By Emma Okonji

More than 1000 individuals, organisations and future technology disruptors are expected to gather in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for a technology summit tagged ‘The TechSummitOgun 2018.’

With the theme ‘Disruptive Innovation; Where Are We?’ the summit scheduled to hold in Abeokuta on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Hosted by Vervetree Global, an emerging incubator, the summit will convey leading stakeholders within the digital innovation ecosystem to explore solutions to drive digital innovation and growth from the early-stage phase of technology innovation.

Speakers at the summit would range from diverse background and industries including, telecommunication companies, technology start-up companies, members of the academic community, policy makers, entrepreneurs, young people and several others with experiences required to drive productive conversations and actions for the future of tech-enabled innovation.

They will speak across technical sessions and sub-topics, including innovation and start-ups, education, innovation and financing, innovation and digital media.

The summit will be characterised by keynote addresses, plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

Some of the topics to be treated at plenary include: Promoting Ogun as a technological and innovation hub in Nigeria; Start-up, education and the digital age: leveraging social and traditional media for growth; Pitching the media, what works?; Turning student into founders: How to run an effective start-up; Investing and seed funding: challenges facing the financing of start-ups in Nigeria; Growing a sustainable technology start-up; Innovating start-ups: targeting the core of the market; and addressing the shortage of tech talent and innovativeness within higher institutions in Ogun.

Outcomes and key metrics proposed for evaluating the success of the summit include ensuring the largest multi-stakeholder platform to discuss technology innovation in Ogun State, show commitments for partnerships and likely investment in digital opportunities, commitment to infrastructural development and policy by the relevant stakeholders, and launch of the ‘Tech Challenge Ogun’ and other collaboration towards the future of digital transformation and innovation in Ogun State.