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NCC launches talent hunt research through hackathon to fuel tech innovation

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has initiated the third edition of its Talent Hunt Research through Hackathon, aligning with its Strategic Vision Plan 2023-2025.

The program is designed to catalyze new technology development and foster indigenous content creation through cutting-edge research, in line with the broader goal of promoting sustainable economic growth and development within Nigeria.

In an open invitation to Tech Hubs and Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs) across the country, the NCC has urged startups and innovators to participate in the Talent Hunt Research via an immersive Hackathon event, organized under the aegis of the Commission.

The hackathon revolves around three key areas of focus:

  1. Blockchain-Enabled Data Protection Solutions: Addressing regulatory compliance through innovative blockchain technology
  2. Assistive Technology Solutions: Tailored to assist the elderly and individuals with disabilities, enhancing their quality of life
  3. Renewable Energy Technology Solutions: Aimed at addressing energy needs in rural areas through cutting-edge technology solutions

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The NCC Talent Hunt Research Through Hackathon represents a digital frontier for the development of groundbreaking solutions and local content in the telecommunications sector. Moreover, it serves as a catalyst for economic growth and social progress in Nigeria.

Participating enterprises have the opportunity to translate their creative ideas into tangible hardware and software solutions that tackle industry and societal challenges. Exceptional solutions in each of the three thematic areas stand a chance to secure grants of N10 million each to further develop their innovations.

Eligibility criteria for participants include:

  • Certificate of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Absence of prior support from the Commission
  • Clear relevance to one of the three thematic areas.
  • A well-defined problem statement, proposed solution, and deployment roadmap
  • Proof of concept, including technical feasibility, diagrams, algorithms, models, or case studies
  • A commitment to intellectual property ownership.
  • Completion of the solution, including prototype development, within 6 months of receiving the grant.
  • A detailed commercialization plan for the prototype

Submission requirements encompass a wide spectrum of project details, ranging from ideation and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to growth feasibility assurances and existing timeframes for disaster recovery, where applicable.

All applications must be made online and adhere to the specified entry format. Notably, participation in the competition incurs no financial cost, and full control and ownership of the intellectual property of developed solutions remain with the Commission.

To facilitate the submission process, tech hubs or innovation-driven enterprises are required to demonstrate their connection to the startup or solution they represent. Additionally, applicants must provide a concise 4-page executive summary of the project concept, a 3-5 minute video showcasing the pilot project, comprehensive team member profiles, website details (if available), and contact information.

Interested and qualified enterprises can submit the requested documents in zip folder format to the following online platform: Talent Hunt Research Hackathon 2023. Submissions should bear the email subject line Submission from <business name>,” with the zipped file named accordingly.

The NCC has extensively advertised the hackathon over a three-week period and underscores that the application window will close on Friday, September 22, 2023. Stakeholders within the startup ecosystem are urged to take heed of this deadline as the Commission endeavors to bolster technological innovation and spur economic growth through this groundbreaking initiative.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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