Changemaker Challenge 2019

A Break from the Norm: Advancing Humanity through Technology

Tech Categories: Artificial Intelligence - FinTech - Disaster & Emergency Management -
Digital Transformation & Automation - Business Intelligence & Analytics - Any Other Category

About The Event Apply Online Now

About the Challenge

Innovators/Candidates who have tech solutions or ideas around the expected categories can apply online for the USPF Changemaker Challenge 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be given an opportunity to develop, pitch and present their ideas/solutions to a panel of judges. The top three winners will be awarded prize money and will also undergo guidance, entrepreneurship training, incubation as well as linkage to investors. Application Closes on the 22nd & 27th July 2019.

Hackathon Locations


NOTE: Candidates will be required to select a particular location while applying for the Challenge. Duplicate applications will be disqualified.


Lagos: Friday to Sunday
2nd - 4th August, 2019

Kano: Friday to Sunday
23rd - 25th August, 2019

Tech Categories

CAT 1: Artifical Intelligence

AI solutions targeted for B2B (Business to Business), B2C (Business to Customers), G2B (Government to Businesses) or G2C (Government to Citizens) service delivery, etc.

CAT 2: FinTech

Financial Applications that drives Financial Inclusion, promotes ecommerce and cashless policy implementation.

CAT 3: Disaster & Emergency Management

Application to streamline disaster and emergency management, reduce fatalities in the case of emergencies and natural disasters

CAT 4: Digital Transformation & Automation

Digital Transformation solutions aimed at engaging consumers, optimize operations and transform products/service offerings.

CAT 5: Business Intelligence & Analytics

Big Data Solution, Data Analytics, visualizations, business-insight automation, business intelligence

CAT 6: Others

Any other tech category that is innovative is also welcome and can surely be considered

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for the USPF Changemaker Challenge 2019 if you meet the criteria below:

  1. Innovators/Candidates must be Nigerians or permanent residents in Nigeria
  2. Innovators/Candidates age must be between ages 15 and 45 years
  3. Innovators/Candidates must NOT have won a previous USPF hackathon or any other ICT hackathon in the last 24 months (2 years)
  4. Innovators/Candidates must have not undergone an incubation under a previous USPF hackathon or any other ICT hackathon in the last 24 months (2 years)
  5. Innovators/Candidates must have a tech solution idea (possible demo system is a plus) and must fall into one of the categories listed above
  6. Innovators/Candidates must apply as individual or a team (maximum team size is 3)

NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Pitch Event.

Judges and Mentors

Here are some of our judges for the event

Speaker 1

Mrs. Moradeke Akintola

Group Head, Service Delivery @ CWG PLC, Lagos

Speaker 2

Mr. Olumide Olayinka

Founder, Start-Up Lagos

Speaker 3

Mr. Diyan Oluwasegun

Head, Innovation and Talent Development @ Seamfix Nigeria Ltd

Speaker 4

Engr. Nathan David

Senior Lecturer, Electronic Engineering, UNN

Speaker 5

Mr. Kayode Oyewole

Head, Portfolio & Investments @ Ventures Platform

Speaker 6

Dr. Chukwuemeka Azubuike

Health System Associate @ HSDF;
Co-Founder, DevStork Enterprises Ltd.

Nnanna Madu

Mr. Nnanna Madu

Head of Engineering @ Seamfix Nigeria Ltd

Johnbosco Eme-Okafor

Mr. Johnbosco Eme-Okafor

Chief Technology Officer @

Event Schedule

Here is our event schedule... Only Shortlisted candidates will be attending the Hackathon event...

The Hackathon will span the entire 3 days of the Weekend.
2nd to 4th August for Lagos and 23rd to 25th August for Kano

Arrival/Processing of Participants

Arrival of Candidates, Processing for Entry, Distribution of brand T-shirts, Provision of accessibility materials.

Opening Keynote Speech

Opening Speech by office of the Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Introduction, Rules and Technical Guidelines

General Introduction, guidelines and rules of hackathon Participant familiarization

Judges and Mentors Speech

Motivational Speech from the Judges and Mentors

Solution and Idea Development

Coding, Software Development, Pitch Preparation


Lunch Break

Solution and Idea Development

Coding, Software Development, Pitch Preparation

Day 1 Closing Note

Closing Remark for Day 1

Opening Key Note

Opening Speech and Remarks

Tea Break

Interactive Tea Break

Finalize Pitch Prep

Participants Finalize their Pitch Preparations


Short Break for commencement of Pitch Presentations


Participants present and pitch on their ideas and solutions to a panel of judges

Day 2 Closing Note

Closing Remark for Day 2

Assessment and Grading

Judge's Assessment, Scoring, Grading, Validation, Q&A

Results and Prizes

Announcement of Results and Presentation of Prizes to Winners

Judge's Mentor's Comments

Comments and Remarks from Judges

Next Step

Closing Key Note Speech by Office of the Secretary, USPF


Vote of Thanks, Group Photographs and Exit

Sponsors & Partners

Interested in sponsoring or partnering on the event, please call +234 703 244 0565 or +234 802 147 7770


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The USPF changemaker challenge is an annual event under the USPF's innovative ICT solutions and entrpreneurship development program. The aim is to encourage and support young Nigerian innovators and entrepreneurs to birth innovative ideads that would be nortured and routed to completion under mentorship and incubation with a mission to reach the potential market. This year (2019) is the 4th edition of the program and has the theme - A break from the Norm: advancing humanity through technlogy

  • All Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 45 years who have innovative ideas can apply alone or form a team of 3 persons and apply Click here for Eligibility criteria

  • The Application window closes on 15th of July, 2019

  • This year's event will focus primarily on the following categories namely:
    (1) Artificial Intelligence,
    (2) FinTech,
    (3) Disaster & Emergency Management,
    (4) Digital Transformation & Automation,
    (5) Business Intelligence & Analytics,
    (6) Others

  • All Shortlisted Candidates stand the chance of winning Prize money for the challenge. However, only the top 3 participants/teams will receive the designated prize money, go for incubation and entrepreneurship training as well as access to investors.

  • The Hackathon event is hosted by USPF. This year's event ss facilitated by Surez Global Resources Ltd (for Lagos) and Everly United Associates (for Kano). Program partners/sponsors include: Liferay Inc., Seamfix Nigeria Ltd, Cagewox Dot Not Ltd, Hemingway Global Services Ltd, Google Nigeria, etc.
    Click here for list of sponsors/partners

  • The Hackathon event is schedule to take placed in:
    - Lagos (for Southern Nigeri) from Friday to Sunday, 2nd to 4th of August, 2019
    - Kano (for Northern Nigeria) from Friday to Sunday, 23rd to 25th of August, 2019

  • No, applicants/candidates are exected to apply for ONLY one of the two events. All duplicate location application will be disqualified.

  • YES!!! All applications are FREE of charge.

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