2019 IN RETROSPECT

Glory Ejike
Jan 8 · 4 min read

Hello there! Happy New Year! We trust 2020 is already off to a great start.

Thanks to you and a host of our other clients and partners, 2019 was by all standards a great year for us. The previous year saw us execute a number of projects and participate in events which helped impact our ecosystem positively. 2019 saw us provide first rate developers for our esteemed clients, as well as build great products. We also expanded our client base to include big players in the Fintech sector.

At Findworka, we have a team of dedicated product designers, software engineers, and project managers ready to deliver happiness. We believe in harnessing the best tech talents to build software products and extend engineering teams for ambitious people and companies.

In March, we were part of the 20 startups invited for the Innovation Showcase Week. The event which was a 3-day expo for startups in the Facebook Start Accelerator and CcHUB Incubation Program featured a wide range of solutions on display and topnotch developers onsite.

Our stand at #ISW2019
We had a cross-section of industry experts and tech enthusiasts at our stand who were interested in the product and service offerings of Findworka.
Findworka COO, Wilfred Ekpo, in a conversation with Ecobank MD, Patrick Akinwuntan.

That same month, we also launched our Saucecode Campus Alpha Programme. This Campus Alpha Programme is a community of tech talents in institutions across Nigeria, with the sole aim of helping them graduate as job-ready developers. We presently have Campus Alphas in 10 higher institutions of learning across Nigeria, with the number set to quadruple this year.

From April till June, we had our annual Saucecode Hackathon. 2019’s theme was ‘Open Sauce: The New Tribe’. A play on the word ‘Open Source’, the theme was centered on the evolution of a new class of developers who understand the benefits of open source technology.

84 teams signed up to build solutions around our 8 problem statements. At the end of the voting round, the 10 teams with the highest number of votes progressed to the semi-finals stage. The teams’ prototypes were then assessed and our 5 finalists emerged. The Grand Finale of the Saucecode Hackathon was held on June 29, 2019.

A section of the audience at Saucecode 2019.

Our panel of esteemed judges at the event featured Damilola Teidi, Emeka Okoye, Segun ‘Segalink’ Awosanya, and Averi Thomas-Moore.

Damilola Teidi and Emeka Okoye at Saucecode 2019.
Averi Thomas-Moore enjoying the pitchstorm.
Emeka Okoye and Segun ‘Segalink’ Awosanya testing one of the teams’ prototype.
A member of Team YouDefine pitching their solution, ‘Edurate’.

Team YouDefine eventually emerged Champions of Saucecode 2019 and they were rewarded with a grand prize of $1,000.

Saucecode Hackathon 2019 Champions, Team YouDefine, with family and friends.

A full recap of the Saucecode Hackathon 2019 can be read here https://medium.com/findworka-community/saucecode-2019-the-new-recap-a9fcf3793e73

The team behind the awesome event, Team Findworka.

In October, our partnership with the Fintech Association of Nigeria saw us as part of the distinguished guests at the Nigeria Fintech Week where we provided deeper insight into the Linux Community and established how the association can build a strong business relationship with software developers.

A graphic presentation showing the 15 sectoral representation of the membership of the Fintech Association of Nigeria. We are listed as one of its members under Startups Sector of the ecosystem.

The same month, we flagged off Findworka Academy 2.0. The Findworka Academy is a fellowship programme designed for aspiring developers to receive training from first-rate developers, with a curriculum designed to help students build a strong technical background. The three-month training programme will be concluded in early February 2020 with internship placements for all students which will last for three months.

Having recognized the need for even development across board, we also launched the Findworka Academy online platform to open up participation in the programme to students across and beyond Nigeria. You can sign up here to begin: https://academy.findworka.com

In November, our CEO, Dele Bakare was a panelist at TechPlus 2019 where he spoke at the session: ‘EQ and Soft skills — The workplace superpower and how to use them to build your career.’

Following a very successful year, we ended 2019 on a high with a team retreat in December.

Glory Ejike

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Legal Practitioner, Tech Enthusiast, Sports Law Votary. Community Manager @ Findworka

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