By Emeka Aginam
No fewer than 300 teams from knowledge society will converge at the Delta State Innovation hub, DS-IHUB, Asaba knowledge city in the first week of December this year for software coding adventure in all areas of innovation.
This knowledge Olympiad is expected to chase and set perhaps a new record in accelerated knowledge development, shooting at all aspects of innovation and creativity under
the sun in conformity with International standard.
The DS-Open Innovation Hackathon is an initiative of Mobile Software Solutions Limited (Winner of Would Summit Award for Best Africa Mobile Content 2014 (Lifestyle/Entertainment Category), in partnership with the Delta State Government under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) development model.
The platform, according to the Director, DS-IHUB, Chris Uwaje is an Innovation Development Accelerator for Startups and Entrepreneurs.
Our mission is to establish responsive knowledge factory at all levels, as the core accelerator for poverty reduction, attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creation of wealth in Africa, Uwaje Technology Journalists at the weekend while unfolding details of the hackathon.
“The Delta State Open Innovation Hackathon 2016 event has started worldwide with online registration of participants now opened at www.dsihub.org.ng and expects a registration turn-out of more than 300 team (900 participants). This Innovation Hackathon is expected to attract a total of over 5,000 Innovation spectators and Innovation enthusiasts to Asaba, the capital city of Delta State” he said.
Expected at the hackathon event, according to Uwaje who has been in the vanguard of youth empowerment will include the youths across the nation, and the West African sub-region, venture capitalists, angel investors, Science & Technology Researchers; Corporate Entrepreneurs; High-End International Technology Innovators; Promoters and Masters of the Trade; Government Policy makers, Software Industry Players and Innovation Ecosystem Interlocutors.
He explained that DS-IHUB Open Innovation Hackathon is a Corporate Technology event in pursuit of hunting technology idea capable of disrupting the Ecosystem and by extension, building new creative mindset through competition to help bridge the innovation gap that exists between the Nigeria Software Developers and the Institutional needs. It will embrace all Domain of Knowledge.
To encourage young Innovators and Software Startups/Developers to participate in an open innovation process, to trigger off their potential and inspire their creativity with the aim of increasing the quality of their works, eliminate the constraint that constitutes an invaluable tool for fostering innovation and creativity, to generate innovations, process and product ideas for National Development – through an IT-enabled ideas competition and accommodating lapses, to acknowledge that Innovation competitions are useful in generating radical and disruptive ideas for the development of new products and solutions., among others, he said are among the benefits of the hub.