Nigeria, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is set to showcase the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) innovation at this year’s Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2018).
GITEX is an annual information and communication technology trade show, exhibition, and conference that takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre,Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This year’s event, scheduled to hold from 14th to 18th October 2018, aims at showcasing the global technological advancements and innovations in the domain of consumer electronics. Government and private sector technology institutions also leverage on the opportunity.
The event provides a platform for accelerating investment-ready start-ups, expose them to international investors, networking opportunities, partnerships and access to witness emerging technologies that are changing the world. Previous attendance has recorded several successes with Nigerian startups coming top in pitching sessions and winning cash prizes as well asacceleration opportunities. Generally, startups have reported encouraging feedback on the effect of GITEX to their businesses.
NITDA’s subsidiary, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), coordinates startups’ participation at the event. This year, NITDA will be sponsoring six startups to the GITEX conference, where they will showcase locally developed solutions from Nigeria to the global world that would be attending this year’s show in Dubai.
Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, who confirmed the startup list, said they included Arone (SE), a technology, transport and logistics company that seeks to solve the problem of lack of accessibility to medical supplies; Beepower (NE), a product that allows the use of one single source to power up multiple devices with different power requirements; Domenium (SS), a solution designed to help police obtain evidence for crimes; Max (SW), a technology, transport and logistics company that makes moto-taxis safe, efficient, and accessible to users in West Africa. Others selected startups include Off-k.com (NW), an online platform that helps students conveniently locate and securely pay for accommodation off campus; and Wattlinq (NC), a power technology with a website which provides services that monitor and manage energy availability and usage in homes
Startups will undergo a one week bootcamp with seasoned resource persons in the ecosystem to equip them with state of the art skills to get the best of GITEX.