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AfricaHacks 2020 Hackathon: The Grand Finale

The 2020 hackathon came to an end on Saturday, the 12th of December with a series of events and sessions. The Judging/Grand Finale day was about keynote speeches and familiarizing audiences with many of the features and benefits available at AfricaHacks.

The day kicked off with Laís de Oliveira’s keynote speech where she discussed how to bring life to any startup with a community. Afterwards, members of the AfricaHacks community, Hammed and Mariam took participants through how to get the most from the AfricaHacks community and the AfricaHacks Contributing Author program respectively. While all these were going on, participants had the chance to take a survey and answer questions on their Hackathon Experience. Subsequently, Adrian Hope-Bailie delivered a keynote speech on the how of Web Monetization, and Uchi, AfricaHacks Founder handled the AfricaHacks Startup Sandbox Program, where he explained extensively the entirety of AfricaHacks, how it works, and how to join and the opportunities available in the new web monetisation platform for creatives.

The final session held, so commended and highly intriguing was Dr. Adeola Olubamiji’s. In her address titled, “Reaching High and Building for a Sustainable Future”, she shared her experiences, gave examples and insights using her life, and then guided participants on how to create/maintain a successful career from any part of the world.

As the grand finale day was scheduled to include final demos, videos of the top finalist startups were played for the general audience. Re-emphasizing the process involved and the criterion, AfricaHacks co-founder, Christine Dialogue assured all that all projects were duly examined to prove they meet up the required standards and were started when the hackathon kicked off.

Finally, Uchi Uchibeke announced winners of some of the prizes while others were to be duly announced on the Discord Platform.

Bridge Wins AfricaHacks Inaugural Pitch Day

Meanwhile, Bridge, a start-up tackling the problem of ensuring convenient ways to outsource tasks won the AfricaHacks pitch deck. Scheduled for the 11th of December, 2020, the AfricaHacks Africa Pitch Day started around 7 PM, right after some of the events fixed for the day. The Pitch Day allowed over 10 finalist startup teams to pitch their start-ups for a prize of $1000.

Startups like Citizen which uses technology to ease procurement processes, Tech Reyal, a data analytics and software company, LegalLens, Infiuss, Bridge, and Home Base amoung others were present. In the end, Bridge, Nigeria’s first informal/ formal job search engine won the prize.

Judges present at the Pitch Session included Fataou Jammeh of United Nations World Food Programme, Jahira Martins, who belongs to one of the hackathon sponsors, MongoDB, and Madeleine Diagne, a consultant at DXC Technology.

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