Partners offer $4,000 in prizes to additional participants who applied cybersecurity best practices and policies
Team Zion, Team Neon and Team Wiiverify emerged as the top three winners of the $10,000 hackathon for innovative digital security solutions in Africa on Thursday, 8 December which was hosted by Prembly, the parent company of Identitypass.
The winners were announced by Prembly after a 7-day hackathon themed ‘Exploring endless possibilities with the power of APIs’, which attracted over 200 applicants from all over Africa.
The challenge which ended in a live event in Lagos, Nigeria on the 8th of December awarded $10,000 in prizes and rewarded outstanding talent with internships, mentorships, and job opportunities.
Tolu Adetuyi, CIO and Co-founder of Prembly, says;
“The event saw some of the greatest minds from all corners of the continent come together to offer solutions that address global problems. It was an invaluable opportunity for individuals from various sectors to connect, network, and share perspectives, enabling a greater understanding of the current maturity of the ecosystem.”
Newton Imonjirie and Olabampe Olamigoke’s Team Zion took first place and received a $3000 cash reward. They developed a quick and highly secure solution to authenticate private credentials like BVN/NIN across the web and mobile applications with a 100% guarantee of zero credential compromise.
Team Neon, made up of Mubarak Lawal, Oluwabusayomi Sunmonu, and Isaac Enobun, finished in second place after coming up with a solution aimed at leveraging identity verification and biometric identification to ensure the right person is using the debit cards.
Oluwasola Michael, Ojumah Jerry, and Chibuzor Christian made up Team Wiiverify, which finished third after building a solution that enables freelancers across Africa receive payments seamlessly and global businesses access to the African Market.
“Because we are very keen on AI, today we have our research team working on biometrics in different regions. In short while we have done some biometrics that has gone through some algorithms.” – Lanre Ogungbe
“We are grateful for all the participants who dedicated their time and we look forward to the innovative projects that will come out of this event,” he added.
After over 200 applicants this year, ten teams were chosen after a thorough screening procedure to present their prototypes, which intended to advance Prembly’s mission of validating users and companies in Africa. The winning teams were revealed after the event.
CcHUB, Deel, and PneumaHealth, partners who supported the hackathon, offered $4,000 in prizes to additional participants who applied cybersecurity best practices and policies.