Annual Independence Day Webinar On Smart Cities Innovation for Senior Workforce of State Govt MDAs and Creative Youths

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We are indeed appreciative of all executive leadership that have reached out to Innovationbed Africa (Programos Foundation) and do show they are not unmindful of need to pay attention to Strategic Planning and Digital Transformation in the course of their administrative services to citizens and society at large. In an uncommon circumstance, we have received an excellent recognition by the government of Zamfara State under His Excellency Dr Bello Mohammed (MON) the Executive Governor of Zamfara State and the Senior Special Assistant on ICT, Hon Mohammed Tambura who invited us to collaborate in a recent 2-day Campus Innovation capacity development workshops that hosted a 1000+ students across the country virtually. An event that conscripted numerous international and local experts who have been past winners of the prestigious United Nations World Summit Awards, seizing the power of the internet, to share their life experiences with the young males and females of diverse disciplines and across different years of study in universities, polytechnics, colleges of education etc in Nigeria.

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A Conceptual View of SPACE

Framework of SPACE4Nigeria: How we link up with the CORE SPACE resource tool

Geographic Coverage => Africa (Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria), Asia and Pacific (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Solomon Islands), Latin America and the Carribean (Peru, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica), North America (USA), Europe (Republic of Georgia, Macedonia)

Why this MDAs Innovation workshop to State governments workforce?

What does a government stand to gain if it authorizes mass participation by its workforce irrespective of ministry, departments and agencies MDAs and creative youths come October 1st, 2021?

Most of the developing countries need to rapidly launch several ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) services especially in healthcare, education, economic development, public welfare, and public safety.
Unfortunately, the failure rates of ICT projects are very high in developing countries (around 80%) due to skill shortages and re-invention of the wheel. To compound the problem, these segments also lack the financial resources to hire expensive consulting services with appropriate know-how. This workshop presents to them an innovative computer aided consulting environment that is addressing this perplexing dilemma, accelerating the adoption of ICT services, and providing entrepreneurship opportunities in developing countries and under-served sectors.

What are we recommending to state governments in Nigeria ?

Smart Collaborating Hubs and a Smart Global Village for Rapid and Massive Implementation of UN SDGs: An Innovative Computer Aided Planning Methodology and Toolkit. Programos Foundation from Nigeria has contributed to its global review for Africa and in particular West Africa and Nigeria as #SPACE4Nigeria and #SVC4Nigeria since its recommendation in 2010 to developing countries.

In addition to the actual Smart Hubs, the few Pilot work outcomes shown on this link and presented at the Infopoverty World Conference, United Nations Headquarters, New York, can serve as testimonials of the rigorous work done by Amos Emmanuel, Founder, Programos Foundation from Nigeria on the SPACE Factory Readiness that these are real projects made from Nigeria. The status reports (http://ict4sids.com/projdoc/Nigeria%20Project-Concept.pdf)

Introducing UN ICT4SIDS

ICT4SIDS Partnership (#8005) was formed in the 2014 Samoa Conference by a small team of researchers and engineers, led by Dr Amjad Umar. Dr Umar was an Adjunct Professor of Systems and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania at that time and had previously started a research project on Computer Aided Planning at Bell Labs for small businesses. We started by using our computer aided planning toolkit to quickly form the ICT Hubs suggested by the Samoa Pathway. The toolkit has been significantly expanded to address the most difficult challenges raised by SDGs and now for the Urban Agenda.

Objective of the practice

Our objective is rapid implementation of SDGs at a massive scale by deploying inexpensive smart hubs that provide low cost but high impact SDG services to under-served populations [1]. By definition, a smart hub is a center of activity, supported by a set of powerful portals, that provide location specific services of high value to its users. A smart hub may be totally virtual (i.e., located in the cloud) or a physical building with access to the hub portals. The following four distinguishing features of our work make it an effective response to the SDG/2030 and the Urban Agendas:

