BrandArena: Three Teams Emerge Winners in HabariPay’s Take-on-Squad Hackathon 1.0 for University Undergraduates

Friday 23 February 2024

Three Teams Emerge Winners in HabariPay’s Take-on-Squad Hackathon 1.0 for University Undergraduates

Following days of intensive collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving, the inaugural Take-on-Squad Hackathon 1.0 coding event culminated in the recognition of three outstanding teams: Team Within, Team X, and Team Storepoint. Held at the state-of-the-art GTCO Training Complex, located within Tayo's Plaza in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the event spanned from January 18th to 20th, 2024.

Team Storepoint, represented by Haruna Faruk and Ladipo Samuel from the University of Lagos, secured third position and a prize of N1 million. Their winning solution, Storepoint, facilitates quick access to an online marketplace for local shops and small businesses within 5 minutes, using Squad’s API to streamline the payment process. 

Team X, consisting of Muktar Jimoh Yusuf, Rasheed Taiwo Mudasiru, and Mukhtar Abdulfatai from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, claimed the second prize, earning a prize of N1.5 million. Their solution leverages advanced AI and machine learning algorithms to revolutionise bundled payments. The coveted first place was awarded to Team Within, comprising Inuoluwadunsimi Daniel Ola-oladeinde, Atayero Ayomide Samuel, and Hamzat Victor Oluwabori, students of Obafemi Awolowo University. They received a prize of N2.5 million for their innovative solution focused on streamlining school departmental payments and contributions.

Each team was selected based on the following criteria: real-world applicability, technical creativity, user experience, and teamwork. Eduofon Japhet, the Managing Director of HabariPay Ltd, expressed her delight with the calibre of solutions showcased during the event. She remarked, “The level of innovation demonstrated by each team is truly impressive, and we eagerly anticipate witnessing these solutions materialise in the future.”

In recognition of their outstanding achievements, Team Within, Team X, and Team Storepoint, along with other standout talents from the hackathon, will be enrolled in the Squad Hackademy - an initiative aimed to empower the participants with comprehensive learning resources, mentorship, and unparalleled job opportunities, fostering a community of innovation and excellence.

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