Coopathon 3.0 aims to promote resilience, build ideas amid crisis

by TMR / pic credit: yayasanangkasa.coop

THE Malaysian National Cooperative Movement (Angkasa) calls all Malaysians to participate in Coopathon 3.0, a hackathon event organised by the International Cooperative Alliance Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) to be held virtually from Dec 11 to Dec 14.

Coopathon 3.0 is an initiative that provides a platform in exploring sustainable and innovative solutions through the use of technology in facing challenges in the social and service sectors, as well as exposing participants to cooperative values and models.

Themed “Promoting Cooperative Identity Through Digital Transformation”, this third cooperative hackathon aims to build ideas and solutions in facing crisis, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting technology and entrepreneurial cooperation while increasing youth participation in the cooperative movement.

The event relates to the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis and the current global economic uncertainty where participants can share experiences and see how cooperative institutions play its role as a resilient business model due to democratic economic structure, sustainable development approach and focused on the wellbeing of society.

“This competition provides opportunities for the public and cooperative members to boost the growth of ideas and innovation, develop skills in digital technology and Internet of Things, as well as empowering business potential globally,” president of Angkasa Datuk Abdul Fattah Abdullah said.

“We are excited and honoured to be part of this international competition together with ICA-AP,” he said.

Registration for Coopathon 3.0 is free. Cooperative members and the general public aged 13 and above individually or in groups (two to five individuals in a group) may enter this competition.

The winner of the competition will receive US$3,000 (RM12,202), while the runner-up will receive US$2,000 and third place is US$1,500. Winners will also receive organisational support, computing resources and access to business partners by ICA-AP.

Angkasa would like to invite all interested parties to participate in the three-day virtual event by registering at http://www.coopathon.coop.

The closing date for entries is Nov 30, 2020. For any information, inquiries and registration please contact Hazim Abdul Halim at 6019-2281914 or email: [email protected] or [email protected] coop or please visit http://www.coopathon.coop.