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NCC Announces Dates For Annual ICT Innovation Competition, Exhibition, Calls On Startups, Telecom Investors

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…For startups, tech hubs, and telecom investors

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has announced the opening of the Annual ICT competition among StartUps in the country.

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) in keeping with its strategic intent as encapsulated in the Strategic Management Plan (2020-2024) and Strategic Vision Implementation Plan (2021 -2025) is committed to promoting innovation for the sustainability and continuous development of the Nigerian Communications Industry.

Pursuant to this, the Commission invites Startups and Tech Hubs as well as Investors and the ICT ecosystem to participate in the second edition of the NCC Emerging Technologies Annual Innovation Competition/Exhibition with the theme “Promoting Sustainable Digital Service Development in Nigeria”.

The ICT Innovation Competition/Exhibition will be a medium for showcasing talents and innovations in the ICT ecosystem. This is aimed at motivating and encouraging Nigerian youths to engage in innovative developments for the telecoms industry and improve the nation’s ability to compete in the global economy.

In addition, the event is designed for the promotion of Digital SMEs with new business delivery breakthroughs.

Eligibility

Prospective Technology Hubs and Startups entering the competition are required to submit proposals that meet the following criteria for consideration:

• The project should have clear relevance to ICT/Telecommunication industry.
• Interested participants should be duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
• Proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.).
• Novelty of the project.
• The pitched idea should demonstrate clear commercial sustainability and profitability framework.
• Team diversity and indigenous capacity to develop and support the solution.

Application Guideline

All applications should be ONLINE.
There is no cost to enter the competition and you will retain full control and ownership of your technology.
Each Team will Register and submit the following documentation:
A. 4 page Executive Summary of the project concept
B. 5-7 minutes video of the pilot project
C. Names, Age, contact details, passport photos, and profile of all Team members.
D. Website

Interested and qualified Startups should submit the above documents in a zip folder to: https://ncc.gov.ng/expo2021. The subject of the mail should read “Submission from <business name>” and the zipped file named after the business.

Application
The Emerging Technologies Competition/ Exhibition 2021 will open on 17th – 26th November 2021, it is free to enter and you can see more on the event below.
Twenty (20) Tech hubs/Startups will be shortlisted to showcase their technology to a panel of judges at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Lagos Campus. Those shortlisted will be announced on 26th November 2021.
The Tech hub/Startups with the best three Innovative prototypes will be awarded cash Prizes of N2.5million, N1.5million, and N1 million respectively.

Key 2021 dates

DateStage
19th -29th Nov 2021Applications open online
3rd Dec 2021Shortlisted Tech Hubs & Startups announced
6th Dec 2021Shortlisted Tech Hubs & Startups arrives at DBI Lagos Campus for a 2-day pitch/exhibition
6th – 8th Dec 20212-day pitch/exhibition and grading of Contestants by the Judges at Digital Bridge Institute in Lagos
8th Dec 2021Award of prizes/Closing ceremony

Important Information/Notices

Applying to the Emerging Technologies Competition counts as public disclosure of your idea and it is your responsibility to protect it adequately before making an application.

Before applying, please ensure you are satisfied with the level of protection for any idea or material included in the application and seek your own legal advice if necessary.
Failure to do so may affect your ability to protect it in the future.

Applicants are not required to provide more details about their ideas than that required in the online application form or as much as they are comfortable disclosing. However, providing insufficient detail may affect the ability of the judges to make a fair assessment of your application.

The deadline for submission of entries is 29th November 2021 and shortlisted applicants will be announced on 3rd December 2021.

Shortlisted applicants are required to be available in Lagos at Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Lagos campus on 6th December 2021.

For more information, please email: mmgarba@ncc.gov.ng Or Contact: sel-rufai@ncc.gov.ng
An independent panel of Judges will determine a First and Runner-up entry and Judges’ decisions are final.

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Globacom Again Sponsors Ofala Festival 2023

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Globacom Sponsors Ofala Festival 2023

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

Telecommunications giant, Globacom, has announced its readiness to sponsor the 2023 edition of Ofala Festival in furtherance of its support for the cultures and traditions of the Nigerian people.

At a press conference attended by senior palace chiefs and members of the Ofala Festival Organising Committee at the Ime Obi, Obi’s Palace, Onitsha, on Thursday, the digital solutions provider disclosed that its support for the yearly event drives by its faith in the nation’s huge cultural heritage and its potential to create employment as well as boost revenue generation.

 

Globacom Sponsors Ofala Festival 2023

Globacom noted: “We are committed to supporting efforts aimed at preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of our country. This is why we have consistently supported prominent festivals such as Ofala and Ojude Oba over these years. We believe that these festivals if well promoted, will help boost Nigeria’s tourism industry as they will attract tourists who will be willing to come around to witness these festivals. Their presence will be a booster for hotels, restaurants, tour guides, art markets, and several other sectors whose trade will be in demand. Hundreds of thousands of jobs will also be created along the line.” The company referred to the Year 2020 data from the World Tourism Organization, saying that Nigeria is listed as 52nd on the list of top 55 tourism nations globally.

