1. Microsoft Partners CcHUB to empower startups


    As part of the recently launched 4Afrika Initiative, a strategic partnership has been reached between CcHUB and Microsoft in a bid to strengthen the tech ecosystem in Nigeria. This partnership aims to offer our community increased access to software and skills development opportunities. It is also a means through which innovative startups can access capital investment, benefit from international outreach and scale their businesses to the world through Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions.

    According to Bosun Tijani, CEO of Co-creation Hub Nigeria, “This partnership is the culmination of several collaborations between CcHUB and Microsoft Nigeria over the past two years and we are really excited at the opportunity to implement programs in support of innovation and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.”

    The Microsoft 4Afrika initiative is a multi-year initiative that seeks to actively engage in Africa’s economic development using a three-pronged approach of World-class skills, Access and Innovation. This will be done through exploring new ways of linking the growth of Microsoft’s business with initiatives that accelerate growth for the continent.

    Mteto Nyati, Vice Chair of the 4Afrika Advisory Council had this to say: “Microsoft sees boundless potential in African youth, developers and entrepreneurs, and we view the collaborative efforts with these innovation hubs across the continent as strategic and crucial opportunities for us to extend our support to their ecosystems. Through the 4Afrika initiative, we are deeply committed to helping accelerate African innovation, and we hope these efforts will help us reach more people who are looking to turn their great ideas into a reality that can empower their community, their country and Africa at large.”

    Microsoft will work with CcHUB to:

    • Support the startup community with Microsoft BizSpark memberships and access to business networking and capital investment opportunities. BizSpark is a global program that helps startups grow into successful businesses through software support and a vibrant ecosystem that delivers exceptional business advantage.

    • Enable developers to access the latest events and workshops on Microsoft’s newest development technologies through relevant community events.

    • Provide Microsoft devices, including Windows Phones and Windows-based tablets, for testing applications and other software developed by the local IT communities.

    • Enable the Nigerian tech community benefit from the 4Afrika Volunteer program, which will provide access to the pool of Microsoft employees volunteering in Africa as visiting trainers and mentors at CcHUB’s facilities.

    • Enable CcHUB to benefit from the 4Afrika Internship program, which will provide access to the pool of talent graduating as 4Afrika interns as potential hires for our own facilities.

    Here is yet another reason for you to join our community!

  2. This Week At The Hub


    This week, two tech start-ups from Nigeria moved a step closer towards pitching for a $10k prize in Moldova in The VentureOut Challenge Internationalisation Challenge, an initiative that seeks to help apps go global.

    i. NearestLocator, a location-based mobile app that helps you easily find points of interest- ATMs, pharmacies, Banks, deals & promos etc.

    ii. Prowork, a tool that enables real time collaboration, anywhere and anytime, allowing team members to stay on top of what’s happening on their projects.

    In other news, Secondary school teens in our BotClub campaign are in the final few weeks of their 3-month introduction to programming robots and are excited as they prepare to showcase their newly-acquired skills in a Show and Tell session to be announced in a coming post.

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  3. Tech Meets Society – Powered by MTNApps Challenge


    Recent developments in the technology ecosystem in Nigeria has seen the development of locally relevant apps to meet the yearnings of the populace. There are however still few apps that have reached scale especially at consumer levels. One of the reasons attributed for this is knowledge gap of specific industries to bring about relevant mobile apps that meet real needs and can reach scale.

    To support the development of cool apps that meet real needs, MTNApps Challenge is connecting developers with experienced industry experts in thematic areas in order to gain a clear understanding of the market and opportunities for apps. Developers will also get the chance for feedback on their app ideas from the experts.

    Join us at interactive sessions as subject matter experts in Entertainment & Lifestyle, Education, Health & Wellness, and Gaming anchor interactive sessions with Mobile app developers at the CcHUB on Wednesday, 21st August 2013 and Thursday, 22nd August 2013.

    Session details are as follows:

    Entertainment & Lifestyle (Wed. Aug 21 at 11am): Three (3) experts will share experiences and shed more light on what customers want. Five (5) developers will then have three (3) minutes each to share their ideas and get feedback from the experts. Q&A will follow to wrap up the session.

    Education (Wed. Aug 21 at 3pm): Three (3) experts help us understand the education space and the opportunities for apps. Three (3) developers with education apps will showcase and share their experiences. Five (5) developers will then pitch their education app ideas and get feedback from the experts.

    Gaming (Thurs. Aug 22 at 11am): Four (4) top gaming and animation companies will be on hand to engage in a roundtable discussion on the gaming industry and the opportunities. An experience centre will be set up to enable participants experience their products.

    Health & Wellness (Thurs. Aug 22 at 3pm): Three (3) experts will shed light on the industry and share five (5) ideas that consumers will readily welcome but do not exist. Developers will pitch their ideas and get feedback followed by Q&A.

    Please visit this link to reserve ticket(s).

