Oluaka Institute in partnership with CLEEN Foundation hosted #ElectionInnov8 Hackathon. A Hackathon to build Innovations that will enhance free, fair and credible 2019 general election on November 23 – 26, 2018.
The Oluaka Institute of technology via Heartland incubation hub was instrumental to organise the hackathon. With over 70 applications received including over 30 teams, only seven of the best were selected to participate during the Hackathon.
CLEEN foundation founded Oluaka Institute as an approach to promote public safety and security. It is an organization with a mission to promote public safety, security and justice through empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications in partnership with government, civil society and the private sector. Election Monitoring is also part of their work.
To celebrate 20 years anniversary of CLEEN Foundation and commissioning of Oluaka Institute with the general election forthcoming. The #ElectionInnov8 Hackathon was not a bad Idea.
Some of the issues identified are:
1. Security during the election
3. Vote Rigging
4. Lack of education among citizens
5. Lack of election financing regulations
Seven teams, Team Jenk, Team E-Reporter, Team loner, Team disrupt, Team Unchained, Team 3CL, Team jet, all made it to the three days Boot camp while 5 were shortlisted for the final presentation which culminated on the commissioning of the Institute.
The Judges Included high profile personality such as Prof. Abubakar Mu’azu, Member board of directors of Cleen Foundation, Benson Chinedu Olugbuo, PhD Executive Director of Cleen Foundation, Ada Ononiwu, Founder of inspireIT that supports young girls and women studying or interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
On the D-day, The five startups pitched while Team Jenk, Team loner, Team E-reporter came top as the three winners. The team went home with N300,000, N200,000, & N100,000 respectively and will be incubated for three months to develop their solution. If any is successfully brought to life before 2019, the product could be used in the general election in 2019.
On the final note, the Chairman of the event and Board Chairman of Oluaka Institute could not put it better
“We want people in this region to be creators of solutions to many of Nigeria’s problem, we are creating an environment for young people to thrive, build and learn without having to leave for places like Lagos and Abuja. We are also making sure these talents are employed here in the region”- Innocent Chukwuma.
Brief Profile of the top 5 Teams
Team Unchained: They are building a platform that allows voters to vote remotely, as well as live monitoring of election results.
Team E-Reporter: They are working on building a platform that allows voters to be election observers by reporting ongoing activities during an election.
Team Jenk: They are building an election monitoring system that enables observers to send security reports on all ongoing election activities using wearable.
Team Lona: They are building an election monitoring system that helps on improving the security performance in the upcoming election.
Team Jets Technology: They are building on an electronic voting system and a verifiable election information reporting system.