NCC Organises Virtual Hackathon For Tech Hubs, Start-Ups and Innovation Digital SMEs

The Nigerian Communications Commission, the regulator of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, 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. Pursuant to this objective, the Commission invites entries from Tech Hubs, Start-ups, and Innovation Digital SMEs with promising and adaptable Digital Solutions that will aid in containing the impacts of pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases in Nigeria to a virtual Hackathon.

The top three Start-ups with the most promising Digital Solutions will receive a grant of N3, 000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) each from the Commission to aid the development and deployment of these Solutions in Nigeria. Interested applicants will need to have solutions that address issues in the under-listed fields of interest:

Health: 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.
Community: help with digital communications that will aid the sustenance of economic activities and people to people communication while encouraging social distancing.
Productivity: Enhance the productivity of people working from home during this lockdown and beyond.
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 include adherence of proposal to stated requirements above; the novelty of the proposed digital solution; clear problem statement and explanation of the proposed solution; and proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.). Each solution, including prototype development, must be concluded within two months of receipt of the Grant.

Submission of proposals will undergo preliminary assessment. The proposals adjudged most promising and capable of positively impacting the fight against COVID-19 may be invited for the defence before a decision is taken on winners. Interested Tech Hubs, Start-ups, and Innovation Digital SMEs should submit soft copies (email to yikabir@ncc.gov.ng; fbruce@ncc.gov.ng; chimezie@ncc.gov.ng) on or before July 17, 2020. Emails should indicate ‘Digital Solutions for Covid-19’ in the subject field.
For further enquiries, call 08020978407 or 08036101044.