By Ibiyemi Mathew
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the opening of entries for its virtual Hackathon on Covid-19 tech-Driven solutions.
In a public notice pasted on its official website, the commission said the Virtual hackathon is being organized digital to source for solutions in addressing the impacts of pandemic and epidemic prone-diseases from technology hubs, startups, and innovation digital SMEs in Nigeria and also to promote indigenous content development, economic growth and social advancement in Nigeria.
The public notice read thus:“Pursuant to this objective, the commission invites entries from tech hubs, startups and innovation digital SMEs with promising and adaptable digital solutions that will aid in containing the impacts of pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases in Nigeria to a virtual Hackathon.”
“The top three startups with the most promising digital Solutions will receive a grant of N3 million each from the commission to aid the development and deployment of these solutions in Nigeria,” the NCC said on Tuesday.”
According to the commission, interested applicants will need to have solutions that address issues in the under fields of interest including:
Health: finding ways to empower Healthcare workers on the front lines and bring support to individuals isolated at home. It should also include solutions to prevent, trace, and contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Community: help with digital communications that will aid the sustenance of economic activities and people to people communication while encouraging social distancing.
Productivity: Enhance the productivity of people working from home during this Lockdown and beyond.
Education: Easy to Deploy, accessible, and cost-effective eLearning Solutions for Public Schools.
Transportation: Improve safety in public transportation facilities in Nigeria.
According to the NCC, criteria for evaluation of the proposed digital solutions include adherence of proposal to stated requirements, novelty, clear problem statement, and explanation of the proposed solution.
Another measure of acceptance for the solution is that each solution including prototype development must be concluded within two months of receipt of the grant and proof of concept, that is, the feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, among others.
NCC explained that submissions of the proposal will undergo preliminary assessment.
The commission added that,”the proposals that are adjudged most promising and capable of positively impacting the fight against COVID-19 may be invited for defense of the proposals before a decision is taken on winners.”