Dubai World Trade Centre is preparing to open the landmark 40th edition of GITEX (“Gulf Information Technology Exhibition”), the only major in-person technology event to go live in 2020, hosted from today December 6 to 10th.
GITEX will host showcases from innovative nations, including Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, among others.
GITEX Technology Week will serve as an umbrella event for the region’s leading technology shows, including GITEX Future Stars, the region’s largest tech startup event; the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), the region’s largest cybersecurity conference and exhibition; Future Blockchain Summit, the leading Blockchain festival, as well as the inaugural edition of Marketing Mania, the new platform dedicated to brand tech marketers.
Nigeria’s participation in GITEX 2020 is anchored on promoting youth-led enterprises to showcase innovations coming from its tech startups community, and the country’s strong policy-thrust on digital economy.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is the agency that leads this move and had offered full sponsorship to a number of startups across the country to participate in the Global Future Stars (GFS), a major highlight of GITEX 2020 offering a veritable window for the country’s startup community to leverage international exposure, angel investors and mentoring.
Last year, one of sponsored startups, Chiniki won the top prize for AI solutions at the 2019 GFS.
Here are top ten (10) startups representing Nigeria at this year’s event:
Vinsighte uses computer vision and sonar technology to enable anyone that is visually impaired to navigate their environment independently.
Anya, is a low-power, GSM enabled, fully integrated IoT device customized for installation in clean cookstoves. Anya is integrated with Blockchain, innovative sensing and user-centric climate financing that allow Powerstove to track, quantify and monetize carbon emission in US$.
Schoola is a gamified Artificial Intelligent learning solution that is curriculum agnostic and powered by local content generated by the individual K12 schools.
We seek to leverage AI by first using machine learning to effectively help students, teachers, and schools get the best out of our solutions.
4. Chekkit Blockchain
Chekkit run a COVID-19 USSD help service for AfricanCDC and Africa union using short code *347*03*03# to provide data and other contacts information of people requisition COVID-19 test to NCDC.
The startup leverage on Africastaling’s infrastructure for USSD service but it comes as a post-paid with MTN which is free for users and pre- paid to other network at N5-20 cost id deducted from users airtime.
VNTS NetPremise Data Traffic Extender (DTE) device, is an AI-integrated LTE/5G router device with the ability to improve signal throughput and transmit it into and around a building using in-premise electrical cabling, easily allowing our devices to become the backbone superhighway, thoroughly and securely funneling all that data from the networks to those devices, ensuring the widest coverage, fast throughputs and great quality of service.
6. One Kiosk
One Kiosk prides itself as an Instacart for Africa, using a marketplace approach to aggregate local and medium scale retailers across various communities leveraging on Geolocation and Machine learning to connect customers with sellers based on their location and preference thus achieving an efficient delivery cycle of one (1) hour to their users for the direct shopping while its open market list service achieves same day delivery.
One Kiosk equally uses the data generated from the system to provide access to finance for small businesses (over 14,000 at the moment). The Solution is available on Web and Mobile App.
LexChain is a Blockchain-based Startup for data (document) verification and decentralised storage that leverages and solve the problems of the health, education and Land GIS sector.
8. Blieu Intelligence
A new valve lock System deployed with remote cloud based correspondence Intelligence and OTP, to monitor the operation of sensitive process valves remotely, thus check-mating the problem of petroleum products syphoning from storage tanks or theft of high-value process chemicals or any relevant liquid, unauthorized operation of sensitive valves or discharge terminal valves.
Traceroot is a face recognition company, helping law enforcement solve crimes. Traceroot Watch ensures accurate face detection and recognition, even when people are moving. It offers faster, automated identification and is extremely user-friendly.
EduOS is an Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language processing powered writing and research aid tool that acts a sort of personal assistant that helps you by searching for relevant materials related to what you are writing about.
NITDA sponsored Startups representing Nigeria at #GITEX2020 practicing their investment ready pitch at the ongoing bootcamp happening now at National centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics headquarters. @ngrinnovation@KashifuInuwa@DrSamboMagaji@NITDANigeria pic.twitter.com/NQ4foslURT— OIIE #StartupFriday (@ngrinnovation) December 3, 2020
According to the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Nigeria’s participation is anchored on promoting the energetic entrepreneurship of its young people and the strong push for digital economy.
Mallam Abdullahi said Nigeria targets early recovery from the pandemic, and sees strong economic rebound through the tech innovations of its youths even as it explores the digital economy space to seek for global collaboration so as to re-energise and re-engineer its economy.
“Nations are increasingly navigating the pandemic to keep their economy growing, and avoid complete stagnation,” he added.