NCC LAUNCHES 2023 HACKATHON TALENT HUNT

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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. This endeavor aims to spur the development of new technologies and indigenous content through cutting-edge research, ultimately driving sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

Tech Hubs and Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs) in Nigeria are invited to enroll their startups and solutions in this NCC-organized Hackathon. The event will focus on three key areas: Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Regulatory Compliance, Assistive Technology for the Elderly and People with Disabilities, and Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.

The NCC Talent Hunt Research Through Hackathon harnesses Emerging Digital Technologies to nurture innovative solutions and local content within the telecommunications sector, furthering economic and social progress in Nigeria. This competition serves as a platform for translating inventive ideas into hardware/software solutions that address industry and societal challenges.

To incentivize participation, the top three solutions (one from each thematic area) will receive grants of N10 million each for further development. The commission has outlined specific eligibility criteria for participation: registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, no prior support from the commission, and clear relevance to one of the specified thematic areas.

Furthermore, entrants must present a well-defined problem statement, proposed solution, and deployment roadmap. The solution must be novel, with a declaration of intellectual property ownership, and the prototype’s development must conclude within six months of grant receipt. A detailed commercialisation plan for the prototype is also required.

All applications must adhere to the provided entry format and be submitted online. There is no financial cost associated with participation, and the commission retains full control and ownership of the intellectual property of developed solutions. The applying Tech Hub/Innovation-Driven Enterprise must demonstrate a clear relationship with the startup/solution being entered.

In addition to the executive summary and pilot project video, the application must include names, ages, contact details, passport photos, and profiles of all team members, along with their website (if available) and an email address. The deadline for submissions is set for September 22, 2023. The advertisement for the Hackathon has been on for the Hackathon for three weeks; the Commission urges stakeholders in the startup ecosystem to take note of the approaching deadline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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