Four start-ups get N20 million grant from NCC
... to support local content creation.
Clearflaw System Hub, Aelaus Engineering Teams/Hyech Electronics Solutions, Kalibatics, and CyberNarth Tech are the four tech startups. They won the Virtual NCC Internet of Things (loT) Code Camp and Hackathon 2021, receiving N5 million each for their unique technology ideas targeted at improving Nigerians’ lives.
While Clearflow System Hub and Aelaus Engineering Tearns/Hyech Electronics Solutions won in the loT category for kidnapping and banditry, Kalibatics and CyberNorth Tech won in the assistive robotics category for effective e-waste management solutions.
The funding was for four entrepreneurs’ unique digital solutions, with the goal of developing innovative digital solutions to combat insecurity and reduce national e-waste rates while pushing the Internet of Things (loT) frontier in Nigeria.
At the prize-giving ceremony held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja recently, Dr. Haru Alhassan, who spoke on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at the prize-giving ceremony, said the Commission, as a frontline driver of innovation in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, organized the second edition of the NCC Hackathon with the view to driving the creation of new products and services.
The initiative, according to Danbatta, is in line with the objectives of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) 2020, the Nigerian Communications Commission’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021–2025, Executive Order 5 of 2017, and Section 1 (f) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, which focuses on promoting Nigerian content in contracts, science, engineering, and technology.
The EVC went on to say that the event symbolizes the NCC’s commitment to achieving the goals of pillars 4, 7, and B of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020–2030, as well as the Commission’s SVP 2021–2025, which include promoting innovative services and maintaining effective partnerships and collaborations with relevant stakeholders.
Earlier, Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, who was represented by Kelechi Nwankwo, Head, Research and Development, stated that the event demonstrated the critical role that the telecommunications sector plays in providing innovative solutions to Nigeria’s social and environmental problems. He reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to continuing to support nation-building ideas.
Maska said the event boldly demonstrates the Commission’s resolve to champion the government’s efforts to leverage telecommunications-based solutions to address societal issues that require immediate attention, underscoring the Commission’s determination to harness the potential of Nigerian youth in addressing emerging challenges through ICT.
At the event, representatives from government security agencies, telecommunications operators, the National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA5) praised the NCC for the important endeavor.