The organisers of the annual Cyberchain Conference have unveiled plans to get Nigerian techie youths rewarded for their cyber skills during its hackathon competition.
Mr. Jude Ozinegbe, convener of the Cyberchain Conference, said during a press conference on Tuesday that the rewards range from $1,000 USD for the first position, $500 USD for the second position while the third position will go home with $300 USD.
Those to emerge fourth and fifth will go home with smartphones.
The hackathon competition is part of this year’s Cyberchain conference scheduled to hold November 19-20 at the prestigious Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
Why the hackathon?
Jude Ozinegbe who doubles as the CEO/Managing Partner at Zinochrome International, said that the participants will take home the exposure and experience in programing and coding.
He that this will in no small measure discourage unethical hacking which has become a bane of the society and rampant among the youths.
“The essence of the hackathon during the 2-day Cyberchain Conference is to encourage the youths and expose them to the opportunities inherent in Information and Communications Technology. The truth is, there is a lot of money to be made legitimately leveraging technology. There shouldn’t be Internet scams among the youths if they are exposed to how technology can be used to make money,” he said.
How to Participate
Application for the hackathon competition started on September 29 2021 and will last for six days.
Interested applicants should log on to https://cyberchain.com.ng/ and see the application process and other details.
Cyberchain conference 2021
The central theme for this year’s Cyberchain Conference is: ‘Enabling the Digital Economy,.
Speakers drawn from industry players will focus on discussing trending technologies such cybersecurity, digital economy and blockchain with emphasis on how blockchain technology can Nigeria in its digital economy drive.
Some of the confirmed speakers are; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale, co-Founder, Digital Encode Limited; Timi Agama, head | Registration, Exchanges – SEC Nigeria; Mfon Attih, head | Contract and Procurement, DPR; Alicia Lyttle, founder, POW Social – Jamaica; Confidence Staveley, founder, Cybersafe Foundation, Ruth Iselema, CEO/Founder, Bitmama|Changera; Adedeji Owonibi, founder/COO – Convexity; Obadare Oluwafemi, senior consultant – Digital Encode; Senator Ihenyen, president, SiBAN and Emmanuel Oyelakin, chairman, Lagos State ESports Association.
The conference, according to Mr. Jude will give stakeholders the opportunity to listen to thought leaders in the Cybersecurity and Blockchain ecosystems, experience the power of physical engagements with permissionless connections and build powerful business networks, do smart pitches, sign deals and get instant gigs.