In an era when the narrative surrounding university students often leans towards concerns of fraudulent activities and a growing influence of vices, Chibueze Sam-Obisike and Osinachi Chukwujama, both in their senior year at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), decided to alter this perception by orchestrating an event that aimed to leave a profound impact on the technological landscape of their campus.
With the prevailing discourse of empowerment among young people veering toward platforms like TikTok and, regrettably, the rising involvement in fraudulent schemes, Chibueze and Osinachi set their sights on something different.
They envisioned an event that would not only foster technological skill acquisition but also empower students who were already engaged in the field of technology.Their brainchild, “Hack4FUTO,” emerged as a highly competitive hackathon, drawing participation from students across the campus.
The event boasted substantial prizes, with the first-place winner taking home ₦150,000, the second-place ₦100,000, and the third-place ₦100,000. However, “Hack4FUTO” was not merely confined to a hackathon; it also featured an enlightening conference that brought together approximately 1,300 students at the School of Physical Sciences (SOPS) theatre within the FUTO campus.
Chibueze and Osinachi’s endeavor was made possible through the invaluable support of their sponsors, and together, they achieved a remarkable feat in the tech community. “Hack4FUTO” took place on the 24th of June 2023, marking a significant milestone in the journey to transform the narrative surrounding university students from one of fraud and vices to one of technological empowerment and innovation.