#BuildForMyCity is coming to ABUJA, this May!
CcHub invites you to participate in the #BuildForMyCity Hyperlocal Hackathon happening in Abuja this May 2016. This is our first hackathon outside Lagos.
#BuildForMyCIty is a 48-hour rapid prototyping hackathon, where idea owners, software developers/designers, branding gurus, project managers, digital marketing experts and business brains collaborate to build working prototypes of web and mobile apps that improve quality of life in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.
Do you have an idea to improve how people live, get educated, keep fit, eat and interact with public services in Abuja?
You are invited to submit your ideas for the chance to have it quickly developed at #BuildForMyCity Hackathon.
Individuals with the skills to develop these ideas (web & mobile developers, UI/UX designers, graphic designers, project managers, digital marketing experts, marketing communication experts, business brains etc) are also invited to apply to join the teams that would be hacking solutions.
The best ideas hacked stand the chance to win prizes towards completion and launch.
Sign up to participate at http://buildformycity.com/
Date: 27th – 29th May 2016 (Update: This event has been postponed to 10th of June, 2016)
Venue: The re:learn center – 1st Floor, TY Danjuma Foundation Building. 35, Fandriana Close, Off Oda Crescent, Off Dar Es Salaam Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
On the 13th of April, 2016, the United Kingdom’s Minister of International Development (DFID), Nick Hurd accompanied by other officials of the UK’s DFID, visited Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB). The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the innovative technology solutions within the hub and also look at possible room for collaboration in the nearest future.
As is our tradition, the Minister and his delegates were given a tour of Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) beginning at the Mobile Experience Lab (MxLAB), the incubation space, the community space and the rooftop. At the incubation space, the Minister met with 6 startups which include: Truppr, Lifebank, Genii Games, BudgIT, Mamalette and Grit Systems.
We are enthusiastic about the attention and buzz the Nigerian tech industry is getting and we look forward to positive collaboration that foster better relationship between the Nigeria and UK tech industry that could lead to impactful investment and promote globalization.
The guests were welcomed by Femi Longe, Director, Open Living Labs (OLL) and Tunji Eleso, Managing partner, Growth Capital.
A lot has happened in the past weeks at Growth Academy with Intel Africa, a 3-month accelerator for tech startups have the opportunity to grow their businesses into profitable and sustainable enterprises. Briefly, let us run you through our past activities since when it kicked off on the 14th of March 2016
After a 3-week call for applications, we had a total of 102 startups that applied, from which the 10 participating startups were selected. Our criteria for selection was based on: Does their solution address a clear need in the society, is their team knowledgeable and skillful enough to implement the solution, how many customers and how much revenue has been generated so far etc. The 10 startups are EdvesSuite, VergeNG, Mamalette, Tuteria, GoMyWay, DropBuddies, Eazyhire, VacantBoards, GeniiGames and Wesabi. Read more about them at growthacademy.ng
Growth Academy 2016 Begins!
Kick off Session
The Accelerator commenced with a kick off session on the 14th of March 2016, participants were introduced to the program and curriculum. Each startup was given the opportunity to introduce themselves, their product and motivation to take part in Growth Academy. This enabled participants to have a grasp of other startups partaking in the program and also get to know each other better.
The session was facilitated by CcHub’s Director for Open Living Labs, Femi Longe & the Program manager. A welcome speech was given by CcHub’s CEO, Bosun Tijani and Growth Capital’s Managing Partner, Tunji Eleso. The kick off session rounded up with a goal setting activity where startups set smart goals they want to achieve by the end of the accelerator program.
A series of sessions commenced in the following days for startups to prepare their pitches for demo day. Mock pitch sessions were conducted alongside a general overview of each startup’s pitch deck.
Demo day, a platform for startups to showcase their products to prospective investors, partners and the media. This year, different from the typical accelerator format, Growth Academy flipped the accelerator/demo model by introducing demo day just one week into the 3 months program. This enabled startups with the opportunity to meet potential partners that can work with them to achieve their set goals for the program.
This pace setting event held on the 22nd of March, 2016 with over 15 organizations present, this included Intel, Oracle, MainOne, Jumia, Rack centre, The Nation, TechCabal, Biola Alabi Media, Accion Microfinance Bank, Insight Communications, Google, Enplug Africa, Emval, Interswitch, Etisalat Nigeria, Alpine amongst others. Each startup had the opportunity to pitch their business and receive feedback from the audience on areas to tweak in order to rapidly scale their user base and also possible areas of collaboration with the organizations present.
