Leonie Van Der Stijl, Kate Hancock, And Other Industry Leaders Grace TTSWG’s Innovation Makers Conference }{ The Scoper Media 

L-R: Board Member, Telecommunications and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG), Mrs Iklimatu Ramallan; Deputy Director, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Kola Oyeniran; Chief Commercial Officer, Arnergy, Omobola Omofaiye; Chairman, Uniccon Group, Dr Chuks Ekwueme; Lead Consultant, Secretariat, TTSWG, Bekeme Olowola; General Manager, Quomodo Systems Africa, Adedoyin Segun-Noibi; and Manager, Sustainability, ESG and Sustainability Communications, IHS Towers, Suleiman Ibrahim;  during the launch of the Telecommunication and Technology Citizenship Awareness Roadmap (TATCAR) at the Innovation Makers Challenge 2023 Conference and Exhibition by TTSWG held recently at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.



        Industry leaders, including Leonie Van Der Stijl, Deputy-Consul General, Netherlands Embassy, and Kate Hancock, Founder Metaerse XYZ, attended the inaugural Innovation Makers Challenge (IMC) Conference and Exhibition held recently at the Eko Convention Center, Lagos.


The IMC is organised by the Telecommunication and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG), a multi-stakeholder advocacy organisation focused on advancing sustainability in the Nigerian telecom and technology sectors. IHS Towers was the principal sponsor of the IMC, with Quomodo Systems Africa and Arnergy as co-sponsors.


With the theme “Innovating for the Future,” the conference gathered an array of industry experts and intellectuals from across the world to explore how to harness emerging technologies to build a more sustainable society and advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


A significant aspect of the event was the final round of the IMC Quest, a youth-oriented challenge where creative individuals presented their business ideas that relate to sustainability, to compete for the promised cash prize of N3,500,000, distributed among three categories of winners. Joseph Ojighoro, the founder of OJ Technologies Limited, a health tech business focused on using virtual reality to enhance clinical training and competency in Africa, emerged as the winner, receiving a cash prize of N2,000,000. Valentine Nnamani, founder of OneGrid Energies, a startup aiming to bridge the energy poverty gap in rural communities, and Elijah Moses, founder of Kugatel, a platform focusing on driving financial inclusion through integrated payment solutions, secured the first and second runner-up positions, respectively, with cash prizes of N1,000,000 and N500,000


Bekeme Olowola, Lead Consultant for TTSWG Secretariat and Chief Executive, CSR-in-Action, whilst delivering the opening remark, also posited that it is vital to ponder the ethical application of the emerging technologies that are redefining the world, “Technology is the invincible hand shaping our future from the deep seas to the infinity of space. As we applaud the humanlike grace of humanoid robots, climate technology, and all the great progress among us today, we must ponder deeply the ethical tapestry of our creations. It’s not just about what technology can do, but what it should do.”


The conference featured other notable industry experts such as Lanre Bamisebi, Executive Director, IT & Digitalisation, Access Corporation; Reinier van Scherpenzeel, Chief Operations Officer, Tunga; Yomi Awobokun, Founder, CE-IV and Member, World Economic Forum; and Adedoyin Segun-Noibi, Managing Director, Quomodo Systems Africa.


Other participating dignitaries included Sean Burrowes, Co-Founder, Ingressive for Good; Omobola Omofaiye, Chief Commercial Officer, Arnergy; Myke Oseh, Venture Capitalist; Dr. Babs Omotowa, President, Nigerian University of Management and Technology (NUTM); and Brent Van Wyk, Commercial Director, S&P Global Intelligence, Dr Chuks Ekwueme, Chairman, Uniccon Group.


In addition to the keynote speeches and panel discussions, the conference featured an exhibition allowing various organisations and IMC-Quest finalists to showcase their technological inventions, products, and services. The highlight of this activity was the presence of “Omiefe,” Africa’s first humanoid robot created by the UNICCON Group, and another humanoid robot, Okikiola Sagamu, aka “Kiki Saggy,” a remarkable creation of young girls from the Federal Girls Government College (FGGC), Sagamu.


The event concluded with the unveiling and launch of the Telecommunication and Technology Citizenship Awareness Roadmap (TATCAR). TATCAR is a value-driven framework developed by TTSWG, designed to provide an easily adaptable template for businesses in the industry to ensure compliance with international sustainability standards. This aligns with TTSWG’s goal to embed sustainability in the Tech and Telecoms ecosystem. TATCAR comprises twenty-one indices covering governance, the economy, the environment, and society, including human resources. Drawing exclusively from the official constitutions, regulations, guidance, and laws of key government ministries, departments, agencies, and regulatory bodies, TATCAR offers a roadmap for businesses in the ICT sector to achieve sustainability.

About Innovation Makers Challenge

Pioneered in 2023 by the Telecommunication and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG), the Innovation Makers Challenge (IMC) is a youth-centric initiative designed to offer a platform to celebrate and accelerate the growth of innovative individuals and startup founders with sustainable technology-driven ideas and products.

The IMC is specifically designed to pinpoint young innovators and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with forward-thinking concepts within the realms of technology and telecommunications. They are subsequently provided with crucial assistance in the form of finance, technical training, commercial counsel, and business advisory services, enabling them to elevate their inventive concepts to unprecedented levels of success.




 About TTSWG


The Telecommunication and Technology Sustainability Working Group (TTSWG) is a collaborative network comprising various corporate entities committed to advancing the telecoms and technology sectors by promoting global best practices, innovation, and thought leadership in business sustainability. Its establishment was driven by a vision to ingrain sustainability in the ICT sector of Nigeria thereby contributing to the sustainable development of the nation.


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