Nine finalists to profer tech solutions to COVID-19 challenge

Nine finalists have been selected to participate in the finals of the COVID-Hackathon challenge.  

The online challenge is meant to select the best ideas and software solutions targeted checking the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, or reducing and eliminating the impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian society. 

Civic Hive announced on its Twitter handle on Thursday that the judges have selected the nine ideas that will go into the finals. 

The finalists 

Elites Network for Sustainable Development seeks to track the delivery of palliatives to beneficiaries, while Cure My Nation’s idea revolves around determining the sufficiency of the palliatives at the grassroots.  

Team G4G has a solution that uses blockchain technology and its features to monitor the use of COVID-19 resources, Lightbulb has an app that will track the COVID-19 funds, and Co-Tracka Blueprint seeks to involve journalists in tracking same funds.  

COVID-19 Check team also has an open audit platform that will review government spending on the pandemic, but FEATAccount aims to use USSD and Internet-enabled funds to track the COVID-19 funds at the local level.  

Greater Good Group’s solution seeks to develop an analytic model which will define gaps and corruption, while Team Black has a solution to aggregate data on funds allocated and received in selected states.  

About the challenge 

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Information Technology development agency (NITDA), through its subsidiary, The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), invited applications from software developers, entrepreneurs and students, to the Covid-19 Hackathon challenge.  

Receipt of entries for the competition closed on April 19, 2020.  

Of the hundreds of applications, the panel has selected the nine finalists who will participate in the online challenge on Friday, June 19.  

The winner will receive a cash prize of N1 million, the second position receives N750,000 while the third position N500,000. 

In addition, the three finalists also get support to develop a full prototype of the solution, incubation at an appropriate Tech hub; Mentorship; as well as an opportunity for their solutions to be showcased at NITDA events. 

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