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The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), a body set up by Nigeria’s federal government to achieve universal access to ICT in the country, is organising a three-day hackathon with support from the Nigerian government-funded incubation hub, iDea.

The aim of the Hackathon is to provide an opportunity for innovative Nigerians to create sustainable solutions that drive equitable ICT access for all, a news release by USPF says. It is premised on the findings of USPF that identified 207 geographical clusters with an estimated 36.8 million people all over Nigeria who have little or no access to telecom services.

The hackathon is open to software developers, data scientists, UX designers, ICT experts, engineers public policy experts and students.

Three selected winners will be incubated by iDEA and will also win cash prizes, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, which will be disbursed by iDEA.

Prototypes to be submitted must be relevant to various economic sectors in Nigeria; especially education, health, agriculture, entertainment and infrastructure.

Intending participants should visit the event website to register and download the instructions for participation.

Date: September 18-20, 2015.

Location: iDEA Nigeria.

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Olumuyiwa Coker Author

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