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Lagos Dangles N230m for Start-Ups in Lagos

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has launched the Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC), setting aside $687,000 (about N250 million) start-up funds for investment in research and development of tech-focused solutions across the six pillars of his administration’s development agenda.

Lagos Dangles N230m for Start-Ups in Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

With a whopping N250 million seed capital earmarked by the Lagos State government for technology and innovation, tech start-ups and young innovators in the state now have the opportunity to push their entrepreneurial skills to the next level.

Sanwo-Olu, also launched the Lagos Innovation Master Plan, a four-planked special purpose vehicle for addressing the state’s socio-economic challenges by using innovative and smart methods.

The innovation Master Plan launched by the governor at the maiden edition of Art of Technology Lagos, comprised Data Access, Talent Building and Broadband infrastructure development plans; Lagos State Science and Technology Council; Lagos State Solution Hub; and the Open Government Initiative.

Sanwo-Olu, said the plan was to use combined technological mix to help his administration tackle problems in the state as captured in its agenda, which include: Transportation & Traffic Management, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment, Tourism, Security, and Good Governance.

He added that the N250 million would be injected in the Science and Innovation Fund, chaired by Prof. Toying Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, for tech innovators and creators in the state to access funds to boost their business.

According to him, the innovation master plan will highlight the government’s critical focused areas that will unleash a culture of problem solving initiative. This now addresses the four main pillars that are required to enable a vibrant innovative ecosystem.

Sanwo-Olu said: “In the next two years, we are hoping to be able to do what we call, a Metropolitan Fibre Grid. We are hoping to have in the next two years about 6000kms of fibre; it’s a total mix, we want to mix the whole system. We want to have a smart city which we are. So we will be signing that before the end of this year or sometime early next year.

“With this administration’s activity in these four areas, the innovation ecosystem is sure to receive the needed boost to raise the communication to the state of the economy.

“We are also launching today, the Lagos State Science and Innovation Council. This council will be responsible for the management of the science itself and the Innovation Fund. This fund is primarily tasked with investment in research and development in science and technology across different thematic areas of the state, from Artificial Intelligence to Robotics to Health and Informatics and Green energy.

“The Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council will direct funds to solve issues of national significance through science and technology research.

He further said: “The third one is the Lagos State Solution Hub. We will be democratising access to state’s actions in critical strategy of this government, such that the Lagos State Solution Hub serves as the first point of call for innovators, solution providers and innovators on proposing their solutions to the state.

“We realise that crowd sourcing and inclusive strategies are key ingredients to solve a mirage of challenges we face. The solution hub will enable us to make The website is: lagossolutionhub.com.

“The last one is the Open Government Initiative. Data access is seen as critical for building solution culture. The open government has kicked off and we will be communication the major milestones to the public soon.”

He, however, described the Art of Technology Lagos as a platform on which the vision of Lagos State as a smart city would be unraveled, adding that the maiden edition will open the window for ideas, concepts and principles encriptively created for Lagosians and Nigerians to breakout and transform the landscapes.

“We are prepared to provide Lagosians with the opportunity to connect to the global stage. We cannot disaffirm the intractable challenges that face states like ours. With the population that is so high, we have obviously infrastructural challenges.

“A new sustainable method of transportation and infrastructural development needs to be formulated to keep up with the population growth. The use of Artificial Intelligence to predict the movement human resource and material and reverse the environmental degradation are critical solutions we need to adopt,” Sanwo-Olu said.

 

 

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Global Tech Leaders to Discuss Enabling Technology, Cloud Computing @ #NerdsUnite2020

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Over 500 IT professionals from enterprise organisations across West Africa will convene in Lagos on February 21, 2020 for MainOne’s 5th annual gathering of its flagship event, Nerds Unite, themed: “Enabling the Digital Economy”.

This year’s event will showcase the launch of its Managed Cloud Services in partnership with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Operated by Selectium. The event will feature presentations and panel discussions on Cloud adoption, Cloud migration and all things Cloud with MainOne and its global partners.

Featuring over 10 speakers from global tech companies and West African Corporate organizations, #NerdsUnite2020 is designed to facilitate discussions on trending developments in the IT sector to help professionals deliver increased value to their organizations.

The event’s keynote addresses will be given by Ernest Sales, CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprises Operated by Selectium and Wale Olokodana, Microsoft Business Group Director.

Speaking on expectations for this year’s event, Tayo Ashiru, Head of Marketing MainOne says, “For the past 4 years, Nerds Unite has delivered powerful technology insights and networking opportunities for organizations and tech enthusiasts alike.

This year we expect that with our panel of dynamic speakers, partners and launch of our Managed Cloud Services, the energy around Nerds Unite 2020 will be electrifying. These developments will help accelerate the digital transformation across all sectors and the ICT ecosystem in West Africa, supported by technological innovation and world class partners.”

With over 3,000 participants since inception, Nerds Unite has showcased leading technology solutions available locally and globally and has hosted major players in the international and local IT industry.

This year’s edition is set to further empower the tech ecosystem with the industry’s latest developments, centering on unique perspectives on Cloud Computing targeted at C-Level executives and IT professionals of blue-chip organizations across West Africa.

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EduTech Records First Online Degree Graduates

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After an eventful five years, EduTech has recorded its first batch of graduates in its degree programme.

EduTech Records First Online Degree Graduates

The 37 graduating students took part in the recent 44th Convocation Ceremony of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and bagged B.Sc degrees in Accounting.

Expressing delight at the successful completion of the degree programmes, Femi Shonubi, general manger, EduTech, said the graduation ceremony was a validation of the firm’s e-learning platform and its ability to provide students with a robust system leading to the award of a degree.

“We are grateful to our partners -the OAU Management -as well as the students for trusting our solution,” Shonubi said.

Introduced in 2014 to deepen the experience of the university’s part-time learning programme, the EduTech platform replaced the erstwhile weekend learning mode with an online blended mode that is accessible to students remotely through an internet connection.

Through this epoch-making partnership with OAU, EduTech successfully launched B.sc degree programmes in Accounting, Economics and Nursing; with other courses of study in the pipeline.

“EduTech is pleased to contribute its quota to nation building by providing seamless platforms for students to conveniently take part in course work from their homes or offices and earn a full degree. We are happy to work with a progressive-minded institution like the OAU Center of Distance Learning to facilitate their Accounting, Economics and Nursing degree programmes. We are also very excited on our soon-to-be launched partnership with the Babcock University Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning where prospective students will be able to leverage our platforms to study for degree awarding courses from the university,” Shonubi said.

 

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United Nations Officials Barred from Using WhatsApp

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Amid growing concerns over WhatsApp’s security, the United Nations (UN) has asked its officials to not use the messaging app because “it’s not supported as a secure mechanism.”

United Nations Officials Barred from Using WhatsApp

This comes after UN experts accused Saudi Arabia of using the online communications platform to hack the phone of Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

A UN spokesman said officials were barred from using WhatsApp since June 2019 over security, Yahoo reports.

“The senior officials at the U.N. have been instructed not to use WhatsApp, it’s not supported as a secure mechanism,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday they had received information that Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked through a WhatsApp account belonging to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Bezos’ phone got hacked after he received a WhatsApp message “apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince”.

The UK newspaper The Guardian reported that the “encrypted message from the number is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of digital forensic analysis.”

The analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the newspaper said.

“The two men had been having a seemingly friendly WhatsApp exchange when, on May 1 of that year, the unsolicited file was sent,” Guardian said quoting anonymous sources.

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