The Geo-Hackathon Season 2 challenge is looking for innovative and effective solutions guided by the:
Theme: Ibadan Urban Resilience
Submissions should be made based on any of the following sub-thematic areas:
1. Risk Informed Decision Making

Rationale: When geospatial risk information is shared, individuals can make more risk informed decisions.
Problem Statement: a great deal of geospatial information and data has been developed by the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project IUFMP. However, it is not accessible to decision makers or the general population.
Challenge: Develop an easy to use open data visualization and crowd sourcing tools to help individuals and government alike make risk-informed decisions, e.g. reporting of illegal waste dump, clogged drains, flooding, non-compliance to land-use regulations, etc.

2. Urban Resilience Design

Rationale: Multi-purpose infrastructure helps to maximize urban resilience benefits.
Problem Statement: In order to accommodate the amount of water created by a 1 in 25-year rainfall event, a channel of 30 meters wide would need to be constructed along with urbanized areas along Ona River. Part of this is being implemented by the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP). However, for most of the year, only a small 4-meter low-flow channel will hold water and the rest of the area will be un-used.
Challenge: Develop an innovative and participatory urban design (architectural and engineering) that address challenges of flooding and can accommodate public benefits and utilization of channels during the dry season in the most flood-prone areas of Ibadan.

3. Innovative Business Solutions for Urban Resilience

Rationale: Municipal Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) is the platform that facilitates the organization, sharing and utilization of geospatial information to tackle the challenges to achieving sustainable urban development. It is the cornerstone of any strategy for cities aspiring to embrace digital transformation and for the long-term transition to a smart city.
Problem Statement: Ibadan has a large and vibrant Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Sector (formal and informal businesses). There is a need for greater support to this sector to promote scaling up of enterprises both in terms of access to finance and in providing the necessary infrastructure.
Challenge: Develop e-business solutions that leverage spatial data to improve business processes, value chains and create new businesses and revenue generation streams.


Why Urban Resilience?

Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges where phenomenon shift towards urbanization has been experienced, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. In the absence of effective urban planning, the consequences of this rapid growth will be dramatic. The growth of informal settlements, slums, and poor residential neighbors is a global challenge where an estimated 25% of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements.
Ibadan, with a population of more than 6 million persons, unregulated expansion of built-up areas and poor planning has resulted in the growth of crowded informal settlements with little infrastructure that are disconnected from the main centers of activity, creating problems of urban mobility, access to basic services, unemployment, flooding, sanitation, and hygiene and a host of social problems.
Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Building resilience requires looking at a city holistically: understanding the systems that make up the city and the interdependencies and risk they may face. By strengthening the underlying fabric of a city and better understanding the potential shocks and stresses it may face, a city can improve its development trajectory and the well-being of its citizens.
As an academic institution, the University of Ibadan is utilizing this opportunity to bridge the gap between the academic walls and the needs of the society for sustainable development.


The GEO-HACKATHON is coined from three words: GEO represents the earth; Hack represents a series of events geared to solve earth/environmental problems and ATHON is borrowed from the word “marathon, which is a long-distance running race. In essence, this is an innovative technology roadmap that will encourage the development of solutions required in Medicine, Agriculture, Engineering, Security, Marketing, Geology, Banking and other disciplines.

The Geo-hackathon is a series of events geared towards re-engineering and solving earth or environmental problems. Participants from all disciplines are encouraged to use the groing pool of GIS/Geospatial tools, mobile solutions, hardware integrations, Sensors and unmanned Arial Vehicles UAVS and everything in between to develop and re-engineer solutions for Sustainable Development.

The goal is to empower Nigerians to leverage on spatial technology for self-reliance and for the sustainable development of Nigeria. It is an Idea to generate awareness, interest and use of geospatial technology for fieldwork, research and teaching guided by the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs .

The University of Ibadan is collaborating with GIS KONSULT LTD., Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) and other industry stakeholders to promote the GEOHACKATHON.


The GeoHackathon is intended for researchers/students – Undergraduates, Masters, Doctoral (including staff on approved programmes) in the University of Ibadan


Each submission will be prequalified and results displayed on the Geohackathon website based on Panel assessment.


There are 5 evaluation criteria with 4 assessment points each.
The assessment points carry 5 marks. Thus, each evaluation is 20 Marks X 5 = 100 Marks.

1. Structure: Title|Goal|Editorial Work|Summary (20marks)

2. Content: Creative|Unique|Achievable|Contribution to achieving the SDGs (20marks)

3. Depth: Sophistication|Simplicity|Relevance|Community Based (20marks)

4. Application: Hardware Integration|Software Integration|Research|Maturity-Ready for Market (20marks)

5. Solution: Broad Appeal|Scalable|Sustainable|Profitable (20marks)

The Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges. By submitting any entry, the entrant releases Geohackathon, sponsors, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, and advisors from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the decisions of the Judges.


Selected contestants with quality works would be invited for the geohackathon finals

a.     Submission:  [6th November – 6th February 2020]

b.     Pre-Qualification: [7th – 17th February 2020 ]

c.     Final Pitch and Award: [18th February 2020]

d.     Incubation Hub: [From 18th February 2020]


A GEO-HACKATHON is a series of events where participants brainstorm and collaboratively create solutions and ideas for the sustainable development of the earth.


The focus of the GEO HACKATHON is to encourage the development and creation of technological solutions for sustainable development, using Geography Application.

Geospatial/GIS Software:

Esri packages are the preferred software to be used for this competition although other software packages are allowed.
Esri software is available for every staff and student of the University of Ibadan. Access Esri Grant for the University of Ibadan


The GEO HACKAHON is not just for programmers or even those entrenched in the geo-world only, but for everyone who is developing sustainable solutions that are required in every discipline (Medicine, Agriculture, Security, Marketing, Mining, Banking etc).


Unfortunately, Organizers of Geohackathon don’t provide travel reimbursements.


Not a problem. It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a geohackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology.


Not at all! This is a common misconception about geohackathons and in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. The environment at these events is designed specifically to encourage everyone to have fun and help each other.


Absolutely! There’ll be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you energized.


You might think your project isn’t impressive or it might not be finished so you don’t want to present it. You should present it anyway! Honestly, geohackathons isn’t about being the best or being competitive. It’s all about having fun, making friends and solving the earth’s problems. Presenting your geohack gives you a chance to be proud of what you’ve done, and you should be proud.