HB Antwerp, in partnership with WomHub, will host a fast-paced, sustainability-focused 1-day hackathon on August 6. This innovative event will provide 50 Botswana college students with an opportunity to hone their problem solving and innovation skills and gain exposure to HB Antwerp, which is positioning itself as a leading employer of young talent in Botswana.
Participants will be selected from a variety of fields including communications, finance, human resources, legal, and sustainability. They will be guided through the process by subject matter experts and asked to design an innovative solution to a business challenge related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“We want to provide a platform for Botswana students to share their vision and ideas for shaping Botswana’s sustainable future. Together with WomHub, our mission is to create real experiences, communities, and learning environments for local talent in Botswana. We enable meaningful participation in economic decision-making at all levels of our business so that opportunity and prosperity are shared,” says Margaux Donckier, Director of Public Affairs, HB Antwerp.
Anjani Harjeven, COO at WomHub shares that “We’re at a time where increasingly complex community and business challenges require innovative and creative thinking from those who understand the environment and who are invested in a sustainable and prosperous future. In partnership with HB Antwerp, we are developing young Motswana leaders of the future and bringing their incredible talents to the forefront so that they can play an active role in solving the problems facing their communities. This hackathon model has proven particularly successful in harnessing energy and creativity for sustainable outcomes.”
Following the hackathon, there will be an opportunity for 30 successful participants to win placement in the highly-anticipated second class of the HB Innovation Lab, set to begin in September. Launched in 2021, the HB Innovation Lab is a comprehensive training program intended to cultivate sector-specific skills and offer meaningful, in-country training and job opportunities for young people in Botswana.
The next iteration of this intensive program will take place virtually over five months and will include
In line with HB Antwerp’s fundamental commitment to invest in and strengthen the communities where they operate, the program aims to support the Botswana economy, foster long-term talent development, and create economic fairness and brand exposure for young and emerging graduates, while furthering sustainability and diversity and inclusion in the diamond industry.
HACKATHON PRACTICAL DETAILS
The hackathon takes place on August 6 at Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino. The press is welcome to join this event.
Attendance can be confirmed via firstname.lastname@example.org
About HB Antwerp
HB Antwerp turns the diamond supply chain upside down starting with the customer. Using technology, HB Antwerp brings simplicity and transparency to a typically complex supply chain. Everything happens in a closed loop, backed with the latest technologies, and tracked with blockchain making it 100% transparent from diamond mine to market. By aligning the different partners along the value chain from rough to polished and sharing complete data and information throughout the process from mine to consumer, for the first time, local governments get paid royalties on the actual polished prices of their diamonds instead of on the estimated rough value.
WomHub is a boutique Pan-African ecosystem builder with a focus on the entire women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing) value chain from attraction to ownership. The strategy is to ensure a comprehensive, holistic approach and create systemic change. WomHub is the only ecosystem builder in the world providing end to end support that focuses on:
To find out more, go to www.womhub.com or email email@example.com.
Are you inspired to make a difference in the world, and to learn about founders who are doing this too? Watch the replay below of our latest livestream session to discover how Zoezie Maphalala and Chantelle Goliath are positively impacting communities! Both of these dynamic ladies are members of our WomHub family and discussed their journeys thus far to start and grow their companies.
Zoezie Maphalala is the founder of Zoezie Business Consulting, which offers tailored business solutions designed for SMMEs and entrepreneurs in townships, contributing to running a successful township economy. She is a participant in WomHub’s Economic Growth Accelerator programme, and expresses the importance of finding your tribe or group of people to support you during your journey. Finding her tribe has made navigating throughout the business world so much easier and rewarding.
Chantelle is the Co-founder of Milli Distributions, the sole importers of the first-of-its-kind sanitary pad called the Glory Pad that’s sold in major retailers across South Africa, in the eco-space as well as the online space. Chantelle is a part of WomHub’s Circular Economy Incubator, and she believes that women should be able to menstruate with dignity. She shares that growing up she was uneducated when it came to sexual reproductive health and because of that experience she wanted to make sure that her 3 daughters, as well as other women, would have all the knowledge that they needed.
Watch the replay of this livestream below to learn from these inspiring founders:
This session features WomHub COO, Anjani Harjeven, interviewing Zoezie and Chantelle, who offer meaningful and real insight about the challenges they’ve faced, the greater ‘Why’ behind their businesses, and how fulfilling it is to be impacting their communities. They also share highlights from their involvement in WomHub programmes and some of their takeaways from the experience.
Join us for our next livestream from 19h00 - 19h30 (GMT +2) on Tuesday 02 August 2022, on crafting a powerful brand story and tapping into the essence of your unique voice. It will be broadcasted simultaneously to our WomHub Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, and YouTube channel. As always, your comments and questions are welcomed.