A leading technology hub in Nigeria, Eko Innovation CenterFriday launched EkoClimathon 1.0, the first hackathon that will provide technological solutions to solve the problems of climate change.
At the launch in Lagos, industry leaders, speakers, mentors, innovators and attendees were on hand to discuss the modalities, climate change issues and how the technology will serve as a catalyst for find solutions.
During a presentation, Victor AfolabiFounder, Eko Innovation Center & Curator, Art of Technology Lagos said that Ekoclimathon 1.0 aims to provide sustainable solutions that will address climate change issues with particular focus on agriculture, food and waste, economy circular, the transport challenge, nature- the challenge of energy and energy-based solutions.
According to Afolabi, Ekoclimathon 1.0 registered 1034 entries (participants) in 11 countries, the participants were grouped into different teams and had to collaborate for a period of 3 weeks, brainstorming and ideas for new concepts according to their areas of intervention .
Each team can pitch their ideas to a panel of subject matter experts and the top 10 teams with the most viable concepts will compete in the August 5 finals for a chance to win the $7,500 prize and a acceleration program to prepare their products for the market.
He said the Ecoclimathon 1.0 would bring together industries, businesses, government agencies, policymakers, associations, agricultural sectors and tech hubs to create an alternative fast track that could bring the world closer to net zero.
Afolabi said it was imperative to start harnessing the creativity and talents of young Africans who are enthusiastic about technology to solve the problem of climate change.
He said Nigeria is among the top 50 countries in the world contributing to the problem of climate change due to Nigeria’s reliance on natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions.
Afolabi explained that Nigeria’s largest employer of labor and highest contribution to the economy is agriculture.
“We are so dependent on agriculture, even forestry, and everything we do contributes to the impacts of climate change that we see today.”
Furthermore, he said climate change is also influencing immigration, adding that the whole north-central is in chaos, due to massive immigration from other regions.
“Lake Chad is drying up, people can no longer fish. Some of them are moved. Headers have no where to live. In the long term, it affects the state of health.
Regarding technology dealing with the problem of climate change, Afolabi said that there are 5 areas of digital solutions that will be hacked – foundational technologies, cloud technologies, decision-making technologies, sensing and control technologies ( Internet of Things) and blockchain technologies.
“The growing number of digital solutions can help us alleviate the problem of our choices” and how much more we do if we organize hackathons and others contribute.
Investments in climate technologies doubled from $28.4 billion to $87 billion in the last 12 months of mid-2022 and mid-2021.
According to Afolabi, there are massive investments in climate technology, and the investment communities are ready to partner with organizations, policymakers and engineers, who are ready to be part of the climate change mitigation journey. .
Speaking at the launch, Céline Lafoucrière, Head of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, and Unlimited lead generation said the Eko Innovation Center initiative looks extremely promising and will follow the progress of the hackathon.
Celine said Generation Unlimited 9Ja is impacting young Nigerians between the ages of 10 and 30 to become productive and engaged members of society, ensuring that they are all in some form of school, learning, training or employment by 2030.
“Our mandate is to ensure that no one is left behind. So we look at the most vulnerable as we look at the mind-boggling number of young people under the age of 30. »
Generation Unlimited 9Ja has a digital skills platform that will help upskill Nigerians and the goal is to impact 20 million young people by 2030.
“So simple in math, it means 2.5 million in Nigeria every year, and we are on our way to success. We bring you Yoma, a digital platform for free access to digital learning. It is a very exciting digital platform on which all the partners, launch free offers for any type of skill.