We have spent the past couple of weeks calling for submission of interesting ideas and individuals to participate at the Enterprise Technology Challenge in hopes of discovering the next big technology idea.
Here is a shortlist of ideas that have met the criteria for the challenge and will go on to compete to be among the top 3 winners and an opportunity to win the coveted prize of N2.1million to grow their ideas:1. Buddycompare: A price comparison platform aggregating prices across different e-commerce platforms2. Ratio Nigeria: An application for Bureau de Changes to interact with their customers on forex transactions3. Flex Office: A platform for small businesses to list and book office spaces for short term use4. My Review: A platform for customers to review goods and services from Nigerian businesses5. Full Service: A virtual office environment to enable interactions for small businesses not able to get a physical work space6. Escrow Hub: An online escrow service that holds funds paid for online goods till the buyer receives the goods from the seller7. CashMadam: An app which allows the business owner to record inventory & sales easily from their mobile devices8. ShopHQ: A subscription-based cloud POS software with offline capability to handle internet downtime.
At the hackathon, ideas will be matched with the skillsets they require (i.e designers, business brains, SME experts etc…) to build a working prototype.
Venue: Co-creation Hub, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo- Yaba, Lagos
Date and Time:
Friday, 6th November | 3pm
Saturday, 7th November | 10:30am
Sunday, 8th November | 10:30am.
Students are invited to apply for the Intel Student Partner program in 3 universities in Nigeria namely, Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal University Of Technology, Akure, and Rivers State University Of Technology.
What is the Intel Student Partner Program?
This program is designed to enable students at leading universities in Nigeria to have the opportunity to work closely with Intel and understand their latest technologies.
Students who join this program will receive technical training, incredible connections, and extraordinary opportunities from Intel. Students will also be exposed to new Intel technologies, development tools, and industry defining software applications from Intel and its global partners.
In return, a student partner is tasked with inspiring peers by sharing and promoting these new technologies and benefits on campus through organised Intel developer activities.
Program Participants can apply to be part of the Intel Student Partner Program by submitting an application here
Eligibility criteria are:
University status: Participants must be enrolled in a full time program in computer science or engineering field at the following universities:
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Federal University Of Technology, Akure
Rivers State University Of Technology, Port-Harcourt
Academic excellence: Participants must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of minimum 3.5 from their university. Proof of grade point average in the form of academic transcripts is required.
Leadership experience: Participants must demonstrate that they have previously organized and led other students in running or implementing a project or event that is of value to the University community. Proof for this should be provided in the form of reference letters from the organization for which they implemented the program.
Participants can apply at any time until 25th of September, 2015, and will be notified within 7 days of their application date regarding the status of their application. The Program typically runs for one year, but Intel, at its sole discretion, may determine the end date of the Program. You can find out more about the program here. Apply now!
Partners will receive the following benefits:
Profiling within the Intel Developer Zone (within regional sections dedicated for Africa as a Partner).
Opportunity to participate in certain Intel events locally and internationally. For any event that requires travel, Intel will cover all associated, reasonable costs (transport, accommodation and board) on behalf of the Partner based on actually incurred costs only which must be supported by a valid proof of payment.
Sneak peeks at some development tools, and industry-defining software applications that are public but may not be readily available in your specific market.
Access to mentors within Intel to support Partners to build their global network and career skillset.
Monthly stipend of $50 (Stipend) payable in equivalent local currency. The Stipend will only be available for months of Partners’ full time enrollment at the University, excluding University holiday months, (Eligible Months). The Stipend will be subject to additional contractual obligations to be signed by the Partners with the Agency.
Branded Intel merchandise (Merchandise): 1 branded jacket, 1 branded T-shirt, 1 branded laptop bag, 1 branded laptop cover of a total value of approximately $200.
TechSQUAD, a CNN-featured initiative of the Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub) will soon be open for ALL.
As the world goes digital, more and more Nigerian businesses, NGOs and government agencies want to join the wave. Whether to build web platforms, mobile apps or desktop applications to improve their efficiency and reach, the need for local development talent is increasing. Up till now most of the development done by Nigerian organisations is outsourced to other countries taking valuable resources to other markets.