I: SMART HUBS TO ADDRESS THE BASIC CHALLENGES: Each smart hub addresses many SDG challenges by providing highly specialized region and population specific low cost and high impact services in health, education, public safety, public welfare and other vital sectors. Specifically, each Smart Hub supports the following powerful portals so that no one is left behind [12]:
• Administration Portal that has prefabricated plug-ins for collaboration, business intelligence, observatories, decision support, security and project management.
• End-User Portal that directly supports SDG specific activities of the end-users (e.g., patients to get healthcare help, farmers to launch e-agriculture initiatives, and children in remote areas to get basic education)
• A Capacity Building Portal to educate the Hub-Masters to become successful entrepreneurs

II: SMART GLOBAL VILLAGE (SGV) FOR REGIONAL GROWTH THROUGH COLLABORATIVE HUBS: These smart hubs are designed to collaborate with each other to form a Smart Global Village (SGV) for the Under-served Populations. An SGV consists of smart collaborating hubs located in small islands, small towns and isolated communities. Members of an SGV can [13]:
• Collaborate with each other and also with a Global Center for HelpDesk capabilities
• Operate eco-systems with entrepreneurs from different countries on different topics
• Support SDGs plus the UN Urban Agenda by gradually transforming regions

III: COMPUTER AIDED PLANNING METHODOLOGY FOR RAPID & MASSIVE IMPLEMENTATION: This methodology is based on free pilot projects so that the poorest populations and young entrepreneurs can participate. The most innovative aspect of our methodology is that it uses a “Hub Factory” to produce a complete smart hub in about an hour, create a community center in about a day, a village in two days, and a regional SGV in about a week (Smart Solomon was created in a week!). This acceleration changes the dynamics of our projects [14].
IV: ACADEMIC RESEARCH TO DEVELOP AN ADVANCED “HUB FACTORY” TO QUICKLY PRODUCE HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AND SOPHISTICATED SMART HUBS: We have developed a Hub Factory that supports the aforementioned computer aided planning methodology. This factory, called SPACE (Strategic Planning, Architecture, Controls and Education) uses an extensive array of latest developments in “additive” manufacturing, AI, Big Data, gamification, business patterns, technology patterns, and management patterns [5]. SPACE is a research prototype that is being extended and enriched because of its use in deploying and managing the growing SGV (60 hubs in 15 countries at present). Several research papers have been written about SPACE [6, 7, 8, 9]. Key stakeholders and partnerships

The key stakeholders in our Partnership are:
• Beneficiaries: The respondents to our Pilot Projects (advertised on the http://ict4sids.com) are young entrepreneurs, NGOs, Teachers from Community Colleges, mayors of small towns, community workers, and govt officials. The respondents go through an interview before they are assigned as POCs (Points of Contact).
• Implementers are members of NGE Solutions – a startup
• Partners are Harrisburg University, IBM (donor of a machine) and a large number of subject matter experts from industry, academia and governments Implementation of the Project/Activity

As stated previously, our main objective is to quickly identify and launch low cost but high impact services in health, education, public safety, public welfare and other vital sectors for any location anywhere in the world.

The major challenges we face are:
• Where exactly should a hub be located for maximum benefit to the community?
• What type of low cost and high impact service(s) should be provided for the area?
• What business strategy should be used and what will be the ICT and energy infrastructure?
• What are the security, privacy and policy issues that must be addressed?
• What are the needed project management and governance aspects for the hubs?
• How can the large number of hubs be implemented quickly and inexpensively?
Due to these and other complex issues, the failure rates of ICT projects of this nature are very high – around 80% in developing countries [21, 22]. To address these challenges, we developed a computer aided methodology that is based on free pilot projects. In the first stage of this methodology, we invite any potential user to initiate a free pilot project by submitting a short proposal that specifies the objective of the proposed hub and the target location (preferably SIDS and LDCs but we serve under-served populations anywhere in the world, include USA). An SDG Advisor tool (part of SPACE) helps the users to assess their needs and determine which SDG services will be needed in the proposed hub. Specifically, the SDG Advisor [16] conducts a quick feasibility study by asking the following questions and then helps a user to select and launch low cost but high impact smart hubs:
What is the objective of the proposed pilot project?
• What is the status of the target country/region for SDGs of interest?
• What type of hub services could improve the needed status?
• Which services are low cost but high benefit within the local context?

