The first tech hub and the biggest of its kind in Northern Nigeria, nHub is prepping to host its second Hackjos. It is a 48-hour software and app development competition pitting developers, innovators, and entrepreneur teams against each other to build a remarkable solution.
The event slated to take place in November 2016 will be a four days event, and it will bring together tech-savvy citizens, entrepreneurs, scientists, students, programmers, and developers from across Nigeria. They will be expected to come up with a software solution to any of the socio-economic challenges they face.
The competitors will be grouped into 30 teams where each team will have at least three developers or hackathoners. They will have 48 hours to hack new software or app solutions to the problems they are facing.
The team will then have to go through assessment by a 10-panel judge who will be supported by 10 tech support team. Their final product will be presented before a live audience of about 300 spectators.
Daser David, the CEO of nHub Nigeria and organizer of the Hackjos, said, “People may wonder why Jos. We are bringing people to experience the changing dynamics in Jos, which recent history has been painfully gory. We want them to come see the quiet transition as Jos acquires a new reputation as the go-to place for innovation to harness the ability of young people for innovation in ICT.”
There will also be a one-day conference at the event themed ‘How ready is Nigeria for the Internet of Things (IoT)’. There will be some speakers who will discuss and share their take on the various topics on matters tech development.
As of now there is no specific date for the event made public, all we know is that the event will take place sometime in November 2016. As soon as the exact date is announced, Innov8tiv will make sure to announce it as well.
The inaugural Hackjos happened last year and was a meeting point for entrepreneurs and technology companies. It also attracted the attention of various policy makers and investors who also made an appearance at the event.
The first Hackjos impressed the organizers, so much so they decided to make it an annual event. It is owned and organized by Nignux Technologies Ltd., the owner of the nHub. For the 2016 edition, the organizers include Qitech Technologies, Knowhow Media International, and the IT Edge News.com publishers.
Dr. Sola Afolabi, the chairperson of Qitech Technology Limited, had the following to say; “Dwindling oil revenue and a large population of young people would only mean that Africa’s largest economy will have to rework its fate on its youth and the expansive ICT sector. We are happy to collaborate on an event themed on innovation, youth and the future of Nigeria.”