CURRENT CALL FOR INNOVATIVE PRODUCT SUBMISSION FOR WSA COMPETITION 2021 FROM NIGERIA IS OPEN NOW APRIL 1ST TILL AUGUST 31st, 2021
DEAR Nigerian INNOVATORS,
This is a general call for applications for the WSA 2021 Innovation Competition submission from Nigeria.
WSANIGERIA: The Executive Governor of Zamfara State HE Dr Bello Mohammed (MON) endorses UN World Summit Awards (NIGERIA) Zamfara State Youth Innovationbed Hub and UN ICT4SIDS SDG-Advisor: Strategic Planning Innovation in Administration.
Programos Foundation and promoter of Innovationbed: UN ICT4SIDS Smart City and Connected Communities programme in Nigeria, Amos Emmanuel, explains the concept behind the need for education in Smart City Innovation among the private and public sector.
Q: Nigeria desires a digital economy – so much that this agenda of government caused a name change of the previous Ministry of Communication and Technology to reflect the goal of the government of President Mohammadu Buhari as the new Ministry of Communication Technology and Digital Economy headed by the Honourable Minister Dr. Isa Pantami FNCS? How do you see this development?
A: The way government works may just be to exhibit a direction, it therefore manifest in minds of innovators like myself continue to chart a good course for social innovation ecosystem development since the government expresses positive supports by admitting and taking strategic actions such as name change and implementing programmes under the pandemic to buttress the need to realise the goal of digital economy in truth. It is hoped the government and its new ministry will realise that it prepares to promote all positive innovation development potentials in the country serving as an engine for lubricating economic recovery activities across the 36 states of the federation.
Q: What can Nigeria look forward to through the United Nations ICT4SIDS public service innovation Workshop, alongside the WSA-Nigeria National Pre-Selection Virtual Conference?
A: Nigeria has come to the realisation that it takes both the government and its citizens to build enduring home-grown solutions to nurture economic empowerment and growth. Programos Foundation has researched in over two decade nurturing local innovation development capacities among Nigerians vis-a-vis championing global economic development initiatives of the ICT4SIDS in several ways that it is now time that both benefits can begin to be felt to manifest in Nigeria by these global recommendations powered by the notable agencies whose processes ride on the aegis of the World Summit on Information Society, WSIS framework. The World Wide Web is an ocean of information flooded with a tsunami of content.
In a pandemic-eroded economy, quality, probity of actions and strategic planning will be the characteristics to promote hence our programme in the season to encourage and direct the public service space aright, as well shine the light and direction to the local innovators in the directions they need emphasis their activities to help with best e-content digital solutions offering that help to drive their activities for improved services,
Q: What distinguishes the WSA from other awards?
A: In its field WSA is the only global award that takes place in the framework of the UN and its World Summit on the information society. Moreover, it is unique in its focus on content richness. Hence, the WSA categories reflect all parts of social and cultural life.
Q: Why is it important to showcase local content?
A: The Internet is a huge integration machine for global culture. It tends to eliminate the difference in terms of language as well as idioms. The main language is English, so people can communicate with each other. This is very important. Nevertheless, the internet may not only become a communication medium, but also an expression medium. The internet is a crucial carrier and creator of cultural identity. That is why WSA aims to overcome linguistic barriers and the smallness of national markets.
LOCAL WSA-NIGERIA ACTIVITIES
The UN based World Summit Awards is now expanding from one state to another in Nigeria with an ultimate goal of letting the First Ladies of the State to host activities of their states with respect to social innovation in the course of their humanitarian development works for their citizens.
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