For Nigerian Schools & Students

Edves STEM Competition

Stand a chance to win the sum of 1 Million Naira


Application & Selection Process

The Edves school competition is open to all students in Nigeria. Registration for the competition starts from the 1st of April until the 31st of April.

Every application will be thoroughly evaluated and scored. Selected candidates will be invited to the #EdvesCatalyst2023 showcase their projects and 10 finalists will then proceed to give their pitches to the judges.

Prizes will be presented to the best student and two runner-ups on the last day of the catalyst event.


Registration StageApril 1st - April 30th


Shortlist StageMay 1st - May 31st


Semi-Final StageJune 2nd


Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is a faith-driven investor and entrepreneur. He is passionate about partnering with mission-driven innovators and investors building an African future where prosperity and purpose are within everyone’s reach. He is currently the CEO and General Partner of Future Africa an early-stage venture capital firm with a portfolio of 100 companies collectively worth over $6 billion dollars.

Prior to founding the Fund, he was the founding CEO of Flutterwave, a billion-dollar global payments platform connecting African businesses and individuals to the
global economy. He was also the co-founder of Andela, a billion-dollar business that matches Africa’s top engineering talent to global technology companies.

Ashiedu Jude

Jude Ashiedu is an Educational Tech consultant, and filmmaker at Edujetage currently living in Lagos, Nigeria. His interests range from technology to entrepreneurship. He is also interested in education, web development, and writing.

As an experienced educational technologist, Jude has dedicated his career to working with students and teachers in Nigeria to enhance their learning experiences through the use of technology.
His passion for integrating AI and virtual reality in education has led to the development and implementation of innovative educational solutions, resulting in improved student engagement and outcomes. He has received several scholarly awards for his contributions and he is highly skilled in training, mentoring, and facilitating the educational technology landscape.
His goal is to continue to drive positive change in education by integrating cutting-edge technology.

Hakeem Subair

Hakeem Subair is the CEO of 1 Million Teachers Inc, an adjunct professor, and student advisor. These roles have shaped by Hakeem’s passion for applying business principles to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

A passion that grew out of providing more than just financing to businesses but giving them the tools to enhance their success. A passion that grew into a love for giving children the best chance for reaching their full potential, and increasing the capacity of teachers to help their students to do so.  

Ify Obidi-Essien

Ify Obidi-Essien is an Edu-Tech Consultant and a Microsoft Global Training Partner, passionate in driving digital transformation in education through technology solutions for educators. Her passion to raise Tech-Savvy Teachers can be seen in the activities she engages in her Facebook community of over 6,000 educators and Microsoft certification programmes she organises nationwide.

She is the CEO of Tech-Savvy Teacher International, an EdTech Consultancy firm that offers Technology services in form of training and Consultation, school management software integration and installation of Classroom technologies which provides an educational transformational framework upon which the goals of educational stakeholders are met. The 12th edition of the Tech-Savvy Teacher Masterclass which held at the United Arab Emirates, Dubai in February 2020, served as an eyeopener to the Nigerian Educational system for the need to integrate the Flipped Classroom Model which is needed to met the needs of the 21st century child.

Her book, ARISE serves as a springboard to Educators globally to become the upgraded version of themselves. She has featured in the SUN publication, Wazobia TV, Wazobia FM, TVC, Kids and Mum TV show, Inspirational FM and other platforms too numerous to mention.

Her passion to help children’s creativity find expression in the world of technology can be seen in the school virtual program, Animation Kids Club, she runs in Corona Schools Lagos, Greenspring School Gbagada, Lagos, Learning Ladder Abuja, and a host of others. Grade school children are equipped with animation skills via an elearning platform. At Animation kids Club, we raise digital content creators from cradle who will creatively explore their unique abilities in the world of animation.

She runs a Foundation for young women within the ages of 16-24 years called the B.I.G Girls Foundation. B.I.G is an acronym for Beautiful, Intelligent and Godly Girls. This platform helps to equip and prepare young women with skills and knowledge they need to live successfully in today’s world.

