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Botho University hosts Climate Hackathon 2017/18

Botho University, Gaborone campus, hosted the Climate Hackathon 2017/2018 where young people in Botswana could pitch their social entrepreneurial ideas addressing climate challenges in the health, water, agriculture and energy sectors.

Pearl Ranna scooped the first position after an impressive pitch. Her business uses a solar powered climate-sensitive vertical aquaponics system to produce vegetables. She also trains rural women to use the system. The other two women who won the first installment of the Botswana Climate Hackathon were Maureen Montsho, who came in second and Bonolo Mosime, who came in third position.

Botho University representative Shiv Pal who welcomed the guests to the institution emphasised the need to address climate change. "Climate change is real. It will take practical actions such as the ones we will witness here today to manage the situation," Pal said.

The EU Ambassador to Botswana Alexander Baum gave the opening remarks and applauded the Climate Hackathon.

“This is such a great initiative, one that can bring real change. There is no argument that a low carbon economy can bring economic benefits to a country, as it provides an opportunity for new sectors. Green jobs are changing the landscape of job creation in other parts of the world and this can be a reality in Botswana. Congratulations in coming up with this initiative,” Baum said.

The young entrepreneurs are looking for investors to kick start their business ideas.

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