1. Towards a food-secure Nigeria: Ideas?


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    “A nation that cannot feed itself will always remain subservient to others” Beautiful Nubia

    Food, glorious food!

    Our bodies need food to function at an optimum level, yet in Nigeria 35 million people are facing threats of hunger.

    Nigeria is a ‘food-deficit’ nation that depends on imports of grains, livestock products and fish. Of an estimated 71 million hectares of cultivable land, only half is currently being used for farming.

    This information may seem overly dramatic, but the reality is dire. Especially with the drop in oil prices we need to act now to diversify our economy, encourage agricultural production, and improve our infrastructure.

    The main issues within the Nigerian agricultural system are climate change, isolation of farmers from profitable markets, high cost of production, lack of adequate information, lack of able bodies and minds within the industry, policy inconsistencies, loss of soil fertility, desertification, drought, lack of innovation, and gender inequality.  It is not too late to turn these around. The environmentalist, economist and scientists implore us to start now.

    Alongside the efforts of government, citizens need to propose practical solutions to our food insecurity that can be delivered entrepreneurially.

    We need solutions that will; help farmers get access to farm inputs efficiently; support the processing of farm produce to prevent waste; facilitate the efficient transportation of farm produce to the consumers; distribute new knowledge and ideas to farmers to improve their yields; and enable new markets for Nigerian farm produce.

    By thinking of ideas within these and more we can start to see a change in the way farming is conducted, the way food is produced, what products we buy and eat and the economy.

    CcHub is willing to support innovative yet practical ideas in these regards to be implemented. We will support the best ideas by giving access to up to $25,000 in investment as well as networks and market entry support to get kick-started.

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    So What Next? Apply!

    If you have an idea, small or big, to transform agriculture in Nigeria tell us about it at www.socialchangelab.org.

    The deadline for the first cycle ends on Sunday 14, December 2014.

    Don’t wait till it is too late; your idea could be critical to help feed Nigerians now and into the future.

     

  2. Design Thinking for Social Innovation Master Class


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    In the world today we face complex, multifaceted problems that need innovative and creative solutions. In Nigeria we see innovation all the time, from using stilts to build homes on water to using bicycles to access hard to reach areas for waste collection. These innovative solutions have come about because of necessity. But how do we apply this type of thinking to countrywide issues and how can we do this as individuals and communities?

    Design thinking is a tool that has been used worldwide to solve internal and external business problems. President and CEO of IDEO, Tim Brown describes design thinking as ‘a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”

    Using the process in a social construct is fitting because by linking the needs of people with business through technology leads to success and sustainability.

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    Max Oliva, Professor of Social Innovation and Director of Social Impact Management at IE Business School, took us through the Design Thinking process last week at Cchub. By using one of the start-ups in the CcHub Incubation Programme, Genii Games, as a case study the participants were able to work on a real problem of relevance to them. Genii Games is the parent entity behind Asa; a range of mobile applications aimed at promoting and preserving the African culture in its richness. Genii Games Founder, Adebayo Adegbembo, at the start of the class identified the fragmentation of their target market as a challenge.

    The Master Class allowed the attendees to understand the end-user as a way to infiltrate the market by using Design Thinking. The first exercise was to define the user using an Empathy Map. Once the user was identified, in this case a young child, their personalities were defined; what they do, what they say, and how they act in different situations. After creating the fictional users, they were interviewed and the Empathy Map was used to note defining words, thoughts & beliefs, actions & behaviour, and feelings & emotions. From here we were able to discuss the users needs and how they would interact with the app to reach the child’s goals and aspirations. By the end of the session, to the participants surprise, they had designed ways to connect the end-user with the app.

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    Overall, the MasterClass proved to be an insightful introduction to the process of Design Thinking. Genii Games Founder, Adebayo Adegbembo, was pleased with the outcome stating:
    The event was interesting. It gave me the opportunity to use design thinking to assess one of our challenges. Because each group defined users with human elements better insights around the users emotions were provided. This led to a better understanding of the users problems and point of views. The final ideas put forth by each group offered insights into features that could be adopted to better engage our users going forward. Thanks to the session, there were a number of interesting additions that we are now integrating into our development works.

    If you missed the Master Class you can find all the slides here. But why stop there – CcHub uses design thinking as a critical tool in our quest to create locally relevant solutions to the many challenges we face in Nigeria. We will continue to promote Design Thinking through the work we do so look out for more from us.

    You can find more pictures from a stream here on Facebook.

  3. Showcase Tuesday 25th November


    Showcase Tuesday provides an interactive platform for members of the CcHUB community with a prototype or product to demo to a like-minded audience from our growing tech community.

