NITDA calls for FutureHack challenge applications

Na'ankwat Dariem,Abuja

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National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged interested Youths in  Information Communication Technology (ICT) start-ups, to apply for 2019 edition of FutureHack challenge.

FutureHack is a national hackathon held in collaboration with academic institutions, where Nigeria’s teeming youths are challenged to come up with solutions that will drive the digital and economic development of the country.

A hackathon is usually a day long coding competition where software programmers, developers, designers, etc, come together to build and design innovative things.

In a statement signed by the Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Pantami, in Abuja, the agency will be  hosting three editions of its FutureHack challenge this year.

“The objective of the FutureHack is to develop and grow a global network of ICT expertise, comprising Nigerian youths within the country and in diaspora.

“It is targeted at inculcating entrepreneurship values in the academia and creating a platform where industry and public institutions will leverage on the academic research ecosystem to solve challenges.

“This year, the focus is on e-Health, e-Agriculture and e-Education.”Pantami explained

Pantami noted that the first edition on e-Health would hold on June 24 to 25 in Abuja, the second edition on e-Agriculture would hold from July 1 to July 2 in Kaduna State while the phase on e-Education would hold on July 15 and 16 in Osun.

He  explained that the challenge was open to students, entrepreneurs and creative individuals.

The Director General added that successful start-up groups in each category would have opportunities for cash prizes, incubation at an appropriate hub, exhibition at national and international events.
“start-ups with viable solutions also stand a chance of having their solutions adopted and implemented by establishments and institutions.”He said

Pantami, therefore, urged interested applicants to visit FutureHack event portal on www.futurehack.ng.

The FutureHack challenge would be implemented through NITDA’s special purpose vehicle, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE).

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