The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on March 24th, is sponsoring five startups to take part in this year’s Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) organized by the Taipei Computer Association. 

This was made known in a press release signed by Mrs Hadiza Umar, Corporate Affairs and External Relations NITDA, on Monday. The SCSE is also aimed at providing networking and marketing opportunities. Some categories in this year’s Smart City Summit and Expo include smart epidemic prevention, smart health care, smart transportation, smart education, smart energy-saving, smart manufacturing, and security control.  

As part of the program, the DG-NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, will be discussing, in the Mayor’s Summit, Nigeria’s smart City Vision and Strategy as well as the B2B matchmaking, which will provide local startups the opportunity to meet partners and attract Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria. 

Startups sponsored by NITDA at SCSE 2021 

The five startups sponsored for the 2021 Smart City Summit and Expo are: 

  1. VNTS: An all-in-one device for Home/SME LTE Broadband deployment that delivers superfast 5G/LTE Broadband using electrical cabling which distributes data & delivers complete Wi-Fi coverage;   
  1. LexChain: A digital solution using Blockchain to provide government, businesses and individuals the ability to verify and securely exchange digital assets;  
  1. Powerstove Energy: A versatile ‘Plug and Play’ Solar Home System that powers lights, radios, TVs and charges phones. Each unit is SMART, and connects remotely to the central database to support PAYG, enabling proactive maintenance and remote firmware updates; 
  1. Blieu Technologies: A new valve lock system deployed with remote cloud based correspondence intelligence and OTP, to monitor the operation of sensitive process valves remotely, thus check-mating the problem of petroleum products syphoning from storage tanks or theft of high value process chemicals. 
  1. Schoola: This is a gamified Artificial Intelligence learning solution that is curriculum agnostic and powered by local content generated by individual schools. They seek to leverage AI by first using machine learning to effectively help students, teachers, and schools get the best out of their solution.  

The DG of NITDA explained that since entrepreneurial activity does not happen in silos, the Agency is committed to exposing Nigerian startups to a global stage where they can attract more investors, enhance technology transfer viz-a-viz cross fertilization of ideas and innovations. 

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