The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), through its subsidiary, Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), has called on Nigerians, especially software developers, to apply for opportunities to participate in the “Nigeria COVID-19 Innovative Challenge”.
Making the call in a statement signed by Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA noted that the Nigeria COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is an online innovative challenge set up to meet the challenges mankind is facing as a result of the Coronavirus.
The Challenge is organized as part of NITDA’s strategic initiatives, which is aimed at identifying and showcasing innovative technology that will help in containing the pandemic, cushion its effects, create awareness on measures to prevent the spread and engage stakeholders in the discussion. It is open to Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora.
The call is for developers, entrepreneurs and other creative minds to explore, experiment and build software solutions to help address the Covid-19 crisis ravaging our economy.
The Innovative Challenge will focus on the following:
- mitigate the health and social impacts of COVID-19 in Nigeria using innovative technologies;
- showcase relevant innovative technologies developed by Nigerians towards COVID-19 and similar future pandemics;
- facilitate and enhance processes along the prevention-detection-treatment value chain of COVID-19; and
- Cushion the financial and social impact of COVID-19 during and after the pandemic in Nigeria and possibly beyond.
Registration for the programme commenced on Friday 24th April 2020 and is expected to close on Friday 1st May 2020. Further information can be found on the event website: https://nigeriacovid19.futurehack.ng
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global pandemic. Various governments have issued guidance for members of the community to practice social distancing, while companies have enforced work from home policies in an effort to flatten the curve of viral infections across the population.