Based on this quick analysis, and a short skype interview, a hub vision is clarified and a pilot project is initiated by appointing a user Point of Contact (POC) who also serves as the hub master. The methodology, explained later, then uses an innovative Computer Aided Planning tool, called SPACE, to quickly generate a highly specialized Smart Hub for the site selected by the POC. The POC is then trained to use the generated hub as an entrepreneurship opportunity and works with our team to refine and launch the Smart Hub for public use. In the Launch stage, all hubs are automatically “registered” in the Collaboration Matrix and also in the Smart Global Village. The Pilot Project concludes based on a detailed plan for future deployments with expansions, management and governance considerations. Please visit (http://ict4sids.com/methodology.html) for additional details on this implementation methodology.
Please recall that each Smart Hub has an Administrative Portal that has extensive monitoring and governance capabilities to enable the POCs to become successful entrepreneurs.
Additional information about our implementation approach can be found in [1, 2, 3] Results/Outputs/Impacts

We already have began the journey of equipping as many youths across the country on the skills to adapt UN ICT4SIDS recommendation since the pandemic year 2020 through 10 scholarships honored jointly by Programos Foundation and ICT4SIDS and shared to youths from 10 states as below:

These 10 youth beneficiaries have since being certified as State Champions and Innovationbed Africa Fellows of the ICT4SIDS SPACE Factory and currently have capacity of Re-trainers in their regions.

Our methodology and the SPACE Factory have been used for rapid generation of more than 60 smart hubs in 15 countries that span Asia, Africa, North America and Small Islands. The Sample Smart Hubs Site (http://ict4sids.com/proj.html) displays only a few interesting results of our work such as the following:
• Healthcare and Education Centers in Pakistan, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Bangladesh
• A Fisheries Center in Sri Lanka, a Solar Energy eMarketplace for Nigeria, and an e-Agriculture Center for Togo
• A sustainable tourism network in Maldives and Solomon Islands, and Disaster Management Centers in Timore Leste and the Solomons
• A Domestic Violence Center in the Republic of Georgia
• Smart towns in Pakistan (Lahore) and the Solomon Island (Honiara)
• A large scale Smart SIDS initiative with initial focus on the Solomons
• Examination of hypertension data from Haiti, Peru and El Salvador

In addition to the actual Smart Hubs, the few Pilot Invitations shown on this page can serve as testimonials that these are real projects. The status reports (http://ict4sids.com/projdoc/statusreport2018.pdf) and (http://ict4sids.com/projdoc/Nigeria%20Project-Concept.pdf) provide additional testimonials of our work in the Indian Ocean and Nigeria.

This sample site shows the diversity of topics (almost all SDGs) and the locations (almost all continents) covered by Smart Hubs. The key outputs and results of our work so far are:
· The approach of highly focused pilot projects (duration: 3 months) works very well — we quickly learn what really works and also provide educational and entrepreneurship opportunities for the POCs.
· The POCs of each hub are required to communicate and collaborate with at least 3 other hubs as part of the training program. They initially exchange educational materials and lessons learned but later start exchanging other vital information such as evacuation procedures in case of a disaster and digital marketing approaches and experiences for cottage industries.
· The Smart Global Village (SGV) of underserved populations collaborating with each other is giving us unprecedented opportunities to collect, combine, and analyze highly valuable data from very diverse populations from different sectors living in different parts of the world.
· The Global Center of the Village, located in USA, can remotely monitor the disaster resilience capabilities of smart hubs located anywhere in the world.

For further insights, let us look at the Smart Solomons Project (videoclip: https://youtu.be/1eJGqGh7ruk), and smart Solomon site (Link:http://ict4sids.com/Solomon.html) that is attempting to transform the Solomons into a smart island by 2020. The Smart Solomons Home Page supports eight Hubs at the national level (health, education, disaster management, energy management, e-agriculture, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, and tourism), a Smart Honiara Hub to support the city of Honiara as a smart town, and a community center for AreAre rural area for health, education, and tourism. Collaboration scenarios include a tourism hub in AreAre collaborating with micro-entrepreneurship and micro financing hubs in Pakistan, Maldives and Harrisburg. Also, blood pressure readings at the AreAre Center can be sent to the National Healthcare Center in Solomons and the Global Healthcare Center located at Harrisburg. These centers can also collaborate on medical supplies [13]. Enabling factors and constraints

Our main success factors are: a) clear vision of smart hubs that collaborate with each other to form a Smart Global Village (SGV), b) a Computer Aided Methodology based on a SPACE Factory to produce smart collaborating hubs and SGVs quickly and inexpensively, and c) Financial limitations as a driver for innovation.


