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NCC opens applications For 2023 Talents Hunts to develop New Technologies

by Akeem Adeyemi
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NCC opens applications For 2023 Talents Hunts to develop New Technologies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Monday kicked off activities for the third edition of its Talent Hunt Research through Hackathon to give expression to its Strategic Vision Plan 2023-2025.

The Hackathon is aimed at encouraging the development of new technologies and indigenous content through cutting-edge research.

The Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka in a statement said that the goal of the initiative is to stimulate sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

Muoka announced that the Commission is inviting Tech Hubs and Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs) in Nigeria to Hackathon Enroll their start-ups and their solutions in the Talent Hunt Research organised by NCC.

He said that the Hackathon focuses on Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Enhancing Regulatory Compliance; Assistive Technology Solutions for the Elderly and People with Disabilities; and Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.

Muoka said that the NCC Talent Hunt Research Through Hackathon leverages Emerging Digital Technologies to facilitate the development of home-grown innovative solutions and local content development in the telecommunications sector while fostering economic growth and social advancement in Nigeria.

He said that the competition would enable the translation of novel ideas into the development of hardware/software solutions that address industry and societal challenges.

“The best three solutions, one from each of the three areas listed above will receive grants of N10 million each for the development of the solutions.

“The Commission has set out eligibility criteria for those seeking to participate in the competition, which include that the Enterprise must provide a certificate of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), the Enterprise must not have previously received support from the Commission, the project should have clear relevance to one of the three thematic areas above, it must provide a clear problem statement, proposed solution, and roadmap to deployment.

“Other requirements include a proof of concept (which may also include technical feasibility of the idea with diagram, algorithm, existing models, or case studies; the solution must be novel with the applicant making a declarative statement on ownership of the intellectual property, the solution including prototype development shall be concluded within six months of receipt of the Grant and must propose a detailed commercialization plan of the prototype.

“The Entry Submission format indicated that the proposal must include ideation,
“Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and solution, Current Sweat Equity Investment, Product-Market Fit status, Verifiable Go-to-Market status, Growth Feasibility Assurances, Maturity Model and Timeliness and existing time: Disaster Recovery, where applicable.

“All applications should be made online and must follow the stipulated entry format and there is no financial cost to participating in the competition while full control and ownership of the intellectual property of the developed solutions remain with the Commission.

“The entries must be made by a Tech Hub/Innovation-Driven Enterprise that must show evidence of the relationship with the Start-up/solution being entered, a 4-page Executive summary of the project concept, a 3-5 minute video of the pilot project, names, age, contact details, passport photos and profile of all team members and the website (if available) as well as an E-mail address of the applicant.
“All interested and qualified enterprises should submit requested documents in a zip folder to https://ncc.gov.ng/talenthuntresearchhackathon2023 with the subject of the mail titled “Submission from ” and the zipped file named after the business.”
Muoka said that application closes by Friday, 22nd September 2023.

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