BY ROTIMI AGBANA
The Redeemed Christian Church of God has successfully held the first ever faith-based ‘hackathon’ in Nigeria. Tagged ‘Kingdom Hack’, the objective was to drive social change through technology.
This year, the program focused on addressing the challenge of poverty through redistribution of wealth. Hackers from different parts of the country came together and were tasked with the responsibility of developing tech products and innovations that will enable redistribution of wealth and greater generosity.
Battling for the crown with nine other teams, ‘Team credital’ won the competition after developing a peer-peer lending platform aimed at exploring the lending market place in Nigeria with a bid to help accelerate the growth of small and medium scale enterprises and in turn, create a chain reaction of wealth redistribution and fight poverty in the process.
At the end, the winner, Team Credital went home with one million naira, the first runner up; Team LinkUp got seven hundred and fifty thousand naira while the second runner-up, Team Wagro, smiled home with five hundred thousand naira.
Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer of MTN Nigeria, spoke about the dangers posed by poverty and its effect on national productivity as he challenged participants to position themselves as the game changers in driving the change of narrative. He also took the participants through an inspiring session which focused on how to develop innovative products that can address the subject matter with many eye opening case studies.
The National Young Adults and Youth Pastor of RCCG, Pastor Precious Akingbade spoke about the strength of the Youths and Young Adults as a major tool that can create wealth and reduce poverty if properly harnessed as the Redeemed Christian Church of God is currently doing.