The purpose of the workshop was to generate ideas for digital tools and products that better distribute BBC News to African audiences and increase the reach in ways that are relevant to these markets.
Interested participants heeded the call for applications. Submitted ideas were then scored and shortlisted by a judging panel.
The shortlisted teams further submited a detailed plan and underwent a Q&A session with BBC experts.
After this, the judges then selected two teams – Codulab and Timerail – out of the four shortlisted for the next stage of the digital innovation programme.
(L-R) Stanley, Ehiaghe and Johnson (team members from the selected teams)
Both teams will build their ideas, which includes innovation surrounding chat bots and connecting to audiences through instant messaging as well as structured journalism and connected storytelling, into pilots throughout the year.
Further details on the pilots will be announced later this year.
The BBC World Service Group Digital Development Editor and judging panellist, Dmitry Shishkin said, “It has been great to collaborate with technical innovators in Nigeria – one of World Service’s most important markets. Having done hackathons in Kenya and South Africa in 2015 it was only natural for us to come to Nigeria, too,”
He added, “This time we made extra effort to help with feedback and briefing for the event and were delighted by the great number of interesting submissions we received. Given the revolutionary changes mobile technology is bringing to Africa, BBC is keen to be an integral part of this exciting journey.”
The collaborations form part of the BBC’s objective of increasing its global reach to 500 million by 2020.