NerdsUnite Identifies Localisation, Collaboration As Drivers To Innovation In Africa


This year’s annual community event organized by MainOne Cable Company, tagged NerdsUnited, has called on stakeholders in the industry to collaborate on the local technology turf to drive African to competitive innovativeness.

Speaking on the theme of the event “Radical Digital Transformation”, the keynote speaker, and author of “Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation”, Nnamdi Oranye, analyzed the technology landscape in Africa and how Africa can chart its own innovation course outside of Silicon Valley by bringing local technology leadership to address uniquely African problems.

He emphasized the need to promote indigenous innovators in Africa and change the perception of home grown technology so that there is a legacy for the next generation of Africans. He called for a collaborative approach in the Nigerian technology industry and better representation of female innovators in the African technology space.

During the Main Panel session, stakeholders agreed that collaboration and utilization of opportunities presented by local productive tools and solutions are veritable factors that will hasten digital transformation in Africa. The Panel was made up of leading industry players from Avanti, Andela, Microsoft, SAP and The Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), discussed their perspective on the event theme “Radical Digital Transformation”.

The connectivity break out session with representatives from Wema Bank, Microsoft, Avanti and Eko Electricity Distribution Company discussed “Digitalization and Business” while the Data Centre breakout session focused on the topic “The future of mobile content delivery in Nigeria” with representatives from TIzeti, Cloud Cover, Systemspecs and Channels TV.

According to MainOne, organisers of the event, NerdsUnite 2018 turned out to be the most successful ever.  A statement from MainOne states that, aside resolutions arrived at by stakeholders at the event, “The event was well attended by major players in the technology industry, IT managers, partners and decision makers. On display were new technologies in Colocation and Data Centre Services as well as Connectivity, Managed Services and Cloud Connect with valuable insights gleaned from insightful speakers on how to innovate and trigger the much needed digital transformation in Nigeria and Africa at large.”


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