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Two Nigerians, Chidi Nwaogu and Ikechukwu Umezurumba among 2020 ITU innovation challenge winners



International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has named two Nigerians – Chidi Nwaogu, the co-founder of Publiseer and Ikechukwu Umezurumba, among the 2020 Innovation Challenge winners.

The second edition of the ITU Innovation Challenge, co-organized by EQUALS and INPUT Hungary, came to a close with the announcement of the winners.

Building on the success of the first edition, the 2020 ITU Innovation Challenges were launched in May 2020, under the theme Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus crisis has reminded us how critical entrepreneurship-driven innovation is for economic growth and digital inclusion.

More than ever, understanding how digital innovation can unlock communities’ innovative potential is key to economic growth and inclusion.

The 2020 winners were announced today in the following three categories:

  • Digital Change-Maker: for ideas that create digital impact in communities,
    • Ecosystem Best Practice: for practices that nurture innovators and
    • Women in Tech: for projects that create positive change for women in their communities

Here are the winners:

A unique competition for transformative change

ITU said that the Innovation Challenges are not your typical competition. “They cater to change-makers with innovative ideas to transform their communities into digital societies and enable policymakers, ecosystem builders, innovators and resource partners to build a transformative experience for champions of competitive digital ecosystems.

“The challenges’ goal is to bridge the digital innovation divide by identifying innovators with solutions that accelerate national development priorities and ecosystem builders with practices that nurture innovators, and to empower them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies.

“Winners of the 2020 challenges will attend a five-day global flagship ITU event to learn, network, innovate and scale up their ideas.

“This will be preceded by a virtual boot camp for winners, who will participate in capacity-building workshops, refine their proposals with mentors and develop remarkable stories of their project.

“Last year’s winners attended one of two events: either the Young ICT Leaders’ Forum in Busan, Korea or ITU Telecom World, which took place in Budapest, Hungary. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our physical events have been replaced with a five-day immersive virtual event, the ITU Global Innovation Forum, to be held from 26 to 30 October 2020”, the world body said.

The ITU Innovations Challenges are about empowering global communities to catalyze their digital development.

[Source: ITU]