Nigeria Hacks: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon (First Prize 1M)

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that is yet to be controlled. Nations are facing health and economic challenges whose impact will still be felt after the crisis is over. With countries in lockdown to flatten the curve, more need to be done to support the government’s efforts to curtail the effects of the pandemic. Nigeria Hacks COVID-19 is a series of initiatives that challenges Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora to come up with the use of innovative products/services/solutions in the following areas;

  • Educational platform to provide for out-of-school learning to primary, secondary and tertiary students.
  • Participation in existing initiatives
  • Series of hackathon challenges on Dissemination of correct and timely information, Containment of the virus spread, Idea bank for startups, Last mile medical relief for underserved communities Crowdsourcing relief m

This will be implemented in partnership with the government and the private sector. Participants are allowed to express creativity within their business case and are encouraged to develop unique solutions with an emphasis on using the latest technology.

This will be implemented in partnership with the government and the private sector. Participants are allowed to express creativity within their business case and are encouraged to develop unique solutions with an emphasis on using the latest technology.

The following are the problem statements for this challenge-

  • Timely dissemination of information to all residents in Nigeria
  • Early detection of the virus
  • Rapid response and containment
  • Identification of vulnerable people/areas
  • Awareness of the importance of safety
  • Impact assessment of the pandemic on the economy
  • Rapid response for suspected coronavirus cases
  • Mental well-being during lockdown/isolation
  • Fake news tracking

Objectives

  • Local content development and promotion through idea generation that would be developed into products and promoted for homegrown solutions.
  • To challenge young talented Nigerians to produce innovative ideas on solving problems in the identified sectors in Nigeria
  • To match tech entrepreneurs with the appropriate public institution right from idea generation. Thus, guide tech entrepreneurship to provide solutions to existing problems.
  • Support the growth of innovative entrepreneurship for job creation and economic development.

Organizer

National Information Technology development agency (NITDA), implemented through its subsidiary; The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE).

Duration of Hackathons: 48 hrs

Location:

 Online

 Benefits

Awards:

  • Cash prizes
  • Mentorship
  • Incubation or co-working space at the appropriate hub

 Eligibilities

  • Each participating team must bring or obtain whatever hardware and/or software they believe they need to participate (e.g. programming application, laptops, phones, etc), including any necessary chargers.
  • Individuals may register. They will be placed with a team that complements their skills and background. Teams with female members are preferred.
  • Each team will be attached to a mentor to enable them to conclude the 48-hour hack. Three champion teams will be identified at the end.
  • It is expected that teams will build working applications, proofs of concept, or prototypes, as well as presentation materials, to explain, pitch, and present the application.
  • Teams can consist of two members to a maximum of three members including females.
  • All teams should have any two of the following: a graphics designer, a software developer, and a business developer.
  • All teams should have a team name.
  • NigeriaHacksCovid19 organizers have the right at their sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is eligible for the contest.

Eligible Regions: Open for All



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