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Very few saw it coming.

And just like an unexpected Lagos thunderstorm, the novel coronavirus abruptly washed away all the best laid plans of 2020!

For us at BTNG, we’ve had an aperçu that things are going to be different. Over the last 4 years, we’ve built a community with you and other like minded tech enthusiasts. As you know, our mini society was primarily forged through events such as; speakers evening, debate and drinks nights, food & tech collaborations, not to forget our flagship yearly hackathon, to mention a few.

Now Covid-19 has become the force majeure affecting most of the wider society. …


TL;DR

  • A brief recap of BTNG in 2019 with links
  • 2019 was a great year for us and learning point for us as it taught us the importance of focus
  • We took a step back and redefined ourselves: To be the de facto community for Tech Nigerians in Diaspora
  • In our 2020 Calendar, we have four main events: The Innovators Lab, Speed Mentoring, Debate Night and Hackathon.

2019 was a special year for BTNG.

Though it may not have been visible on the outside we upped our game in every capacity and it truly felt like we had put our lens in focus. …


Expectations were high for the inaugural edition of BTNG Drinks and Debate Night.

Luckily, all signs were positive for a successful event– as we know Nigerians love and enjoy debating topics especially with regards to matters of the motherland. BTNG drinks (drinks and nibbles courtesy our reliable and generous hosts – Google Campus) and Debate Night was even more unique as it was predominantly tech topics focused, which would appeal to the diaspora Nigerians tech community here in the U.K. The event was also a celebration of Nigerian independence (yes we are 59!) …


Seeking a Software Developer to join a new project as a partner

We’re looking for a Software Developer with Full Stack development and UI experience, with an interest in the SME space and/or biz dev, to help build a business development platform. The platform would contain a variety of embedded tools/applications to help SMEs in Nigeria establish, manage and grow businesses. Initial feature ideas include a business plan generator and an expense management tool. The developer would need to develop some of these from scratch and might be able to leverage existing applications for some features. …


Tech Topics, Teams and Strong ( but weakly held ) Opinions

October is a bittersweet month for Nigerians.

On one hand, we celebrate our independence, and on the other hand, we reflect and ruminate about the missed opportunities we’ve had (and continue to have), as a country.

The month of October also happens to be Black History month. This double combination explains the theme of our next event: BTNG presents Drinks and Debate Night.

BTNG presents Drinks and Debate Night

Join us as we debate hot tech topics on problems plaguing Nigeria technologically.

Why this event is for you:

  • It challenges you to think on different perspectives on problems facing Nigeria and Africa
  • It enables you to offer a unique viewpoint on the ways you think we can move…


Theme: Curbing the Effect of Brain-Drain in Emerging Economies

Day 2 of the Hackathon: Presentations, Winners, and People’s choice.

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Day 2 was glorious.

Teams trooped at 10 am to continue their work from last night but more importantly to get ready for the presentations later in the afternoon. 14 teams in total all working on problems that help curb the effects of brain drain in emerging economies using Nigeria as a focal point.

The formations of the teams from Day 1 can be seen here.

Shortly after our late lunch, we were ready to begin.
We thanked our sponsors — Accenture, CcHub, Novo Gifts, and K.U.K Alliance, without whom this event would not have been possible.

Teams were sorted by alphabetical order and they presented as…


Theme: Curbing the Effect of Brain-Drain in Emerging Economies

What do you do on a sunny and beautiful Saturday morning in London?

The answer for 93 people turns out to be – head down to Wilson street – the home of Microsoft Reactor in London.

The Reactor was the venue for BTNG Hackathon 2019 where we gathered to hack solutions to mitigate the impact of brain-drain on emerging economies using Nigeria as an example. Our core areas of attention were Education, Finance, Health, and Agriculture.

The day’s activities kicked off with BTNG co-founder Tolu sharing BTNG’s journey to become the largest tech community for Nigerian diaspora in the U.K.

And next up on stage was Ozo & Uche also co-founders of BTNG, who gave an introduction to the reality of brain-drain in Nigeria which provided the needed context and examples of its impact. …


The Power behind the Throne

BTNG Hackathon 2019 has been made possible by the contribution and efforts of a wide range of people and organisations joined by the singular vision that together we can make a difference to mitigate the impact of brain-drain.

The two days hackathon kicks off tomorrow August 3rd at the Microsoft Reactor and we’re grateful for the following Mentors, Judges, and Sponsors:

Mentors

Any hackathon aficionado would tell you that the quality of the hacks can be directly linked to the quality of mentor-ship available during the event. We agree. …


A part of our Campfire Series initiative

Stephan Eyeson was the final speaker of the night at the recently concluded B is for Building campfire event.

For Stephan, being the last on the podium turned out to be a good thing as the community members had loads of questions for him. Stephan was charismatic yet genuine, and he was spreading knowledge nuggets gained from running Survey54, like confetti everywhere. We were intrigued and wanted to know more about the critical work he was embarking to provide surveys for emerging markets. Tolu and Papa met Stephan at WeWork in Victoria, and below is an edited version of our conversation. …


Theme: Curbing the Effects of Brain-drain in Emerging Economies

When you mention —‘Brain-drain’ — arguably, everyone knows what you’re talking about.

The term has become a favourite (if heated) conversation starter in many diaspora circles. However, the effects of brain-drain are harder to decipher. For example, when doctors leave a country en masse, a few of them later return with demonstrable, better skills and experience. Most of them remit money back home via family members, friends and participation in projects. What’s the net effect of this migration? You can extrapolate this line of thought to almost any profession.

What’s not in doubt is that the pace of highly educated people leaving their home countries for “greener pastures” is not slowing down, any time soon. …

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