A recent hackathon in Lagos demonstrated the power of technology and collaboration to address challenges facing Nigeria’s tourism sector. Organised by the Bedouin Group, the second Tourism Hackathon Nigeria convened young innovators aged 18-30 to develop solutions for industry issues.
The hackathon aimed to leverage youth creativity and skills to revolutionise tourism operations. It targeted problems like poor traveller experiences and disconnects between public and private stakeholders. Through mentorship and prototyping over two days, participants gained practical skills while devising tech-enabled solutions.
Out of many nationwide entries, five finalist teams from Lagos, Oyo, Abuja and Plateau states presented at the event. Virtual Tour NG from Oyo clinched the top prize of 200,000 naira for their virtual reality web app improving accessibility. Other winners proposed innovations around cultural preservation, logistics and financial limitations.
Organisers emphasised the need to continue engaging youth, noting their ideas can drive growth—the hackathon aligned with national tourism goals, securing an endorsement from the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation. Partners included hospitality industry leaders and the UN World Tourism Organization.
Looking ahead, all tourism gatekeepers are urged to support such platforms that unleash young people’s creativity. By fostering collaboration and showcasing innovation, events like this help progress Nigeria’s tourism landscape. The vibrant ideas demonstrate the potential of youth to advance technology and confront systemic industry challenges.