SMART GLOBAL VILLAGE FOR ENTREPRENEURS: Entrepreneurship is the key to economic growth, especially in developing countries. For example, a UNESCAPE Report [20] highlights the growth of e-commerce entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia. Based on first hand experience, we have found that each hub is a potential entrepreneurship opportunity and thus our methodology trains each POC to be an entrepreneur by using a hub. For example, young nursing graduates can use healthcare hubs to launch healthcare centers, farmers or their family members with good education can launch farmer education centers, and guesthouse networks such as GAM can trigger multiple entrepreneurship opportunities in tourism and hospitality business. We are promoting SGV as a global eco system for entrepreneurship that supports creative opportunities by the Hub Masters at diverse locations with different backgrounds to collaborate with other entrepreneurs . We have some preliminary but highly promising results so far. Based on that, we have developed an Entrepreneurship Portal that supports hub-based training and education [18].


COMPUTER AIDED METHODOLOGY AND SPACE FACTORY: This methodology quickly identifies and launches low cost but high impact smart hubs in all SDG related sectors for any location anywhere in the world so that no one is left behind. We are also conducting serious academic research at present to transform SPACE into an advanced “Hub Factory” that can quickly produce highly specialized and sophisticated smart hubs at a massive scale to form highly creative SGVs. We are using a mixture of additive manufacturing, AI, deep learning, Big Data analytics and post processing techniques to significantly improve the smart hubs. SPACE behaves as a “factory” with the following capabilities [15, 8, 9]:
• Patterns Repository contains an extensive library of business, technology and management patterns that are used to populate the Smart Hub Portals. For example, our business patterns repository contains around 200 patterns that span 12 industry sectors. These patterns can be also combined into complex “bundles” to represent offices, community centers, and enterprises.
• Games and Simulations support strategic analysis, ICT planning, interagency integrations, project management and governance activities of the methodology.
• Planning Tools (e.g., strategic and detailed planners), advisory systems (e.g., the SDG Advisor), and other specialized tools (e.g., entrepreneurship portal) that systematically guide the users through various decisions in strategic planning, architectures, integration, acquisition, security, governance and project management activities.

FINANCIAL LIMITATIONS AS A DRIVER FOR INNOVATION: Financial limitations became our driver for innovation because we could not hire large technical staff to build, customize and support large number of highly specialized smart hubs to support all the SDGs. So, we decided to keep a small team and are focusing on the SPACE Factory to “manufacture” smart hubs — a highly interesting area of future research Sustainability and replicability

We have a sustainable business model that is based on a small team with heavy focus on computer aided planning, engineering and management of Smart Collaborating Hubs. We are using the lessons learned and insights gained from the Partnership to operate a successful software development, consulting and training firm (http://ngesolutions.com). The firm is providing tangible business opportunities to young entrepreneurs who want to use these hubs to form telemedicine centers, ecommerce centers for cottage industries, training centers for farmers, tourism networks, domestic businesses for women, and emarkets for solar energy (see the samples displayed on http://ict4sids.com/proj.html).
Based on the insights gained through numerous hands-on experiments, we feel that significant improvements in rural/urban transformations can be achieved through a set of collaborative smart hubs as a possible alternative to large scale smart cities initiatives as stressed in the UN Urban Agenda. In terms of cost/efficiency implications, our approach is based on low cost but high impact services. As stated previously, we offer free pilot projects and then provide complete technical support and training of hub masters at $50 USD per month per hub.
Plans for extending the practice more widely and encouraging its adoption in other contexts are:
• We are reducing the duration of free pilot projects from 3 months to 1 month starting March 1. The reason for this reduction is that by now our team has gained enough of experience and the SPACE platform has become efficient enough so that we can get the free pilot projects done in 1 month. This allows our team to triple our projects without increasing the team and costs.
• Instead of replicating one hub (e.g., a hypertension clinic) lets say in Africa, we keep enriching the SPACE Factory and diversifying the geographic locations so that we can cover more SDGs in more SIDS and LDC locations as displayed on http://ict4sids.com/proj.html page.

