The event, Lagos Labs, seek teams of contestants to develop innovative solutions to Nigerian societal, infrastructural and environmental challenges.
During the event, participants would be provided with educational guidance along the path to prototyping and possibly implementing their projects.
Three workshops will take place during the event to get the participants familiar with the Arduino kits and the 3-D printer.
The first will focus on how to build sensors – temperature, pressure, motion etc while the second will focus on how to connect these sensors to the Internet.
The third workshop will involve testing, debugging and making the devices cool by designing enclosures with our 3-D printer.
After these workshops, a Hardware Hackathon will take place. The Hardware Hackathon will see participants pitch their hardware ideas to everyone in attendance, allowing the organizers know what they intend to work on.
The pitch will also allow other hackers in attendance to join projects that they find interesting and exciting!
After the hacking session, the various teams will present their prototypes to the larger audience. The most promising ideas will receive prizes and have access to mentorship from TDI Lagos and its partners.
Mentors for the event include Femi Oluwafemi (Technical Lead/Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation), Temitope Oluwafemi (IoTG Engineer, Intel Corporation), Sean Jeffries (Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group), and Chinemelu Ezeh (PhD Candidate in Assistive Robotics, University College, London)
Others are Luke Iseman (Hardware Guy, Y Combinator), Tim Burke (CTO, Welldone.org), Sam Kyakilika (CIO, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company), and Yomi Oyesiku (Technical Project Manager, Google)
The Lagos Labs will act as catalysts for tangible, innovative solutions for critical infrastructure challenges in Nigeria, promote talent, and facilitate impactful learning experiences.
Registration is open to teams of engineers, but also to individuals from diverse backgrounds with an interest in hardware and innovation.
The event, claimed to be the first of its kind, is organized in collaboration with WellDone.org and Techno-Diffusion Company Ltd.