In its bid to promote skillset in Data Sciences, Nigeria’s pioneer innovation center, Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) and insight2impact Resource Centre jointly organized the third Season of the DataHack4FI Innovation Competition, an event that promotes the use of data and data analytics to solve business challenges.
The competition encourages pan-African collaboration by creating opportunities for data enthusiasts and emerging tech companies to partner in developing new solutions that address local needs.
It is estimated that a huge proportion of the fifty percent (50%) job-skill gap can effectively be covered up with Data Science and Skill Development, a quest the competition seeks to achieve.
A statement from the organizers indicates that DataHack4FI Season 3 connects skilled data enthusiasts to emerging technology companies. “It goes beyond an innovation challenge towards creating opportunities for skills development and future employment.”
After the country finals which took place across seven African countries, seven finalists were chosen to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges made up of Suzanne Adeoye, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Usman Sotunde, Blessing Oladeji, Kgomotso Tolamo, and Glory Enyinnaya. The finals showcased the best data-driven solutions for financial and economic inclusion on the continent. The winner, Esusu Africa, now have the opportunity to attend the Grand Finale Data Fest in Kigali, Rwanda on August 22-23, 2019 with a chance to win $25,000 seed capital.
Reflecting on the competitions, insight2impact DataHack4FI Team Lead, Dumisani Dube said: “As a young African, I relate to the opportunities and challenges that young people on the continent face. We recognized the opportunities offered by a young workforce with a healthy entrepreneurial drive and chose to enhance this by addressing the challenge of low digital skills.”
DataHack4FI is an insight2impact initiative, with the support of our in-country partners.
insight2impact’s partnership further highlights the innovation hub’s commitment to growing more tech innovators and bridging the skill gap in the country. Over the years, CcHUB has provided technological solutions to various sectors of the economy including education, public health, and governance through the various projects the hub is actively engaging in.