We also intend to pursue the following areas of practical research to further improve our methodology and the SPACE Factory:
• What would be the exact tradeoffs between smart city solutions based on gradual implementation of smart hubs in selected neighborhoods versus large centralized solutions for the entire city.
• How can the success rate of pilot projects be further improved. Almost 80% of our projects are successful – the main failures happen in the last Phase due to the lack of financial resources to the young entrepreneurs who want to be hub masters. We are seeking innovative models to fund $10k per hub as seed money for the entrepreneurs who are already well trained to run a small business by using a smart hub.
• How can the current SPACE Factory be expanded for massive generation of almost a million smart hubs to support more than 3.5 billion under-served people by using the next generation of digital technologies.
• What type of unique collaboration scenarios and protocols will be needed to capture the global entrepreneurship ecosystems (e.g., eccommerce) in an SGV. For example, will a light weight NIEM (National Information Exchange Model) be needed for developing countries Conclusions

Finding solutions that address massive needs of almost 3.5 Billion people — as captured in the UN SDGs — is a daunting task. We have presented an architectural vision of a smart global village (SGV) that is based on smart collaborating hubs to serve these populations. These hubs provide inexpensive and highly specialized services in health, education, public safety, public welfare, energy and other vital sectors for the populations that are being left out of the digital revolution. We have identified the key challenges faced by massive implementation of smart collaborating hubs and developed a computer aided methodology plus the needed “SPACE Factory” that attempts to answer these challenges.
The result of our effort is a smart global village, consisting of several smart hubs, that is currently operational and is actually being used to help developing countries and small to medium businesses make progress towards SDGs. In addition, this village is being used extensively to support graduate courses and professional education in computer aided strategic planning and enterprise architectures and integration.
We have learned the following invaluable lessons in this project:
• As mentioned previously, every hub is a potential entrepreneurial opportunity for young entrepreneurs. Widespread availability of smart inexpensive hubs focusing on different topics with automatically plugged-in capabilities for collaboration and business intelligence could spark innovative entrepreneurial products and services. We are hoping that these digital innovations happen in remote areas and isolated populations that are being left out of the digital revolution.
• Women can find more entrepreneurship opportunities to run hubs as small businesses from their homes in backward areas where women cannot work outside their homes.
• Interactions and collaborations between different hub owners on different topics in different parts of the world can be of great value in discovering, understanding, and analyzing various large scale scenarios in a Smart Global Village that need future research.
• Business continuity planning (BCP) for small hubs is an active area of technology planning and transfer between many hub masters, at the time of this writing. This is automatically leading to disaster resilience in remote areas. Other common areas of interest will emerge as we gain more knowledge and insights with the rapidly growing SGV. These “bottom up” developments could lead to valuable results.
Our approach could also be used to support the UN Urban Agenda because the local smart hubs could provide the needed services to people living in rural areas to reduce the global urbanization trends. Our hypothesis is that people living in rural areas would prefer not to move to the expensive, congested and crime ridden cities if needed services are available at local hubs. For example, young entrepreneurs in Nigeria are going back to the countryside from Large Cities for a better life [19] . In addition, smart hubs can be used to provide needed services to a few neighbour-hoods of a large city and thus can gradually implement a large smart city plan instead of a centralized “one size fits all” solution. Other sources of information

NOTE: All References are Annotated for convenience
OVERVIEW INFORMATION
[1] “Smart Hubs for Rapid and Massive Implementation of SDGs” (http://ict4sids.com/newdoc/ICT4SIDS-002-Overview-March2019.pdf) – Note: this is essentially an expanded version of the Good Practices Submission with graphics and better explanations.

[2] UN ICT4SIDS Partnership, UN Registered Partnership No:8005, Website: http://ict4sids.com. Note: this site, heavily supported through video clips, has tremendous information of value to this report.

[3] SPACE – A Computer Aided Planning, Engineering & Management Environment, developed by NGE Solutions. Website: http://space4ict.com. Note: Also review [8, 9] for research papers on SPACE.

