GITEX 2021: NITDA Unveils Top 9 Nigerian Tech Start-Ups

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A cross section of startups and delegates at GITEX.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has unveiled nine top Nigerian innovative technology-driven startups with the capacity to provide solutions to technology issues at the ongoing 41st edition of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) taking place at the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai.

The startups were showcased at GITEX, the world’s biggest technology show in 2021, where the young Nigerians behind the products and services made their presentations to the global audience.

The startups put up a demonstration during the five-day show which saw 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 and how much they meet global needs.

Most of the winning entries addressed the Fifth-Generation wireless technology (5G), artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented analytics, transportation, digital economies, cyber security and resilience, cloud and edge computing and blockchain technology.

The innovative startups include includes EDU-VR, 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 en route to schools and presented by Malumi Opeyemi; 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 intelligence, an automated tank gauge to guard against fraudulent dispensing of fuel presented Tolu Abikehin; HalalVest, a fintech tool for saving, borrowing, insuring and investing in businesses presented by Oguntoyinbo Abdulazeez Femi; Agricon, an agric-based cryptocurrency platform presented by Usman Waziri Isa, created to catalyse financial inclusion within the agricultural value chain and Chopwork, an application for job creation and efficient service delivery presented by Akoh Jerry Ejiga.

The exhibition was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Dubai, United Arabs Emirates, with the theme “Creating a Bolder Digital Future Together”.

In addition to a series of conferences and workshops organised on the side-lines during the exhibition, GITEX Future Stars, one of the world’s largest tech start-up events of 2021, hosted about 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 united international innovators in artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud, big data, cybersecurity, Blockchain, quantum computing, fintech and immersive marketing. The themes explored across six events – GITEX Global, AI Everything, GITEX Future Stars, the Future Blockchain Summit, Fintech Surge and Marketing Mania – collectively created an unrivalled global tech spectacle.

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