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Vilsquare brings hackathon to Kano


To strengthen government institutions and proffer technology solutions that help achieve the 16th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), 22 youths have built Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
The National Hackathon Series 1.0 organised by Vilsquare Makers’ Hub was tagged: “Building the Makers’ Movement”, had the participant from software, embedded systems design and other fields of study contribute skills and knowledge required to achieve the desired results. The event was held in Kano.
The Series focused on enabling young Nigerians use IoT to solve challenges affecting the success of strong institutions in Nigeria.  

Participants built six open source products, including a public procurement web platform, document tracker for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), ticketing device to buy and sell toll pass/units in markets and other government parks, an embedded system/hardware for fingerprint logging and hydrocarbon forensic tests on premium motor spirit at crime scenes of pipeline vandalisation, among others.
Technical Co-Founder, Vilsquare, Obasegun Ayodele, noted the diverse skills and commitment that participants displayed at contributing their quotas towards solving the problems that is affecting Nigeria.

Executive Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Alhaji Muhyi Magaji, who hosted the hackathon said: “The National Hackathon Series 1.0 serves as a platform for promoting national cohesion, unity and integration among Nigerian youth through technology and innovation.
“This IoT Edition held in Kano provides our youth with a laudable platform through which they can learn to effectively integrate not just with their Nigerian counterparts but with the global community”.
The National Hackathon Series 1.0 is a two-year civic engagement programme organised by Vilsquare Makers’ Hub, the social impact subsidiary of Vilsquare Global Resources Limited – a data science and analytics firm and Meluibe Foundation, an NGO which focuses on empowering women and youth through good governance, technology and innovation, youth employment and women-centric programmes.

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