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ALAT by Wema’s launches Hackaholics 4.0 with $10k in cash prizes.

From left to right, Chief Digital Officer, Wema Bank, Olusegun Adeniyi; Divisional Head, Brand People, and Culture, Wema Bank, Ololade Ogungbenro; Executive Director, Digital and Retail Directorate Wema Bank, Tunde Mabawonku; Head Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility, Wema Bank, Abimbola Agbejule and Head Of Innovation, Wema Bank, Solomon Ayodele; at the launch of ALAT Hackaholics 4.0 press conference held yesterday, Tuesday 14th, March, 2023 in Ilupeju, Lagos.

ALAT by Wema, Nigeria’s top digital bank, has launched the #Hackaholics 4.0 program, a tech talent discovery and nurturing initiative called ‘Re-imagine,’ that aims to investigate the infinite potential of emerging technologies.

This year, the program aims to expand the student and youth ecosystem, enhance the bank’s brand, and attract and retain tech talent by utilizing its neo-bank approach.

Hackaholics is a youth-focused competition for entrepreneurs and innovators with tech-driven or tech-enabled game-changing concepts and products that seek to scale their businesses quickly.

The program focuses on young Nigerians who use their coding, product curation, and pitching skills to solve pressing societal problems in different sectors.

The bank intends to involve 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, develop 5,000 solutions, establish six pitch centers, and attract nearly one million visitors during the campaign. The winner will receive $10,000 this year.

The Hackaholics program is expanding the number of areas it focuses on to include Education, Climate, CivicTech, Insurance, GovTech, Health, Gender-Based Violence, Fintech, Financial Inclusion, and Entertainment, in order to address a wider range of societal issues.

Speaking on the reason for the vertical expansion, Solomon Ayodele, Head of Innovation, ALAT by Wema, said,

We want to encourage young minds who can build solutions beyond just naira and kobo, we want people who can solve real-life problems that can provide solutions around civic-tech, around gov-tech, converting gender-based violence, entertainment, and health and this was the reason why we picked the theme ‘Re-imagine‘.

Solomon Ayodele, Head of Innovation, ALAT by Wema

40 teams will be chosen in each center, but only 10 will get to pitch their ideas live. The live pitch round will take place in six universities: Lagos State University, University of Benin, Babcock University, Nile University Abuja, University of Abuja, and Federal University of Technology, Akure.

The final event will be held at the University of Lagos. Additionally, some participants will receive a two-day exploration trip to learn about top companies in their solution vertical.

How to apply

The Hackaholics contest welcomes all Nigerian youth working on a solution, regardless of their programming or Computer Science background.

To enter the contest, applicants need to provide a summary of their solution, competitors, target market, and team formation, with a minimum of three team members, and have an ALAT account.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in the incubation session, which is in partnership with global companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Endeavour Africa.


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Nigeria’s leading digital bank, ALAT by Wema, has announced the call-for-entries for the 2023 edition of its Hackathon programme, a tech talent discovery and nurturing project tagged #Hackaholics 4.0 tagged ‘Re-imagine’.

This year’s edition is on a mission to investigate the endless possibilities in emerging technologies while utilizing its neo-bank proposition to significantly expand the student and youth eco-system, deepen the bank’s brand, and place the brand in a position to attract and retain tech talent.

The Hackaholics program is a youth-focused competition for entrepreneurs and innovators with game-changing concepts and products that are tech-driven or tech-enabled that want to expand and quickly scale their companies.

It is aimed at young Nigerians using their coding, product curation, and pitching talents to address/solve pressing societal problems in the different sectors.

The bank plans to engage 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, produce 5,000 solutions, create six pitch centres, and have almost one million footfalls during the campaign. For this year, $10,000 is at stake for the winner.

From left to right: Chief Digital Officer, Wema Bank, Olusegun Adeniyi; Divisional Head, Brand People, and Culture, Wema Bank, Ololade Ogungbenro; Executive Director, Digital and Retail Directorate, Wema Bank,
 Tunde Mabawonku; Head Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility, Wema Bank, Abimbola Agbejule, Head Of Innovation, Wema Bank, Solomon Ayodele; Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer, Wema Bank; 
Head Brand and Marketing Communications, Wema Bank, Mabel Adeteye and Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer, Wema Bank, Babatunde Mumuni, at the launch of ALAT Hackaholics 4.0 press conference held yesterday, 
Tuesday 14th, March 2023 in Ilupeju, Lagos.

To cover more grounds regarding societal problems, this year’s Hackaholics edition is expanding its scope and exploring more verticals, including Education, Climate, CivicTech, Insurance, GovTech, Health, Gender-Based Violence, Fintech, Financial Inclusion, and Entertainment.

