The launch of the maiden edition of the Saucecode Hackathon started with a call for entries last year. After the call for registration and team formation was announced on various news platforms, over three hundred developers, designers and project managers registered and over a hundred teams were formed. After the first round of elimination, 20 teams made it to the quarterfinals . Out of the 20 teams, the public voted, with results showing real-time on the Saucecode leaderboard, and 10 teams qualified to the semi-finals. Our judges were then invited to pick the finalists and 6 teams progressed to the finals. The teams are Wevote, Boothcallers, Codesauce, Fire, Fuerza and Pistis.
At the grand finale, our esteemed panel of judges shared their insights with the team.The jury was made up of Femi Taiwo, Nkemdilim Begho, Oluseun Onigbinde and Tunji Elesho. The judging was based on five criteria: uniqueness /Approach to solution, Creativity, User Experience, Scalability and Impact of product/solution, and the technology used. The teams pitched for three minutes, showed their demos in three and did a Q & A for the final three minutes of their pitch. After an exciting pitchstorm, Wevote emerged the winning team.
The first runner-up was Code Sauce. Wevote built a citizens mobilization platform for the 2019 elections. Boothcallers finished in the third position. Boothcallers built a blockchain powered citizens mobilisation platform for the 2019 elections.
Some interesting features of the Wevote app
1. Voter Readiness Index (VRI): Users can check how ready they are to vote in the upcoming elections.
2. Personalised Updates: Users receive personalised notifications depending on their VRI (voters readiness index) to ensure that they vote.
3. Political News and Information: Users get access to the latest INEC news and other important information, like the candidates competing in each election.
The hackathon was organised by Findworka , an African startup that builds software products and extends the engineering capacities of ambitious companies. According to the founder, Dele Bakare, “The idea is simple but compelling- Saucecode is a project aimed at discovering and celebrating the finest technical talents in Africa. It was conceived to challenge the talents in our ecosystem, encourage programming best practice, promote collaboration, make new role models out of the very best and put Africa on the global IT map again.”
It will be interesting to see how the Wevote platform positively affects voters turnout during the next Nigerian general elections in 2019. For now, you can relive the moments here.
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