Innovation Meets Technology, as Enugu TechDev Summit ends on a high

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It was a general consensus that the historical maiden edition of the South East TechDev Summit held on the 6th December, 2016  at the Dome Event Centre, New Haven, Enugu recorded a tremendous success.

Tagged “Innovate, Transform, Connect”, the summit was convened to create awareness, a platform to accelerate technology development and to cause disruption in the South East and change Ndigbo perception on ICT starting from Enugu that has a rich academia base.

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Ernest Ndukwe delivering his remarks at the TechDev Summit in Enugu

Chaired by Ernest Ndukwe, former executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Summit had delegates from various stakeholder groups: academia, students, private sector and public sector.

The Summit featured Three (3) Panel Discussions, technological exhibitions, as well as Question and Answer sessions.

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The highlight of the discussions were the call made by panelists for radical reforms in the education sector which can deliver great benefits and contribute to the growth of the economy. Such reforms should incorporate the use of ICT in order to be globally competitive.  With over 13 institutions of higher education, Enugu State can invest in its education sector such that it attracts students from other states of the Federation as well as international students.

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Cross section of participants at the TechDev Summit 2016

Click the link to read the communique – https://iheanyiigboko.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/communique-issued-at-the-end-of-the-maiden-enugu-techdev-summitheld-at-the-de-dome-enugu-on-tuesday-6th-december-2016/

Bringing the Summit to a close, the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, ably represented by the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Engr Greg Nnaji highlighted that the event is a testament to the government’s efforts in using technology to drive giant development strides in the State.

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Enugu State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Engr. Greg Nnaji, represented the governor at the event

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MAIDEN ENUGU TECHDEV SUMMITHELD AT THE DE DOME, ENUGU ON TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER, 2016

 

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  1. The South East TechDev Summit held on the 6th December, 2016 was convened to create awareness and disruption in South East. The Summit had delegates from various stakeholder groups: academia, students, private sector and public sector.

 

  1. The Executive Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi was represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology – Engr Greg Nnaji under the chairmanship of Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman Open Media Group while other dignitaries included the Permanent Secretary and Director of Finance, Ministry of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Pius Okigbo Jr. Thought Leadership presenters that included panel discussants during the summit were amongst others: Chris Uwaje, DG DS HUB, Delta State, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, CEO, Infographics. Others are the vice chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. DG WISG

 

  1. TechDev 2016 is a platform to accelerate technology development in the South East. The essence of this summit is to create disruption in the South East and change Ndigbo perception on ICT starting from Enugu that has a rich academia base. Technology is at the bedrock of any economy. If Nigeria must join the league of advanced Nations, she must ramp up investments in technology and support Tech start-ups to grow. The conveners of TechDev hopes to take the message to every nook and cranny of the Nigerian state in the months ahead because, Technology remains the only way we can leapfrog development in order to catch up with our peers in the rest of the world. We seek also that conversations will continue by Ndigbo after this summit for our South East tech development.

 

4. After presentations, panel discussions and Question and Answer Sessions, the summit came up with thefollowing observations and gaps regarding Technology Development in South East:

– That there is huge potential for regional clusters especially cities like Enugu that are ripe for Innovation Hubs and this should be prioritised.

  • That in line with global trends, State Governments should consider Universal Access and Service for its citizens as part of their SDG goals and as a fundamental human right
  • That Stakeholders in the South East: academia, students, Industry, should collaborate to accelerate the emergence of the Digital Economy in the South East and the diversification from the dependency on oil.
  • That the State Government through various incentives encourage the private sector to invest in the state beginning with the commitment made at the Summit to establish a Software Academy in Enugu by Q1 2017’ and in all state capitals of the SE within 12 months.
  • That there is need to excite and raise awareness to the potentials of ICT as an accelerator to economic development, wealth creation and youth employment/entrepreneurship.
  • That there is need to revamp the educational curriculum from the primary to tertiary institutions in line with global reality to the skills required for the 21st century including critical thinking, problem-solving, research capability, collaborative work and effective communication.
  • That the teaching faculty across all tiers should be up skilled and trained to deliver 21st Century Education
  • That the State Governments should provide incentives for the rapid and pervasive expansion of broadband in currently under-served regions through the massive investment in fibre infrastructure required.
  • That adoption of cloud Services should be encouraged across Nigeria to drive greater efficiencies and support the establishment of Smart Cities to create an attractive work and living environment with a concomitant impact on economic investment in the regions.
  • That there is need to enhance the capacity of the educational system to provide relevant R & D in synch with industry and government as well as attract funding for continuous and sustainable investment in educational infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Days to TechDev Summit – 4 Ways Technology Will Change Nigeria’s Workforce

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In 2 days, Enugu, the pride of the East, will be agog with tech activities as the maiden edition of TechDev Summit debuts.

