VoguePay, a leading online payment processor continues to invest in young talents in Nigeria universities as part of its corporate social responsibilities.
The firm believes that for Nigeria’s software industry to be competitive and meet global demands, there is an urgent need to invest in new generation of software developers and businesses.
In 2017 VoguePay entered into strategic sponsorship with the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students [NACOSS]; an umbrella body of more than 300,000 students studying computer Science, with a mission to discover, launch and support student software entrepreneurs.
And as part of the students’ annual conference, VoguePay rewards students and developers who are building e-commerce and other software technology that can impact and improve various sectors of Nigeria’s economy with cash awards and other consolation prizes.
Commenting on why the company sponsored NACOSS, Michael Simeon, VoguePay’s CEO noted that “it is time to give back to the community to encourage new generation of software entrepreneurs”. He added that recognizing talents will encourage the software industry in Nigeria to grow.
This year’s NACOSS conference held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology between October 17th to 19th, 2018 .
At the hackathon session sponsored by VoguePay, three projects were awarded cash prizes for their innovation. They include a chatbot e-learning application that helps students to improve learning experience, an all-in-one voting platform for students elections and an IoT application that improves communication to deaf and dumb individuals.
They all won cash prizes and business support from VoguePay.com and eStoreSMS.com while others were awarded consolation prizes for their presentations.
The VoguePay/NACOSS competition is part of a strategic 5-year partnership that VoguePay is pursuing to help raise awareness about local talents in software development among students of tertiary institutions. The three winning ideas receive cash prizes of N100,000, N75,000 and N50,000 respectively.
On behalf of other contestants, the overall winner of the hackathon, Femi Ayodeji of the University of Ibadan thanked VoguePay for the cash prize of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) he won and assured that he would keep making progress on his ideas. In the same vein, the national president of NACOSS, Comrade Abolade Akintomiwa was full of gratitude to VoguePay and eStoreSMS for the sponsorship.