She is happily married to Ayo Essien, a Digital Marketing Expert and together they have a lovely daughter, Charis.

Ahmed Tunde Ahmed

Ahmed is a passionate advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and prior to now, have been selected as a judge for several STEM competitions. With a diverse background in technology and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the field, he brings a unique perspective to the evaluation process.

Professionally, I have been involved in the technology industry for almost a decade, focusing on cutting-edge innovations and solutions across banking applications, fraud management solutions, real estate products, health management applications, and Edtech solutions. My journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, where I gained a solid foundation in programming and problem-solving. This laid the groundwork for my subsequent career in the field of Engineering/Technology.
Over the years, I have worked with various renowned organizations, including startups and multinational corporations, where I have honed my skills in software development, data analysis, and project management. These experiences have allowed me to stay at the forefront of technological advancements and fostered my deep interest in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Beyond my professional endeavours, I am actively engaged in promoting STEM education within my community. I believe that by inspiring and encouraging young minds to explore the wonders of science and technology, we can cultivate the next generation of innovators who will shape the future. I have volunteered as a mentor for local STEM programs, organized workshops, and participated in panel discussions to foster knowledge-sharing and inspire others to pursue STEM fields


The Edves STEM Competition is a competition for students in Primary and Secondary schools in Nigeria. Judges who are top leaders in the technology and educational sectors will evaluate the applications including a voting system to select the best three.

This competition is a new addition to the Edves Catalyst event. A team of not more than three students will design & create a STEM project that can be used to achieve one of the stated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A school can send in more than one team, but each team must focus on different projects.  

All selected applicants will showcase their projects during  #EdvesCalysyt2023 and 10 finalists will emerge to present their projects to the judges on stage. Three winners will emerge. 


The Edves school competition is open to students in Nigeria. By the 1st of April, schools can begin to register and send in their pitch applications.

The application is due 31st of April, 2023 at 23:59 GMT+1

Judges will use a scorecard to analyze the applications and pitch presentations.

During the Pitch presentation, the jury will use a set of rubrics to select the best three.

Yes. A school can have up to 3 different teams with not more than 3 students on each team. The school can make different applications for each team. 

To apply, interested schools should follow this link:  to register. 

Each pitch should describe the application of the STEM project to achieving one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Besides the prizes that will be received by the top three applicants, they will also receive the following:

  1. A complimentary ticket and registration to be part of the Edves Catalyst event.
  2. Exposure to a global audience, offline and online.
  3. The opportunity to learn and network.

The Edves Catalyst Conference is an annual Edtech and Non-Edtech Conference for K-12 leaders aimed at bringing together over 5000 Educators, Administrators, School owners, Parents, and other stakeholders together.

It is both an online and offline conference with access across Africa.

It is a two-day event where actionable ways to enhance the quality of education are discussed while prioritizing innovative technology.  

  • Queen’s University, Ontario Canada,
  • Girls Rising,
  • Jacobs Foundation,
  • 1 Million Teachers,
  • Lagos Business School,
  • Resolute Robotics,
  • MTN PLC, and
  • Airtel

Every year, the conference is planned for the first weekend in June. For this year, the conference is planned for the 2nd and 3rd of June.

Educators, Administrators, School Owners, Parents, and other interested stakeholders can register to attend the conference.

About the Organizers

Edves is an education technology company that serves African K-12 schools by digitizing learning and administration to enable automated deployment of administrative activities and multi-curricular lesson delivery (online and offline) to students from kindergarten to senior secondary school. 

As the leading company in EdTech, our vision is to reimagine education and make learning easy by building customer-centric operating system for education through innovative technology solutions. 

About Edves Catalyst Event

Every year, Edves organizes an offline and online gathering of Educators and Parents to enhance quality education delivery while prioritizing technology for both short term and long term gains in the continent. 

During this event, we invite industry leaders to share their wisdom, experience and expertise on different topics relevant to our community. 

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