Mark Essien, E, Professor Adesola, others to speak at Hackjos 2016


The organizers of Hackjos, a software and apps competition designed to foster interest among young people in software development and the entire spectrum of ICT, has released the list of speakers for the event.

The speakers include Mark Essien, CEO,; Professor Adesola Aderounmu, President, Nigeria Computer Society; Aboyeji E Iyinoluwa, co-founder, Flutterwave; Celestine Omin, Software Engineer at Konga, and Mr. Olufunbi Falaye, Center Manager, iDea Hub Lagos.

Others are Mr. Bankole Oloruntoba, Center Manager, Enspire Incubator, Abuja; Mr. Akin Naphtal, CEO Instinct Wave; Dimgba Kalu, CEO/Co-founder, ProJaro, and Alhaji Dasuki Nakande, former Communications Minister of State and CEO Unity FM.

The list also include Gossy Ukanwoke of BAU Research and Development; Group Captain OC Ubadike, Director Research and Development Center, Nigerian Air force; Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Ag Director General of the NITDA and a host of others.

These speakers will be speaking on various topics at a one-day conference tagged “How ready is Nigeria for the internet of things (IOT)”, which will be held during the course of the main event.

Hackjos is a four days event bringing together techy-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, students, programmers and developers across Nigeria to develop tech solutions for real problems affecting Nigerians.

The participants will be grouped into 30 teams consisting of a minimum of three developers/hackathoners, and for 48 hours will come up with various solutions under the theme of the event.

10 judges and 10 tech support team will be on hand to assess the solutions, which will be presented in front of over 300 live audience and spectators.

The event, which is the second edition – the first took place last year -, will hold at Jos-based Crest Hotel from November 1 – 4, 2016.

Hackjos is organized by Nignux Technologies Ltd, owners of nHub, in partnership with Qitech Technologies, publishers of IT Edge, and Knowhow Media International.

It has received the backing of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and supported by the Plateau State Government.

“We are glad to be supporting HackJos and believe Nigeria’s future rests on the resourcefulness of its young people. As part of our mandate to promote software skills and build indigenous capacity in IT, we consider HackJos a strategic window to build confidence in young people, identify with their budding skill set and provide them with the required impetus to thrive,” said Dr. Vincent Olatunji.

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