Working & Check -In sessions
The accelerator program commenced fully with working and check in sessions which are scheduled to hold weekly till the end of the program in June. Working sessions are an avenue for startups to get insights on growth hacks, route to market strategies, customer insights etc from industry professionals, top company execs and seasoned experts
In the past weeks, working sessions have been facilitated by top industry executives; at the first session, Mr Isaac Okanlawon, Marketing Manager at Heinz shared useful insights on customer understanding, market segmentation techniques and how to effectively use the Source of Growth Analysis (SOGA) tool. At the second session, Mr Tomi Davies, President of African Business Angel Network & CEO -TechnoVision and Tunji Eleso, Managing Partner – Growth Capital – gave each startup customized growth hacking tips to rapidly scale their user base and shared how important it is for the startups to define their businesses using the P.O.E.M framework. And recently,at the 3rd session – facilitated by Femi Longe & Olaide Ogungbesan; startups reviewed each other’s platforms and gave concrete feedback on how to optimise their platforms to better customers experiences.
Check-in sessions are an opportunity to assess the weekly progress of each startup, get feedback for the accelerator program and know specific areas to improve the experience of each startup.
You can follow the next working session on Twitter using the hashtag #GrowthAcademy
Facebook in conjunction with Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) will be hosting a meetup for developers in Lagos, Nigeria on the 12th of April, 2016 at 5.30 PM WAT
With more than 70 percent of developers building for the Facebook platform outside of the United States. In an effort to bring developers from all over the world key content and announcements being shared at F8, Facebook is organizing 27 meetups all over the world to coincide with the event happening live in San Francisco on April 12. Each meetup will feature a live stream of the opening day keynote and time to connect with the local developer community.
To register to attend this event: please visit F8meetupsLagos
For anyone who can’t make it to F8 or one of the viewing parties, you can register here for free to watch the keynote and selected sessions that will be live streamed online. There will also be bonus content available online, such as exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage of F8.
Date: 12th of April, 2016
Time: 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM (WAT)
Venue: Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Apply now via F8meetupsLagos as limited spaces are available.
In our last publication, we looked at the effects targeted incentives had on the engagement levels of students on Efiko, and ultimately the impact that had on academic performance. We began with an analysis of the data gathered during the Efiko Ultimate Challenge, a 2-month long competition to reward top performers on the Efiko platform. In the last report, we addressed the first category of challenge winners, which were selected from top performing members on Efiko nationwide. This week, we look at winners from the second category of the Challenge, which was only open to the 750 students participating in the Efiko pilot.
Each month of the Challenge, the top 10 performing students across the 3 states were selected and rewarded with Efiko branded prizes. Winners were selected based on performance on Efiko, without regard to how many times they played. To start with, we review the frequency and average performance (in Maths and English language) of the winning students comparing their engagement levels before, during and after the Efiko Ultimate Challenge.
The table above shows that the Efiko Ultimate Challenge did indeed increase the number of times students played quizzes. Engagement levels rose as high as 180% in some cases. Similar to the first group, the Challenge and rewards incentivised students and encouraged them to play more quizzes. After the pilot however, and perhaps not unexpected engagement levels dipped significantly. But what result did the Challenge have on academic performance?
Student performance was subsequently assessed based on academic results obtained before and during the pilot. The table compares students academic results before the pilot (BP), during the pilot (DP) and their average score on the Efiko app. The data shows that while some students experienced an increase in performance, the percentage change was however not nearly as significant, when compared to the other group of users who were some of the students that experienced some of the highest levels of academic improvement while using Efiko. Student C and D experienced no change in academic performance, and a decline in performance respectively.
The purpose of Efiko is to provide students with access to curated content, and by means of a social platform promote self-study, which will in turn improve student performance. But how much of an effect did the number of times students played positively impact their results? In the chart below we compare the cumulative frequency and scores of the winners of the challenge and compare their data before, during and after the Challenge.
While the challenge undoubtedly served to drive up engagement levels, this only resulted in a temporary spike as engagement levels dropped by as much as 147.4% after the challenge. This serves to answer the first half of the objective – whether targeted incentives could increase the adoption of Efiko by students. The second half of the objective, sought to find out whether targeted incentives could result in improved student performance. Based on the above data, performance levels rose by 4.5% during the pilot and dropped by 16.3% after the pilot. Furthermore, comparing the performance of the top 3 student winners above (based on percentage change) against the performance of overall top performing students on Efiko shows that while the first group achieved an average of a 0.7% improvement in academic performance, the latter group had an average of 16.5%.
In conclusion, the likely recommendation will be to tie rewards to more long term goals such as students’ end of term performance, as opposed to performance over a short period of time. This may yield a more sustainable uptake in student engagement levels by reinforcing the practice of using Efiko for personal study.
Efiko is a mobile quiz platform for secondary school students designed to stimulate and personalise the learning experience beyond the school environment. Since inception in 2012, the Efiko user base has grown to a little over twenty-seven thousand users, across 32 different states nationwide.