneurial Programme for Young People has been developed with the financial assistance of the European Union in partnership with Sweden and implemented by ATIC. The Hackathon was organised by XY Partners.