    Showcasing teams will have 15 minutes to highlight:

    • Pain points that their solution addresses

    •Development Tools

    • What the future holds

    Join us on Tuesday, 25th November at 3pm as the Startit team will be in the room to share their work with us. Startit, an African online social network and crowdfunding portal for early-stage and small businesses, is taking a step further by becoming that online community within Africa which serves to connect social impact entrepreneurs with like-minded social impact supporters and investors, enabling these entrepreneurs to raise funds for their for-profit social enterprise and achieve sustainable social impact.

    At 3:30pm, the Qalma team will be demoing Cinemix Plus, an app that wants to redefine the cinema viewing experience here in Nigeria. The Android version is available here. Please download and leave a review.

    Showcase Tuesday also provides an avenue for showcasing teams to pitch to get into our Incubation portfolio where they can access our Incubation Fund.

    It promises to be fun.

    See you there.

  4. Moving From Ideas To Sustainable Solutions: TRANSPORT


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    If you live in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja or any of our thriving cities in Nigeria, everyday you battle with traffic, congestion or ‘go-slow’. You arrive at your destination angry and tired before the day even starts. That is just one issue that plagues our transportation system.

    The responsibility of effectively moving people and goods from Point A to Point B is a big task with profound impact on the economy and the wellbeing of the populace. It is even more difficult when you have 170 million people to move around.

    All over the country we contend with poor maintenance of roads, road accidents, overcrowding, irregular public transport, inadequate parking, limited infrastructure for non-motorised transport, and congested ports.

    When transportation infrastructure is able to answer mobility needs, economic opportunities will arise by insuring access to markets and resources. Therefore,transport (the mobility of people and freight and levels of territorial accessibility) is closely related to socio-economic change.

    Some cities have started to acknowledge this, by tackling daily transportation woes by implementing transport radio, tweeting traffic information, increasing the number of officials on the street and improving infrastructure. However this seems only to be scratching the surface of the problem and much more needs to be done.

    Alongside the efforts of government, citizens need to propose practical solutions to our transport woes that can be delivered entrepreneurially. We need solutions that will; give Nigerians real-time mass transit information on land, rail, air and the waterways; promote safety on all transit channels; help with travel decision making; encourage collaborative commuting within and between cities; and speed up emergency response to transport incidences.

    By thinking of ideas within these and more we can start to see a change in the way we travel and the way resources and markets connect.

    CcHub is willing to support innovative yet practical ideas in these regards to be implemented

    We will support the best ideas by giving access to up to $25,000 in investment as well as networks and market entry support to get kick-started.

     

    So what next? Apply!

    If you have an idea, small or big, to transform transportation in Nigeria tell us about it at www.socialchangelab.org.

    The deadline for the first cycle ends on Sunday 14, December 2014.

    Don’t wait till it is too late; your idea could be the next big thing that Nigeria needs.

     

  5. Moving From Ideas To Sustainable Solutions: CcHUB’s Call For Ideas


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    In Nigeria, we face different issues everyday that bring the phrase ’suffering and smiling’ from Fela’s famous song to mind. With a growing population, we are putting pressure on already stretched resources and public services. These, plus inadequate policies and poor governance, result in a country that does not meet its people’s needs.

    However we, citizens, can create ideas that can start to resolve many of these issues without waiting for the government to get its act together. That is exactly why Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) has launched a Call for Ideas.

    Through the Call for Ideas, we want to find and encourage the development of homegrown solutions for REAL Nigerian problems in six key areas; Governance, Transportation, Healthcare, Education, Food Security and the Environment. You can see more of the detailed focus in each sector at www.socialchangelab.org. Over the next couple of weeks we will be unpacking these focus areas, right here on the CcHub blog, to give you more inspiration and insights.

    We are looking for practical ideas that will be developed to become sustainable and marketable solutions making a difference. No idea is too basic and all ideas are welcome from a simple solution to a fully matured business plan. All we ask is for willingness to do the work required to bring the idea to life.

    By submitting an idea you have the opportunity to access up to $25,000 in investment as well as networks and market entry support.

    But that is not the end. Once your idea is selected the idea will be taken apart, questioned, tested and brought back together to ensure it is robust and can be effectively implemented and scaled. The feasibility of the solution and your passion in executing will help us help you to build a world-class enterprise around your idea through the CcHub Incubation programme

    So what next? Apply!

    If you have an idea, small or big, tell us about it by going to www.socialchangelab.org. The deadline for the first cycle ends on Friday 14, December 2014.

    Don’t wait till it is too late; your idea could be the next big thing that Nigeria needs.