What is HackforGood?

3D Africa HackforGood is the world’s only fourth industrial revolution innovation lab hosted in partnership with the education community and the private sector.


50 participants including students, developers, tech enthusiasts, start-uppers and creatives were selected through a rigorous application process and were invited to join the HackforGood2018 cohort.

At the University of Lagos and over the course of 72 hours, the cohort worked together in teams to ideate, design and create technology solutions that accelerate economic and social growth while delivering meaningful partnerships and global impact.

Demographics of the HackforGood2018 cohort.


Student Ambassadors

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HackforGood2019 will be held October 17-19, 2019. Join our mailing list to be the first to know when we announce our academic partner.

Would you like to nominate your University to become a 3D Africa HackforGood academic partner in 2019? Click here to learn more (open to universities in Nigeria currently).

Want to be inspired even more? Check out some of the exciting things that happened during HackforGood2018

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Objectives of HackforGood 2018

  1. To allow youth to experience and embrace 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies.
  2. To transform the mindset of young Africans from “Aid to Africa” to a “Made in Africa” mindset by encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
  3. To provide a platform for young technologists, creatives and students to present their innovations to industry experts and at the same time gain the skills that private sector employers need.

HackforGood 2018 attracted over 200 participants including students, university graduates, technology entrepreneurs, innovation leaders, intrapreneurs and industry professionals from around the world.


The theme this year was “Connect, Collaborate, Create for Good.” Participants innovated around some of the world’s most urgent problems and created technology solutions that directly address the Sustainable Development Goals.

Automation is inevitable. By 2050 as many as 47% of jobs will be automated, including yours. As innovations in artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technology bring us virtual assistants, wearable health technology, autonomous vehicles, and more, many industries are transforming rapidly. While these new technologies have brought unimaginable benefits, they also are disrupting many industries and changing the way we work.

The goal of this challenge is to create mock-ups or prototypes of products, services and ideas that are able to generate social and economic value for the community by hacking common objects and using open data, public APIs, frameworks for fast prototyping and software development, micro-controllers, sensors, and 3D Printers.


Industry 4.0 Technologies

The Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies that were leveraged by the cohort during HackforGood2018 included:

3D Prinitng
3D Printing
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Machine Learning
Augmented/Virtual Reality

Industry Domains

Participants used emerging technologies in creative and innovative ways to benefit people and the environment with a view to offering solutions in a range of fields including:

Banking Finance
Banking Finance

Date and Time

Click here to see the agenda containing program details and lightning talk speakers.


How Does It Work?
Over a 24 hour period, you’ll work in a team of 3-5 hackers to make anything your heart desires!. We will provide you with a bunch of prototyping resources. At the end of day 3, we’ll have a judging period to choose the winners of 3D Africa HackforGood.
Who Can Attend?
All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. You simply have to apply and be accepted into the program. We are also looking for volunteers to participate over the course of 3 days. If you’d like to volunteer, email us to get involved.
I Have Never Participated in a Hackathon. Can I Still Apply?
Ofcourse! We love newbies. We encourage makers and innovators of all levels to come and build and learn!. There will be mentors on site and we will be sure to help you out as much as we can by providing our instructors as well as MOOCs to help you navigate.
How Much Does It Cost?
There is no cost to participate. We will provide you with food and drinks and of course a plethora of materials and tools to hack with. Just come on and let’s make something together.
Are you providing travel reimbursements?
We have a limited number of travel subsidies available for individuals facing difficult circumstances and cannot fund his or her own transportation to the venue. If you believe you fall in this category, please send us an email explaining your circumstance and why you should be considered.
How Do I Apply?
The application period is now closed. Admission is on a rolling-basis and once you are notified that you have been accepted you have one week to accept your spot.
What Hardware Will be Available?
There will be 3D Printers, laser cutters, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s and other gadgets. If there is something you want to see, feel free to send us an email and we will see what we can make happen!
What Should I Bring?
You will need your student ID or ID card to register and we recommend you bring a laptop for hacking.
What Size Should Teams Be?
Teams will be groups of 3 to 5 people. You will have an opportunity to form a team on the first evening when you have had the chance to meet other participants.
What Should I Make?
Whatever you want provided the product solution addresses a real need in your community and context. We prefer you come with an open mind, and ask that you do not start building or coding anything before the event actually starts. Whatever you choose to make, it will be your responsibility to sell your invention to the judges.
How Does Judging Work?
Our judges will base their evaluations on three criteria: user interface (functionality), real world potential (creativity) and execution (awesomeness)! All teams will be invited to present their inventions at the end of the hackathon and prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners.
Other Questions?
Do you have a question that was not listed? Send us an email. We’d be delighted to help answer any of your questions.


