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Co-Creation Hub brings Nigerian technologists together in TechSQUAD to build innovative IT solutions for NGOs for the 2015 general elections.

Nigeria’s foremost technology innovation centre, Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) on Friday launched TechSQUAD. TechSQUAD is a network of highly skilled and professional software developers, designers and internet security experts who will work with top Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to build and grow innovative IT tools to make the 2015 General Election work.

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With only a few months left to the 2015 elections and amid the current socio-political climate of the country, it has never been more important to return confidence in our democracy.

To this end, over the past few months CcHub has been speaking with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a number of NGOs on things that can be done to ensure that the next elections are seamlessly conducted. A number of ideas leveraging technology have been suggested. These ideas include building IT tools for INEC and top Nigerian NGOs that will cover the entire election cycle from voter’s registration to voter’s education through to when the results are announced.

As mobile penetration continues to increase in the country, a large proportion of these solutions undertaken by TechSQUAD will rely on mobile phones and what it can do – including voice calls in multiple languages, SMS, browsing the Internet and mobile apps.

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Co-Creation Hub’s Director of Programmes, Mr. Femi Longe states “Nigeria has abundant technology talent which should be used to deliver better elections that reflect the true will of the people. Through TechSQUAD, we will be using these skills to support the efforts of NGOs to make sure the outcomes of the 2015 elections are different for a change. We believe properly deployed technology can make the 2015 our best election and we plan to achieve that.”

TechSQUAD is the largest single coalition of IT people in Nigeria focusing on one particular subject – the coming elections – and the destiny of our country warrants it.

Technologists interested in joining the squad and NGOs interested in hiring the squad for their election-related projects can find out more at Socialchangelab.

ABOUT CO-CREATION HUB

Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) is a social innovation centre and Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space dedicated to catalyzing creative social technology ventures. The hub acts as a cushy nest designed to accelerate the successful development of social technology ventures through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by the hub management and offered both in the space and through our array of partners. In addition, we lead co-creation initiatives, facilitating multiple stakeholders to work together, to create novel technologically driven solutions to the myriad of social challenges facing the average Nigerians.

CONTACT ADDRESS: CcHub, 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos

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