  4. Tecno/ Afmobi 2013 Mobile Apps Challenge


    Tecno Mobile Apps Challenge is hosted by Tecno/ Afmobi and designed to motivate and reward Nigerian developers who have built innovative, functional and original J2Me & Android applications targeting the Tecno brand of mobile devices.

    Developers should send completed functional apps to ”lawal.olaitan@afmobigroup.com” and copy jian.lu@afmobigroup.com, jing.li@afmobigroup.comjunchang.wang@afmobigroup.com, info@cchubnigeria.com on or before 1st September, 2013

    The Tecno/ Afmobi team will assess submitted apps. The apps that meet standards will be uploaded to Palmplay by 1st October 2013. Palmplay is the app store exclusive to Tecno mobile phones.

    Prizes will be awarded based on downloads accumulated from the Downloading Zone between October and December 2013.

    The winner of the Tecno Apps Challenge will be announced via www.afmobitek.com with the awards ceremony for prize winners in December, 2013.

    Android:
    1) Platinum: 1,000,000 Naira + 1 Tecno Android phone
    2) Gold: 500,000 Naira + 1 Tecno Android phone
    3) Silver: 250,000 Naira + 1 Tecno Android phone
    4) Bronze (multiple entries): Tecno Android phones. The winning entry’s number will be 30% of all valid entries.

    Note:

    1: The winners agree to offer the winning entry’s partial design document, source codes and art resource to prove its reliability.
    2: Tecno reserves the right to delay the timing of the notification of and/or the publication of the winners.

    3: All technical questions that need Tecno answer to ease developer’s work should be sent to ”lawal.oblaitan@afmobigroup.com” and cc to jian.lu@afmobigroup.comjing.li@afmobigroup.com, junchang.wang@afmobigroup.com, info@cchubnigeria.com. We will do our best to provide speedy responses to your enquiries.

  5. Tony Elumelu (C.O.N.) visits Co-creation Hub


     

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    Friday July 26, 2013 was a special rewarding day for the technology ecosystem in Lagos as it got to mingle with Tony Elumelu (C.O.N.) Chairman, Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and Mrs. Omobola Johnson, Honourable Minister of Communications Technology at the Hub.

    Bosun Tijani (C.E.O. of CcHUB) took the audience through the CcHUB methodology, which is focussed on supporting very early stage ideas through prototype development to solve social issues in Nigeria. He stressed that TEF was one of the first local organizations to support CcHUB through a partnership to award pre-seed grants of $5,000 to 20 technology ideas/ventures targeted at typical social challenges faced by the average Nigerian. By focusing on the early stages of high-impact, results-oriented ventures, the pre-seed funding supports experimentation and prototype development in order to accelerate the adoption of the solutions.

    Three (3) start-ups i.e. BudgIT, Efiko, and Traclist told the story of how the grant had helped their ventures. They also received on-the-spot mentoring from Mr. Elumelu and Mrs. Johnson.

    RESULTS

    • Seun Onigbinde, Team Lead, BudgIT (www.yourbudgit.com) used the grants to improve BudgIT’s data strategy and scale its mobile presence that increased their web hits by 1 million whilst also helping to hire 2 data analysts
    • Adebayo Adebayo, Team Lead, Efiko (www.efiko.com.ng) said the grant was used to complete and launch the platform via a National secondary school competition that has so far impacted over 12,500 students in six months
    • Emotu Balogun, Founder, Traclist (www.traclist.com) was able to complete a beta version of Traclist, figure out a working business model and sustained day-to-day running of the pilot for 6 months. Traclist now generates over N1.6million in monthly transactions

    Mr. Elumelu announced the intention of the TEF to increase to 50, the number of annual grants to support ideas that solve challenges while providing sustainable returns. He also pledged to start an Incubator and SME fund to provide follow-on funding for businesses. He remarked that it was refreshing to see young entrepreneurs focusing on innovations that have social impact who also have the potential to make profits to ensure they stay sustainable.

    Entrepreneurs then had the chance to ask burning questions to Mr. Elumelu and Mrs Johnson. In response to a question on how start-ups could stay alive in a fiercely competitive industry boasting established brands, Mr. Elumelu advised on the military concept of creeping colonisation, which allows you take the enemy from the flanks and not head on. He shared his experience of running a commercial bank Standard Trust Bank and closed with a comment ‘and today when I look at what we achieved, I realise that with commitment and focus, anything is possible’.

    On what impact-investing firms like TEF look out for in technology businesses, Desiree Younge, Director TEF responded that it was about ventures with strong business models and solving a real need with social impact.

    In response to how mobile app developers can negotiate better revenue share with Telcos, Mrs. Johnson advised on the need for mobile apps to add value and improve the quality of people’s lives that will generate tons of downloads/repeat use to strengthen their negotiation stance with Telcos.

    The event wrapped up with light refreshments on the CcHUB rooftop.