Nigeria showcases 16 startups at GITEX
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
GITEX Technology Week 2016, one of the world’s most influential technology events, was staged in Dubai this week with Nigeria showcasing her startups and innovative technologies from some of its major ICT firms such as Precise financial Systems (PFS) and Systemspecs, providers of the Remita solutions.
The 2016 Gitex Technology week hosted about 4,000 exhibiting companies and 64 participating countries. Guiding organisations in their digital transformation, the GITEX Vertical Days conference programme featured in-depth discussions from industry leaders on the key industry verticals of marketing, healthcare, finance, intelligent cities, retail, education, and energy.
Nigeria was present at the Nigeria Pavilion hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the innovation hub, part of the GITEX Global Startup Movement where it promoted 16 Nigerian startups as showpieces of the country’s fast growing startup ecosystem. The GITEX Global Startup Movement debuted at GITEX this year. Although only in its first year of inception, the GITEX Global Startup Movement is already the most global in the world, with international participation from 60 countries, showcasing over 410 startups and 1200 tech founders.
Speaking during the African Investment Forum as part of Nigeria's event at GITEX 2016, the Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, said Nigeria had remained Africa's major investment destination for investors in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) due to her huge market and abundant resources. Dr. Isa Pantami, the Director General of NITDA, urged the investors and innovators to take advantage of the nation's huge ICT capabilities. He said: "Our ICT innovations are not targeting local consumption alone but global consumers as seen in our startups. We are ready to collaborate with local and foreign investors for seamless relationships."
“We have the potential as a country to be major game changer in the global technology industry and we have the human capacity to drive the momentum that could impact significantly on our economy and the rest of the continent,” Dr. Pantami told Nigerian startups at the trade show.
From 3D-printed cars to VR roller coasters, drones, augmented reality and more, the 36th year of GITEX filled 1.4 million square feet of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) with the latest in cutting-edge technology and innovation. Innovative technologies such as drones, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D printing on display.