Remotebase presents Hackfest 2.0 mini-hackathon for Africa

Hackfest 2.0 Mini-Hackathon powered by Remotebase grows the local GDG community in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria by 106% and sparks passionate engagement of community members.

Remotebase presents Hackfest 2.0 mini-hackathon for Africa
Participants of Hackfest 2.0 Mini-Hackathon powered by Remotebase with the Honourable Commissioner for Delta State Ministry of Science & Technology Hon. Jennifer Adasen-Efeviroro and Community Manager at Remotebase Aima Atigari

Hackfest 2.0 Mini-Hackathon powered by Remotebase grows the local GDG community in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria by 106% and sparks passionate engagement of community members.

  • Community Manager Remotebase reiterates the importance of collaboration and co-creation in tackling local and global challenges.
  • Delta State Commissioner of Science & Technology reiterates the state government’s continuous desire to partner with the private sector in the area of Information and Communication Technology as it is a veritable tool for reducing youth unemployment and making them economically self-reliant.
  • Hackfest 2.0 - Build The Remote World is set to disrupt the Remote Workspace as registrations come from 47 different countries and counting as well as prizes worth up to $13,000.

Remotebase matches super-talented software engineers with clients from all over the world, enabling software developers from Nigeria and Africa, to work remotely for clients in the United States and other first-world countries.

As a prelude to the Global Virtual Hackathon - Hackfest 2.0 hackfest.remotebase.com holding from the 14th - 16th of October 2022, Remotebase held a physical mini-hackathon in partnership with GDG Asaba, the Delta State Ministry of Science & Technology, DSIHub and other partners like Olotu Square, Innovate4Africa, Coriftech, Startup Grind Asaba, Project Startup Asaba, Orohogold Services and Tech4Dev in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria on the 8th of October 2022, to enable Software Engineers and tech enthusiasts evolve solutions to local problems as a way to ignite the developer ecosystem and improve community engagement.

The hackathon had over 100 people in attendance. A total of 8 teams consisting of up to 10 persons came together to brainstorm solutions in areas such as health, finance, real estate and more competing to win the prize.

There was also a special coding competition for JavaScript developers to write their best 20 lines of code.

Participating teams at the Hackathon

  • Team Galaxy - E-Agent - Solution for reducing the stress and cost of house-seeking in Delta State
  • Team Firestorm - TechMedic - Solution dealing with self-medication and emergency medical situations
  • Team Vortex - Bukrida - An app that enables content creators to monetize and manage their content.
  • The Winning team - X-Crow - An escrow solution for financial services.
  • Team Overwise - A solution for farmers for proper book-keeping

The Stromers - Eazit - A solution for payment confirmations without parties waiting for alerts and falling for fake alerts

Team SoluDev - Clenv - A solution for waste management in Delta State

  • Team Venatech - Venatech Ticketing Solution - A solution for movie ticketing

Judges at the Hackathon

Dr Deseye Umurhohwo - CEO Innovate4Africa, Mr Ighoyota Rocky Meshack - Director ICT Delta State Ministry of Science & Technology,  Bruce Lucas - CEO Olotu Square, Zain Khalid Butt - Head of Community at Remotebase

Winners of the Hackathon

Team Galaxy whose solution E-Agent was centred around reducing the stress and cost of the house seeking in Delta State won the 1st place prize of $150.

L-R Remotebase Community Manager, Aima Atigari, The Honourable Commissioner, Delta State Ministry of Science and Technology, Hon. Jennifer Adasen-Efeviroro, Winners of 1st Place Prize - Team Galaxy during their prize presentation at the Hackfest 2.0 Mini-Hackathon

Team Firestorm, whose solution TechMedic was centred around dealing with self-medication and emergency medical situations won the second prize of $100

Aima Atigari - Community Manager at Remotebase presenting Team Firestorm with the 2nd place prize

The coding challenge winner Dogun Oghenekobiruo also went home with $50 for writing the best 20 lines of JavaScript code.

L-R Delta State Director of ICT, Ministry of Science and Technology presents cheque to Winner of 20 lines of JavaScript code Dogun Oghenekobiruo

Speaking at the event, Aima Atigari, the Community Manager at Remotebase, says that Remotebase is committed to matching more software engineers from Nigeria and Africa with global opportunities that improve their economic situation and careers through remote work, programs and initiatives like the mini-hackathon.

He also calls for collaboration and partnerships in tackling today’s challenges “Our communities and the world are in dire need of sustainable and scalable solutions across multiple industries. As a matter of urgency, we need to stimulate more youths to be super creative and innovative in solving the challenges we face today. Mini-Hackathons like this and the Hackfest 2.0 Hackathon happening from the 14th - 16th of October are some of the ways we can achieve it.

On this note, we are looking forward to partnering with local developer communities, GDG’s, GDSC’s, MLSA’s and awesome partners to roll out such impactful programs and initiatives in their various communities. Interested in being a partner with us? Please fill out this form.”

Software engineers are encouraged to sign up to connect with more global opportunities. Also join a community of developers from Africa who want to network, fast-track their upskilling and get hired in remote roles.

Delta State Commissioner reiterates the desire to partner with the private sector in the area of Information and Communication Technology. Attending the event, the Delta State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mrs. Jennifer Adasen Ereviroro, reiterated the state government’s continuous desire to partner with the private sector in the area of Information and Communications Technology as it is a veritable tool for reducing youth unemployment and making them economically self-reliant.

The Commissioner stated this in Asaba during the Hackfest 2.0 Mini-Hackathon held in Asaba. The Science and Technology Commissioner said with the high premium placed by the Okowa administration on developing the skills of the teeming youths in the ICT sector to make them economically independent and become employers of labour, the initiative by Remotebase falls perfectly in line with the stronger Delta vision of the present administration.

Hackfest 2.0 - Build the Remote World

Software Engineers are also encouraged to register for Hackfest 2.0 as it presents even more opportunities for them to connect, network and works together to impact on a global scale. With total prize money in cash and credits of up to $13,000

The theme for Hackfest 2.0 is Build the remote world. The main challenge for this edition is to make teams research and build solutions that will make the remote world a place where people can connect, work, live and experience emotions in an online space within and with other communities.

The deadline for registration and team formation is the 12th of October 2022.