BTNG Hackathon 2018: Hacking Elections

Solving the problems of running successful elections in Emerging Economies

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Oct 3, 2018 · 3 min read
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Elections impact lives directly. As a society, it’s the ‘best way’ to decide who govern us. The outcome of elections also reflects our approach to picking and solving the issues that affect us. Although, winners and losers collectively determine the important subjects to focus on; the winners get to implement their vision.

That’s the way elections are meant to work.

Sadly, in emerging countries, our experience with elections has been less than great. They are prone to manipulation, large-scale disruptions, voting irregularities, poor logistics and officiating and in some cases – incidents of violence, which sadly, lead to loss of lives.

This is why we are organising a hackathon to bring together bright, and determined people to help hack the problem of running successful Elections in emerging economies; using the Nigerian elections which come up in 2019 as a focal point.

Solving the problems of running successful elections in Emerging Economies

There are numerous technological, ethical, economic and political questions which can be answered by focusing on the theme solving the problems of running successful elections in Emerging Economies, and we are looking to explore and address issues such as:

  1. Elections are driven by political campaigns, which are dependent significantly on the availability of Big Data and its analysis. In what ways can Big Data be used to ensure fairness in the election process?
  2. Elections are significantly affected by social media and the ability to decipher what is real from what is fake. What innovative solutions can we come up with to look into this challenge?
  3. Elections are affected by how they are perceived, and the ability to show transparency and hence win credibility. Are there innovative solutions to add value in this space?
  4. Elections involve desperate parties including international monitoring organisations who are in need of better ways to gather information and verify Election results. How can we improve the process?
  5. In recent times severe allegations have been made about elections being influenced by nation states and corporations. Are there ways in which we can use technology to reduce the impact of external parties in the polls of emerging economies?
  6. Blockchain technology has gained a lot of traction, but asides building a currency around it, to what extent can Blockchain technology assist the electoral process in results verification? In what ways can blockchain technology be explored in the elections of emerging countries, particularly in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria?

Right! You want to attend the hackathon and want details? Here you go:

: Microsoft, 70 Wilson St London, EC2A 2DB

: 27 Oct, 9:00 am – 28 Oct, 6:00 pm

: Techies and non-techies – everyone is invited.

: Get your free tickets here.

: You’re in the right place – please get in touch.

One last word about Sponsors & Volunteers. Surely, we can’t do all this without your assistance. Below are the ways you can join hands to help make the hackathon a success.

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If you’re interested in finding more about how you can help – please signify your interest here.

That’s all folks! We’re excited about what we can hack together.

See you soon.

Ozo and Uche on behalf of the BTNG team.

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Building Things for NG

Building Things for NG is a community aimed at bringing likeminded people together focused on building products/services for Nigeria

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Written by

BTNG

Accelerating innovation for the Nigerian Tech Space. London

Building Things for NG

Building Things for NG is a community aimed at bringing likeminded people together focused on building products/services for Nigeria

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