[4] UN High Level Platform Forum (HLPF) Entry: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnership/?p=8005. Note: This link shows the Yearly Progress Reports of ICT4SIDS Partnership, since 2015.

[5] “Indian Ocean Quick Status Report” from Vittorio Cocco, ICT4SIDS Representative in the Indian Ocean”, Feb 25, 2019, http://ict4sids.com/projdoc/statusreport2018.pdf


RECENT RESEARCH PAPERS– Published and Under Review for Publication

[6] Umar, A., “Smart Collaborating Hubs and a Smart Global Village – An Alternative Perspective on Smart Islands, Towns and Cities”, IEEE Conference on Technology and Engineering Management, June 2018. Link: http://ict4sids.com/newdoc/IEEE-TEMS%20SmartHubs-Final.pdf

[7] Umar, A., “Computer Aided Planning, Engineering and Management of Minigrids in Developing Countries”, short research working paper, Sept 2018. Link: http://ict4sids.com/newdoc/Computer-Aided-Planning-for-Minigrids.pdf

[8] Umar, A., “Computer Aided Strategic Planning for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, International Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, ISSN: 2394-3661, Vol-4, Issue-12, December 2017. Link: http://ict4sids.com/newdoc/IJEAS-SPACE4SDGs-Published-Final.pdf

[9] Umar, A., and Zordan, A., “Enterprise Ontologies for Planning and Integration of eBusiness”, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, May 2009, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 352-371.

RELEVANT BOOKS (Published and Under Review)

[10] Umar, A., “Computer Aided Strategic Planning for Digital Enterprises”, Ingram Publications, Target Publication: Sept 2019

[11] Umar, A., “Computer Aided Architecture and Integration of Smart Enterprises”, Ingram Publications, Target Publication: Dec 2019

IMPORTANT VIDEOS AND INFORMATION LINKS:

[12] What is a Smart Hub: 3 Minute Video Clip (http://ict4sids.com/ved14.html)

[13] How Does Collaboration Help a Smart Global Village: 4 Minute Video Clip (http://ict4sids.com/ved4.html)

[14] What is Our Computer Aided Methodology: 5 Minute Video Clip (http://ict4sids.com/ved6.html)

[15] What is the SPACE Factory: 2 Minute Video Clip (http://ict4sids.com/ved9.html)

[16] SDG Advisor: Video Clip (http://ict4sids.com/ved7.html), Link to the Tool (http://space4ict.com/pages/sdgsadv.aspx)

[17] ICT4SIDS Partnership: Sample Pilot Projects, URL: http://ict4sids.com/proj.html

[18] Global Entrepreneurship Zone for All (GEZA): URL: http://ngegeza.com/

[19] “Nigeria: Young Entrepreneurs are Going Back to the Countryside From Large Cities.” https://www.trouw.nl/home/jonge-ondernemers-in-nigeria-vaarwel-stropdas-en-airco-hallo-platteland~aa6c8c48/.

Text of the Zamfara State Government on Innovationbed Africa Campus Tech-Talent Workshops

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me start by telling you what the modern economy is all about. Creativity. Ambition. Smart use of new technology. And the power of online and social media. It’s also about having an international outlook.

Every story, every product, idea and application is unique. But together today we underline how essential it is that we create space for innovation at every level. And in Zamfara undergraduates in particular.

We all understand why this is so important. Although the economy is recovering from covid 19 pandemic, unemployment is still high. Alarmingly high, especially among young people. Reason enough to seek out new prospects for growth and development. And it’s great to see that the spending programmes are far more focused on that goal than in the past. Hence, Programos Foundation organized this meeting to harness the latent talents of undergraduates in commemoration of the 10 years anniversary of the leader. This is indeed a sagacious decision.

But that is not enough. The world is changing. We are at crossroads,This may pose a bigger challenge to us. Because while we have a strong force of youth, we are a little too conservative when it comes to entrepreneurship and personal risk. But today’s economy demands dynamic growth. We can’t allow our economic place in the global village to become a neighbourhood of grand but crumbling mansions, without funds for maintenance and new developments.

