In fulfillment of its commitment to boost technology and encourage innovative ideas, the Presidency through the platform of “Aso Villa Demo Day” has selected top 30 Nigerians among hundreds that pitched at three different events in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt in June.
(The events were held in Lagos – June 23rd, Abuja – June 25th and Port-Harcourt – June 29th.)
During the pitch events, participating Nigerians demonstrated a spirit of resilience coming up with ideas and solutions for Technology, Agriculture, Communications, Power, Fashion and Entertainment which revealed talents, skills and critical thinking.
In the selection process, each applicant was assessed by a minimum of four judges and some of the criteria used in assessing were:
Can this idea make money?
Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic?
What is the value proposition to customers?
Is there a functional product?
Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience?
How resource intensive is the idea?
Is this idea scalable?
The first thirty were picked from the average total of the scores.
Some of the winners and their ideas include “One Medical" created by Oladimeji Sofowora, Wole Ralph and Laolu Ojeniyi. It is a connected health records platform with a patient and doctor database and Emmanuel Okena’s Tracology, a patent smart payment app for waste management. It is an application that will track and fine defaulters as bar codes will be scanned to confirm who has paid dues, levies and rates.
Also selected were:
Loui Auta of Ceders Seeds Foundation whose idea is to build solar panels in strategic locations by disabled people.
Abubakar Gabar and Ahmed Gobir’s data capturing technology which uses radio frequency to connect.
Ife Oladapo’s Grit Systems that produce generators that would reduce power consumption.
Tolu Adeyanju’s Red Bank idea which will help blood banks manage their records and connect them with donors and hospitals.
Desmond Okoye’s Doctor’s NG, a platform that has been designed in such a way that users will have free access to doctors and also book an appointment from the comfort of their homes.
Peter Agada’s C4ISR infrastructure that has been designed as a surveillance and communication device for our nation’s military.
Angela Adelaja’s Fresh Direct, a platform for Nigerian farmers where they take their products to the larger public and also be trained to use technology to sell their farm produce.
The thirty (30) finalists will receive phone calls and emails shortly from the AVDD team on further instructions, some of which will state the Tech hubs each finalist has been assigned to for incubation ahead of their presidential level reception in Aso Rock at a date to be announced soon.
Technology industry experts believe this is a revolution of significant proportions never witnessed in Nigeria.
The Buhari presidency believes that by investing in technology and innovative ideas Nigeria is investing in its future.
The 30 selected Nigerians will be hosted top level at the Presidency, on a date to be announced soon to pitch their winning ideas.
Below is the complete list of the 30 finalists selected for the Aso Villa Demo Day:
1. Chika Uwaze – Talent Base
2. Obidipe Oluwaseun – Mocapro
3. Tele Ogundipe – Egusi Soupe
4. Amaka Osita – Fuel Voucher.com.ng
5. Tolu Adeyanju – Red Bank
6. Ifedayo Oladapo – Grit Systems
7. Nkem Okocha – Mama Moni Limited
8. Ebuka Nwora – Etyres
9. Dami Olokesusi – Shuttlers NG
10. Amarachi Nwanamodo – Amagzy Global Ventures
11. Oladimeji Sofowora, Wole Ralph, Laolu Ojeniyi – One Medical
12. Mogbeyiteran Tosan – Blackswan
13. Angela Adelaja – Fresh Direct
14. Ahmed Sodiq – Micro Scale embedded
15. Dimgba Kalu – Projaro
16. Abubakar Garba & Abdul Samad Gorbin
17. Emmanuel Okena – Tracology
18. Lois Auta – Cedar’s seed
19. Kamaludeen Sabiu – Seamless system’
20. Peter Agada – Tiller Cyrus
21. Desmond Okoye – Doctor’s office
22. Uzuq Tim – Tembe.com.ng
23. Alifa Nicholas – Ajaoku.com
24. Roland Reagan & Edmond Adoku – Meditech
25. Akinola Solomon – Africa on the rise tech community
26. Alison Ukonu – Recycle points
27. Uche Ariolu – Foodstantly
28. Benson Godwin – Tuteria
29. Mina Ogbanga – Ascent GP
30. Odior Yole – GO CV
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