Speaking on the reason for the vertical expansion, Solomon Ayodele, Head of Innovation, ALAT by Wema, said,

We want to encourage young minds who can build solutions beyond just naira and kobo, we want people who can solve real-life problems that can provide solutions around civic-tech, around gov-tech, converting gender-based violence, entertainment, and health and this was the reason why we picked the theme ‘Re-imagine‘.Solomon Ayodele, Head of Innovation, ALAT by Wema

40 teams will be selected per centre, and only ten will pitch their ideas. This round of live pitches will be held in six universities; Lagos State University, University of Benin, Babcock University, Nile University, Abuja, University of Abuja, and Federal University of Technology, Akure.

The grand finale will be held at the University of Lagos. Also, some selected participants will be given a two-day exploration trip to some top companies based on their solution vertical to learn more about their operations.

How to apply

The Hackaholics competition is open to every Nigerian youth who is currently working on a solution. This includes non-programmers and individuals with no Computer Science degree.

Another requirement is a summary of your solution, competitors, target market, and team formation (min of 3). Every interested applicant is also required to own an ALAT account.

Upon registration, individuals will get shortlisted and invited for the incubation session, which is in partnership with some global companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Endeavour Africa, etc

Read Also: 5 Reasons why Wema Bank’s ALAT is the Best Digital Bank for 2017

Benefits & Perks


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Nigeria’s leading digital bank, ALAT by Wema, has announced the call-for-entries for the 2023 edition of its Hackathon programme, a tech talent discovery and nurturing project tagged #Hackaholics 4.0 tagged ‘Re-imagine’.

This year’s edition is on a mission to investigate the endless possibilities in emerging technologies while utilizing its neo-bank proposition to significantly expand the student and youth eco-system, deepen the bank’s brand, and place the brand in a position to attract and retain tech talent.

The Hackaholics program is a youth-focused competition for entrepreneurs and innovators with game-changing concepts and products that are tech-driven or tech-enabled that want to expand and quickly scale their companies.

It is aimed at young Nigerians using their coding, product curation, and pitching talents to address/solve pressing societal problems in the different sectors.

The bank plans to engage 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, produce 5,000 solutions, create six pitch centres, and have almost one million footfalls during the campaign. For this year, $10,000 is at stake for the winner.

From left to right: Chief Digital Officer, Wema Bank, Olusegun Adeniyi; Divisional Head, Brand People, and Culture, Wema Bank, Ololade Ogungbenro; Executive Director, Digital and Retail Directorate, Wema Bank,
 Tunde Mabawonku; Head Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility, Wema Bank, Abimbola Agbejule, Head Of Innovation, Wema Bank, Solomon Ayodele; Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer, Wema Bank; 
Head Brand and Marketing Communications, Wema Bank, Mabel Adeteye and Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer, Wema Bank, Babatunde Mumuni, at the launch of ALAT Hackaholics 4.0 press conference held yesterday, 
Tuesday 14th, March 2023 in Ilupeju, Lagos.

To cover more grounds regarding societal problems, this year’s Hackaholics edition is expanding its scope and exploring more verticals, including Education, Climate, CivicTech, Insurance, GovTech, Health, Gender-Based Violence, Fintech, Financial Inclusion, and Entertainment.

Speaking on the reason for the vertical expansion, Solomon Ayodele, Head of Innovation, ALAT by Wema, said,

We want to encourage young minds who can build solutions beyond just naira and kobo, we want people who can solve real-life problems that can provide solutions around civic-tech, around gov-tech, converting gender-based violence, entertainment, and health and this was the reason why we picked the theme ‘Re-imagine‘.Solomon Ayodele, Head of Innovation, ALAT by Wema

40 teams will be selected per centre, and only ten will pitch their ideas. This round of live pitches will be held in six universities; Lagos State University, University of Benin, Babcock University, Nile University, Abuja, University of Abuja, and Federal University of Technology, Akure.

The grand finale will be held at the University of Lagos. Also, some selected participants will be given a two-day exploration trip to some top companies based on their solution vertical to learn more about their operations.

How to apply

The Hackaholics competition is open to every Nigerian youth who is currently working on a solution. This includes non-programmers and individuals with no Computer Science degree.

Another requirement is a summary of your solution, competitors, target market, and team formation (min of 3). Every interested applicant is also required to own an ALAT account.

Upon registration, individuals will get shortlisted and invited for the incubation session, which is in partnership with some global companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Endeavour Africa, etc

Benefits & Perks
  • Grants provided for innovators and startup founders to build and scale their solutions
  • Support for product and integration
  • Massive visibility to participants’ teams and solutions
  • Access to the community of founders
  • Coaching and mentorship opportunities for founders
  • Learning from renowned industry experts

The panel of judges, comprising of industry experts, will listen to the pitches of selected candidates who are competing for the ₦7 million in cash prizes at the grand finale.

The cash prizes for the winner, first runner up, and second runner up are ₦3 million, ₦2.5 million, and ₦1.5 million, respectively.

An additional cash prize of ₦1 million is set aside for the first women-led startup.

To register for the Hackaholics competition, click here

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