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Intel AI Prog Successful, Propelling African DeepTech Ecosystem Forward

todayMarch 14, 2024 8

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In a collaborative effort to drive innovation and foster growth in Africa’s DeepTech ecosystem, Intel and AfriLabs celebrated the successful conclusion of the Intel AI Programme for African DeepTech Startups & Ecosystem Stakeholders.

The event was held in Abuja from March 5th to 7th, 2024 with a panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Okeke-Ojiudu, Senior Ecosystem Engagement Manager at AfriLabs.

In an address, Dr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General of NITDA, emphasized the importance of collaboration and shared vision.

“When I learned of the aims and objectives of this workshop, my enthusiasm for our ecosystem was truly ignited”.

At NITDA, we firmly believe that no single entity can navigate this landscape alone; collective effort is imperative. Our vision for Nigeria is one of digital empowerment, innovation-driven prosperity, and inclusive economic growth fostered by technology.

“The global AI race has commenced, and the nations leading it will shape the future.
Africa, with its abundant talent and youthful population, is poised to play a significant role. In Nigeria, our path is clear: AI is our journey, our goals are defined, and our determination is unwavering”.

Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo, Director of Government Affairs Africa and IGA CTO Liaison at Intel also set the stage with an insightful presentation on the socio-economic and policy implications of DeepTech in Africa, followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion from representatives from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Intel and other industry partners.

The event, organized by AfriLabs in collaboration with Intel, aimed to propel growth and innovation in Nigeria’s DeepTech ecosystem.

The event which drew Participants from all walks of life, including government officials, industry experts, startups, developers, and ecosystem stakeholders convened to explore the challenges, opportunities, and prospects of DeepTech in Africa.

Keynote addresses were also presented by notable figures such as Ajibola Odukoya, Chief Operating Officer at AfriLabs, and Dr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General of NITDA, who set the tone for engaging discussions on the role of government in driving innovation in Africa.

Also, presentations from various innovation hubs underscored the importance of community-building and collaboration in nurturing Africa’s burgeoning DeepTech ecosystem.

James Itodo, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Safiya Wada

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