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Challenges to the future of work: IID organizes a virtual Policy Hackathon

  • Published at 10:35 pm October 13th, 2021
Institute of Informatics and Development (IID)

This initiative aims to bring young leaders, policymakers and other industry professionals onto the same platform to collaborate and share ideas to formulate innovative policy solutions.

Policy Hackathon, a virtual community-driven event, was organized by Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) and Youth for Policy from August 18-22. This initiative aims to bring young leaders, policymakers and other industry professionals onto the same platform to collaborate and share ideas to formulate innovative policy solutions. 

Four global megatrends are shaping the future of work: globalization, climate change, demographic shifts and technological improvements. Each megatrend has its own set of opportunities for young people and the future of work, as well as some challenges. Both policymakers and youth leaders need to explore the ways to adapt to the impending labor market shift. In this context, Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) and Youth for Policy hosted a five-day long virtual ‘Policy Hackathon: Future of Work’. The event was organized in collaboration with Udayan Swabolombee Sangstha (USS), Youth Nexus Bangladesh, Lal Sabuj Society (LSS) and UCCHASH with the support of National Endowment for Democracy (NED), PROKAS, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UKAID. The event included Channel I as an associate partner.

The hackathon brought together 24 young leaders from 17 districts across Bangladesh to develop Policy Briefs focusing on the Future of Work. The five-day long conclave consisted of 3 panel discussion sessions, one workshop, two feedback sessions and an award ceremony.

The Policy Hackathon aims at integrating Bangladeshi youth in the development of creative policy solutions for challenges facing the future of work, particularly in the areas of employment, skills and entrepreneurship, and presenting them to the policymakers.

The panel discussion session was attended by  Nafriza Shayma, Additional Director, BMET; A K M Fahim Mashroor, CEO and co-founder of BdJobs.com; Mahjabeen Khaled, Former MP and Member of Parliamentary Youth Caucus; Shirin lira, Sr IBP Manager and Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor of PROKAS; Shahadat Hossain Mondal, Executive Director, Udayan Swabolombee Sangstha; and Mustakim Ahmed Sunny, Young Politician and Social Activist.

On the first day, a workshop was conducted on Youth Entrepreneurial initiative, Youth Employment opportunities and Youth Skills for Future of Work, preceded by a brief panel session with the parliamentarians, CSOs and technical experts. The workshop was conducted with the active participation and engagement of young leaders in break-out sessions. The participants were divided into three groups and given a different challenge each. Shakil Ahmed, an educator, storyteller and futurist accompanied the participants throughout the day when they needed and guided them accordingly. The teams spent the next three days, August 19-21, on preparing policy briefs based on evidence-based research and input from the mentors.

On the final day of the event, the teams presented their policy briefs to an expert judging panel, which included Mahjabeen Khaled, Former MP and Member of Parliamentary Youth Caucus; Anindya Dutta, Regional Programme Officer, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Shakil Ahmed, Shakil Ahmed, an educator, storyteller and futurist of Acumen Bangladesh; and Syeed Ahamed, CEO of IID. After an hour of grading, “Team Skills” was declared as the winner. 


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