Weekend Agenda: Smartphone Addiction, A Scholarship For Tech Women, More

In an ideal world, we’d all have smartphones, reliable internet connections and unlimited data.

But look around you, this isn’t an ideal world. Getting online can be tough and if you use a bank that’s exclusively digital, your internet connection can hold you to ransom.

Not with ALAT though. Not anymore.

The *945# USSD banking service was switched on for you yesterday so you can send money, pay bills and buy airtime from your ALAT account when you’re offline.

If you dial *945*100# on the phone connected to your ALAT account now, you’ll be able to set up your *945# profile and start using the service immediately. You don’t need another long thing in your life.

Let’s talk about your weekend plans:

1. The Smartphone Trap

We’ve talked about smartphone addiction before, but because it remains a worrying trend with links to mental health problems, it’ll keep coming up.

This time, we’re taking advice for escaping the trap from experts. The suggestions, all based on personal experience, vary from deleting your email app(s) to scheduling time to disconnect from the internet. (Just remember you’ll always need to bring your own discipline or nothing will change.)

2. Your Readership

Growing up with wolves, Stephen Curry on gender equality and a real-life superpower,

3. Shots

The Adobe Research Women-In-Technology Scholarship is now accepting applications from women currently studying computer science, computer engineering or a related undergraduate or masters course. Benefits include a $10,000 award and an opportunity to interview for an internship at Adobe. See details here.

The Microsoft AI Idea Challenge is open to students, developers, professionals and data scientists interested in developing innovative artificial intelligence solutions. Prizes include a Surface Book 2, an Xbox One as well as a feature on Microsoft’s AI Lab. Apply here.

4. Destination: Island

The Canon Alumni Exhibition opens this Friday at the African Artists’ Foundation in Victoria Island. Go for good photos, stay for interesting encounters.

Simply Green is hosting the Farm To Fork Brunch this Saturday at Workstation. Entry is free, the food and drinks aren’t.

Creators Deck, a night of open mic performances, painting and acoustic music holds from 5:30 pm this Friday at Maison Fahrenheit. Tickets are here.

If house music is your thing, consider getting on the guest list for this Friday’s Element House party. 2,000 naira or no deal.

Tap Lifestyle on the ALAT app to see more events and movies.

5. Filtered

Have you seen the Nike ad making people cry, featuring Serena Williams and her father? (Mr. Williams is easily #DadGoals.)

“Cookies, cookies everywhere.” Ugh. So what? Remove the cookie policy notification on any website before it shows up with this Chrome plugin.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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