The Nigerian Communications Commission has offered N5m each to four Nigerian tech startups for their innovative digital projects.
This was done at the grand prize award ceremony for ‘Virtual NCC Internet of Things (IoT) Code Camp and Hackathon 2021’, which was held in the commission’s headquarters on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who was represented by NCC’s Director of New Media and Information Security, Alhasan Haru, noted NCC’s priority for finding indigenous innovative solutions to the challenges of the industry and society.
He said that the event is in line with the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan 2020, which underpins the need to promote local production, local services, local innovation, and the use of local materials, according to the Mandate of the Presidential Executive Order 5 of 2017, on the Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology.
“Finding indigenous innovative solutions to the challenges of the industry and society is a policy that is very dear to me, as a person as well as to the Commission and this is very much in tandem with the policy of the current administration for Nigerians to rise up and find enduring solutions to the challenges facing the country.
“Today’s event aligns with the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan 2020, which underpins the need to promote local production, local services, local innovation, and the use of local materials, in line with the Mandate of the Presidential Executive Order 5 of 2017, on the Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology,” he said.
He further stated that the country is going through some challenges, which digital solutions may be useful in addressing them.
It is evident that our nation is currently going through a phase in its quest for nation-building, faced with social, environmental and security challenges such as Banditry, Kidnapping and Militancy. These ugly developments have in recent times kept security on the front burner of our national discourse and limiting our socio-economic development.
“The challenge of e-waste management has been exacerbated by the increased consumer appetites for digital services and smart devices. This has resulted in the production of huge tons of e-waste annually and most of them are disposed of in manners that constitute serious health and environmental challenges.
“In this year’s Hackathon, our goal is to challenge the creativity and harness the innovative prowess of our young digital-driven population to develop smart Solutions leveraging emerging technologies in addressing the challenges of Banditry, Kidnapping and e-waste management,” he added.
Two startups, namely Clearflow system Hub and Aelaus Engineering teams/Hyech Electronics solutions, focused on Internet of Things for kidnapping and banditry, while the other two startups, Kalibotics and CyberNorth Tech, focused on assistive robotics for effective e-waste management.