In short, what we need is economic and digital innovation. Real innovation. We need to give young undergraduates the space they need to succeed. Or a helping hand, if they need one. We have to create a climate for innovation that encourages innovation especially in the ICT sector. One that helps them get the best out of themselves. That is why this conference is so important. That is why the ‘Innovation Bed’ is such an exciting prospect. Because a ‘digital Zamfara’ that is fully geared to new knowledge and technology offers enormous potential in three key ways: promoting economic growth, creating jobs and finding solutions to major challenges like banditry, cyber crimes and general insecurity.

For me it is an honour to stand here today representing a state with a long tradition of innovation. First, we should concentrate on areas where we already excel. We call these our ‘top sectors’. So we should make a conscious choice to promote excellence in fields like water, agri-food and life sciences. These are the areas where we want to compete globally. In fact, we want to be the world number one. Second, it is not the government alone that decides the innovation agenda. We work with relevant companies and the research community. That’s why we need our intellectual undergraduates here. So the government’s main role is not as a grant office, but as a network partner and enabling force.  Hence the creation of Zamfara Investment Company by His Excellency and DIPP. 

I wish you all an inspiring, informative and successful convention.

Thank you

Muhammad  Yahaya Tambura
Senior Special Assistant to Zamfara State Governor on ICT




Programos Software Group – A throwback

Programos Software Group, founders of Programos Foundation and initiators of the digital ecosystem research initiative called Innovationbed Africa in a throwback message as they participated in one of the annual NSE now NGX Market Data Workshops in 2016. Programos Software Group is a pioneer Independent Software Vendor with licensed to offer Orders management System solutions to dealing members of the NGX Exchange in Nigeria. Programos Software Group’s solutions also available for licensed dealing members on the Ghana Stock Exchange, GSE with renewed East African capital market exposure roadmap in the pipeline. Programos Foundation founder who is also the United Nations World Summit Awards National Expert for Nigeria is currently registering social innovations of high impact to the Nigerian society to showcase on the global platform for international rating and recommendation to the world. Products can be submitted by any individual, group or institutional Nigerian producer at: https://innovationbed.org/register-innovation/

Nigeria’s Tech Grammy TOT

It was indeed a great pleasure for #Innovationbed to have participated actively in the 17th edition of Titans of Tech Hall of Fame Awards for pure geniuses in the society held Friday July 23rd 2021 at the Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

United Nations World Summit Awards Nigeria winners joined the celebration as the organisers honoured Innovationbed Africa national champions with reserved guest table at the Tech Grammy. Present at the event physically was Peter IHESIE, the UN WSA WINNER of 2012 and producer for iPolice Mobile, multiple mobile app innovator of the #innovationbedhouse Mr Solomon Oyekunle and numerous others who joined our table virtually from across their respective states.

The movers and shakers awarded at the event include: ICSL, INFOBID, TREFOIL NETWORKS, IPNX, CEDARVIEW, FILE SOLUTIONS LIMITED, MEDALION, ACCESS BANK, RACKCENTER, TECHTV, CLOUDFLEX, KONGA, ITPULSE, TECHECONOMY, TRANTER IT, IOTAFRICA, WSANIGERIA, INNOVATIONBED AFRICA, NCC, NITDA, LASG.

It was a fun outing!

Innovationbed (WSANigeria) for Abia State International Youth Development

In continuation of a detailed national programme of innovation mentorship commitments by Programos Foundation, the United Nations World Summit Awards national expert for Nigeria, Mr Amos Emmanuel will be speaking at the Abia State International Youths Day on innovation capacity development among young people of Abia State.

Innovationbed Africa at Titans of Tech Awards 2021

Following an invitation from the organizers of the annual Titans of Tech Awards, TechTv, Programos Foundation is being honoured with a special table for guest members and friends of the Innovationbed Africa digital ecosystem hub – #innovationbedhousemates. The event holds Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at the Ballroom Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

United Nations World Summit Awards still receiving innovative products by Nigerians at the event via link: https://innovationbed.org/register-innovation/

Startup Resilience Survey

It is the 10th Anniversary occasion of the UN World Summit Awards National Expert for Nigeria. Commemorating the anniversary, the WSA Grand Jury member, Designer and Architect of Africa’s CloudIntegra Bond-Equity Software, and Programos Foundation President, Amos Emmanuel, is reaching out to undergraduates from diverse disciplines and sharing with them innovative solutions from the global repositories of innovators from more than 180 countries in a research-powered event tagged: Campus Innovation Conference 2021.