Intellectual property rights
All submissions to 3D Africa HackforGood remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. By registering, consenting to the terms of the Hackathon, and entering a Submission, however, the Participant agrees that the organizers and technology partners reserve an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, distribute to the public, and publicly display and perform a Submission for a period of one year starting on the date of the announcement of contest winners as an example of work. We require participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and promote innovation in this space.

Protection of intellectual property
By submitting a 3D Africa HackforGood Entry or accepting any prize, you represent and warrant the following: (a) you will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the content and to grant 3D Africa HackforGood all of the rights granted herein; (b) you will not publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage 3D Africa HackforGood , Sponsors, or any third party; (c) you will not submit content that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate or destructive to 3D Africa HackforGood ’s or Sponsors’ brand image or goodwill; (d) you will not post advertisements or solicitations of business; (e) 3D Africa HackforGood will not be obligated to pay any compensation to, or permit any participation by, any third party in connection with the use, reproduction, modification, publication, display or other exploitation of any of the content that you submit; and (f) the content submitted by you does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms or other disabling devices or harmful code.
By posting or submitting a 3D Africa HackforGood Entry to the Contest (regardless of the form or medium of such content), you hereby grant 3D Africa HackforGood , Sponsors, their respective affiliates, and their affiliates’ agents and third party contractors, without additional consideration, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non- exclusive right and license, with the right to sublicense, to discuss, publicize, market and otherwise display content derived from or relating to the 3D Africa HackforGood Entry (“Marketing Content”), and to distribute and use such Marketing Content for promotional and marketing purposes (either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work). You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your 3D Africa HackforGood Entry, other than what is described in these Official Contest Rules.
Participant represents and warrants that he or she is the sole author and copyright owner of the Submission, and that the Submission is an original work of the Participant, or if the Submission is a work based on an existing application, that the Participant has acquired sufficient rights to use and to authorize others, including the 3D Africa HackforGood , to use the Submission, as specified in the “Intellectual Property Rights” section of the Rules; and that the Submission does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third party rights of which the Participant is aware, and that the Submission is free of malware.

3D Africa HackforGood organizers will have the right at their sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is eligible for the Contest. 3D Africa HackforGood may disqualify, at organizers’ sole discretion, 3D Africa HackforGood entries (including, without limitation, content submitted in connection therewith) that (a) are in violation of third party rights or law or regulation, (b) use inappropriate or explicit language or images, or display content that 3D Africa HackforGood or Sponsors otherwise finds objectionable or inconsistent with 3D Africa HackforGood or Sponsors’ brand image or goodwill.

3D Africa HackforGood can accept only those 3D Africa HackforGood Hackathon Entries that are completed and submitted as described above and that conform to any technical requirements specified as part of the entry process. 3D Africa HackforGood Hackathon entries that do not comply with the provisions of these Official Contest Rules will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

Winner selection/Judging criteria
The Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges (“Judges”).
By submitting any 3D Africa HackforGood Entry, entrants release 3D Africa HackforGood Sponsors, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, and advisors from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the decisions of the Judges.

Contest prizes are non-transferable by the winner. If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting such prize.

By entering this Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Contest Rules. To the maximum extent permitted by law, 3D Africa HackforGood reserves the right to change these Official Contest Rules at any time. You further agree to be bound by the decisions of 3D Africa HackforGood and the judges which shall be final and binding in all respects. 3D Africa HackforGood reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the 3D Africa HackforGood Entry process or the operation of the Contest or web site; violates the Official Contest Rules; or acts in a manner that goes against our Code of Conduct.

Judging Process

Each 3D Africa HackforGood 2018 prototype was judged using 4 key criteria:  


  1. IMPACT:  Innovation / Ambition /Creativity
  2. TECHNOLOGY:  User Interface / User Experience /Ingenuity
  3. MARKETABILITY:  Overall Quality
  4. COLLABORATION:  Quality of Pitch/Impact

Innovation / Ambition/Creativity

  • Is the idea unique, or a different take on an existing problem?
  • What was added to the prototype that made it special or more useful?
  • Is the idea behind the prototype ambitious? Creative?
  • Did the prototype execute upon the theme/category chosen?



Ingenuity/User Interface / User Experience

  • Does the prototype look professional or is it sloppy?
  • Apart from the end product, did the team use a particularly elegant or interesting construction technique?
  • Is the workflow intuitive?
  • Is the prototype easy to use?
  • How clever or innovative was the approach the team used to build the project?  

Overall Quality

  • Does the prototype work completely from start to finish?
  •  How many and how severe were any flaws or bugs encountered?
  •  Is there anything in the product that wasn’t fully implemented?
  • Did the team scope their prototype features well given the time frame of the hackathon?

