NIGERIAN COMMUNICATION COMMISSION (NCC):
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH AND ICT INNOVATION FORUM.
THEME: DEVELOPING NIGERIA’S TECH ECO-SYSTEM IMPERATIVES FOR IMPROVING LOCAL CONTENT.
VENUE: BANQUENT HALL, SWISS SPIRIT HOTELS, STADIUM ROAD, PORT HARCOURT.
DATE: 19TH & 20TH NOVEMBER, 2019.
Tomorrow belongs to those who can create and innovate. NCC
Oil will soon be no more, data (Technology) is taking over. NCC
Our attention should be how we can attract opportunities that are mutually beneficial.
Rivers State is at the fore-front of Technology.
SOME NOTES FROM DR. CHRIS UWAJE:
Digital Literacy only cannot make us competent, except with Scientific Literacy.
e-Commerce: Digitize and Automate Nigeria, to re-create a new identity. Turn the challenges of re-defining Nigeria into Opportunities.
Innovation is a Fusion. Disruptive Design Thinking Strategy. To innovate means to add value to what has been done. Collaboration is key for Tech Eco-system to emerge successfully.
PANEL DISCUSSION 1:
Innovation Hubs are like the families of the Society that get people to develop opportunities for wealth creation and national development. Innovation is simply changing what is on ground and doing it better by adding value. As a Hub, infrastructure is key, internet access is essential and support from Government and other Stakeholders through collaboration is an enabler. There is swiss relationship between Government and Tech Hubs, it helps for wealth creation and growth. Also, a fertile ground for development. Data is the new Oil. Nigeria needs to build huge digital literacy base to pull out of digital disability.
PANEL DISCUSSION 2:
Providing infrastructure, making policies that will increase broadband are basic facilities that should be provided by the Government. How will Government (NCC) make the enabling environment flexible for Start Ups. Providing the right framework and policies that allows Tech Start-Ups to key in. Access to Market is critical for Tech Start-Ups pending on the space they are playing.
NINE (9) POINTS TO NOTE:
1. Policies and frameworks that supports the eco-system growth.
2. Broadband internet access for connectivity.
3. Physical incentives for the good of the Tech sector.
4. Clustering; to drive down cost of operations.
5. Physical location is also critical.
6. Human capital; people who can man the eco-system.
7. Access to market
8. Access to Government; every start-up are SMEs and need to create associations to access Government.
9. Rules and standard by Government to guide start-ups.
There is need for curriculum review for national development.