Microsoft and iamtheCODE launch First Hackathon in São Paulo, Brazil

iamtheCODE is pleased to announce cooperation with Microsoft in the launching of a first Hackathon in Brazil for a process to ‘decode’ the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs).

iamtheCODE will host a Hackathon in Brazil in cooperation with Microsoft in the weekend from October 21st to 22nd of October in São Paulo. Together both organizations will convene multi-stakeholders to ‘decode’ the SDGs; the event is aligned with Microsoft’ mission of empowering every person and every organization in the planet to achieve more through technology.

iamtheCODE is the first African-led global movement to mobilise government, private sector, philanthropic organizations and Foundations to advance STEAMED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, and Design) Education. Its Goal is to mobilise governments, Businesses, Foundations, philanthropic organization to invest in future technologies that can drive sustainable development for marginalized girls in society. It aims to Enable 1 Million women and girls coders by 2030 and give them the Skills that they will need in the Future.

A fundamental pillar of iamtheCODE’s work revolves around the empowerment of women and girls across the world, a key goal of the SDGs. Their mission is to build a generation of one million women and girl coders by 2030, measuring the indicators of the Global Goals and tracking their progress though DATA.

It is a first and unique movement of direct action for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcomes for women and girls. However, a lack of data on gender issues, and inclusion of women are huge challenges that face initiatives looking to promote gender equality and improve women’s livelihoods.

The iamtheCODE Hackathon will contain 4 tracks and challenges addressing Goal 2, Goal 4, Goal 5, Goal 12 and Goal 17 (No Hunger, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Responsible Consumption and Global Partnerships).

The Main track will be co-created in partnership with Gastromotiva, a Brazilian civil society organization that uses the power of food and gastronomy as a social change agent, aiming to transform lives of people living in exclusion and social vulnerability.

Careful selected tracks will give an opportunity to geeks, innovators, do-gooders, subject matters experts, with different skill sets ranging from coding, app building and data analysis to design solutions to challenges facing the achievement of the SDGs. The best ideas from the girls will be developed and supported through local incubation programmes, mentoring and further co-creation of solutions.

Engaging women and girls on the #SDGs through technology and innovation enables a platform for data sharing, fostering a better understanding of the role women and girls will play in the data revolution. The Hackathon will act as a kickstarter to recruit young women into iamtheCODE Digital Clubs, for building that capacity, and aims to ensure greater inclusivity by aiming for 60% by women and girls at the event.

Innovative individuals are urgently needed to turn the bold and ambitious SDGs into real action, and Microsoft will work with iamtheCODE in its capacity as Technology Company to bring together creative minds, mentors, and speakers. The Best solutions from the Hackahton that open up new paths for sustainable development will be incubated and supported by iamtheCODE in Brazil.

Through initiatives such as the iamtheCODE Hackathon, Microsoft hopes to support such movement that are playing a crucial role in advancing the SDGs, but also driving development that realizes greater prosperity, diversity  and inclusivity.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Background

Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more aligns strongly to the UN SDGs. To better understand how we and other information technology companies can advance the goals, Microsoft was a lead sponsor of a report by the Global E-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Accenture called “#SystemTransformation.” The report found that digital technology can help put all the SDGs within reach by enabling a broad range of economic and social opportunities worldwide.

This plan includes 17 Goals that serve as an urgent guiding master plan to tackle the world’s greatest challenges and ensure that no one is left behind. Innovative individuals are urgently needed to join together with countries and partners to turn the bold and ambitious global plans into real action. See the 17 SDGs here

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Get involved by emailing: iamtheCODE London:  Mariéme Jamme: +447595882717

In Brazil: Gregorio Melo: ThoughtWorks: +55 11 98799 7313Email:

For Gastromotiva: Charlotte Shaus: +55 219 7204 1633 – Email:

For Microsoft lead: Elis De Queiroz: +55 119 8315 7182 – Email:

For Press Lead: Bruna Cortez: +55 11 97698 9587 – Email:

iamtheCODE Ambassador in Brazil: Lorenna Vilas Boas +557198798-9853 – Email: