The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has extended the deadline for the submission of applications and entries for the 2023 Talent Hunt Hackathon until Saturday, September 30, 2023.
NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Reuben Muoka, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Muoka said the deadline for applications into the contest, which opened on September 1, 2023, and initially closed on September 22, 2023, has now been extended to close on the last day of September 2023.
According to him, the approval of the extension window was to give ample time for more prospective and viable startups to tidy up their solutions in the required format for submission.
He said, “This would enable more upcoming technology entrepreneurs to participate in the competition.
“The talent hunt is one of the means through which the Commission gives concrete expression to its Strategic Vision Plan 2023–2025.
“By encouraging the development of new technologies and indigenous content through cutting-edge research to stimulate sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.”
Consequently, he said, the commission had invited the Tech Hubs and Innovation-Driven Enterprises (IDEs) in Nigeria to enroll their start-ups and their solutions in the third edition of the NCC Talent Hunt Research through a Hackathon.
Mouka said that the research focused on three (3) thematic areas such as Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Enhancing Regulatory Compliance.
He said that others were Technology Solutions for the Elderly and People with Disabilities, and Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.
He said: “The NCC Talent Hunt Research through Hackathon leverages Emerging Digital Technologies to facilitate the development of home-grown innovative solutions and local content development in the telecommunications sector while fostering economic growth and social advancement in Nigeria.
“The competition enables the translation of novel ideas into the development of hardware and software solutions that address industry and societal challenges.
“The best three solutions, one from each of the three areas listed above, will receive grants of N10 million each for the development of the solutions.
“The Commission has set out eligibility criteria for those seeking to participate in the competition, which include that the Enterprise applying must provide a certificate of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).”
He said that the project should have clear relevance to one of the three thematic areas above and must provide a clear problem statement, proposed solution, and roadmap to deployment.