By Juliet Umeh
Top three Nigerian startups with the most promising solution to address the current global pandemic, Covid-19 and any other epidemic-prone diseases will soon receive N3 million grants each from the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC.
This is as the regulatory body holds a virtual hackathon, inviting entries from
Tech Hubs, Startups and Innovation Digital SMEs with promising digital solutions in the country.
NCC also supports among other things, the development of innovative services
and life changing solutions leveraging on ICTs to promote indigenous content development, economic growth and social advancement in Nigeria.
It said the interested applicants will need to have solutions that address: Health by finding ways to empower Healthcare workers on the front lines and bring support to individuals isolated at home. It should also include solutions to prevent, trace and contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
At the Community level, help with digital communications that will aid the sustenance of economic activities and people to people communication while encouraging social distancing; Productivity: Enhance productivity of people working from home during this lockdown and beyond.
Others are: Education: Easy to Deploy, accessible and cost effective eLearning Solutions for Public Schools; Transportation: Improve safety in public transportation facilities in Nigeria.
The criteria for evaluation of the proposed digital solutions include the following: Adherence of proposal to stated requirements above; novelty of the proposed digital solution; clear problem statement and explanation of the proposed solution; each solution including prototype development must be concluded within two months of receipt of the grant; and proof of concept, feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.
Submissions will undergo preliminary assessment. The proposals that are adjudged most promising and capable of positively impacting the fight against COVID-19 may be invited for defense of the proposals before a decision is taken on winners.