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Hello! Happy Sunday!

It's the last day and Sunday in September. This has been the fastest year of my life since I became an adult; feels like I said "Happy new year" weeks ago.
Anyhoo, at the beginning of this month, I invited you to join me on a journey that would have us return to all our plans from the start of the year and try to execute them. I followed through with it, and I'm halfway through one of the courses I planned to take. What was your September achievement? Please share with me.

 

Meanwhile, here's what's up

1. GDG DevFest South Africa 2018is slated to hold on the 1st of December 2018. If you would love to speak at the event, read the Call for Speakers requirements and apply here. (Application closes today. Hurry!)

3. The superpowers over at Facebook who created the Reactjs language and the Create React App have announced the Create React App v2.0.0 beta. If you would like to give it a test run, do so here.


3. Ingressive will be hosting the Tech Meets Entertainment Summit (TMES): "Building Investment-ready Companies in Nigeria", an event for entertainment and tech practitioners. Discussions will be around educating industry practitioners in entertainment and tech on how to maximize impact and monetize relationships.  The event will be held from the 24th through to the 25th of October at the Zone Tech ark, Gbagada, Lagos. If you work in the tech and entertainment industry, and would like to be at the event, find more details here

4. Here's a reminder to:
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Submit your forLoop Tanzania talk proposal, ahead of the maiden meetup, here.

Register to attend the forLoop Zambia meetup on the 6th of October.

+ Register to attend the Figma Africa, Rwanda design workshop, "Learning the basics of design", in Kigali. If you're looking to learn or teach design, this is for you.

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Save your seat at the "African Women in Technology and Business" event organized by Nectar Hub and ARPG Tech. Get the opportunity to network with industry leaders, get access to foreign funding leads, and meet a potential mentor. The event takes place on the 18th of October.

Opportunities: 
It's still Hackathon season, and October seems like a good month to crush things. Feeling competitive? Check these out:

- First Bank of Nigeria hackathon, First Bank Innovate, seeks to produce technology and digital solutions that will improve banking processes and deliver value to users. The hackathon is slated to take place from the 11th to 12th of October. Read more about the hackathon and register here.

The Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS) hackathon 2018, will be held from the 6th to 8th of October. The objective of the hackathon is to build solutions that address innovations in Fintech and biometric authentication. Cash prizes, up to N3million, are up for grabs. If you'd like to compete, register 
here

Naija Hacks 2018 will kick off on the 19th of October and end on the 23rd of the same month. This year's edition seeks to bring innovation to agriculture and education. Cash prizes up to N1million can be won. If you'd like to be part of the hackathon, register 
here before the 28th of September.

 

On cool tools...
- If you're an academic or a developer who writes papers and articles a lot, you'll love Margins (made by @fermatslibrary). Margins is a free, online repository for sharing and annotating papers, plus collaborating. Check it out here.

If you are building dope tools that the community needs to hear about, my DMs are open. If you're not, it's never too late to start.
A few good reads...

Here's our reading recommendation for the week:
 
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This newsletter was written under the influence of Scorpionfish by Beatenberg and a red apple (my first time having one. Haha!)

Don't forget to wish your Nigerian friends a Happy Independence Day anniversary today.

Have an amazing October ahead! 

-
 Jennifer Onwudiwe,
Writer

- Solomon Osadolo,
 Editor
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