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NCC Talent Hunt'23: Top 3 winners emerged – ITREALMS

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Top three winners have emerged in the 2023 Talent Hunt Research Hackathon, sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), reports 
NCC Talent Hunt: Top 3 winners emerged – ITREALMS
Confirming this, the Chairman, Panel of Judges for the Hackathon, Prof. Mohammed Hajiya, said the they emerged from 81 entries received with 12 where initially shortlisted in the tech innovation contest.

Top on the list of the winners in the Blockchain Solution category, is Know-Now Limited, while Solaris GreenTech Hub emerged top in the Renewable Energy Solutions category as well as Spec Care Limited that came top in the Assistive Technology Solutions category.

All the top three in these categories went home with N10m prize each.

Prof. Hajiya also said that the remaining nine (9) innovators got consolation prizes of N500,000 each with certificate of commendation for their participation in the annual contest hosted by the Commission.

Also, he commended the NCC for promoting technology innovation, and applauded the winners and other innovators who participated and encouraged them to contribute to leveraging their solutions to develop Nigerian economy.

The Executive Commissioner, Technical Services at NCC, Engr. Ubale Maska said that the hackathon is of paramount importance as it aligns perfectly with one of the core objectives embedded within the 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,” he said.

Often, he said, the world has witnessed the remarkable potential of Hackathons to showcase, fresh perspectives on existing challenges, hence, 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.

Maska, who was in the company of the Director, Research and Development Department, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, stressed that over the past years, NCC has actively promoted hackathon competitions, each with a thematic focus aimed at addressing significant challenges within local 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,” he declared.

The hackathon, he pointed out, will be preceded by an Incubation and Mentorship Programme, which will be 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,” he said.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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