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Nine finalists to profer tech solutions to COVID-19 challenge 

The panel has selected the nine finalists who will participate in the online challenge.

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Nine finalists have been selected to participate in the finals of the COVID-Hackathon challenge.  

The online challenge is meant to select the best ideas and software solutions targeted checking the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, or reducing and eliminating the impact of the pandemic on the Nigerian society. 

Civic Hive announced on its Twitter handle on Thursday that the judges have selected the nine ideas that will go into the finals. 

 

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The finalists 

Elites Network for Sustainable Development seeks to track the delivery of palliatives to beneficiaries, while Cure My Nation’s idea revolves around determining the sufficiency of the palliatives at the grassroots.  

READ MORE: NloTEK develops COVID-19 solution for senior citizens, wins $6,000 from Cairo Angels

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Team G4G has a solution that uses blockchain technology and its features to monitor the use of COVID-19 resources, Lightbulb has an app that will track the COVID-19 funds, and Co-Tracka Blueprint seeks to involve journalists in tracking same funds.  

COVID-19 Check team also has an open audit platform that will review government spending on the pandemic, but FEATAccount aims to use USSD and Internet-enabled funds to track the COVID-19 funds at the local level.  

Greater Good Group’s solution seeks to develop an analytic model which will define gaps and corruption, while Team Black has a solution to aggregate data on funds allocated and received in selected states.  

About the challenge 

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Information Technology development agency (NITDA), through its subsidiary, The Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), invited applications from software developers, entrepreneurs and students, to the Covid-19 Hackathon challenge.  

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Receipt of entries for the competition closed on April 19, 2020.  

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Of the hundreds of applications, the panel has selected the nine finalists who will participate in the online challenge on Friday, June 19.  

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The winner will receive a cash prize of N1 million, the second position receives N750,000 while the third position N500,000. 

In addition, the three finalists also get support to develop a full prototype of the solution, incubation at an appropriate Tech hub; Mentorship; as well as an opportunity for their solutions to be showcased at NITDA events. 

 

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career. As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]

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COVID-19: Ogun orders full reopening of churches, mosques, hotels

Religious centres and other public places have been reopened following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19.

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The Ogun State Government has ordered the full reopening of churches, mosques, businesses, hotels, and entertainment centres across the state.

This was disclosed by the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, via the state’s Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Abiodun stated that the religious centres and other public places had been reopened, following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19.

According to him, the government is aware that many people are just recovering from the economic hardship imposed by COVID-19, as their activities had been affected by the lockdown, while necessary measures had been put in place to combat the pandemic.

He stated, “In the process of rebuilding the economy, the State Government was irrevocably committed to the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” agenda, and would ensure everything possible for people to have increased prosperity that would place the State on a sound footing towards continued development.

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“Government would improve on testing, just as it continues to monitor the development and not hesitate to do selective lockdown should there be any flagrant disobedience to the set COVID-19 protocols.”

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Governor Abiodun had closed religious centres, businesses and schools in March, as part of moves to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.

He later announced the reopening of only worship centres and schools in August.

Abiodun pegged the number of worshippers for each service at 200, and insisted that services must not exceed one and a half hours.

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COVID-19: Jason Njoku and wife test positive

iROKOtv CEO and wife have contracted the novel coronavirus.

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Jason Njoku and Wife testes positive to Covid-19

Jason Chukwuma Njoku, the co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv and his wife has tested positive for COVID-19. However, Mrs. Mary Njoku is feeling well.

Jason,  disclosed this via his Twitter handle stating that “My enemies are hard at work in 2020. Mrs. Njoku and I tested positive for Covid-19. I’m not feeling great, but Mary is well. Literally no idea how I caught it. But we shall see this pass too.”

The media mogul did not reveal if his children caught the virus too.

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Covid-19: Russia applies to WHO for emergency use tag for its vaccine

Russia has submitted applications to the World Health Organization for approval of its COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.

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COVID-19 vaccine from Russia

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is one of the developers of the Sputnik V, has submitted applications to the World Health Organization (WHO) for an Emergency Use Listing and prequalification of the coronavirus vaccine.

The acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine by the UN health agency could help allay concerns over its safety and quality.

This was disclosed by Russia’s sovereign wealth fund on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

READ: WHO endorses emergency use of China’s COVID-19 vaccine

READ: Covid-19: AstraZeneca vaccine gets huge boost, produces immune response in elderly

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Russia was the first country to grant regulatory approval for a novel coronavirus vaccine and did so before large-scale trials were complete, stirring concerns among scientists and doctors about the safety and efficacy of the shot, especially from the western countries.

An Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is meant to make a vaccine available globally faster, while a WHO prequalification is a global quality tag that ensures vaccines are safe and effective.

READ: Crude oil prices post losses, fears on surge in COVID-19 caseloads strengthen

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READ: Moderna to get desired result for final COVID-19 vaccine trials in 5 months

The Chief Executive Officer of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, in a statement, pointed out that the procedures would allow Sputnik V to be included in the list of medical products that meet leading quality, safety and efficacy standards.

In July, Dmitriev had said that Russia aimed to produce 30 million doses in 2020, a goal that was this month dubbed impossible by Russia’s Industry Minister, Denis Manturov, who said a maximum of 2.3 million doses would be made.

The vaccine, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Research Institute and marketed by RDIF, is based on a platform of human adenoviral vectors.

READ: Covid-19: US FDA grants full approval to remdesivir as first vaccine to treat coronavirus

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Nairametrics had earlier reported that President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of the Sputnik V, as the first Covid-19 vaccine to be registered in the world. The approval, which was announced even before the completion of the phase 3 trials, had elicited safety concerns from scientists.

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