On Friday, July 8th, 2022, Eko Innovation Center, Eko Carbon, and Commodity in collaboration with Generation Unlimited 9ja to bring together Nigerian innovators for the first climate mitigation hackathon tagged EkoClimathon 1.0. In the spirit of COP26 and to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the climate hackathon aims at crystallizing timely, relevant and innovative solutions to the myriad of climate challenges in Nigeria.
Eko Innovation Centre is one of the leading tech hubs in Nigeria, curating events like Art of Technology Lagos, and The Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon amongst others with Eko Carbon, and Commodity, the foremost climate mitigation and carbon management company in collaboration with Generation Unlimited 9ja, a new public-private youth partnership platform is changing the narrative around climate change by curating this hackathon to ideate and create solutions that will build global solutions that will help the world meet its climate goal. Earlier in the year, Eko Innovation Centre had launched and executed a marketing and media hackathon that saw the emergence of many novel innovations to challenge the growth of the space.
Ekoclimathon 1.0 gathered industry leaders, corporate bodies, government agencies, policymakers, associations, agriculture sectors, and tech-hubs to create an alternative fast route that can bring Nigeria and the world closer to the global net-zero goal. Ekoclimathon 1.0 focuses on addressing the following six areas of industry challenges; agriculture, food and waste; the circular economy; transportation; nature-based solutions challenge; and energy. The event saw a total of 1,034 participants with 314 teams split into these six sectors. Mr. Victor ‘Gbenga Afolabi, the Curator of Art of Technology Lagos and Founder of Eko Innovation Centre, formally opening the event, emphasized the importance of local solutions to solving local issues.
Speaking at the event, Celine Lafoucriere, Chief of the Field Office and Lead for GenU 9ja, for UNICEF, expressed her enthusiasm with the wonderful opportunity that the EkoClimathon presents for young people to be part of the innovative green solutions to Nigeria’s climate challenges. The Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology, to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Olatubosun Alake, echoed the power of technology innovations to not only provide solutions, but also to influence policy decisions.
The event was visibly brimming with the optimism of young people and innovators, keen on ways of leveraging their talent in changing the narrative for Nigeria peculiarly in climate tech solutions.
Participants will be split into teams of 4 and required to work together for a period of 3 weeks, brainstorming and ideating new concepts based on their focus areas. Each team gets to pitch their ideas to a selection jury of subject matter experts and the best 10 teams with the most viable concepts will go head-to-head at the finale on the 5th of August for a chance at the $7,500 prize pool and an acceleration program to get their products ready for the market. The participants will be afforded the opportunity of coaching, hand-holding and mentorship from the industry’s finest, for a period of two weeks.
To know more about EkoClimathon 1.0; visit https://www.ekoclimathon.com/