The online event “Hackathon: Solutions for the Creative Economy”, promoted by the Municipality of Belo Horizonte, in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), started this Monday, the 17th of May.
As part of Belo Horizonte's adhesion to Unesco's Creative Cities Network, the event will take place until May 24, with the proposal to encourage the creation of intelligent, innovative and technological solutions to recover the creative sector of the capital of Minas Gerais, in the context challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crafts, Design and Gastronomy are the categories of the creative economy for which marathon participants must develop innovative ideas. The teams classified in first place will receive the R$4,000 prize; the teams classified in second place will receive R$ 2,000; and those selected in third place, R$1,000.
The event held by the partnership between PBH and PUC Minas brings the opportunity to connect relevant actors in the creative sector, national and international, to foster the creation of innovative ideas, develop practical solutions and adapt successful initiatives that lead to the dynamization and economic recovery of the sectors of the creative economy, based on the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
There were more than 70 teams enrolled in the Hackathon. It was also highlighted that, as a UNESCO 'Creative City', Belo Horizonte needs to develop international cooperation initiatives with other cities in the network, as well as foster the local creative ecosystem. In this context, the Hackathon will mobilize international networks and organizations, Brazilian and foreign cities, companies, professionals and students from different areas, to exchange knowledge and develop innovative solutions for the challenges of the creative economy. Furthermore, stimulating the creative industries, promoting citizen participation and cooperating with the private sector and civil society are ways for public authorities to support sustainable urban growth, with reference to the main global development agendas.