According to Globacom, “Interestingly, the Travel and Tourism market in Nigeria has been projected to grow by 6.13 percent between 2023 and 2027, resulting in a market volume of nearly US$4 in 2027. If we continue to focus on promoting the best of our values for the world, nothing stops Nigeria from moving up to the Top 10 Tourism greats among the comity of nations within the next few years”.

The Festival’s Strategic Marketing and Communication Committee Chairman, Mr.  Nnaemeka Maduegbuna, explained during the press conference that the Obi of Onitsha had approved the theme of this year’s Ofala Festival as “Better, Stronger and Together”. The theme emphasises the relevance of cooperation and unity in attaining societal goals and objectives.

The 2023 Ofala Festival is billed for Ime Obi, Onitsha, Anambra State, from October 14 to 15, 2023. It is a customary obligation performed by The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, as a two-day celebration will comprise the Iru Ofala on October 14 and the Azu Ofala the next
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MoneyMaster PSB Delights Glo Subscribers With G-Kala Airtime Promo  

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MoneyMaster PSB Delights Glo Subscribers With G-Kala Airtime Promo 

Rashidat Okunlade Writes

MoneyMaster PSB (MMPSB, a major payment service bank promoted by telecoms services company, Globacom, has unveiled a new promo in which Glo subscribers in the Lagos area who register and activate their own G-Kala wallets will be rewarded with cash gifts.

In a statement in Lagos, MoneyMaster PSB enjoined Glo subscribers across the Lagos area to make utmost use of the opportunity provided by the G-Kala airtime promo by registering and activating their wallets, which according to the Bank, will be used for various purchases and for winning in the offer.

MoneyMaster explained that “G-Kala wallet is the personal purse of the subscriber. Upon activation, it enables them to transfer money for purchases, buy airtime, pay bills, and pay for goods and services without having to log into any app or use the internet, adding that it is fast and reliable as it is backed by the power of the Globacom network. The wallet is also safe and convenient because it ensures that subscribers do not have to carry cash around”.

It urged them to dial *995# to create their own G-Kala wallets after which they join the first 100 customers to purchase a minimum of N100.00 airtime in winning a free gift of N100 daily, which will be sent to their G-Kala wallet within 24 hours.

“Existing G-Kala customers in and around Lagos are required to dial *995# on their Glo lines after which they will press 4 to buy airtime and join the first 100 customers every day to win the free N100”. MoneyMaster concluded.

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NCC Showcases Indigenous Telecom Achievements At NTICE 2023 Expo

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By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to showcase achievements so far recorded in the promotion of indigenous content in the telecommunications sector at the second edition of the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE 2023), which holds in Lagos from August 22-24, 2023, at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed: “Harnessing Indigenous Content for Economic Growth: Networking to Boost Investment”, the Commission said it is mobilizing stakeholders for a remarkable outing, following a very impressive showing at the maiden edition of the event last year.

The NTICE is being coordinated by the Commission’s Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector (NODITS), which superintends over efforts for effective implementation of the National Policy on the Promotion and Implementation of Indigenous Contents in the Telecommunications Sector, (NPPIC).

The Expo is open to multisectoral participants, including indigenous telecom operators, manufacturers, regulators, government agencies, policymakers, innovators, industry leaders, startups, other actors in the telecom ecosystem, academia, and global experts to showcase their products and services, innovative solutions and new technologies.

The Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 empowers the NCC to encourage local and foreign investments in the Nigerian communications industry, introduce innovative services and practices as well as promote the participation of Nigerians in the ownership, control, and management of communications companies and development of communications manufacturing and supply sectors.

Therefore, NTICE 2023 is being organised in keeping with the extant provisions of the NCA 2003, and to promote the four focus areas of the NPPIC, which are Manufacturing, Service, People as well as Research and Development for innovation in line with the Federal Government’s drive to diversify the economy.

The event has continued to serve as a rare assemblage of stakeholders where diverse thoughts can be shared in contexts that advance utilization of indigenous content in the nation’s telecommunications industry.

Participation at the event requires mandatory formal registration ahead of the day of the event and the Commission has created the link: www.ntice.ncc.gov.ng for this purpose, and intending participants are advised to register before August 22, 2023.

In an interaction with the NCC’s in-house media recently, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, reiterated that NTICE is Nigeria’s largest annual indigenous telecoms, tech and startups, manufacturing, and innovative event that brings to stakeholders the powerful connections and valuable new relationships that highlights the achievements and vast potentials of a tech-driven digital economy.

The 2023 Expo is billed to project the achievements of indigenous content by the government for the sector and afford participants the platform to showcase their products and services, innovative solutions, and new technologies.

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