How USPF is helping ICT in Nigeria

The importance of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry as an important component of the modern world cannot be overemphasized. Understanding that the rapid development of any economy in this age is largely hinged on its ability to advance technologically is important. The truth is the ICT scene in Nigeria is in need of a paradigm shift.

Did you know Nigeria was ranked 131 (0.6 %) in terms of online creativity?

Countries like Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, and Namibia made the list of top innovative countries in Sub-Saharan Africa ahead of Nigeria. It is extremely baffling that Nigeria, the giant of Africa, despite her great potentials, is yet to make giant strides in its innovation sector.

Nigerians need to be able to communicate with one another and access the Internet for business, research, academic purposes, etc. Hence, innovation in the Nigerian ICT sector becomes imperative. Although the modern ICT sector in the country has a relatively new history when compared with the case in developed and emerging economies, the Nigerian government has over the past decade put in place a number of measures to facilitate and create a progressive environment for an enterprising ICT led economy.

Nigeria’s technology space is definitely getting more interesting though. This is partly because more technology hubs are being established in the country, giving hope for a knowledge economy and increased job creations, as there are now about 50 technology hubs in Nigeria. Impressive!

However, more is being done to salvage the technology sector in the country. One of those is the USPF ChangeMaker Challenge 2018.

 

The USPF ChangeMaker Challenge 2018 is the perfect place to network and connect with brilliant software developers, UX Designers, Data Scientists, ICT Experts, Budding Entrepreneurs, Strategists, Angel Investors, Idea Funders, and Public Policy Experts etc. It will be a weekend of freedom to create a new product, learn new techniques for your future development, and be part of a community of new ideas and ventures thus Ideas Festival, Investors Delight!

The goal of the hackathon is to provide a space and a time for participants to make headway on problems they are interested in – problems bordering on different sectors of the economy.

Do you have an idea? Do you think your idea is great enough for investors to be interested in? If the answer is a resounding yes, the USPF ChangeMaker Challenge 2018 is for you.

Visit www.uspfchangemaker18.ng to register.

P.S. January 18, 2019 11:59 PM is the deadline for applications requesting for travel subsidies or part reimbursements.
January 20, 2019 11:59 PM is the deadline for the rest of the applications.

BY OLANREWAJU OLADIMEJI

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