THE Federal Government presented N9 million research grants to three winners of the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC Digital Solutions Hackathon for COVID -19 and other Infectious diseases in Abuja.
The NCC Digital Solutions Hackathon for COVID -19 contest, is a challenge by the Telecommunication Minister, Dr Isa Ibrahim to the commission and other regulators to find a local content solution to the pandemic.
No fewer than 298 teams participated in the competition themed: Virtual Hackathon Adaptable Digital Solutions for Addressing the Present and Future Impacts of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases from Technology Hubs, Startup and Innovation Digital SMEs in Nigeria, and 56 were selected, while three winners emerged.
The winners are: Primed E-Health; Klas Connect and Elizade University who went home with N3 million prize money each. Presenting the awards, Dr Ibrahim said, the awards aligned with two of the eight- pillars of Digital
Economy’s policy and strategy plan of the current administration, on digital learning; digital solution and indigenous content development and promotion.
He said the award was in line with Executive Orders 003 and 005 of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration, which the administration was currently working to ensure their implementation. “I am particularly happy that NCC took up the challenge I posed to them in the search for solutions in ameliorating the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Since the global pandemic began, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has strived to support the Federal Government with solutions, based on our areas of expertise and in line with our mission, to build a nation where digital innovation and entrepreneurship create value and prosperity for all.
“This mission is outlined in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, for a Digital Nigeria.
The NDEPS is underpinned by eight pillars that align with the central ideas of the ITU with regard to bridging the digital and innovation divides.
Every sector of the economy stands to benefit from the digital economy. This is why the programmes of the Ministry target more than just sectors that are traditionally considered to be tech sectors”, he added.
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