Innov8 Hub was proud to collaborate with the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) in hosting the first-ever hackathon. The event Held on February 2nd, 2024, marking a significant step towards fostering innovation and engagement in this critical sector.
A Week of Awareness and Action:
The hackathon was part of the National Data Privacy Week, running from Jan. 28th to Feb. 4th. This initiative aimed to raise awareness, build capacity, and drive solutions for data privacy development in Nigeria. The collaboration with Innov8 Hub, Nigeria Computer Society, and ISACA Abuja chapter further underscored the collaborative approach being taken to tackle this important issue.
Students Take the Lead
Open to university undergraduates, the hackathon attracted over 100 applications, showcasing the enthusiasm and talent within the young generation. Three finalist teams emerged, each presenting unique solutions addressing key challenges in implementing the recently enacted Nigeria Data Protection Act (NDPA).
Innovative Solutions, Promising Futures:
The theme, “Privacy-first Solution: Integrating Data Privacy by Design,” encouraged participants to develop solutions. This approach aligns perfectly with Innov8 Hub’s mission to empower innovators to create positive change.
Beyond the Competition:
Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner of NDPC, expressed excitement about the level of performance and the potential of the solutions. He emphasized the commission’s commitment to nurturing these talents, stating, “We will take them up, look for where to incubate them… From there, their solutions can become global brands… “
Celebrating Success and Looking Ahead:
The winning team, comprising two medical students and one computer science student from the University of Ibadan, was announced at the NDPC’s anniversary dinner and awards night. Their “ChainVote Solution” addressed identity management challenges in the voting system, demonstrating the real-world applications of the developed solutions.
This inaugural hackathon marks a significant milestone in advancing data privacy in Nigeria. By harnessing the talent and energy of young minds, and fostering collaboration between government, academic institutions, and private entities, we can build a future where data protection is not just a law, but a deeply ingrained value.