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Nine UI students bag Geohackathon award

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Nine students of University of Ibadan (UI) yesterday bagged the Geohackathon award for developing technology innovations towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

Vice Chancellor of UI, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, who disclosed this to journalists, represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, said research should be one, which addresses societal problems.

While the VC stated that the event would assist with incubation of ideas arising from mentoring students and budding entrepreneurs, the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Konsult, Mr. David Afolayan, said the student innovators would be assisted until their innovations become marketable.

The event was organised by Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (RISP) and in collaboration with GIS Konsult Limited.

The Geohackathon is coined from three words: Geo, representing earth; Hack, a series of events geared to solve earth and environmental problems and Athon, borrowed from ‘marathon’, a long distance race.

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