Nairaxi, a mobile ridesharing app, that enables users to request taxi and bus rides tagged has emerged overall winner at the young innovators’ competition.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) organised the competition at the Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi, Lagos.
The company took the coveted prize, valued at N2 million.
Kingsley Eze, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer and Elizabeth Omale, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, owned the app.
Nairaxi presented an app that would enhance rideshare and safe delivery of packages to top officials of the commission.
The Director of Research and Development, Mr Ismaila Adedigba, represented the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta at the occasion.
Floews, established by Bashir Abubakar as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, came second with a prize of N1.5 million.
The third position, with N1 million prize, went to Thronix Lab, owned by three young tech-savvy Nigerians.
Contestants were adjudged on the criteria of originality, innovativeness, simplicity of usage and commercialisation potential of their IT products.
Floews developed a deep-tech, all-round solution that monitors and forecasts flood imminence and thereby, disseminate forecast as an early-warning intelligence.
Also, Thronix Lab developed Proxie, an Internet of Things (IoT), which enabled smart socket and Wi-Fi hotspot range extender.
The extender enables users to switch on/off their home appliances, connected remotely through their phones.
Prof. Mohammed Ajiya, the President/CEO of Digital Bridge Institute, chaired the panel of judges for the competition.
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Ajiya commended NCC for providing the opportunity for young Nigerians to achieve their dreams.
He added the competition provides an opportunity for youths to leverage digital solutions to address local challenges in Nigeria.
NCC’s representative and Director R&D, Adedigba, commended contestants and the panel of judges for “diligence, thorough and painstaking evaluation of participants”.
He pledged the NCC’s commitment to continue to drive the Federal Government agenda of promoting indigenous ICT solutions development.
Indigenous ICT, he said, is tailored towards strengthening Nigeria’s digital ecosystem.
“This competition is not the end, but rather the beginning of our collective journey towards bridging Nigeria’s digital divide.
“We must continue to support and invest in local, indigenous digital solutions to ensure that all citizens have access to the technology.
“And opportunities they need to thrive in today’s digital age,” Danbatta said.
The NewsZenith gathered that ten innovators, from the 15 participants, proceeded to the Pitching Stage, having developed the best technology solutions.
The solutions are amenable to commercialisation and capable of solving identified challenges both locally and beyond.
The 15 contestants at the event are Curnance PTY, Floews, Lalita by 02 Innovations Lab, Brilliant ESystems, Afrits Innovation, CitiFlow and Natal Cares.
Others are Nairaxi, Rate AM, Fixbot Technologies, Betalife, Cyber Plural, TronixLab, Ntapi Inc., and Bycep by Bedoun.
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