Organised by Communication Week Media Limited, publishers of Nigeria Communications Week and Techsmart Trend, the summit would be a gathering of experts, academia, intellectuals and major stakeholders in the ICT, finance as well as government; in strategic and high-level sessions, to address issues, generate new ideas and approaches as well as chart a road map for Nigeria’s ICT space.

According to Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, one of the conveners, the two-day event is “designed to deepen the conversations in the ICT sector and develop a new set of entrepreneurs who would strategically apply new technologies to growing the Nigerian economy”.

Nigeria cannot be left behind in the fast-paced world of technology especially when it comes to the future of labour. Even though jobs are being automated you have to significantly improve yourself to fit into this future. The truth is, if you don’t hone your skills, there will be millions of jobs and there will be no employable persons to do these jobs. This is an additional reason to participate in the TechDev Summit.

4 ways technology will change Nigeria’s workforce to get you prepared!

You will be a free agent

You don’t have to find work in the future. In fact, companies will call you to offer you jobs without applying. It is just by having a profile on professional social media accounts like LinkedIn and online. And also, you will not be attached to a particular organisation. Technology tools will make this possible.

You will work from home

Driving to the office daily and manoeuvring Lagos traffic is very hectic. In the future, you don’t need to do this, you will work from the comfort of the sofa of your home. Hence, your employees don’t need to be physically present in the office. Not that everyone will work from home but a large number of people will do.

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Services will be outsourced

If you check your Samsung phone, you observe that different parts are made in different countries: the battery is made in China; the body parts are made in Finland and it is assembled in England. And this same device is made by Samsung. Outsourcing is less expensive. Companies now use outsourcing as a cheap way to get quick and cheap labour. This can only favour Nigeria if it develops its infrastructure and  evolve a friendly environment. In fact, you find Nigerian companies outsourcing their services to international companies in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Technology is key in making this work.

Skills development and training will change due to automation

Many companies are looking for ways to cut cost. Hence, they have embraced automation. These companies will still need persons who will manage these automated services. This may force workers to go for skills development and training. In fact, Nigerian universities must realise we are no longer in the 1960s and they have to overhaul their syllabus to accommodate these new realities tech has introduced.

To learn more ways technology will change Nigeria’s workforce and economy, register to participate in the TechDev Summit – http://techdev.com.ng/registration/ or contact us via http://techdev.com.ng/contact

The mega summit with the theme: ICT: Innovate, Transform, Connect will hold from December 6 to 7 at the  Dome Event Centre, New Haven.

To see full programme schedule, click http://techdev.com.ng/programme

To  meet our speakers, click http://techdev.com.ng/speakers

 

 

40 NIGERIAN ENTREPRENEURS START CROWDFUNDING FOR LAGOS NEXT ECONOMY

Young Nigerian entrepreneurs learn how to set up fun and effective crowdfunding campaigns to fund their business ideas in Lagos.

The Next Economy is part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Local Employment in Africa for Development (L.E.A.D.) programme. The Next Economy is a collaboration between SOS Children’s Villages, 1%Club, Enviu and Afrilabs. Currently operating in 3 sub-saharan countries including Nigeria, The Next Economy empowers African youth to unleash their talents, build their confidence and hone the skills they need for a successful career as an employee or as an entrepreneur.

In collaboration with the local partners The Co-Creation Hub, FATE Foundation, Enspire and Nhub, The Next Economy carries out activities like ‘Grow Your Business’ and ‘Make It Work’  which amongst others coaches ambitious African youth the intricacies of getting their business ideas off the ground and scaling up their businesses.

On the 26th of Nov 2016 they organised the first Crowdfunding Bootcamp in Nigeria at the Co-Creation Hub, Yaba Lagos. It was a day of creativity and positive energy all around as the participants got to talk to experts and learn how to set up their own ingenious crowdfunding campaigns and go live!

The goal was to answer the “why’ and “how” of crowdfunding and show that it was possible to set up a fun and easy crowdsourcing campaign with just the right information and mindset. The event started with a primer by the The Next Economy team, introducing participants to the concept of crowdfunding and the itinerary for the day. There were also fun activities to get the participants and experts the right mood for what was to come.

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The bootcamp participants could shop between 5 different expert sessions: Pitching & Storytelling, Crowdfunding Canvas, Business Modeling, Social Media Strategy and Creative Campaigning. Then the experts got to work, with each headlining their classes and sharing insight with participants just as eager.

