Second Pitch Phase of ALAT by Wema’s Hackaholics 3.0 Holds April 5

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The second leg of the 2022 edition of the highly-anticipated Hackathon programme of ALAT by Wema tagged #Hackaholics 3.0 will commence on Tuesday, April 5 and will end on Thursday, April 7.

A statement from the organisers said the pitch event will hold at the AmphiTheatre of the Babcock University, Remo, Ogun State, with over 500 students and guests expected to grace the occasion.

Selected candidates will pitch their ground-breaking ideas to a panel of judges who will select the top contenders who will vie for N5 million in cash prizes at the grand finale in Lagos.

Entry submissions for the second leg are ongoing and the application portal will be closed on Friday, April 1, 2022, the statement confirmed.

The leading digital bank in Nigeria put the scheme together to discover and nurture seed-stage startups to become the next Unicorn out of Africa and serve as a pipeline for grooming hirable tech talents in key areas of solutions engineering, data science, product management, product design, etc.

This year’s programme is themed Building the Future and is targeted at young Nigerians who will devote their coding, product curation, and pitching skills to providing solutions to rising issues across multiple sectors.

The solutions are to focus broadly on the limitless possibilities in the future of technology, like NFTs, Web 3.0, Metaverse, Blockchain, AR, VR, AI, IoT.

Speaking on the initiative, the Head of Innovation, Wema Bank, Mr Solomon Ayodele, said: “the tech space is filled with innovative solutions that can solve critical challenges across target sectors that will create great value within the society.

“We want to encourage early-stage solution providers and be an integral part of the change. We are humbled to discover and support the next generation of tech giants who will use their creativity and talent to birth the future we all desire.

“We truly believe our aspirations as an organization align with the ambitious desires of these young minds.”

Applications for the first leg of the tech competition began on Saturday, February 5, 2022. This was followed closely by a pitch session on Tuesday, February 15 at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) where 10 bright young minds battled it out for a chance at the ultimate prize.

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