JAN and TechQuest Nigeria have partnered to organize four Hackathons for young developers to identify young tech talent to join the JAN team in building digital solutions for scaling impact. Each hackathon is 48 hours long and is designed to foster collaboration, creativity and problem-solving within the developer communities at nearby universities. The hackathons will occur in Ife, Kaduna, Nsukka, and Uyo, and the winning team from each location will win a cash prize of N50,000 among other gifts from JAN Board Members and partners. The top three teams will face off in Lagos for a one-year contract to work with JAN remotely to build out their solution. Other opportunities for winners and runners-up include an appearance on the JAN STEM TV show on Channels TV, mentoring opportunities with leading CIOs from Accenture, Stanbic IBTC and other JAN Board Members as well as an introduction to the Stanbic IBTC FinTech Hub in Yaba.
The Hackathon in Ife commenced on the 27th of May and ended on the 28th with a team of two developers (one web and one android) — Oluwaleke Fakorede and Favor Okedele — emerging as winners of the competition. The web developer created the backend and database on the web and tied it to APIs called by the Android developer’s User Interface (UI). Very well done, guys! One hackathon down, three more to go!