The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has initiated the third edition of its Talent Hunt Research through Hackathon, aligning with its Strategic Vision Plan 2023-2025. The objective of this initiative is to stimulate the development of cutting-edge technologies and indigenous content through research, with the overarching goal of fostering sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.
NCC has extended an invitation to Tech Hubs and Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs) across Nigeria, encouraging them to enroll their startups and innovative solutions in the Talent Hunt Research. The Hackathon will focus on three key areas: Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Enhancing Regulatory Compliance, Assistive Technology Solutions for the Elderly and People with Disabilities, and Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.
This NCC-led initiative leverages Emerging Digital Technologies to facilitate the creation of innovative solutions and local content within the telecommunications sector, ultimately driving economic growth and social progress in Nigeria.
According to a statement by Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, the top three solutions—one from each of the specified thematic areas—will each receive grants of N10 million to support the development of their solutions.
NCC has outlined eligibility criteria for participants, including the requirement that enterprises must provide a certificate of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and must not have previously received support from the Commission. Additionally, projects should be directly relevant to one of the three thematic areas and must present a clear problem statement, proposed solution, and a roadmap for deployment.
Other requirements include a proof of concept, a declaration of ownership of intellectual property, completion of prototype development within six months of receiving the grant, and a detailed commercialization plan for the prototype.
NCC has emphasized that all applications must be submitted online, following the specified entry format. Importantly, there is no financial cost associated with participation, and the intellectual property rights for the developed solutions will remain with the Commission.
Further details provided by NCC include submission requirements, which encompass a 4-page Executive summary of the project concept, a 3-5 minute video showcasing the pilot project, and comprehensive information about the team members.
All interested and qualified enterprises are encouraged to submit the requested documents in a zip folder to the provided online platform with the subject of the email being “Submission from [Business Name].” The application deadline is set for Friday, September 22, 2023. NCC has already run an advertorial campaign regarding the Hackathon for three weeks, and it now calls upon stakeholders in the startup ecosystem to take note of the closing date.