TechSQUAD is here to address this.
Launched by Co-Creation Hub, Nigeria’s foremost technology innovation centre, TechSquad is a platform which connects Nigerian organisations that operate without a dedicated technical team to vetted local technologists to work on their digital technology projects.
TechSquad provides organisations with access to pre-qualified Project Managers as well as software developers and designers who form adhoc teams from the SQUAD, to work on their projects at reasonable rates. Through TechSQUAD we want to enable 200 Nigerian businesses to deepen their use of digital technology over the next 1 year.
TechSQUAD is launching with 81 technologists shortlisted from 247 that applied. In this group, we have 14 senior developers and project managers and 67 software developers and designers to work in their teams.
A pilot of TechSQUAD was deployed in the run up to the 2015 general elections and they supported civil society organisations to build technology platforms that played a significant role in the success of the elections. Some of the projects that were developed by TechSQUAD include Nigeria Elections (by Wangonet), ReVoDa (by EiE Nigeria) , ThumbPower (by ThumbPower) and NgManifesto (by CDD West Africa). A feature of the TechSQUAD was done by CNN on March 26, 2015 and can be viewed here.
TechSQUAD is set to revolutionise the local technology industry as a whole, by providing a seamless way for Nigerian technologists to service local companies, NGOs and government agencies.
CcHub is therefore pleased to invite you to the formal launch of TechSQUAD and the newly developed engagement platform.
The Launch details are as follows:
Date: Friday, 11th of September
Venue: Co-Creation Hub, 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba
Tickets to attend the launch are available here.
For additional information or inquiries please reach out to info[at]cchubnigeria.com.
About Co-Creation Hub
Co-Creation Hub (www.cchubnigeria.com) is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed as a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB serves as a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to Nigeria’s social problems.
Registration for the CcHUB 2015 Summer of Code has officially opened!
In a few weeks, primary and secondary school students all over the country will begin the longest holiday in the academic calendar. With more free time than ever before, it’s a period where parents and guardians search for the best ways and programs to keep their kids actively engaged. If you’re a parent based in Lagos you need look no further – the CcHUB Summer of Code is back with a bang!
The CcHUB Summer of Code is a 4-week summer programme; one of our initiatives to raise a new generation of digital makers. Through the Summer of Code, kids will learn new skills and tools to express their creativity. The program culminates in a Demo Day which is a fun day where students proudly present projects they’ve built to their parents and invited guests.
This year, our focus is on developing young makers. The maker-culture is a global movement which promotes the concept of learning through action, hence ‘making’. This transforms learning into a more interactive, more fun and more personalised experienced.
We aim to develop our young makers by teaching them how to program computers. Computer programming is a tool, and a rather powerful one at that for bringing ideas to life. Regardless of their interests, kids will have an opportunity to share those ideas with the larger community. In addition, by learning to program young people also improve their critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
How It Works
We meant it when we said we were back with a bang. This year we have three tracks crafted to suit the unique interests of your kids. You can sign your kids up to any of the tracks below or have them choose for themselves at the start of the program:
- The RockStars: in addition to regular lessons, this track has been crafted specifically for kids to explore and develop their musical talents and abilities. With unique lessons and projects to work on you’re certain to bring out the inner rockstar in them.
- The AniMakers: following the traditional track, this is for kids interested in learning how to make games and animations.
- The HardWebbers: this is the most advanced track and is for teenagers interested in learning web and hardware programming.
Taking on board the feedback from last year, we are introducing an option that allows much older kids and teenagers to get in on the action.
Juniors: Kids aged 8-14 years
Seniors: Teenagers aged 15-18 years
Start Date: 3rd August – 29th August 2015 (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
Venue: CcHUB MXLab, Ground Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
To sign up your child fill out this form here. For more information about the Summer of Code, you can read up on 2014 highlights or email us at mxlab[at]cchubnigeria.com.
Let’s work together to make this summer a super-exciting and memorable one!