Season 2 of InterswitchSPAK TV show debuted on November 2 and so far, we have aired four episodes! The InterswitchSPAK TV Show comprises of the Innovation Challenge and TV Quiz segments.
During the Innovation Challenge, teams of nine students each are tasked to proffer solutions to select societal challenges, leveraging technology. The nine teams are divided into three teams with three topics to work on.
After the Innovation Challenge comes to the TV Quiz. During this segment, the students who had collaborated on the Innovation Challenge now compete against themselves for the coveted N12.5 million scholarship prize.
This forum will periodically review the InterswitchSPAK episodes - the activities, highlights and insights. From the four episodes that we have viewed, one consistent factor has been the quality of production and the outstanding prowess displayed by the students.
In the first episode, we were brought up to speed with all the offline activities before the TV show commenced. There were highlights of the press briefing featuring the first winner of season 1 -Akachukwu Anumudu.
We also saw snippets of the National Qualifying Examination conducted across Nigeria. We saw the profiling of the erstwhile participant who emerged overall best student in the 2019 WAEC examination, scoring straight A1s - Stepany Ugboaja. There was also the Masterclass, featuring three remarkable Nigerians, 81 finalists and the media.
“Can I trust you?” was the 12.5-million-naira question thrown at the students by Mitchell Elegbe, the Group CEO/Founder of Interswitch Group. He tasked the students to build trust across the board, as it was critical to success.
The finalists were grouped into nine teams. Each team was mentored by two Interswitch staff, volunteering as “team captains”.
The Innovation Challenge kicked off in the second episode. Team Mercury gave the first presentation on: “Leveraging Technology and innovation to optimize Nigeria’s Agricultural value chain”. Tomi Ogunlesi and Omowale Jacobs were the team captains. The team gave a good account of itself with its proposed solution - Agro Market Portal System.
The solution posits the aggregation of key players in the Nigerian Agricultural system for easy access to goods, information and funds.
The solution included integration with Quickteller for easier payments to and from the farmers. They also considered the inclusion of NIMET onto the portal, to advise farmers on climate change, weather forecasts and other meteorological issues.
After the teamwork, the team members moved on to battle, competing for the star prize. The best three of the nine moved to the next stage of the competition. From Team Mercury we had: Muhammed Abuulahi, Sigmus Aimofumhe and Ahmed Adulhameed.
Episode 3 started with Team Venus's Innovation Challenge presentation. With their mentors, Wale Micaiah and Omoede Aihe, their solution was an app called AGICKET, which is applicable to consumers and farmers.
They proposed the construction of centres with adequate storage and transport facilities across the country. With this, the farmers can sell their products easily and be remunerated adequately, while buyers can locate produce faster without difficulty.
The best of the Venus team members who made it to the next stage were Anita Alabi, Ayokunle Adeniyi and Munachi Aniagolu.
The fourth episode introduced Team Earth’s presentation. With a bit of drama to spice up the show, a team member came dressed in a farmer’s attire. Their solution, FarmEazy will be available on IOS and Android devices, USSD code and SMS for feature phones.
The platform has different interesting features which include the farmer’s community, farmer’s market, investor’s platform, USSD service, loans and training. This platform is expected to help the farmers and buyers connect. Investors also have a space to provide loans and utilities for farmers. Their mentors were Paul Otu and Tolulope Adesokan.
The best three of the nine-team members who made it to the next stage were: Etomike Obinna- Chukwu, Ezekiel Ekanem and Dabira Akinyemi.
Watching these students, increasingly reassures us that Africans can indeed solve the continent’s problems if we task ourselves hard enough.
Join us on the next episode of the InterswitchSPAK TV show on the following stations: Africa Magic 154 on Saturday (5 pm) and a repeat broadcast on Sunday at 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
Other television stations include AIT Network on Saturday (7 pm), TVC Lagos on Saturday (8 pm) and Sunday (5:30), STV Jos on Sunday, (6 pm), NTA Kano on Sunday (8 pm), EBS Edo on Sunday (4 pm), NTA Port-Harcourt on Sunday (5 pm), DBS Asaba on Sunday (7 pm) and OSRC Akure on Saturday (6 pm).