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NITDA, ICPC Open Hackathon Application To Curb Financial Frauds In MDAs

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has opened the 2022 Hackathon application to address Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) in federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

Hackathon is an event in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming

The Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, and her counterpart at the ICPC, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, made this disclosure in a joint statement issued on Monday in Abuja.

The NITDA spokesperson stated that the IFF Project, which is supported by Ford Foundation Office for West Africa, will be handled by NITDA’s subsidiary, the Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI), which is created to ensure the promotion, growth, and protection of Nigerian digital innovation ecosystem for the growth of Nigeria’s digital economy.

According to her, the Hackathon application is aimed at developing indigenous solutions to curb IFFs in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Umar stated: “IFF will check illegal transfer, movement of funds within Nigeria and across international borders, and ensure effective monitoring of procurement processes.

“This Hackathon will also provide young Nigerians the opportunity to contribute their creativity and entrepreneurial skills by leveraging emerging technologies to combat corruption and other unethical practices impacting negatively on the socio-economic fortunes of the nation,” she added.

She further clarified that youths applying for the Hackathon should come up with defined ideas and prototype solutions to checkmate IFFs with emphasis on leveraging emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Big data, blockchain, Quantum computing, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality  and Virtual Reality among others.

Umar said the Hackathon scheduled to hold on September 1-2 will open with a bootcamp at the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), Abuja while a Demonstration Day will take place at ICPC Auditorium, Abuja on the second and final day.

Umar further stated: “ONDI is hereby calling for applications from eligible individuals, groups with an innovative ideas and prototypes that would leverage emerging technologies to help address the menace of IFFs within the nation’s expanding digital economy.”

She advised interested applicants to apply via: https://bit.ly/iffhackathon,while the application will close on August 26 this year.

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