The Design Institute Lagos is hosting a 6-day workshop and hackathon at its maker lab, Cre8. Running  from Tuesday, April 26  till Sunday, May 1, 2016, the event will take place at Cre8 Space, 6 Agoro Odiyan, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Officially tagged the 2016 Lagos Lab, the event will focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), including cities across the world that have developed data-driven IoT systems.

Connecting billions of smart devices to the internet with an estimated trillion-dollar market potential, IoT systems have been used to enhance infrastructure and security, and also improve public transportation and reduce traffic congestions.

Starting with workshops for the first three days, participants at the event will first get acquainted with Arduino kits and the 3D printer. The hackathon will then begin at mid-day on Friday, April 29, where participants will pitch their ideas and form teams. Hacking will end mid-day on Sunday, May 1 and teams will present their prototypes.

The first prize for the competition is a cash prize of an amount that is yet to be disclosed. Second runner-up prizes include mentorship by world class hardware engineers.

This is the first Lagos Labs event and subsequent ones will see contestants develop innovative solutions to the various challenges Nigerians face. The Lagos Labs target societal, infrastructural and environmental challenges, and provide guidance so projects can be adequately prototyped and possibly implemented.

Registration for the 2016 Lagos Labs is open to anyone who has an interest in hardware and innovation, including engineering teams and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Interested hardware hackers can register here to participate.

Tola Agunbiade Author

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