Nigeria’s pioneer social innovation centre, Co-Creation Hub and North East Regional Initiative have launched a contest aimed at creating solutions that will tackle the numerous challenges confronting the northeast of Nigeria, especially violent extremism.

The contest, an idea hackathon, is tagged #NotAnotherNigerian and is open to young Nigerians, software developers, designers and social influencers.

According to CcHUB, the idea hackathons will bring together individuals to a round-table to discuss the challenges in the North East.

For over 2 and a half days in each of these locations - Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt - teams will proffer innovative solutions to counter violent extremism.

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“Each hackathon event will be preceded by a roundtable discussion where key stakeholders will set the context for the hackathon. Participants will work in teams to conceptualize solutions to address the problem statement. On the final day (3rd day), solutions will be pitched to a panel of judges for a chance to receive seed grants to pilot their solutions,” said CcHUB in its website.

At the end of the hackathon, about 6-9 best ideas, 2-3 from each location as selected by the judges, would have the opportunity to receive seed grants towards completing and piloting their solutions with support provided by CcHub through the build and launch process.

According the firms, they decided to embark on the initiative to tackle violent extremism which has claimed tens of thousands lives and displaced estimated 2.3 million from their homes since 2009.

More so, the initiative is “to connect young people to the realities in the North East and give them an opportunity to actively participate in tackling problems there”.

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