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Five Nigerian startups participate in smart city summit 2021

Chidi Ogbuokiri

No fewer than five Nigerian startups are participating in this year’s edition of the Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) that opens Wednesday in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, South East Asia.

A statement Tuesday by Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, National the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) disclosed that the five startups; VNTS, LexChain, Powerstove Energy, Blieu Technologies and Schoola are participating in the event courtesy the sponsorship of NITDA which is under the supervision of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

The Expo which is organized by the Taipei Computer Association is a professional tradeshow that provides opportunities for networking and marketing. The categories of the SCSE are smart epidemic prevention, smart health care, smart transportation, smart education, smart energy saving, smart building, smart manufacturing, smart security control, 5G solutions, AI and related solutions and other industry categories.

Part of the programme is the Mayor’s Summit where the DG-NITDA will be discussing Nigeria’s Smart City Vision and Strategy as well as the B2B matchmaking, which will avail Nigerian startups the opportunity to meet potential partners and attract Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria.

To underscore this, the Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said: “Entrepreneurial activity does not happen in silos, hence the agency is committed to exposing Nigerian start up to global stage in order to attract more investors, enhance technology transfer viz-viz cross fertilization of ideas and innovations.”

About the five Nigerian startups participating at SCSE 202:

VNTS: An all-in-one device for Home/SME LTE Broadband deployment that delivers superfast 5G/LTE Broadband using electrical cabling which distributes data & delivers complete Wi-Fi coverage:

LexChain: A digital solution using Blockchain to provide government, businesses and individuals the ability to verify and securely exchange digital assets;

Powerstove Energy: A versatile ‘Plug and Play’ Solar Home System that powers lights, radios, TVs and charges phones. Each unit is SMART, and connects remotely to the central database to support PAYG, enabling proactive maintenance and remote firmware updates;

Blieu Technologies: A new valve lock system deployed with remote cloud based correspondence intelligence and OTP, to monitor the operation of sensitive process valves remotely, thus check-mating the problem of petroleum products syphoning from storage tanks or theft of high value process chemicals.

Schoola: This is a gamified Artificial Intelligence learning solution that is curriculum agnostic and powered by local content generated by individual schools. They seek to leverage AI by first using machine learning to effectively help students, teachers, and schools get the best out of their solution.

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