Ericsson invites participants to its ‘Together Apart Hackathon’ to boost innovation in Nigeria


Ericsson has announced the launch of its Together Apart Hackathon in Nigeria.
The Hackathon’s objective is to identify innovative solutions using technology and
connectivity creating tomorrow’s solutions from today’s challenges inspired by Nigeria’s 5G
deployment.
Ericsson’s Nigeria Together Apart Hackathon is hacking for a connected future and solving
global challenges. The theme-based hackathon aims to identify innovative and commercially
viable solutions showcasing the power of connectivity and 5G in Nigeria.
The hackathon’s objective is to identify innovative solutions using technology and
connectivity creating tomorrow’s solutions from today’s challenges inspired by Nigeria’s 5G
deployment.
Taking place between the 12th and the 14th of August, the hackathon competition which will
bring together the qualified participants with teams contributing with solutions inspired by
‘Africa in Motion’; Ericsson’s mission to empower a sustainable and connected Africa.
Registration is available for the hackathon competition via the link: Ericsson Together Apart
Hackathon Nigeria .
The Together Apart Hackathon will improve livelihoods, and contribute to the sustainable and
economic growth of the country by working with entrepreneurs, professionals, academics,
and university students from across Nigeria to identify innovative and commercially viable
solutions and deep diving into the following focus areas:
1 Health care and education
2. Manufacturing and mining
3. Digital financial inclusion
4. Smart cities and Internet of Things (IoT)
The hackathon aims to develop ideas, revolving around digital technologies and 5G, to
stimulate innovations that improve lives of Nigerian citizens.
A total of five winning teams will be chosen – one winning team from each focus area in the
Nigeria Hackathon. The five winning teams will receive support in developing and scaling
their solutions. One team will receive the grand prize to visit Ericsson’s headquarters in
Sweden to pitch the team’s solution and interact with the entrepreneurial community.
Participants will focus on creating innovative and viable solutions that are aimed at
increasing the accessibility and inclusivity of healthcare, digital finance, and education in the
country. With technology being viewed as an enabler to improve the livelihoods and income
levels of different demographics in society, the Together Apart Hackathon encourages
participants to efficiently harness the potential of new technologies to elevate standards of
living across the country.
Peter Olusoji Ogundele, Country Manager of Ericsson Nigeria says: “Ericsson is committed
to supporting local talent while focusing on ICT topics that are significant to Nigeria’s digital
journey. The hackathon is the perfect opportunity to encourage creativity, ambition, and
innovation to drive Nigerians’ technological capabilities and thereby bring about a positive
impact to the nation. We are certain that the results of the hackathon will be inspirational, and
we are looking forward to exploring the ideas and solutions of the participants that will
contribute to the overall economic and social development of the country.”
The hackathon is part of a range of projects Ericsson has initiated with the goal of developing
and enhancing the country’s regional talent. Ericsson has constantly worked on initiatives
focused on empowering women in technological fields such as data encryption and Artificial
Intelligence and has also vigorously put in efforts to upskill and develop local talents in its
countries.
With Nigeria witnessing growth in entrepreneurship and tech start-ups ecosystems, the
hackathon will inspire innovations that assist in Nigeria’s digital transformation journey. The
outcome of the hackathon will improve the overall standard of living contributing to the
existing body of scientific research and support Nigeria’s digital economy.

 
 
 
 

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