The last part of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Talent Hunt Research Through Hackathon concluded on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, where the winners emerged with prizes given out.
Delivering the keynote speech at the event, Engr Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner Technical Services of the Comission expressed his delight on how the hackathon serves as a platform where innovative ideas flourish, and aspirations transform into reality for our burgeoning startups.
According to Maska, the occasion is of paramount importance as it aligns perfectly with one of the core objectives embedded within the NCC’s new Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) for the years 2023-2025.
“Our primary aim is to foster the development of cutting- edge technologies through rigorous research, thereby catalyzing sustainable economic growth and overall development within Nigeria.
“In a world where innovation is paramount, we often witness the remarkable potential of Hackathons to showcase, fresh perspectives on existing challenges.
“These events serve as instrumental tools in sustaining innovation and mobilizing the collective intelligence of the innovators to tackle pressing real-world issues, both in the business realm and within our social fabric.
“Throughout the years, the Commission has actively promoted hackathon competitions, each with a thematic focus aimed at addressing significant challenges within our industries and society as a whole.
“Some noteworthy examples include hackathons that yielded innovative solutions for issues such as kidnapping and banditry, E-waste management, and strategies to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s event focuses on three pivotal thematic areas, those that not only pertain to our great nation but also resonate with global concerns.
These themes are:
- Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Enhancing Regulatory Compliance,
- Assistive Technology Solutions for the Elderly and People with Disabilities,
- Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas
Maska further expressed his delight as he announced that the Talent Hunt Research through Hackathon is just the inception of the Commission’s unwavering commitment to nurturing innovation and nascent ideas.
“The culmination of this competition is not confined to the grand prize of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00) awarded to each winner from these three thematic areas for the development of their solutions, but goes beyond this, as the Commission takes a holistic approach to support these promising innovations. We closely monitor the progress of these solutions as they evolve into full-fledged prototypes.”
The Hackathon was receded by an Incubation and Mentorship Programme, designed to equip startups, innovators and tech entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to refine their ideas.
“This phase encompasses critical aspects such as determining product-market fit, navigating intellectual property challenges, and constructing robust business plans. Additionally, it offers us the opportunity to gauge the impact that these grants and prizes have had on the beneficiaries and the industry.”
The journey does not end here. The next stage involves the Adoption of Digital Innovative Services and Products stemming from the Hackathons.
In this initiative, our Commission takes the lead in sponsoring the deployment of the finalized products within select government agencies and institutions.
“It is with great pride that I inform you that, thus far, we have successfully adopted all three winning solutions from the 2020 Hackathon. These solutions were meticulously crafted to combat pandemics and epidemics that threatened our nation.”
The first solution, Klasconnect, is an e-learning marvel that fortifies the interaction between instructors and students. Our Commission has spearheaded its implementation in six government schools, strategically located across the six geopolitical zones of our nation.
The second solution, an Automated Temperature Scanner with Contact Tracing Capability, now graces the Commission’s library, serving as a beacon of advanced technology in our institution.
Lastly, the SmartClinic, a versatile mobile and web solution that seamlessly connects patients through a mobile health app with a Hospital Information Management System (HIMS).
“This innovation boasts an array of features, including COVID-19 self-assessment, hospital registration through the app, instant consultation options encompassing chat, voice, and video, and comprehensive documentation by doctors.
“In another remarkable achievement, our Commission has facilitated the deployment of this solution to four teaching hospitals and two state- owned hospitals across the six geopolitical zones of our nation.
“Our commitment to fostering innovation and driving positive change through hackathons and related initiatives remains unwavering. The transformative power of innovation knows no bounds, and together, we will continue to explore uncharted territories, seek groundbreaking solutions, and ultimately, contribute to the progress and prosperity of our great nation.”, Maska concluded
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