Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon
In a bid to resolve the power generation and distribution bottleneck across the state, the Lagos State Ministry of Energy Resources and Mineral Resources in collaboration with the Eko Innovation Center established the Lagos meter hackathon a platform where young minds come together using technology to solve real-world problems.
The hackathon received two hundred and seventy-four (274) registrations one hundred and twenty-seven (127) of which bid in the hardware category, while one hundred and forty-seven (147) competed in the software group. The Lagos meter hackathon receives registrations from across the country.
This year’s hackathon winners were announced on Friday 18th, 2020. Team Power Bit cruncher from the hardware category and Team Zeena Platform for the software category. The two teams earned a combined sum of 10million naira. The winners and runners-up will also get working space at Eko Innovation Centre, while all ten (10) finalists will get mentorship opportunities, among other consolation prizes.
Mr. Olonma Ibrahim and Peter Okonma represented the hardware team, while Oluwasemi Oreoluwa and Adenitire Ayonikun represented the Software Team at the event.
The Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu was on the ground for the event and motivated everyone with his words. He said “Today is a true hallmark in our administration’s pursuit to improve the welfare of our people. As you are aware, a key pillar of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda is to make Lagos a 21st-century economy and this Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon fits perfectly as it combines innovation, creativity, and local capacity to deliver solutions that will improve access to electricity in Lagos.”
He encouraged the participants to keep up the innovative spirit and that they can achieve a whole lot more with their determination and focus even with the provisions the state government is making for technological advancement in the state. He encouraged all participants, especially those that were not declared winners to never give up. “Everyone,” he said “is a winner, someone must just be declared winner to fulfill all righteousness.”
The Hackathon is a step in the right direction in incorporating youths in providing solutions for present challenges and it will go a long way in keeping them busy and focused.