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The Future is Here – USPF Changemaker Challenge 2018

Innovative ICT Solutions and Entrepreneurship development project provides an avenue for self expression and creativity through technology. This is a Hackathon and Incubation event where people with technology backgrounds and business vision come together, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from the scratch. These solutions are usually in the form of websites, mobile apps, IOT, robotics and more.   

Therefore, instead of meeting at the local bars, coffee shops or social media groups to discuss and ponder on social problems every weekend, you actually have a chance to meet diverse but like-minded fellows to tackle these problems head-on.  It is considering this that the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) initiated the third season of the Changemaker Challenge.  This is an innovative competition for persons who have ideas on how to apply technology in solving problems. The theme for the Changemaker Challenge 2018 is “THE FUTURE IS HERE: Disrupting Legacy Ecosystem with Technology”.

This Hackathon is scheduled for the 25th to 27th of January 2019 and open to all Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 45 (well interested persons below the age of 18 would require their parents/guardians to fill out a permission slip and accompany their ward to the event).

Eligible persons can participate in the USPF Changemaker Challenge 2018 as individuals or as a team (each team consisting of a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 5 members).

So what’s in it for you?

Should you decide to participate in the USPF Changemaker Challenge 2018, there are lots of benefits outside the fame and cash prize. Some of which include:

  1. You get to make new connections and network:  This Hackathon will be a great opportunity to get to know people who have the same interests as you and care about the same technologies. Plus you get the chance to actually work and collaborate on projects with like-minded people and pitch your ideas to potential investors.
  • Awesome Collaborative Experience:  Working intensely with the new people you meet for many consecutive hours over a short period of time lets you create strong bonds, learn from others strengths and learn how to work with a team that you don’t already know and with who you’ve never worked before.
  • Great for your CV: while you will be getting some real tech experience and you can win cash prizes, people in the field know that during a Hackathon you increase your knowledge and gain team work experience.
  • Prize Money: There is a total prize money of over N3.5m to be won! While mentors and investors are seated to guide and launch your idea for business success or social good, you will also be winning some money for your effort.

Other perks include the opportunity to: innovate and develop a product; free food; free swag; meet industry leaders; increase your chances of getting a job offer and most importantly, you get to LEARN (all these for free) and eventually pitch your ideas to potential investors.

So what are you waiting for?

The USPF Changemaker Challenge event is the perfect place to network and connect with brilliant, software developers, UX Designers, Data Scientists, ICT Experts, Budding Entrepreneurs, Strategists, Angel Investors, Idea Funders, Public Policy Experts, Incubation Experts and Technology Enthusiasts. It will be a weekend of freedom to create a new product, learn new techniques for your future development, and be part of a community of new ideas and ventures thus Ideas Festival, Investors Delight!

The total cash prize is over N3,500,000 and there will also be transportation subsidies for applicants that apply early. It is the much-awaited ideas festival, investors delight!

Apply now at www.uspfchangemaker18.ng and stand a chance to develop your idea.

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