Nigeria: The Naija SDGs Hackathon Set to Use Technology for Realisation of SDGs

26 February 2021

Today sees the unveiling of Nigeria's first FinTech Hackathon for SDGs (Sustainable Development goals).

The Naija SDGs Hackathon aims to bring together developers, designers, product managers, and other tech enthusiasts to build tech solutions for payments, financial inclusion, accountability and credibility, security, and privacy to impact the realisation of the SDGs directly.

From March 25, 2021, accredited teams and individuals will have the opportunity to develop creative solutions to address pressing local and global challenges to promote sustainable development goals.

In his remark, Ife Adebayo, Special Assistant to the Vice President on Innovation said that "achievement of the SDG goals is an important endeavor." He then concluded by encouraging "Nigerians aged 18-35 years to be part of this challenge"

Participants can win over thirty million naira in prizes, benefits, and perks, and participation is open to youth aged 18 - 35 in Nigeria.

Participants can apply to join at sdghackathon.africahacks.com from opens from February 15, 2021, to March 15, 2021.

From March 25, 2021, accredited teams and individuals will have the opportunity to develop creative solutions to address pressing local and global challenges to promote sustainable development goals.

Uchi Uchibeke, Founder of AfricaHacks, speaking on the sustainability of the Naija SDGs Hackathon and the plans for the projects, post-hackathon, said that "organisers and partners will work with the top projects to transform them into products and companies.

"The resulting products and companies will create a job for the developers and their families and increase the country's GDP."

The Naija SDG Hackathon is created by Financial Centre For Sustainability, Lagos (FC4SL), and Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) in partnership with AfricaHacks and Access Bank and supported by the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria.

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