From left: Permanent Secretary, Delta State
Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Onokpise,
Christian Jombo, Emmanuel Essiet (winners of
Delta State Open Hackathon from University of
Uyo), the Delta State Commissioner of Finance,
Olorogun David Edevwe, and the Director General of
Delta State Innovation Hub, Dr. Chris Uwaje
Those who think that Made-in-Nigeria software
cannot compete favourably on a global scale, might
need to have a rethink. Just last week, no fewer
than 56 energetic and creative young Nigerians with
passion for technology innovation had pitched their
solutions ‘Hacked within 36 hours nonstop coding’
at the just concluded Delta State open innovation
The competition focused on resolving the
Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs challenge for
Nigeria and Africa.
There were convincing signals that products
showcased at the hackathon have the resilience
and capability to solve local challenges if properly
harnessed and deployed.
For the Delta State Governor, Senator. Ifeanyi
Okowa and the panel of judges who were thrilled
with the innovative solutions on showcase, ‘the tech
entrepreneurs must scale up their solutions to meet
up with national and global market challenges.
The event was developed in response to the need
to engage and build up Tech-creative minds and
young innovative software developers and start-
ups in Nigeria.
One thing was clear after watching their
presentations. They all had amazing solutions that
could deliver the benefits of the SDGs.
For the judges, if the solutions on showcase are
scaled up to market application level, the set
targets of challenges for Nigeria and Africa on
sustainable developments goals (SDGs) of the
United Nations would be solved to the barest
Speaking after the competition which was won by
Team Artisan made up of two students from the
University of Uyo that took the first position, the
Governor of Delta State ,Senator. Ifeanyi Okowa
who was tickled with the innovations showcased by
the participants, said that they represented skilled
workforce needed to accelerate the local content
solutions deployment and take Nigeria to the next
While urging the participants to scale up their
solution to the next level, the Commissioner of
Finance, Olorogun David Edevwe, who represented
the Governor, told the gathering that the hackathon
would position the participants well for challenges of
modern ICT-driven economy and should be done
“Everybody is a winner. There is need to engage in
a paradigm shift, which is focused on knowledge
research and , aggregate experimenting with new
and innovative ways of achieving rapid economic
development for the good and prosperity of Deltans.
“The essence of this drive is to reduce poverty to
its barest minimum while simultaneously improving
lives, aggregating wealth and promoting the well-
being of Deltans.
The state government believes that the expertise in
the knowledge, practice and adoption of technology
can be effectively harnessed through constructive
innovation to curtail poverty and ignorance”, he said.
To sustain and build these benefits, he said that
there was needed to build a critical mass of ICT
manpower across the state.
With optimism, he believed that the youths could be
engaged with hackathon as a way of getting them
out of the street.
The Governor challenged the tech entrepreneurs to
put their skills and energy to enhance technological
drive to meet the myriad of socio-economic
challenges currently staring Nigeria in the face.