HackJos 2016 to be backed by Plateau Government, NITDA and others

by | Sep 14, 2016

As part of its efforts to promote innovation hubs across the country and kit young  people with software and entrepreneurship skills, the National Information  Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Plateau State Government will be supporting the second edition of  HackJos.

HackJos is an annual software/ hackathon competition holding in Jos, Plateau State from  the 1st of November to 4th of November 2016.

Apart from the Plateau State Government and NITDA, HackJos is also supported by new frontier technology companies and innovation hubs including  Hotels.ng, Smartweb, and Konga, Enspire Incubator, iDEA Hub,  Gigalayer, Andela, and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) among others.

As earlier mentioned, the four  day software development marathon will feature a one day conference with the  theme: “How ready is Nigeria for the internet of things (IoT)”.  


Speaking on the event, Dr Vincent Olatunji the Acting Director General of the NITDA said

 “We are glad to be supporting HackJos and believe Nigeria’s future rests on the  resourcefulness of its young people. As part of our mandate to promote software  skills and build indigenous capacity in IT, we consider HackJos a strategic window  to build confidence in young people, identify with their budding skill set and  provide them with the required impetus to thrive.”

About 30 teams consisting of a minimum of three developers/ ‘hackathoners’ 10  judges, 10 tech support team and over 300 live audience and spectators will be  housed for four days in a marathon of wit, entrepreneurship and mental fitness to  develop apps-solutions under the framework of Nigeria’s readiness for IoT and  sector-by- sector challenges in Nigeria’s economic space.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Dr. Vincent Olatunji  ‘Playing in the New (Digital) Economy: Nigerian Youth, the NITDA and National  IT Aspiration’
  • Mark Essien CEO, Hotels.ng  ‘Nurturing Startups to Maturity –  Why Some Startups Fail’
  • Celestine Omin, Senior Technical Consultant at Andela  ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Online Retailing in Nigeria – A Guide for Young  Nigerians’
  • Aboyeji Iyinoluwa, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Flutterwave  ‘IOT and  Entrepreneurship: What Young People Need to Know’
  • Olufunbi Falaye,  Center Manager, Idea Hub Lagos ‘Steps to Launch problem solving startups and  to generate revenue’
  • Professor Adesola Aderounmu, President of NCS on ‘Playing in the New  (Digital) Economy; The role of professionalism in Smart Governance’
  • Alhaji  Dasuki Nakande, former Communications Minister of State and CEO Unity FM ‘ICT for Unity: Youth Empowerment and Career Opportunities in Areas of  Conflict Perspectives on Plateau State’
  •  Gossy Ukanwoke of BAU Research  and Development ‘IOT and the New Face of Education.’
  • Bankole Oloruntoba, Center Manager, Enspire  Incubator, Abuja ‘How Technology Hubs can drive forward Nigerian Research  in the IOT’
  • Akin Naphtal, CEO Instinct Wave  ‘Engaging the Media to  Drive Young Entrepreneurs in IOT’
  • Dimgba Kalu, CEO/Co-founder ProJaro ‘Closing the skill gap for the Internet of Things Opportunities’
  • Group  Captain O.C Ubadike, Director Research and Development Center, Nigerian Air  Force ‘Data Sharing and Acceptance of IOT’.
Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

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5 years ago

it was reported on Techpoint (few days or weeks ago) that both Celestine Omin and Aboyeji Iyinoluwa resigned their positions. Techpoint is still quoting them to be in those positions. Editorial Error? or they didn’t quit their former (or not) positions

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5 years ago

It is an error and has been corrected. Thank you for pointing this out.

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