By Na’ankwat Dariem,
Two Nigerian startups have made it to the final to compete with 36 startups drawn from across the world for the price of 100 thousand US dollars Super Nova Challenge 2019.
The competition is for startups at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, GITEX, week in Dubai, UAE.
The two start ups are Abdulhakim Bashir founder of “Chinki Guard” a security app and Stephen Osawaru Co-founder “247MEDIC”a health App.
Both are beneficiaries of the scholarship programme by the Office of ICT, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, OIIE in Nigeria.
The programme was initiated by National Information Technogy Development Agency, NITDA in Nigeria through Office of ICT, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, OIIE designed to sponsor and mentor startups to attend and exhibit at the GITEX technology conference in Dubai.
It also exposed young Nigerians entrepreneurs and brands in the global space thus creating an opportunity for economic development through innovation.
The young Nigerians were selected out of the 108 semi-finalists from different countries placing them among the final 36 competitors.
The National Coordinator, OIIE, Dr. Amina Sambo-Magaji says the Nigerian government would continue to support innovators in the country.
“It is an opportunity for our innovators to learn from 250 of the biggest tech minds on stage, be a part of power-packed keynote sessions and over 290 hours of debating, pitching and discussing major trends: security, Healthcare, Marketing & Fintech. It is genuinely a golden opportunity,” Dr. Sambo-Magaji said.
In an interview with Voice of Nigeria, one of the inventors, Abdulhakim Bashir explained how Chiniki Guard works “It is An Artificial Intelligence, AI based security solution for retail stores and supermarkets to monitor, detect, and alert shop owners of shoplifting and suspicious behavior in real time.
“We provide real time analyses and reporting for activities going on in a retail store .We detect theft and Shopping lifting by analyzing the footage from CCTV camera.” Bashir stated.
On the future of the Application, Abudulhakim explained that they have started their solutions in a couple of retail stores and the next plan of action was to launch them so as to increase the accuracy level.
“We only have off line support whichever very different for use to scale considering the amount of interest we have been receiving from camera manufacturers and retail stop owners so we cannot scale in the way we build the solution.
Way forward is to move to the cloud so and make it can scale at a global rate and launch as well as expand the theme as well. And see how we can fuel our making distribution and make a raise also,” he stated.
And for Stephen Osawaru “247 MEDIC “ is about delivering affordable health care solutions “through mobile platforms connects doctors with patients across Nigeria within a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. It provides auxiliary services including lab testing and door-step delivery of drugs.”
The inventor also said ” We going to beyond chatting with the doctor, we making patients get doctor maximum time awaiting between 10minutes presently it takes between 4 to 5 hours to see a doctor in a typical Nigeria to for only 8minites ,so we hope to cut that those hours to 10 minutes we are able to safe cost so we can see the doctor with the comfort of your home.
They both appreciated NITDA for the opportunity given to them and called for more involvement of the private sector in youth development, funding and promotion of indigenous innovations in Information Communication and Technology-ICT sector for “ICT is the new Oil”.
The 2019 edition GITEX is an avenue for young innovators and startups for networking opportunities and future-forward talks on the evolving landscape of technology.
It also provides an opportunity for over 700 startups to receive funding, generate more jobs globally, and create value through innovation.