Techpoint Innovation tour is driven by a desire to expose hidden tech talents in new and emerging markets across Nigeria and Africa. Our discoveries in Abuja, Kaduna and Jos last year, sparked up a lot of interest to continue on the exciting journey. This year,we would be visiting Port-Harcourt, Abia, Uyo and Anambra between November 5th -17th 2017. We would be spending approximately 30 hours of travelling, covering 1,515km of excitement, exhilaration, meet-ups, interviews, discussions, radio tours, vox-pops,street campaign.
We plan to engage all tech lovers and entrepreneurs in these areas and expose them to the global community. We hope to engage like-minded techies,innovators and the true entrepreneurs that are taking on challenges of building their respective communities with the aid of tech. Join us on this journey!
Kaduna’s first innovation hub and co-working space, CoLab opened its doors on the 4th October, 2016. The institution aims to provide an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and innovators in the Northern part of Nigeria. CoLab which is located within the Barnawa area of Kaduna has joined the likes of nHub and Ventures Platform in the journey of creating an efficient tech ecosystem in the northern part of Nigeria. We featured them during our tour and had a very interesting meetup there as well.
In Jos during the Techpoint Innovation Tour, we met an engineer and entrepreneur who is innovating around energy efficient equipments. Some of the innovations we were able to see include a Solar Cabinet Dryer, Clean Efficient Institutional Woodstove, and a Smokeless Incinerator among other things. But for an entrepreneur in Jos without any funding, getting a voice is looking like an expensive venture. Techpoint Innovation came knocking his doors.
During the course of the Techpoint Innovation Tour, we got an invite from Raymond for an exclusive tour of the facility. Unlike most online furniture stores, that serve primarily as aggregators or marketplaces for furniture makers, Skarabrand takes a more holistic approach, as the company handles 100% of the entire process; from concept to design, through manufacturing and delivery. It was quite a revelation as we never imagined a company of such magnitude could be operating from Abuja.
When the Techpoint Innovation Tours made its Kaduna stop, we met an exceptional young man; a wizkid of sorts. Before meeting him, there was so much positive vibe everywhere his name came up, so we were amazed to meet an unassuming Aminu Bakori at CoLab in Kaduna. Aminu Bakori is a Software Developer, Programmer and CEO of Friendstie Concepts; a technology company that designs and builds custom computer software and online services for individuals and businesses around the world.
During the course of the Techpoint Innovation Tour, we chanced on the startup’s sticker on a visit to Iyawo Restaurant in Kaduna. The food vendor, it appears, is registered to iSabiFood, somewhat validating the startup’s claims.iSabiFood is an online food/drink ordering and table reservation portal that connects customers to local food businesses. Customers order items (cooked food, drinks, fresh farm produce, processed food etc) from their favourite local food/drink merchants on isabifood.com.ng.
Orbra Mobile Devices are makers of a range of electronic devices including smartphones, power banks, tablet PCs wearables and VR headsets for Nigerians. The self-proclaimed “Nigerian Mobile Device” has been around for a while. There was a particular intense buzz around them last year and then it seemingly died down. During the Techpoint Innovation Tour of Northern Nigeria, we went on a mini tour of their office in Abuja.
During the Northern Nigeria Innovation tour, we discovered the Technology Development for Poverty Alleviation and Initiative (TD4PAI) hub in Kuje, Abuja. This hub focuses on the development of local technology in the upstream (hardware and firmware) ICT sector. Founded by Dr. Agu Collins in 2014, TD4PAI organises workshops geared towards building made in Nigeria products. A one hour drive from Wuse II district in Abuja to Kuje town marked the beginning of our journey to TD4PAI.