Friday, 12 April 2013

Nigerian youths innovating with technology. Yay naija! [must watch]

Interesting video showcasing robotic and mobile applications being developed by Nigerians in Yaba Lagos.
I love seeing Nigerians being productive and making moves. We complain too much biko.

 Here is a link to some apps that have been launched: -  
-Efiko (http://www.efiko.com.ng/ ) is a mobile self-help tool for students

Tiket Mobile http://www.tiketmobile.com/  which helps you get information and buy bus tickets for across Lagos. (dope!!)

- Budgit - a website that tries to simplify the complex Nigerian budget ( found here: http://www.yourbudgit.com/ ) (Impressive)

 Read more on the whole concept of the "innovative hub" below....

"(Africa Technology) "Jimmy" the robot drives across the floor and as soon as it sees an obstacles - it turns and moves around it...
... It is in many ways an analogy between the work at one of the biggest technology hubs in Africa and how they aim to get round some of the biggest problems on the continent - it's called Co-Creation and it's in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.
"This is cutting edge innovation," says Tunji Eleso as he shows us round the hub. "We are providing a place they can work out of, where they can create their interesting innovations and partner with each other to make things happen."
A model helicopter flies around the room, a 3D printer is being tweaked on the side and all about are young Nigerian men and women at laptops working on a variety of the best Africa technology and software.
"This is a children's book for the iPad," says Bayo, one designer as he holds his invention for us to see - a colourful display of traditional African animal cartoons. "We want to promote African values using mobile technology... so this is is African folk tales with moral undertones to it."
At this colourful tech hub, young Nigerians are given power, fast internet and the tools to collaborate all for a membership fee - from as little as 30,000Naira ($200) a month to 1,000,000 Naira ($6000) a year for corporate organisations. Co-Creation describes it's mission as "accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity in Nigeria" - and in turn has technology collaborations, competitions and camps to foster and encourage young start-ups.
But many of the other young entrepreneurs are reluctant to discuss the technology they are working on: "They are classified projects we can't discuss until they launch!"
Some of their projects launched include Efiko (you can find it here:http://www.efiko.com.ng/ ) which is a mobile self-help tool for students; Tiket Mobile (found here: http://www.tiketmobile.com/ ) which helps you get information and buy bus tickets for across Lagos; or Budgit - a website that tries to simplify the complex Nigerian budget ( found here: http://www.yourbudgit.com/ )
You can find the Co-Creation website here:http://cchubnigeria.com/" - Batta box

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