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Virtual Hackathon to Promote Economic Mobility

Technology can be a force to improve various aspects of a community, and UNC Charlotte is issuing a public challenge for developers to create applications or games to advance a social good.

The UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative, through its Partnership for Social Good, is sponsoring a virtual hackathon to address economic mobility in the Queen City. Participants will compete for $10,000 in prizes, and their challenge is to create a mobile platform-based application or game that addresses this problem.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, director of the Complex Systems Institute and executive director of the Data Science Initiative, said, "The mission of the Partnership for Social Good is to provide a platform for corporations, government and universities to jointly address issues related to the social good of the community, such as economic mobility. Our vision is that the partnership will be a catalyst for positive, long-lasting change in the society, ultimately making it more just and fair."

University Forges Connections in South Africa

UNC Charlotte has a robust global network of alliances that enhance diversity and increase study and research opportunities for students and faculty members. One currently in the spotlight is South Africa, where "sawubona" means "hello" in Zulu. UNC Charlotte has received more than a warm hello from South Africa.

This summer, two faculty-led programs involving 11 students will return to the country’s Stellenbosch University to build upon pioneering work started in summer 2015, when 23 students participated in three programs — the largest contingent of UNC Charlotte scholars who have visited that country at the same time. And new this summer, 20 South African students led by Jako Volschenk, a faculty member in the Stellenbosch University Business School, will participate in a weeklong program coordinated by the UNC Charlotte Office of International Programs and Belk College of Business.

Stellenbosch University is a leading higher education institution in South Africa, noted UNC Charlotte Assistant Provost for International Programs Joël Gallegos. "These summer programs are excellent opportunities for students to be immersed in the rich cultural environment of the Western Cape," he said, referring to a province of South Africa. "They also can serve as gateways for future engagement, including faculty exchanges and collaborative research partnerships."