NITDA’S FutureHack Challenge is a national technology hackathon event, in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, etc. collaborate intensively on software projects.
This year, the focus is to find clearly defined ideas and prototypes on e-Health, e-Education and e-Agriculture. Participants are allowed to express creativity and are encouraged to develop unique solutions with emphasis on using the latest technology. NITDA’s FutureHack Challenge is an initiative of The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a Subsidiary of the National Information Technology Development Agency’s (NITDA)
The program is designed to generate ideas (and prototypes) for the specified sector to drive Nigeria’s innovation and digital economy. FutureHack is a regional event, held at an academic environment to inculcate innovation and entrepreneurship culture in students.
The coordinator of OIIE, Dr. Amina Sambo Magaji revealed that participation is not limited to citizens within the region in which the event is hosted. “Yes. It’s open to all Nigerians in Country and abroad” she confirmed.
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This year, 3 editions of the FutureHack challenge will be held in the North-Central, North-West and South-West.
The call for application for all identified areas eHealth, eAgriculture and eEducation is now open until the 28th June 2019 and you can apply here.
For eHealth, identified problem areas include:
1. Drug abuse
2. Patient care and management
3. Healthcare in rural areas
4. Sanitation in healthcare facilities
6. Hazardous working conditions
7. Mental health and suicides
For eAgriculture, identified problem areas include:
1. Climate change
2. Carbon emission
3. Genetically modified crops (GMO)
4. Disease control
For eEducation, identified problem areas include:
1. In and out of school children and youth
2. Quality assurance and quality control in education
3. Gender divide in education and ICT
4. Affordable quality education
5. Teacher traning/recertification