Lagos State Government has announced the frontrunners that will participate in the final hackathon design event slated for 16th through 18th September, 2020 when the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu will announce the overall winner from each competing entries in hardware and software categories at the Grand Finale, at the Eko Innovative Centre, No. 50 Awolowo Road, Victoria Island, and Lagos.
Five contenders each emerged from both categories of the competition, and the two winners will share the prize money of seven million naira.
Finalists were shortlisted after a transparent, rigorous and competitive process.
Hackathon received 274 registrations or entries; 127 of which bid in hardware category, while 147 competed in the software group. Only 65 hardware and software prototypes however were submitted by applicants.
The shortlisted five finalists from hardware category are: Cosmo Automation, Smart Energy, Techwizard, Power Bit Cruchers and Gadozz Electricals, while the five software finalists are: Vectorians, Zeena Platform, Magnitronics, Chosen Soft Tech and Gideon.
This Initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is aimed at providing affordable electricity meters to the populace by facilitating the design and production of meters that will accelerate efforts towards achieving improvement in energy distribution, monitoring and prevention of revenue leakage.
Speaking on the Hackathon judging process, Mrs Doja Ekeruche, Advisory Board Member, Eko Innovation Centre, curators of the Hackathon, noted that 19 judges with expertise in the power and tech ecosystem participated in the shortlisting process that produced the finalists.
“We asked companies in the Energy and Tech ecosystem to nominate representatives to serve on the selection panel tasked with shortlisting the top five finalists from both hardware and software tracks to proceed to the final hackathon events,” she explained.
She added: “At the end of the shortlisting phase, a session was held with the judges to discuss the reviewing process, and an analytics team ranked the submissions by all judges to arrive at the top finalists.”