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Unlocking Innovation: The Naija SDGs FinTech-AI Hackathon

Promotional graphic for AfriHacks 2023, branding it as Africa's largest hackathon for everyone with a call to join and build AI, web3, hardware, and other projects.

 

As the digital age progresses, Nigeria stands at the forefront of technological innovation with the upcoming Naija SDGs FinTech-AI Hackathon. Slated for December 5th and 6th, this event promises to be a catalyst for change, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the intersection of finance, technology, and artificial intelligence.

Organized by the esteemed groups NaijaHacks and AfricaHacks, the event’s theme, “From Promise to Cash,” encapsulates the journey from ideation to practical, profitable solutions. The hackathon finale and conference will take place in the vibrant cities of Lagos, at the Microsoft Office Garage and the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, commencing at 9 a.m.

Uchi Uchibeke, the visionary founder of NaijaHacks and AfricaHacks, emphasizes the hackathon’s mission: to leverage cutting-edge technology for local and global benefit. It is this focus on practical application that has garnered the support and collaboration of numerous partners and participants.

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The CEO of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, Bankole Oloruntoba, has articulated the organization’s dedication to the SDGs through such innovative projects. Over the past two years, the hackathon has not only provided a platform for impactful solutions but has also been pivotal in progressing towards sustainable development through technological innovation.

Echoing these sentiments, Mr. Emmanuel Etaderhi, the Executive Secretary of FC4S Lagos, highlights the hackathon’s evolution. From fostering FinTech talent to integrating artificial intelligence, the initiative has been a journey of both innovation and impact. The vision is clear—to sculpt a FinTech ecosystem that thrives and revolutionizes the financial landscape for a greener, more equitable world.

The call for participation is now open, targeting young, talented individuals between 18 to 35 years old, who are eager to craft AI and FinTech solutions that bolster sustainable development. Prospective participants are encouraged to register and take part in this transformative experience.

The hackathon will kick off with participants pitching their innovative solutions to a panel of high-caliber judges. The following day, industry leaders and experts will gather to delve into the digital frontier and announce the top three hackathon finalists. This event is not just a competition; it’s an opportunity for participants to expand their professional networks, gain mentorship, and engage with thought leaders.

In summary, the Naija SDGs FinTech-AI Hackathon is more than an event—it’s a movement towards a brighter, more innovative future. It’s where promises transform into tangible rewards, where ideas ignite change, and where the next generation of innovators steps into the limelight.

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