NACOS to promote local content in tech
National Association of Computing Students (NACOS) has reiterated its plans to promote local content in Information Technology (IT) by showcasing students who are bring solutions in the tech ecosystem.
This was disclosed at a media parley on the upcoming Annual innovation and Software Summit, themed, Technological Renaissance for Innovation and Productivity, (TRIP2021).
National President, NACOS, Olamilekan Abolade, said “The summit will ensure local content promotions. The National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020 to 2030 calls for indigenous and local contents promotions. We are at a time that we should start patronising our local content solutions and use the opportunity to bring on board students doing great things in the eco system.”
He noted that the conference and exhibition would focus on bringing students from all IT related fields to develop, empower them with global IT knowledge and the specific tool for Increasing and facilitating skilled capacity to achieve self reliance.
The hybrid summit would commence on the 1st October with a hackathon competition and hybrid conference from 12 to 14 October 2021 at Nile University, Abuja.
According to Abolade, one major highlight of the program is the Hackathon Competition, titled ‘FSI/NACOS Innovation challenge’, which aims to bridge the gap between the IT student community and the industry.
On the competition he said, “This is a life changing opportunity for every member of NACOS to showcase their talents and innovation and hopefully by the end of the summit, the next Paystack, Flutterwave and Unicorn would be from us. It is also an opportunity for students to create an innovation to solve real life problems in all sectors of the economy.”
The competition is in partnership with the Financial Services Innovators (FSI). FSI is a platform that encourages financial technology and inclusion, promoted by the founder of flutterwave,
“The partnership intends to execute an objective of the association, which is to create an avenue for students to showcase their innovations that includes products, solutions and other things they have worked on,” Abolade added.
National Secretary, NACOS, Oyinkansola Olabode, noted that the winner of the competition would be given N2.5 million. He added that the registration for the competition ends on 1st of October, after which teams would submit their ideas with the first shortlist on 7th and final selection on 14th of October.