In November 2016, we shut down our Lagos office for 2 weeks to go on a tour of Northern Nigeria. Our purpose was to scout for tech innovations and organise local events to understand the challenges innovators are facing in the region.
Some of the remarkable discoveries we made include Aminu Bakori — the 20-year old whiz programmer from Kaduna, a Jos-based engineer building energy-efficient equipment, an Abuja-based hardware incubator called TD4PAI and a Jos-based web hosting company with 90% of its clients in Lagos. Consequently, we found out that many needed the mind-shift and information necessary to cultivate, shape, and exploit their environmental capabilities.
This has encouraged us to tell more untold stories of technological innovations across Nigeria.
Announcing Techpoint Innovation Tour 2017 (Southern Nigeria edition)
The Techpoint Innovation Tour is an annual event rotated across Nigeria and, in the coming years, major regions of Africa.
This year, between November 5th and 17th, 2017, my team and I will be touring 4 states in the South-South and South-East of Nigeria — Anambra, Uyo, Abia and Port-Harcourt — with four primary objectives:
- Discover more innovation clusters and bring the spotlight on them.
- Engage developers, students and innovators.
- Visit various university campuses to motivate and foster technological awareness among the youth.
- Get the best startups to feature at our upcoming Techpoint Build event in Lagos.
This will amount to over 30 hours of travelling across 1,515 km, punctuated by discoveries, personality interviews, meet-ups, vox pop interviews, street campaigns, etc. We hope to engage like-minded startups, innovators, and technology enthusiasts that are taking on the challenges of building their respective communities with the aid of technology.
However, we cannot achieve this on our own. If you are interested in sponsoring us, kindly get in touch via the Techpoint Innovation Tour official website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need all the help we can get to make this trip a success.
While the reach of the Techpoint Innovation Tour might not extend to all corners of these 4 states, we will do our best to engage with the most brilliant innovations we come across.
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