The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has unveiled 2021 top nine Nigerian innovative technology-driven startups with solutions to technology issues.
The startups were unveiled at the 41st edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), the Gulf’s biggest technology show, where the young Nigerian behinds the products and services made a presentation to a global audience that included government departments and international tech majors showcasing their latest technologies to thousands of visitors during the five-day show.
The Nigerian startups were selected by a panel of judges instituted by NITDA, which considered and scored the applications from within the Nigerian technology startup ecosystem based on the solutions they provided that meet global standards.
The winning entries addressed area of Fifth-generation wireless technology (5G); Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Augmented Analytics; Transportation; Digital Economies; Cyber Security and Resilience; Cloud and Edge computing, and Blockchain technology.
The innovative startups were exhibited and represented by young Nigerians behind the technological applications. They include EDU-VR, a virtual Reality for education presented by Ibtrahim Arome; Fascinate Technologies, a Smart Waste Management System presented by Chijioke Ngige; Trail, a GPS App that has live camera for monitoring children while being transported to schools and presented by Malumi Opeyemi and RINET, a research and innovative network solution for detecting and fighting plagiarism by Usman Murtala.
Others include Bridging Safe, a technological intervention on health therapy for solutions to mental health challenges; Fuel intellisense, an automated tank gauge to guard against fraudulent dispensing of fuel presented Tolu Abikehin; and HalalVest, a fintech tool for saving, borrowing, insuring and investing in business. It was presented by Oguntoyinbo Abdulazeez Femi.
Agricon an agricultural backed cryptocurrency platform presented by Usman Waziri Isa was created to serve as a catalyst for financial inclusion within the agricultural value chain, while Chopwork presented by Akoh Jerry Ejiga is an application for job creation and efficient service delivery.
The exhibition holds in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Dubai, United Arabs Emirates, with this year’s theme as: ‘Creating a Bolder Digital Future Together’.
In addition to a series of conferences and workshops organised on the side-lines of the exhibition, Gitex Future Stars, is one of the world’s largest tech startup events of 2021, hosted about over 700 startups from more than 60 countries along with a network of more than 400 international investors and VCs, and will put an increased spotlight on the transformational potential of Fintech and Blockchain.
The exhibition united international innovators in artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud, big data, cybersecurity, Blockchain, quantum computing, Fintech and immersive marketing. The themes explored six events – Gitex Global, Ai Everything, Gitex Future Stars, the Future Blockchain Summit, Fintech Surge and Marketing Mania – which collectively created an unrivalled global tech spectacle.