Saucecode Hackathon 2018: The Recap

Moments from the grand finale at the Co-creation Hub.

Our community manager, Ada Nduka Oyom, addressing the teams.

Last weekend, we hosted the grand finale of the Saucecode Hackathon. It was our maiden edition — We had a blast!

The idea for this project was birthed during a brainstorming session that we had as far back as May 2017. We felt compelled to do something about the talent supply challenge in the African tech ecosystem because we were all too familiar with statements like “I need a senior ABC developer”. We knew we had to do something.

The idea is simple but compelling- Saucecode is a project aimed at discovering and celebrating the finest technical talents in Africa. It was conceived to challenge the talents in our ecosystem, encourage programming best practice, promote collaboration, make new role models out of the very best and put Africa on the global IT map again.

Over 350 developers registered and over a hundred teams were formed after we called for solutions to the three different categories — Education, Corruption and Election. After four months of developing their solutions and different rounds of elimination, six team made it to the final. Should have been five but we had a tie.

They are:

  1. Team Boothcallers

Product Category — Election.

Product Solution — Boothcallers built a blockchain powered citizens mobilisation platform for the 2019 elections.

Team members- Quadri Emmanuel, Emmanuel Kehinde, Mayowa Ayandiran, Adeniran Yusuf Abdulateef.

2. Team Code Sauce

Product Category — Education.

Product Solution — Code Sauce built a platform where students and other stakeholders can anonymously review schools and their management.

Team members- Nicholas Kajoh, Emmanuel Awotunde, John Ayeni, Tochukwu Nkemdilim

3. Team Fire

Product Category — Education.

Product Solution — Team Fire built a platform where students and other stakeholders can anonymously review schools and their management.

Team members- Seun Daramola, Olamilekan Ibrahim.

4. Team Fuerza

Product Category — Elections.

Product Solution — Team Fuerza built a citizens mobilisation platform for the 2019 elections.

Team members- Amowe Olubusayo, Odunayo Okebunmi, Olayode Oluwafemi Rachael and Akande Oremei.

5. Team We Vote (The winning team!)

Product Category — Elections.

Product Solution — We Vote built a citizens mobilization platform for the 2019 elections.

Team members- Ignatius Ukwoma, Nnenanya Obinna Kingsley, Silm Month, Victor Enogwe.

6. Team Pistis

Product Category — Corruption

Product Solution — Team Pistis built an anti-corruption awareness platform.

Team members- Olaogun James, Onilude Segun, Awofodu Samuel.

Fast forward to the grand finale…….

The Co-creation Hub allowed us use the sixth floor and the legendary rooftop. We had over a hundred participants, a fraction of the number that registered to attend. It was heartwarming to see lots of people turn up on a Saturday for a hackathon’s grand finale.

Our Co-anchors- Faith Dike (Project manager at Findworka) and Early Attoh (UX Lead at CC Hub)
Some of the participants at the grand finale.
The atmoshere was lit throughout.
Dele Bakare, the CEO of Findworka, giving the welcome speech.
Wilfred Ekpo, the Chief operations officer of Findworka, talking about the aims of Saucecode.

After the keynote address by Dele Bakare, the founder and CEO of Findworka, Wilfred Ekpo, the Chief operations officer, talked about the aims of Saucecode. After that, the judges and the finalists were introduced, the pitchstorm began. All teams had 9 minutes- pitch in 3 minutes, demo for another 3 and Q&A for the last three.

Remember, the winning team gets 1000 USD cash prize, admission tickets (valued at 800 USD each) to Facebook’s developer conference, f8 2018 at California, USA and admission tickets to Afrolynk’s conference, in Berlin, Germany plus a 2-week scholarship to an entrepreneurship study (valued at 600 -1500 euros each). 1st runner up gets 90,000 cash prize while the second runner up gets 50,000 cash prize. There’s also Facebook’s FbStart prizes which would provide the teams with a wide range of free developer tools and acceptance into a Facebook developer community.

The judges took some time out to make their decision and we waited.

Our esteemed judges.

Then came the major announcement by Nkemdilim Begho, the CEO of Futuresoft.

Nkemdilim Begho, the CEO of Futuresoft making the big announcement.

The Jury of Femi TAIWO, Tunji Eleso, Nkemdilim Begho and Oluseun Onigbinde chose Team We Vote and the consensus amongst them was that their product was very easy to use.

The winning team, Team We vote (Ignatius Ukwuoma, Momoh Slim, Obinna Kingsley and Victor Enogwe).

We’d like to thank all our sponsors and partners! Without you, there would have been no Saucecode Hackathon 2018 by Findworka. Many thanks to Facebook for developers, Budgit, Co-creation Hub, Olorisupergal and Ynaija.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors and partners.

And of course to all those who attended. Yes you, for following the movement, for tweeting , retweeting , using the hashtag #saucecode2018, for liking, commenting, sharing and of course, for attending the event and joining the movement, we say thank you.

It wouldn’t have been possible without you! And we hope to see you again next time. Follow the movement on Twitter @Saucecodexyz or our website. Let’s add sauce to the code, let’s make programming the new cool, together we can build the future.