About Futurehack2019

  • FutureHack is a national technology hackathon event, in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts (and others) collaborate intensively on software projects

  • FutureHack is an initiative of The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a Subsidiary of the National Information Technology Development Agency’s (NITDA)

  • FutureHack is designed to generate ideas (and prototypes) for the specified sector to drive Nigeria’s innovation and digital economy

  • FutureHack is a regional event, held at an academic environment to inculcate innovation and entrepreneurship culture in students

  • Participation is not limited to citizens within a region. All Nigerians in country and in diaspora are eligible to apply

  • This year, 3 editions of the FutureHack challenge will be held in the North-Central, North-West and South-West

  • FutureHack, NORTH-CENTRAL will focus on eHealth
  • FutureHack, NORTH-WEST will focus on eAgriculture
  • FutureHack, SOUTH-WEST will focus on eEducation
  • GRID3 eHealth Dataset will be the main dataset

Structure (Step by Step)

  • Interested participants that meet the eligibility criteria below are expected to apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW on the main menu.
  • An executive summary clearly stating the area of interest/participation and your pre conceived approach to tackling it must be attached (include images where applicable) before submitting the application.
  • Individual and teams of a maximum of 3 can apply.
  • At the deadline of the application, all applications will be reviewed and successful participants will be contacted.
  • Successful candidates are expected to attend the 48 hours technology hackathon event.
  • During the hackathon, participants will suggest ideas and form teams, based on individual interests and skills.
  • Participants will have access to the Application Program Interface (API) and mentors.
  • Teams are expected to come up with a team name and attempt to build a prototype software of their idea.
  • Teams are to create a pitch deck for the demonstrations in which each group presents their results to a panel of judges that will select the winning teams, and prizes will be given.
  • OIIE will monitor the progress of the best ideas generated from the hackathon.



Idea Hunting

To create usable software or hardware with a long term goal of creating a functioning product.

To leverage on young talented Nigerians to develop ideas/products aimed at solving problems facing the identified sectors in Nigeria.


Local Content Development

Challenge Nigerian to develop ideas to solve local problems that would be developed into indigenous home grown solutions.

Ideas with great potential impact will receive cash prizes and incubation support to help them refine the ideas for prototype development



To develop and grow a global network of ICT expertise, comprising of Nigerian youths within the country and in diaspora.

Create a platform where organizations throw in challenges to identify top-notch futuristic ideas ideas.



Inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship in academia by hosting the program in the academia, tech-driven solutions that can be disrupted or amplified will be developed out of research.

Government can directly seed fund pre-commercial idea and research. Thus, encourage entrepreneurship for national development.



To match tech entrepreneurs with the appropriate public institution/industry right from idea generation.

Bridge the gap between industry and academic research ecosystem to solve challenges.


FutureHack organisers have the right at their sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is
eligible for the contest. Below are the eligibility criteria:

Participation from all backgrounds and genders are welcome.
You can come from any part of Nigeria to participate.
There is no age restriction to participate at the hackathon.
Your team must be solving problem in eHealth, eEducation, and eAgriculture sectors.
Each team must submit their presentation idea in pitch deck format and have no code changes by the given deadline.
All team members should be present at the event and come with their own personal computers.

Judging Criteria





Uniqueness of the solution

Real-world application

Prizes and Trophies

Winners of the hackathon stand a chance of the following


3-6 month of incubation of the idea to reality. This will include training, mentoring and workspace at an appropriate hub to nurture and transform the ideas into valuable products and services

Over N3 Million cash prize

Various cash prizes of over 3 million Naira are to be won by the Winners amidst other benefits

Business Opportunity

Possible partnership/collaboration with public institutions and other organizations to implement and adopt their idea

Free IBM cloud license

IBM is offering free cloud services for the winners of the challenge

National/International exposure

Participants stand a chance to represent Nigeria at National and International events such as eNigeria and GITEX, Dubai

Access to other Startup Incentives

All participants will be included in the NITDA Database for further Support



Pre-shortlisted participant is responsible for their own travel and for covering all associated costs and expenses in connection with your participation in the Hackathon. However, certain food and non-alcoholic drinks are expected to be made available during the Hackathon.


Shared accommodation for participants will be available. Participants that are not comfortable with shrewd accommodation are free to make other arrangements but must be available during the hackathon hours

Technical Equipment

Each Participant teams must bring or obtain whatever hardware and/or software they believe they need to participate (e.g. programing application, laptops, phones, etc), including any necessary chargers. There will be electrical outlets available on a first come, first serve basis.


Our Partners for FutureHack 2019 include the following