On Tuesday in Lagos, Peter Ogundele, the country manager for Ericsson Nigeria, announced the beginning of the country's first-ever "Together Apart Hackathon."
The goal of the theme-based hackathon is to find creative and economically sound solutions that demonstrate the power of connection and 5G implementation in Nigeria.
The hackathon, according to Ogundele, would enhance livelihoods and promote the nation's sustainable economic growth.
In order to find creative and commercially viable solutions, he said there would be a partnership with business owners, professionals, academics, and university students from throughout Nigeria. He also stated there would be a thorough dive into the focus areas.
Health care and education, manufacturing and mining, inclusion in digital finance, smart cities, and the Internet of Things are among the hackathon's focus areas (IoT).
“The hackathon aims to develop ideas, revolving around digital technologies and 5G, to stimulate innovations that improve the lives of Nigerian citizens.
“A total of five winning teams will be chosen – one winning team from each focus area in the Nigeria Hackathon.
“The five winning teams will receive support in developing and scaling their solutions.
“One team will receive the grand prize to visit Ericsson’s headquarters in Sweden to pitch the team’s solution and interact with the entrepreneurial community,” he said.
He added that the Together Apart Hackathon encourages participants to efficiently harness the potential of new technologies to elevate standards of living across the country.
“Ericsson is committed to supporting local talent while focusing on ICT topics that are significant to Nigeria’s digital journey.
“The hackathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage creativity, ambition, and innovation to drive Nigerians’ technological capabilities and thereby bring about a positive impact on the nation.
“We are certain that the results of the hackathon will be inspirational, and we are looking forward to exploring the ideas and solutions of the participants that will contribute to the overall economic and social development of the country,” he noted.
The hackathon will take place from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14, 2022.
The registration for the hackathon competition could be done online via the link: Ericsson Together Apart Hackathon Nigeria- https://www.ericsson.com/en/events/nigeria-hackathon.
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