 

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Bashir Sheidu (PR, nHub, Jos) with participants in the ‘Pitching/Storytelling’ class.
Femi  Longe ( Founder & Director CCHub) directing the ‘Business Modelling’ class.
Femi  Longe ( Founder & Director CCHub) directing the ‘Business Modelling’ class.

During a ‘Speeddate An Expert’ session, participants had one-on-one conversations with experts to fine-tune their campaigns. The 1%Club team was on ground to assist participants at every step of the way.

Finally participants got to creating!

Participants working on their campaigns!
Participants working on their campaigns!

There was no shortage of variety at the bootcamp because participants all came with different ideas. Shown below is Kitan David who wants to raise funds to build the first student innovation hub in Akure, Nigeria. According to him, the bootcamp was an eye-opener because the prevailing sentiment is crowdfunding doesn’t work in Nigeria.

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Kitan David, he set up a campaign to fund the establishment of the first innovation hub in Akure Nigeria

The campaign that raised the most money on the day and the most inspiring campaign both won €500 euro each  First up was Esosa Agbontaen whose “Farm Express” connects farmers with prospective customers, he won the prize for most inspirational crowdfunder.

 

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Esosa Agbontaen, winner – Most Inspirational Crowdfunder.

The participant that raised the most money during the day was Adedeji Ademola, who set up a campaign to raise funds for a service that delivers fresh frozen seafood produce to clients.

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Adedeji Ademola, winner – Best Crazy Crowdfunder.

After a campaign period of 30 days, a jury will review all the campaigns and reward the top 7 campaigns based on the quality of business plans and people behind them with extra funding of €5000, €3000, €2000 and four times €1000. Anybody can get in on the fun, so if you’re interested in setting up a crowdfunding campaign, visit The Next Economy website https://next-economy.com/en/ to get started.

 

Nigeria and Morocco sign gas pipeline deal to link Africa to Europe

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President Muhammadu Buhari welcoming King Mohammed VI of Morroco in Aso Rock

Nigeria and Morocco have signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other African countries to Europe, Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs said on Saturday.

The agreement was reached during a visit by the Morocco’s King Mohammed to the Nigerian capital Abuja, Geoffrey Onyema, the minister, said, adding that the pipeline project would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders.

“In this agreement both countries agreed to study and take concrete steps toward the promotion of a regional gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of several West African countries and Morocco,” Onyema told reporters in Abuja.

Onyema said the project aimed to create a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.

No timeline was given for when the pipeline construction work will start and how much it will cost.

Nigeria is rich in hydrocarbons but produces little electricity, making its industries uncompetitive. Its economy now faces a recession caused by a plunge in crude prices.

Militants in its oil producing heartland of the Niger Delta have also blown up pipelines in a quest for a bigger share of Nigeria’s oil wealth, which has cut crude output this year.

“Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco also agreed to develop integrated industrial clusters in the sub-region in sectors such as manufacturing, Agro-business and fertilizers to attract foreign capital and improve export competitiveness” the foreign minister added.

 

AWCON 2016: Nigeria Beats Cameroon to lift title a record eight times

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Super Falcons of Nigeria have emerged as African champions once again after a 1-0 victory against the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon on Saturday, December 3.

Desire Oparanozie’s 84th-minute strike  was the difference as the Falcons edge their opponent right at their own backyard.

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The Guingamp star’s goal in the second half was enough to separate the two teams and give Florence Omagbemi’s women an eighth African crown.

The Indomitable Lionesses, the tournament’s outstanding team, failed to repeat the fluency and brilliance of their defeat of South Africa in the semi-final, but Florence Omagbemi’s team found one more sumptuous moment during the closing stages of the game.

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With the victory, Nigeria have emerged African champions eight time and coach Florence Omagbemi makes history as the first person to win the continental championship both as a player and coach.

 

Meet The Nigerian Appointed By Donald Trump As A Member Of His Economic Advisory Team

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United States President-Elect Donald Trump has appointed some of the best and brightest brains in the world to be on his Economic Advisory team to “Make America Great again”. He appointed multibillionaires and the CEO’s of fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Walmart, JP Morgan Chase amongst others.

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Of the over dozen Presidential appointments, Ondo state born Nigerian businessman Bayo Ogunlesi an Oxford and Harvard graduate who is the CEO and Founder of multibillion dollar company Global Infrastructure Partners made the list. He is also the only black man in the Advisory Committee whose father was the first Professor of Medicine in Nigeria. According to Bloomberg he is worth an estimated $900 million dollars.

See the the list of Donald Trump’s economic advisory team:

Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and co founder of Blackstone

Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission

Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors

Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock

Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group

Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeing

Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners

Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM

Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY

Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric

Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit