Takeaways from #CodelagosHackathon: The Innovations, The Wins and The Future

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The first edition of the #CodeLagosHackathon finally wound down on Thursday. Organised by CodeLagos, the month long programming competition which commenced on October 2 is designed to encourage Lagosians to solve everyday problems encountered in the metropolis using technology.

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The event was held at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Here are some major highlights of the event.

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The event was a 3-in-1 package as it had the finals for both the Senior and Junior category as well as insightful masterclasses.

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Demos, Innovations and Awards

The first presentations were from those in the Junior category. The category comprised about 10 pre-chosen schools from around Lagos. The schools include Dabitos Academy Mushin, Lagos State Senior Model College Badagry and White Sands School Lekki. Others are Ibeju Senior High Sch Lekki, Elias International School Alimosho, Ejigbo Snr High School Ejigbo and Badagry Snr Grammar Sch. Also in this category are First Apex Secondary School Alagbado, Buriel Avenue Senior High School, Sabo Yaba, and Government Technical College Agindingbi Ikeja.

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After their presentations, the top 3 schools with the best ideas were chosen by the panel of judges.

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Badagry Senior Grammar School eventually carried the day. In second position was Government Technical College, Agindingbi while Child Ville School, Ogudu came 3rd place.

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The event also witnessed presentations from teams in the senior category, which had its fair share of innovations. They ranged from a smart gas cylinder and virtual market to a mental health app and wellness app. The teams pitched their ideas before the audience and judges with a demo.

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After the series of presentations, three teams with the best innovations were selected. Team Sharkbytes, Codedivas and Secure Wellness Solution emerged 1st , 2nd and 3rd place respectively. They were presented their various prizes of N2 million with incubation, N1 million with incubation and N750,000 with Incubation respectively. The prizes were presented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Femi Bank-Olemoh and the Deputy Governor for Lagos state, Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule.

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The event did not only reward innovations, it also provided an avenue for participants to attend a masterclass. There were masterclasses for Web desig, Blockchain Technology and Women in Tech.

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Moving Forward

Tech is reshaping the world drastically. As such, there is need for humans to continue to re-innovate. This is why events such as this are very important. It is therefore commendable that the Lagos state government has initiated the CodeLagos Programme to impact and teach 1 million people to code before 2020.

Thursday’s event lived up to its promise of providing innovative concepts that would advance Lagos as a smart city and Nigeria as a whole. Being the first edition, I look forward to witnessing more disruptive innovations soon.


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