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A sunny day ☀️. Hope you’re going everywhere with your 🕶 and a big smile just like 😎. In fact, next week, right from Wednesday we’re supposed to experience a glorious 29 degrees. Everyday. So take this as your reminder to get your orders in for fans, BBQ things, ice cooler, etc... Or even go big and book the days off. 

Summery weather aside, for this edition of BTNG Bytes, we’ve got updates upon updates for you - so let’s get right to it.

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The Important Blurb

BTNG Hackathon 2019 🙌🏾

After last year’s successful BTNG hackathon, we’re excited to bring you BTNG Hackathon 2019. This year we’re tackling the vexing issue of how to mitigate the effects of brain-drain. It’s a crucial and urgent issue because, arguably, you like most members of our community (and readers of this digest) are most likely examples of brain-drain in action 😃.

But we’re not just talking about the problem.

For two days, we have the opportunity to work together to put forward ideas and solutions which helps reduce the impact of the flight of professionals and educated people leaving their home countries for greener pastures. With support from Microsoft, and using Nigeria as location, we are looking at areas such as Finance, Health, Education and Agriculture

Tickets: Get your FREE Tickets here

Date And Time: Sat, 3 Aug 2019, 09:30 — Sun, 4 Aug 2019, 17:00 BST

Location: The Microsoft Reactor London, 70 Wilson St, Finsbury, London, EC2A 2DB

Tickets for BTNG Hackathon

ICYMI: Our Interview with Stephan Eyeson 📰

We recently interviewed Stephan of Survey54 on Building Surveys for emerging economies, the founding team, challenges, advice and more. Check it out for here.

Recap: B is for Building 2019 ♻️

In case you missed it, B is for Building happened on May 3rd and thanks to everyone who came down for it on what was a rainy evening (seriously wouldn’t be surprised if records show this is the wettest summer). Check out our Medium post for updates and this link for pictures.

Opportunities 👩🏾‍💻

ESSA - Education sub-Saharan Africa ( is a social enterprise startup and currently seeking technical support in automating an African Education Research Database  (developed in collaboration with the REAL Centre, Cambridge University). Essa’s work to increase the visibility and accessibility of African research on education and to African researchers”. If big data or data management is your thing; contact to explore this opportunity.

Knowledge Doses

📚📝Books we're reading:

From the org team:

  • The Queen and I by Sue Townsend
  • Jony Ive- The Genius Behind Apple's Products by Leander Kahney
  • The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo


🔗📲Interesting Internet Bits:


Nigerian Problems

Rant Board

In this section, we pull out some interesting Nigerian problems/comments we believe may have a tech solution or connection.

From Pessimism to Optimism 

Paul Graham of Y Combinator dismisses pessimists on Nigeria and uses startups as a proxy to show how we can generate and add value to the ecosystem.

Schooling Gap

After all, the product is the main thing we sell to customers.

Nigeria Visas

The gruesome process of obtaining one is certainly a process that can be improved on.

That's Interesting

Facts that made us go whoa

  • 📈There has been a 55,716% growth in internet users in Nigeria between the year 2000 and 2019
  • 🎤Adekunle Gold was the 4th employee of Jumia Group (now listed on the NYSE)
  • 💻Paystack's head of growth finds potential recruits use Youtube as a primary way to learn new things

From The Community

Incredible work from you all 👏🏾

Always great to hear good news from the community:

  • We’re starting a podcast, stay tuned for when it drops
  • Thanks to all those who were inspired from B is Building
  • If you would like to volunteer or help the team out for our upcoming hackathon, please get in touch with us here
  • Don't forget our BTNG Hackathon 2019 event on Aug 3rd to 4th. Get your tickets.

That’s all. See you soon. ✌🏾
Papa and Tolu for BTNG

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