BUILD. CONNECT. GROW
The Next Economy
17th February- 31st March
The Next Economy program empowers youths in entrepreneurship and bridges the unemployability gap in Africa. Currently running in Kenya, Mali, Somalia and Nigeria, the program focuses on human capital development of African Youths.
The program which began in 2016 is currently in its third year and has recorded over 400 empowered youths.
The African Innovation Hub Convention was organized by the African Union in collaboration with i4policy.
The event which took place on May 6-7 and on the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali (May 8-9) was witnessed by participants from all over Africa which comprised of major stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem.
At the end of the event, an African Innovation Policy Manifesto was endorsed by the stakeholders representing the different innovation ecosystem of the African continent. Worthy of note is the fact that the Founder of NINe, Bankole Oloruntoba was among the policy makers at the event.
VIVA Technology Conference
24th May- 26th May
The Viva Technology Conference was held in Paris from 16th-18th of May 2018. The event was witnessed by an array of tech giants from across the globe. Some of the speakers at the conference included Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Satya Nadella of Miscrosoft and of course the President of France Emmanuel Macron who gave the welcome speech.
Nigeria was well represented at the Conference as the Founder of NINe, Bankole Oloruntoba, the founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu and other stakeholders in the Nigerian innovation ecosystem were present at the event.
DIGITAL AFRICA CONFERENCE 2018
5th June- 7th June
The Digital Africa Conference/Exhibition was indeed an event which will forever be remembered in the Nigerian innovation history. The event which ran from 5th-7th June 2018 at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre Abuja witnessed top key-players in different innovation sectors ranging from Agriculture, Information Technology, Media, Education, Finance, and Taxation. Panel sessions featured major stakeholders in these sectors deliberating on issues and suggesting possible solutions to problems in the Nigerian innovation ecosystem.
The exhibition witnessed digital giants like the Nigerian Communications Commission, Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe), Cyberflux, Compumetrics Solutions, MTN, Interswitch, Nigerian Identity Management Commission, National Solar Power Authority (NASPA), VDT Communications and so on.
Highlight of the event was a Digital Face-off organized by Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) which gave startups the opportunity to pitch their innovations at the conference. Five startups were rigorously selected from the applications received. At the end of the session, two startups; Farmcap, an agriTech startup from Ghana and Hubs.ng, an IT startup from Nigeria emerged winners.