Cisco Drills Nigerian Undergraduates on IoT

Alfie Hamid, Africa Regional CSR Manager and Imoh Akpan, CSR Manager in Nigeria both from Cisco are seen here photographed with the winning team, for the Cisco Hackathon, from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

A cross section of undergraduates drawn from select Nigerian universities has been drilled by Cisco on the Internet of Things at the first edition of (IoT) Hackathon in Lagos, South West, Nigeria.
The IoT Hackathon is a competition that invites creative and innovative students to develop innovative solutions to Nigerian challenges while receiving educational guidance and training.
The Hackathon showcased the creativity of more than 20 students from different universities across Nigeria, who were lectured on how to develop technical skills, how to connect the physical world with the digital world using digitisation and the IoT while developing solutions with rapid prototyping techniques.
The Hackathon also allowed students to gain first-hand experience in creating circuits with electronics, sensors, and actuators, and were lectured on how to write codes interconnecting nodes using IP networks and cloud applications.
The students engaged in team activities to develop IoT solutions ideas, while exploring electronic engineering. They worked with a combination of Raspberry Pi, Arduino Uno, Grove Pi and some additional sensors. Cisco also provided pitch trainings to the students to help articulate concepts within a limited amount of time.
Students then prepared their presentation and demonstration before a jury where a winning team emerged. This year’s winning team stems from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, but all the students got prizes from Cisco.
The Cisco Networking Academy is Cisco’s flagship CSR programme. It partners with Government, schools, NGOs, colleges and universities to afford students the opportunity to become ICT networking, IoT and security professionals.
In Nigeria, alone, Cisco, through the Networking Academy, has trained over 70,000 students (of which 38 % are female) since its inception. It currently has 56 000 active students and an instructor population of 175 in 132 academies, 6 ASCs and 9 ITCs.
By Isaiah Erhiawarien, West Africa


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