Quality of Pitch / Impact

  • Is the team able to leverage their backgrounds and strengths to collaboratively solve the challenge?
  • Is the team able to explain their idea coherently and within the 6 minute timeframe allotted?

Each judge will assign a score between 10 and 50 inclusively for each of the four criteria, with 10 being unexceptional and 50 being exceptional.  Total Number of Points Achievable is 200.  

Judges Portal


Ifeme Akpati

Mr. Ifeme Akpati

Mr. Akpati works as a Senior Program Manager for Amazon in Seattle Washington. In his current role he drives cross functional teams of Researchers, Engineers, and Operations leaders at Amazon’s new store concept called AmazonGo which creates a shopping experience with no lines and no checkout through machine learning, and computer vision. Prior to this he worked in Amazon’s Prime delivery space as an international expansion Program Manager, and for half a decade as a Product Engineer building servers for Hewlett-Packards cloud computing division in Houston Texas. His educational background is in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Mississippi, while his secondary education is from Zamani in Kaduna Nigeria. Ifeme continues to play an active role in evangelizing the value of technology in Africa and is always exploring new avenues to contribute to the tech ecosystem.

Lincoln Ajoku

Mr. Lincoln Ajoku

As Project Lead, Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum, Mr. Ajoku is researching and helping to build communities of practice to examine the impact emerging technologies will have on civil society organizations, including on how they deliver services to constituents, monitor the effectiveness of their programming and engage the public.  Lincoln has more than a decade of experience in government and the non-profit sector. He was previously the Education Advisor with Concern Worldwide US, providing technical support for Concern’s education programs in a dozen countries, including Bangladesh, Haiti and Liberia.  He has also worked in education and international development for agencies including the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme. Through a fellowship with the Center for Global Development, he served as a Special Advisor in the Ministry of Education in Liberia. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The City College of New York, and his Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Christopher Fabian

Mr. Christopher Fabian

Mr. Fabian is a technologist who co-founded UNICEF’s Innovation Unit with Erica Kochi in 2006. He currently runs UNICEF Ventures – and makes investments in open source technologies that can provide solutions to societal problems, particularly those facing children.  Between 2007 and 2015 he held the role of Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Director at UNICEF. Fabian spent a year (2010) as Senior Advisor on Innovation to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. In 2015, he led the launch of UNICEF’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle built to quickly assess, fund and scale companies, teams, and ideas that have been developed in new and emerging markets. Fabian is known for his work on tools for children and communities in low-infrastructure environments, including the Digital Drum U-Report,[5] and RapidSMS, which has evolved to RapidPro — a free, open source framework for rapidly building mobile.

Mimi Omokri

Ms. Mimi Omokri

Ms. Omokri is part of the Global Business Development and leads the BD team for Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on the biggest challenges in all major cities served by Uber.  Mimi was previously at American Express and Mastercard. Prior to this, she worked in two of Africa’s hottest internet startups, Jumia and iRoko, managing product and partnerships.

Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua

Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua, Ph.D.

Dr. Ekeng-Itua is a Professor of Engineering at Ohlone College, with over 15 years of experience in Higher Education. Before moving to the US, she was the Chair of the Engineering Department, Distinguished and Senior Lecturer at the University of West London, London, UK.  She holds a B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria, an MSc. in Mobile and Satellite Communication Engineering from the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK and a Ph.D in Cybernetics from the University of Reading, UK.  Prof. Ekeng- Itua has been a two time Visiting Scholar at The University of California, Berkley where she carried out World Bank funded research on Smart Sustainable Manufacturing and Smart Micro-grids respectively. Her other research interests are Artificial Intelligence(AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Human-Computer Interaction(HCI), STEM Education, Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, and the Impact of Technology on Society.

Emeka Okoye

Mr. Emeka Okoye

Mr. Okoye has over 17 years of experience at the forefront of technology and innovation within the domain of my core expertise and outside that domain with my involvement with social innovation projects. He co-founded Nigeria’s earliest startup ( in 1996), built Nigeria’s first financial website (IBTC in 1996), built Nigeria’s first Internet Banking app (1997), served as a project lead for Nigeria’s first e-commerce website ( in 2000), built Africa’s first Mobile app for crowdsourcing Election data (Revoda in 2011), was the architect for Africa’s first Semantic web portal on Films (Mokolo in 2016), developer Mobile app for Ghana Elections, was an architect of ATM E-Journal Management software (in 2012, now running in 35 countries) and built a Semantic News app for Maternal Health Blog (in 2013). Emeka was listed among the 20 Most Influential Technology People in Africa by in 2013 and Top Global 20 Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments, Mobile Banking and Mobile Money influencers in Social Media by in 2012.

