MTN Unveils Hackathon Champion

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Joshua Agboola, a 12-year-old JSS 2 student of Bellina College, Akoka, Lagos, has emerged winner of the MTN mPulse Hackathon with the theme, ‘Beyond Covid.’

According to a statement yesterday, he won the competition by creating ‘Kagukar Study Buddie,’ a home-schooling, remote education and learning solution.

It pointed out that using Artificial Intelligence, it works as an interactive voice-activated robot that assists students to study, practice tests, learn from stories while providing entertainment with games, riddles and jokes.

Owing to this, Agboola received N1 million in funding support, N100,000 cash voucher, portable electronic devices worth over N120,000 and mPulse back-to-school items.

“I feel excited. Thanks to MTN, I have been able to show my potential towards changing the world and impact lives positively with my solution,” the winner was quoted to have said.

The first runner up, Abeedah Alabi of Jakande Estate Comprehensive Senior College, also in Lagos and second runner up, Amarahi Ogbu of Government Day Secondary School, Abuja also received N500,000 in funding support, N100,000 cash vouchers, portable electronic devices worth over N120,000, and mPulse back-to-school items.

“The top ten finalists will participate at a six-week virtual MTN GAP Boot camp, an incubation program to further refine and accelerate their winning solutions to market in collaboration with TechQuest STEM Academy,” the statement added.

Speaking during the mPulse Hackathon finale, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria, Bayo Adekanmbi, said, “Technology has bridged the gap between our children and the future, positioning them to lead the charge to a bold new world. At MTN, we believe in that future and are taking deliberate steps to guide young people in developing solutions for all.

“The MTN mPulse Hackathon is part of our wider contribution towards this aspiration, consistent with our commitment to champion innovation.”