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Wema Bank to Boost Nigeria’s Tech Sector with Its Own Hackathon – Hackaholics

Wema Bank launches its very own Hackathon – Hackaholics


Advances in banking and financial technology mean more efficient solutions in dealing with the demands of an evolving market. As a bank marked with an identity of innovation, Wema Bank is a proven incubator of inventions and creative ideas, traits that continue to remain the hallmark of its operations long after its establishment in 1945.

In proof of its promotion of software innovation, Wema Bank launched Nigeria’s first digital banking platform, ALAT, in 2017. ALAT redefined experiential banking, winning several awards enough to gain Wema recognition as Nigeria’s most innovative bank.

Wema Bank Hackaholics

In line with its continuous support for the application of technology to society’s problems, Wema Bank plans to unveil its very own hackathon tagged – ‘Hackaholics.’

Hackathons are tech projects which bring together software developers and other digital creators to design solutions for everyday challenges. Every successful hackathon harvests new and impactful solutions that will drive business ideas and scale the heights of technology in today’s world.

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With Hackaholics, Wema Bank will pull together start-ups and young tech professionals to develop digital and computerized solutions that will alleviate financial, institutional and social challenges. Participants will be required to analyse the given problem areas, strategize, brainstorm and develop solutions that will be screened by a reliable team of judges.

For the bank, the goal is to avail innovators, creative thinkers and software developers the opportunity to convert their visionary concepts into winning solutions which will be nurtured into marketable software applications. Along with awarding creators of the best solutions, the hackathon will improve skills and re-echo the bank’s passion to build a community of innovators working constantly to bring safer, more convenient and profitable banking to customers through fast and easy software solutions.

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Hackaholic by Wema Bank will take place from 29th to 31st March 2019. Innovators, creative thinkers, developers and coding experts across Nigeria are all invited to register for the hackathon by visiting

You can key into the hackathon by following the conversations on social media through the hashtag #hackaholics.

Update: 12/03/2019

Wema Bank Extend Hackaholics Deadline to March 5

Creating magic needs many hands, and for Hackaholics, our first hackathon, we need all the hands available to pull amazing solutions out of hats.

We are grateful for the delightful responses we have gotten from prospective participants and those willing to attend. Due to continuously increasing submissions and numerous applications to attend, we are pleased to extend the deadline for registration from 12 March to 5 March 2019.

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Hackaholics promises to be a gathering of the smartest minds, the best programmers and most innovative thinkers as we look to use digital solutions to solve tomorrow’s problems today.
Besides funding of up to $10,000 for the best idea, Wema Bank will provide structural support and incubation to turn it into a marketable product.

So visit to register. You haven’t missed the opportunity to create magic with us.

Remember Hackaholics is set to kick off on 29 March 2019, meaning this new deadline will not be extended further.

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Ikechukwu MaxkDAVE

Ikechukwu Onu is a Certified Full-stack Digital Marketer and Digital Media Pundit with a profound interest in all things tech. When he is not working, you’ll find him at an outreach, hang out with friends, or streaming a series/movies.


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