Jackson Ugbada

Mr. Jackson Ugbada

Mr. Ugbada is a founding member and the Managing director of Neito Energy Limited. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and professional business start-up manager with diverse competencies in a major spectrum of Business Management, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Trading and Logistics. Jackson has many years of previous experience working with globally recognized oil & gas companies in Nigeria including some of the major leading consulting firms.  He has been able to grow one little company he established a few years ago into five different companies in various sector of the economy.  Jackson had his first degree in Business Administration from the University of Ado Ekiti, and second degrees in MBA and MSc. Marketing from Ladoke Akintole University of technology and the University of Lagos, Akoka respectively.  He is a member of Nigeria Institute of Management and has attended various professional training, seminars and executive management programs to his credit and certified locally and internationally, including Columbia Business School, New York, United States.

José L. Carmona Morales

José L. Carmona Morales, Ph.D

Born in Spain and built as a person around the world, Dr. Carmona Morales has spent the last 30+ years building digital solutions of many sizes to the most diverse stakeholders – from robots to smart grids, greenhouses to city-wide smart lighting, agile hardware prototyping to Artificial Intelligence. He has founded 6 companies and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Football. In the last decade, José has moved into impact projects giving a hand to young entrepreneurs to innovate via the smart grid paradigm.

Chiedozie Ibekwe

Mr. Chiedozie Ibekwe

Mr. Ibekwe is a management consultant in the energy practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Houston, Texas. He was previously at the Centre for Public Impact in BCG’s London office.  Dozie started his career as an industrial engineer in General Electric’s (GE) Operations Management Leadership Program. For his contribution to GE, Dozie was recognized with the GE African American Forum Icon Award, the most prestigious award for African Americans at GE.  Dozie is an alumnus of King’s College, Lagos. After completing the University of Lagos Foundations Programme in electrical engineering, Dozie earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in electrical engineering from the honors college of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and a master’s degree in supply chain management from the Pennsylvania State University. Dozie also earned an MPhil in public policy from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Solomon Nwaneri

Solomon Nwaneri, Ph.D.

Dr. Nwaneri is a professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos where he teaches electro-physics, biomedical engineering, medical electronics, Information and  Communication Technology, hospital equipment maintenance and management, and biomedical instrumentation. He has a broad industry experience which spans over 9 years as a senior IT systems/network engineer in companies across diverse industries including banking, manufacturing, healthcare, and IT/telecoms. His research interests include medical instrumentation, medical information systems, pattern recognition, and healthcare project management.

Tochukwu Mbanugo

Mr. Tochukwu Mbanugo

Mr. Mbanugo is a Senior Consultant in Dalberg’s Lagos office, with extensive experience collaborating with clients in a range of sectors, which include education, technology, telecommunication, and energy. Most recently, Tochukwu was part of a team that supported a client in designing a program structure and curriculum for a Pan African institution to enable training and empowerment of young entrepreneurs.  Tochukwu has an M.A. in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Global Business from the University of Chester and a BSc. in Accounting from Caritas University. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Education and Learning Innovation at the University of South Wales.  Tochukwu is also a fellow of the Mountbatten Institute, an institution that is aimed at promoting cross-cultural integration amongst young professional within the Commonwealth Countries.

Nedo Osayanbe

Mr. Nedo Osayanbe

Mr. Osayanbe took early retirement from Shell after 34 years of unblemished career in Nigeria and the Netherlands that saw him in technical, commercial and managerial roles.  At different times, he was Shell Nigeria’s Head Research and Development, Geosolutions Manager, Crude Handling and Unitisation manager, and General Manager Sustainable Development and Community Relations reporting to the Managing Director/Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria.  A Fellow of The Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, he maintains strong links in the industry and academia. He was responsible for the creation of the nationally-recognised leading Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin.  A Geophysics thought leader, he currently has 6 copyrights and 3 pending patent applications.  He is currently the Chairman of Belemoil Producing Limited.

Louis Iwegbuna

Mr. Louis Iwegbuna

Mr. Iwegbuna is a technical advisor to the sales team at Autodesk. In this role, he works with channel partners and customers on innovative solutions that will transform their businesses, influence their strategies, improve their revenue generating initiatives putting them on the global roadmap.  Louis hols a B.ENG. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

Mr. Timo Way

Mr. Timo Way

Timo is on the Windows Developer Marketing team at Microsoft where he connects developers with the tools they need to build our future. In the past, he served as leader of Seattle’s largest hacker community where he helped hackers launch their products, and provided them with a place to sleep at night.

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