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Hacking for Good: The Office of the Citizen Hackathon!

“Of all the institutions of a democratic society, there’s none as formidable as an awakened and conscious citizenry.” – Shehu Sani

Enough is Enough (EiE) in partnership with BudgIT and Paradigm Initiative of Nigeria (PIN) will host a technology for development hackathon on Saturday, August 29 2015 themed “not everytime rant; sometimes act!”

Participants – both software developers and designers – will work to to build a platform where active citizens meet and provide solutions to key trending issues in the country. This platform will also connect citizens with civil society organizations to solve challenges of mutual interest. The ultimate goal is to nurture active citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities and choose to be actively engaged in the governance process to drive socio-economic development.

‘Yemi Adamolekun, EiE Nigeria’s Executive Director said, “Office of the Citizen is an idea that places citizens at the heart of governance as we believe that the ‘Office of the Citizen’ is the highest office in the country – superior to any government office as citizens have the power to determine the direction of governance.”

‘Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of PIN added, “The Nigerian Constitution provides that sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through the constitution derives all its power and authority and the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured.”

The Office of the citizen will be a portal that brings active citizens together to brainstorm on ways to help the government with solutions on key issues. According to Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, governments are mere agencies of the people and the citizens need to be made an integral part of the decisions they make. The platform is expected to provide data that will be used to generate an annual ‘State of the Nation’ report that documents issues of interest to citizens and actions taken.

Office Of The Citizen Hackathon

Developers and designers are invited to grow their technology skills, experience community synergy and network with other developers. All skill levels are welcomed and even cheerleaders and supporters can attend.

The first prize winner will walk away with N100,000 and there will be gifts for all participants including refreshments.

According to Stanley Achonu, Operations Lead at Budgit, “We were incubated at a hackathon hosted by CcHub in 2010 so this event has a very special significance for us as it’s the first time we are hosting a hackathon in our own space.”

The hackathon is free but participants & organizations must register to attend. Sign up at http://eie.ng/ootc/. The event will take place at the BudgIT office, 13,Hughes Street, Alagomeji, Yaba from 11 am.

Technology and business support services are invited to support this initiative. For more information please contact Gbenga Aluko on 0708 778 4788.

The event is supported by AIT Infotech Network, Tech Cabal, Google & Microsoft.

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Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria) is a coalition of individuals committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. EiE Nigeria created the RSVP (Register| Select | Vote | Protect) Campaign to leverage technology, especially social media to mobilize significant participation from citizens in the 18-35 age bloc in electoral process.

Partners include The Future Project, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), Education as a Vaccine (EVA), Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), LYNX Nigeria, Budgit, RISE Networks, Chocolate City Group, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) and Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC).

www.eie.ng

 BudgIT’s innovation within the public circles comes with a creative use of government data by either presenting them in simple tweets, interactive format or infographic displays. We believe that in a democracy, every citizen has the right to know how his/her taxes are expended in the delivery of public infrastructure and services. Equality and open access to governance is entrenched in democracy and its institutions and as such, budgetary information as a vital asset needs to be understandable and accessible to all Nigerians.

www.yourbudgit.com

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is a social enterprise that connects Nigerian youth with ICT-enabled opportunities. Having worked with government, civil society, private institutions and international organizations, PIN’s projects build on years of combined experience and focus on socio-economic development. Our projects include Capacity Building programs such as L.I.F.E. and TENT; ICT Policy intervention programs and the #DigitalJobs campaign.

www.pinigeria.org

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