Nigerian Communications Commission extends deadline for startup hackathon

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has extended the deadline for applications and entries into the 2023 Talent Hunt through Hackathon to Saturday, September 30, 2023.

The extension was announced in a press release signed by the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka.

The Talent Hunt is a competition for startups to develop innovative solutions in three thematic areas: blockchain-enabled data protection solutions for enhancing regulatory compliance; assistive technology solutions for the elderly and people with disabilities; and technology solutions for renewable energy in rural areas.

The best three solutions, one from each thematic area, will receive grants of N10 million each for the development of the solutions.

The NCC has set out eligibility criteria for those seeking to participate in the competition, which include that the Enterprise applying must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and have never previously received support from the Commission. The project must also be clearly relevant to one of the three thematic areas, and must provide a clear problem statement, proposed solution, and roadmap to deployment.

All applications must be made online and must follow the stipulated entry format. There is no financial cost to participating in the competition, and full control and ownership of the intellectual property of the developed solutions remain with the Commission.

The deadline for submissions was originally September 22, 2023, but has now been extended to September 30, 2023. The NCC encourages all interested and qualified enterprises to submit their applications.

This hackathon is part of the NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan 2023-2025, which aims to encourage the development of new technologies and indigenous content through cutting-edge research to stimulate sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

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