Hate Speech in Nigeria is a complex problem, and with the elections coming up in 2019, it’s an increasingly dangerous one. Tackling it requires outside-the-box and collaborative thinking from people with a range of perspectives on its causes, multipliers, and consequences.
The ‘Hate Speech Hackathon’ an opportunity to lead cutting edge thinking around hate speech in Nigeria. We are inviting journalists, civil society activists, social media influencers, tech experts, peace and conflict experts, and anyone else with a great idea, to apply to be part of a time-limited competition between different problem solving teams, with the goal of developing an innovative, implementable and scalable project (not necessarily tech-based) that responds to the problem of hate speech in Nigeria.
There is a cash prize of $2000 for the winning team (to be split evenly between team members), and the winning idea will be have the chance to be piloted by Mercy Corps Nigeria.
Do you want to be part of the solution to Hate Speech? Do you have ideas on how to tackle it? APPLY NOW! (Or share this invite with someone who does!)
You have the option of applying as an individual, and being matched with team-mates by the organizers, or applying as a ready-formed team of three. Please make sure you read the Hate Speech Hackathon Q&A before applying.
SPACES ARE LIMITED AND THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS COMPETITIVE. We will be looking to select teams and individuals that can demonstrate ideas, experience, commitment and motivation.