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Establishment & Management of Nigerian Local Content Startup Development Program

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10th year anniversary as national expert @WSA (Nigeria)

Within a few days that the social media received a banner announcing my 10th anniversary as a proud, passionate volunteer at the United Nations based World Summit Awards for Nigeria, I got so much love as expressed in the linked text, if you can follow for a minute.

For me it has been a remarkable journey of self fulfillment as it has made me do what my heart desires the best – social engagement of young people on social innovation development research pilots #Innovationbed.Africa, as well as granting me enough time to excel in both my primary assignments as a self-challenged entrepreneur with all the attributes associated with founders of African regions, and the family.

How has Nigeria performed in 10 years of stewardship?

Generally Africa needs to improve on the participation and in size of quality product submission at the global competition. Global diameter of innovation has Africa doing so poorly at about 6%, when Europe alone does 45%. – It is my aspiration to complement the promotion of continental collaborations among experts to improve Africa’s share of the global innovation pie in future. Nigeria’s performance will be better visible when the larger Africa has done very well on the WSA platform to increase the pie. Below is our winner products in last decade.

As a way to commemorate the 10th anniversary, my foundation is organizing sets of virtual Campus Innovation Seminars for undergraduates of many universities, colleges of education and polytechnics in each state of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Within the year 2021, we hope to have impacted like 10,000 students virtually from their various institutions and communities.
#unitednations #wsanigeria #ict4sdg #informationtechnology #digital #summit #webinar #sdgs #innovation #development #sustainabledevelopment #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #Innovationbed.

The maiden edition is to start with Kano state institutions by June 29th, 2021:

What is the numbers in terms of participating countries, age of award system, number of innovative solutions submitted, number of events, network member count and global opportunities of WSA?

This is Emmanuel Amos, entrepreneur and author for Africa’s pioneer stock market value-chain e-business solution CloudIntegraTM Bond/Equity Software and CiFixProTM, and Founder, Innovationbed.Africa – currently the composite initiative post pandemic that ties the strategic visions of Programos Foundation, Technology Partnership Initiative for Africa (TechPia) Network and Programos Software Group together ahead of future realities of digital enterprise developments in Africa.

At one of the largest constellations of national experts in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. I remain appreciative of the big family of knowledge network of experts from around the globe.
Impact2gether – a world of innovation democracy.
YOUNG (BELOW 26) CATEGORY WSYA INNOVATORS SUBMISSION LINK:

Apply now: https://wsa-global.org/wsa-young-innovators/

SENIOR (ABOVE 26) CATEGORY WSA INNOVATORS’ FROM NIGERIA SUBMISSION LINK:

Apply now: https://db.icnm.net/Signup/WSA/2021/Nigeria/

WSA (NIGERIA) 2021 competition is ON in Education/e-Learning Category:

Correcting the mess we find in the education sector in real terms will take real innovations of high social impact today.
Amos Emmanuel, WSA Nigeria.

Who build innovations?

The Nigeria system and numerous African citizens now know what corrections to offer to the battered educational sector for sake of our upcoming generations.

Sound positive innovations in education are still being scouted by Programos Foundation from all the 36 states of the federation and Abuja for application Nigeria using link below into the WSA 2021 global competition which ongoing. Deadline for Nigeria is August 10th, 2021. https://innovationbed.org/register-innovation/

And National pre-selection exercise kicks off immediately to determine Nigeria’s National Nominees to be nominated into the global database of WSA to represent Nigeria as the best Education innovation of the moment.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL IN ADVANCE. GOODLUCK AS YOU SHOWCASE A GOOD EduTech WORK FOR NIGERIA!

ABOUT 2 MONTHS TO DEADLINE!

NOTES:
IF YOU ARE APPLYING, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE WSA SUBMISSION QUESTIONS, DETAILS AND ATTACH EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND PRESENTATION VIDEOS OF YOUR INNOVATION – THIS HELPS DURING THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL JURY SESSIONS.

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