No fewer than 26 Nigeria youth software developers made up of undergraduate and post-graduate students who gathered at the Tinapa Knowledge City have set perhaps a new record in accelerated knowledge development, shooting at innovation and creativity in conformity with international standard.
The Software Hackathon event was the pre-stage activity set to create awareness for the commissioning of the knowledge incubator project promoted by the Ministry of Communication Technology and the National Information technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The Information Technology Development Entrepreneur Accelerator (iDEA) is a non-government organization established to establish and promote knowledge Incubation in the country.
This ISPON/iDEA Hackathon in Tinapa was a corporate technology event, held as an idea hunt competition to help bridge the innovation gap that exists between the Nigeria software developers and their Institutions.
The aims and the design principles of the innovation competitions will include the following:
To encourage young Software Developers to participate in an open innovation process, to trigger off their potential and inspire their creativity with the aim of increasing their quality of their works.
That constraint constitutes an invaluable tool for fostering creativity. Idea Crossing’s contestants bound by rules strive to strategize optimal solutions to meet a competition’s goal
To generate innovations, process and product ideas for Development through an IT-enabled ideas competition and accommodating lapses.
To acknowledge that Innovation competitions are useful in generating radical ideas for the development of new products and solutions.
Chairman of iDEA Incubator Chief Dotun Sulaiman was in Tinapa to motivate the participants. The select seven panel of judges, ncluding Mr. Stanley Okotie, the President of National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) delivered a very impressive mission in selecting the final winner and runners up and first runner up.
The highlight of the event witnessed the appearance of the Executive Governor of Cross River State – Senator Liyel Imoke who gave a very remarkable speech of encouragement .
Le-Media from Team 2 made up of Aboluwarin Olaoluwa David , Banjo Mofesola Paul and Oladapo Oluwadara Glory won the first prize of N450,000 with 3 Nokia Lumia Phones.
Similarly, EduCare from Team 5 made up of Kester Uwaje and Tiamiyu Mubarak, won the second prize of N250,000 and two Nokia Lumia phones; while HealthLaunch Pad from Team 8 made up of Mark Olofu and Temitope Oguntade.won the third price of N150,000.
However, Keep Nigeria alive from Team 6 made up of Junior Pius Ekeh and Eyinka Iheanyi won the fourth position and was rewarded with a BlackBerry Z10 Phone. Me-Explorer from Team 3 made up of Okwu Marcus Eke, Anyadike Iheanyi and John Nnanna Oji won the 5th Position and was rewarded with a BlackBerry Z10 Phone.
The Cross River State Governor motivated the participants to gear up for the national software competition organized by ISPON. The event is scheduled for 22-23 October in Tinapa Knowledge City, Calabar, Cross River State, where Professor Tapio Varis, the UN Chair of e-Learning is billed to deliver the Keynote.
At the event, the Minister of Communication Technology was represented by Dr. Ashiru Daura , the Acting Director General of NITDA. Chris Uwaje, the President of ISPON was the Lead Resource for the Hackathon.
By Emeka Aginam