#HackVotes Hackathon – Student Teams Search For Tech Solution to Nigeria’s Voters’ Apathy.

Students and hub members across Nigeria will have the opportunity to win cash and other prizes totalling over three hundred thousand Naira at the #StartupSouth4 #Hackvotes Hackathon in Owerri this October.

#HackVotes hackathon is looking for tech solutions by Students to solve Nigeria’s Voters’ Apathy issues. Teams will be required to demonstrate effectiveness of their solution and show a clear-cut plan for mass adoption.

Experts believe part of Nigeria’s perennial economic under performance is due to ineffective or poor quality Leadership. The process of leadership selection through the ballot box suffer from a huge voters apathy leading to low turnout on election days.

The winning candidate in the 2015 election scored approximately 15Million votes against his opponent’s 13Million but the total votes cast was less than 50% of the total registered voters.

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Poor Voters turnout in some ways create room for irregularities and manipulations of election data by officials and political party agents – thereby subverting the true will of the people.

According to experts, some causes of Voter Apathy include but not limited to:

1. Lack of Faith in the electoral system
2. Fear of violence at the polling units
3. Inadequate or insufficient voter registration arrangements and lack of cards.
4. Voters Inability to retrieve duly registered or missing voters card.

Teams of Three will be tasked to come up with solutions dealing with all or any of the issues (either listed above or identified by them). Priority will be given to female teams or teams with female members.

Student/Hub teams from anywhere in Nigeria are eligible to apply provided they adhere to the competition’s rules. Application deadline is October 8, 2018. All shortlisted teams are expected in Owerri on October 30, 2018. Hackathon Camp opens on October 31, 2018. To apply, teams should visit 4.startupsouth.org/hackvotes

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Hanson Johnson (Google Country Mentor), Xolomon Wuche (examify.com.ng), Wale Maicaiah (@StatiSense) will lead other panelists/facilitators.

The award presentation ceremony for the winning teams will take place during the main event of the #StartupSouth4 Conference in Owerri on November 2, 2018. To attend, register at 4.startupsouth.org/register

This project is purely civic and educational. All activities will be conducted without favor or disfavor to any political party or candidate. All participants, while engaged in the Hackathon will commit to not involve in expression of support for or opposition to any particular party or candidate for public office.

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