June 26, 2022

FSI, computer science students host hackathon, seek tech solutions for Nigerians

Economic Support Innovators and the Nigeria Association of Computing Students are set to host a hackathon to tackle the dominance of funds transactions within the casual channels in the suburban parts of Nigeria, such as university communities.

The FSI and NACOS Progressive Obstacle, themed ‘#TechonDemand’, will just about hold from Oct 1 to 9, 2021, and bodily from October 12 to 14 at Nile University, Abuja, with more than N2.5m prize dollars up for grabs, according to a statement issued on Monday by Plexus Media Interlinks, the public relations company to FSI.

“The aim of the event is to tackle the dominance of funds transactions, handbook processes and entry to financial services amid retailers, small enterprises and persons in the suburban components of Nigeria, together with college communities and environs.

“It will aim on the digitisation of essential sectors this sort of as schooling, well being, monetary products and services and transportation in a fashion that can make them all-inclusive, strengthening accessibility, removing limitations and reducing expenditures, therefore acquiring social, digital and economic inclusion,” the statement examine in section.

It pointed out that the FSI and NACOS challenge would be employed to give options to functions that involve obtaining and marketing of items and solutions, discounts, expense, remitting of funds and commuting from a single put to an additional without the use of cash.

The organisers stressed that the celebration was educated by the want to present the best, basic and effortless-to-use answer for the unbanked and below-banked communities.

“Cash stays the preferred and dominant possibility for micro and smaller corporations, stores, business people and other people in the suburban places, and hence value chain integration will not be maximised. Very low adoption of monetary companies will have a adverse effects on the monetary inclusion generate.

“Opportunities for corporations to scale are nominal as obtain to credit score is limited, offered the difficulties associated with handbook processes for dollars transactions. This also has a destructive socio-economic effects on the nation,” they stated.

In accordance to the statement, registration is open up to individuals until October 1 by means of bit.ly/TECHONDEMAND.

The contributors are to concentrate at least on one sector by providing a alternative that can address the difficulty of hard cash dominance, access to providers in that sector, and guide procedures, among the other folks.

“The alternative really should aim on addressing the dominance of dollars collections and the integration of a electronic system in the transportation sector an on-the-go understanding alternative that campus learners and lecturers’ community will gladly embrace in the schooling sector digitising the health care providers and producing it additional successful and very affordable,” it described.

FSI and NACOS disclosed that staff members, whose entries were being adjudged the leading three would get prize money, when the fourth to tenth positions would get consolation prizes.

The prizes consist of N1m (over-all winner), N500,000 (1st runner-up), N300,000 (2nd runner-up). The fourth to tenth positions will get consolation costs of N100,000 every single.

The associates contain EFInA, Nigeria Inter-Lender Settlement Program, Prosper Ventures, Flutterwave, Wema Lender, Sterling Bank, Zenith Lender, Capricorn Electronic Ltd and AXA Mansard.

The Government Director, FSI, Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, mentioned, “Nation constructing is our principal emphasis and we will keep on to get the job done with stakeholders in the financial providers and tech ecosystem at significant to build an integrated, revolutionary and collaborative ecosystem.

Executive Director, Financial Service Innovators, Aituaz Kola-Oladejo
Government Director, Financial Provider Innovators, Aituaz Kola-Oladejo

“We are a shared infrastructure for the fiscal products and services ecosystem and our main goal is to find and nurture skills, even from tertiary institutions, for the reason that we consider in residence-grown ground breaking solutions.”

In accordance to her, FSI is established to continue to keep the Nigerian technological innovation flag traveling superior, though assisting more Nigerian startups to be part of the world tech community.

“Technology is a veritable resource to consider Nigerian citizens out of poverty as properly as push economic, social and financial inclusion,” she included.

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