NITDA To Launch Hackathons In 3 States

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), is hosting 3 editions of the NITDA Hackathon in January 2022. 

A statement by NITDA’s head, corporate affairs and external relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, said the event is a national event in collaboration with academic institutions to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship by challenging Nigeria’s teeming youths to ideate and develop solutions from inception through to market. 

It said the hackathon is set to develop and grow a global network of IT experts, comprising Nigerian youths within the country and in the diaspora. It is targeted at inculcating an entrepreneurial spirit in academia and creating a platform where industry and public institutions will leverage the academic research ecosystem to solve national challenges using technology. 

“This year, the focus is on agriculture, security and logistics. The first edition will be held between January 18 and 20, 2022 at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa. The second will be held between January 25 and 27, 2022 at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, while the third is scheduled for January 31 to February 2, 2022, at the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers. 

“The challenge is open to all – students, entrepreneurs and innovators. 

“The successful startups’ groups in each category will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to develop their idea further for commercialisation with NITDA’s support. 

“For more information, please visit the link,” it added. 

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