2023 Statsbank Award Ceremony
The finals of the National StatsBank Hackathon have commenced following the completion of the first round of competition at the campus level. The competition will run for three days and will require participants to finalise the products developed during the campus-level hackathons. The first round of campus hackathons was hosted by the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast, the University of Health and Allied Sciences, the University for Development Studies, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The finals will feature the top three teams from each university competing for a grand prize of GH₵20,000.
From the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology:
Team Data Nerds created an innovative dashboard using chatbot functionality to highlight determinants of infant mortality in Ghana using census data. Team Carina used unsupervised clustering and geospatial analyses to set up a tool that can assist policy makers to flag populations at risk of adolescent pregnancy and Team Lambda created insights on where and how waste is managed in Ghana and proposed a digital twin technology as an approach to better waste management.
From the University of Ghana:
Team Beta developed an interactive dashboard showcasing a geospatial analysis of factors related to youth unemployment at the district level, Team Data Geniuses created a dashboard showing ICT usage across Ghana and how it relates to educational outcomes, and Team BroCode developed a dashboard on water and sanitation at the district level in Ghana.
From the University of Cape Coast:
Team Great Minds Developed an AI that answers questions based on the information from the StatsBank related to education and employment in exploring the use of ICT, Team Badwenba created a website for policymakers to easily identify if districts have sufficient health and education facilities and highlights which infrastructure needs are most pressing, and Team Robust Research created a geospatial dashboard for visualisations and analysis to examine how access to essential services impact school enrolment across districts in Ghana.
From the University for Development Studies:
Team Gbewaa wrote a policy paper on the determinants of the various forms of inequalities and the regional differences in inequality and proposed solutions to reduce inequalities in Ghana. Team Gbanzaba analysed geographical variations in unimproved solid waste disposal in Ghana and developed a method for displaying possible hotspots, and Team Gbengnli wrote a policy paper comprehensively analysing the issue of teenage pregnancies in Ghana, focusing on its causes, and potential policy solutions.
From the University of Health and Allied Sciences:
Team Yellow wrote a policy brief analysing water and sanitation challenges in Ghana and how they relate to increased rates of urbanization, Team InfoFusion Artists used Artificial Intelligence for Predictions model focusing on the variation of fertility rates by regions and age groups and the overall effects it has on poverty, as well as assess factors that could predict unnatural deaths in Ghana., and Team CTN Soldiers produced a policy brief on the determinants of health coverage and used machine learning algorithms to predict insurance coverage in Ghana.
You Should Know
A Population Census is the complete enumeration of all persons in a country at a specified time. The enumeration implies the collection, compilation, evaluation, analysis, publication and dissemination of demographic, social and economic statistics relating to the population.
A Housing Census is the complete enumeration of all living quarters (occupied and vacant) in a country at a specified time. This enumeration also implies the collection, compilation, evaluation, analysis, publication, and dissemination of statistical data pertaining to these living quarters and the occupants.
A Population and Housing Census consists of a population census and a housing census as one operation. The two censuses, though separate, constitute one statistical operation and they are not completely independent of each other because of the essential elements of each census which are common to both and are also with well-coordinated activities.
The information on the population and living quarters can be more readily matched, and processing is facilitated, and extensive analysis can be carried out. This also makes it possible to relate to the housing census data, the information on demographic and economic characteristics of each household member that is routinely collected in the population census.
A Population and Housing Census (PHC) has many uses. In the first place, it will give us the total number of persons and housing types and their characteristics in every town or village or a given small area in the country. This information will be of great help to the Central and Local Governments in planning various educational, health, housing and other social services. The information that will be derived from the census will also help the private sector, including businesses to plan their activities, which will be of benefit to the economic development of this country. In addition, international bodies, including Development Partners (DPs) and Non-Governmental Organizations will also utilize the Population and Housing Census data when planning for Ghana.