NCC Sets to Hold Virtual Hackathon for Tech Startups

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set to hold a virtual hackathon for technology startups to come up with digital solutions that address coronavirus (Covid-19) and other epidemic-prone diseases in Nigeria.

NCC is thus inviting entries from Tech Hubs, Startups and Innovation Digital SMEs with promising and adaptable digital solutions that will aid in containing the impacts of pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases in the country.

The Commission supports the development of innovative services and life-changing solutions leveraging on Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) to promote indigenous content development, economic growth and social advancement in Nigeria.

The top three Startups with the most promising digital solutions will receive a grant of N3 million Naira each from the Commission to aid the development and deployment of these Solutions in Nigeria.

According to NCC, interested applicants will need to have solutions that address health by finding ways to empower Healthcare workers on the front lines and bring support to individuals isolated at home.

It should also include solutions to prevent, trace and contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

At the Community level, help with digital communications that will aid the sustenance of economic activities and people to people communication while encouraging social distancing; Productivity: Enhance productivity of people working from home during this Lockdown and beyond.

Other solutions to be addressed include:

  • Education: Easy to Deploy, accessible and cost effective eLearning Solutions for Public Schools;
  • Transportation: Improve safety in public transportation facilities in Nigeria.

The criteria for evaluation of the proposed Digital Solutions

  • Adherence of proposal to stated requirements above;
  • Novelty of the proposed Digital Solution;
  • Clear problem Statement and explanation of the proposed Solution;
  • Each Solution including prototype development must be concluded within 2 months of receipt of the Grant;
  • Proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.).

Submissions will undergo preliminary assessment. The proposals that are adjudged most promising and capable of positively impacting the fight against COVID-19 may be invited for defense of the proposals before a decision is taken on winners.

How to Apply

Interested Tech Hubs, Startups and Innovation Digital SMEs are invited to submit soft copies (email to yikabir@ncc.gov.ng; fbruce@ncc.gov.ng; chimezie@ncc.gov.ng).

The deadline for applications for the virtual hackathon is on or before 5 pm, by Monday, July 17, 2020.

Please note that all emails should indicate ‘Digital Solutions for Covid-19’ in the subject field.

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