NITDA Unveils Top 9 Technology-driven Startups


The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has unveiled 2021 Nine top Nigerian innovative technology-driven startups with solutions to technology issues

The start-ups were unveiled at the 41st edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), the world’s biggest technology show in 2021 where the young Nigerians behind products and services made a presentation to the global audience.

The startups demonstrated the innovative products and services in Dubai where government departments and international tech majors showcase their latest technologies to thousands of visitors during the five-day show.

The Nigerian start-ups were selected by a panel of judges instituted by NITDA that considered and scored the applications from within the Nigerian technology startup ecosystem based on the solutions they provided that meet global standards.

Most of the winning entries addressed areas of Fifth-generation wireless technology (5G), Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Augmented Analytics, Transportation, Digital Economies, Cyber Security and Resilience, Cloud and Edge computing, and Blockchain technology.

The innovative startups were exhibited and presented by young Nigerians behind the technological applications. They include EDU-VR, a virtual Reality for education presented by Ibrahim Arome, Fascinate Technologies, a Smart Waste Management System presented by Chijioke Ngige, Trail, a GPS App that has a live camera for monitoring children while being transported to schools and presented by Malumi Opeyemi and RINET, a research and innovative network solution for detecting and fighting plagiarism by Usman Murtala.

Others include Bridging Safe, a technological intervention on health therapy for solutions to mental health challenges, Fuel IntelliSense, an automated tank gauge to guard against fraudulent dispensing of fuel, presented by Tolu Abikehin.

Also, HalalVest, a fintech tool for saving, borrowing, insuring and investing in a business. It was presented by Oguntoyinbo Abdulazeez Femi.

The exhibition is held in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Dubai, United Arabs Emirates, with the theme: ‘Creating a Bolder Digital Future Together.

In addition to the series of conferences and workshops organised on the sidelines of the exhibition, Gitex Future Stars, one of the world’s largest tech startup events of 2021, hosted over 700 startups from more than 60 countries along with a network of more than 400 international investors and VCs, and will put an increased spotlight on the transformational potential of Fintech and Blockchain.

The exhibition was a medium to unite international innovators in artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud, big data, cybersecurity, blockchain, quantum computing, Fintech and immersive marketing.

The themes explored six events, Gitex Global, AI, Gitex Future Stars, the Future Blockchain Summit, Fintech Surge and Marketing Mania which have collectively created an unrivalled global tech spectacle.

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