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‘Time For Tech Innovation In Nigeria is Now’ – Omeruo

New disruptive technologies will influence large part of human lives


Staff Writer:
The organisers of Nigeria Innovation Submit (NIS) have said the era of innovation is now if the country will remain relevant as the near future will see large parts of human lives influenced by emergence of new disruptive technologies.

According to Kenneth Omeruo who is the Founder/CEO, Emerging Media and chief Convener of the Nigeria Innovation Summit holding 3-4 November,2016 at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, NIS is an annual event that focuses on the need for the country, businesses, organisations, entrepreneurs in Nigeria to become more innovative and apply innovation to drive sustainable development as we work together to bridge the digital divide.

The event with the “Theme- “Innovation: A Key Driver Of Economic Growth And Sustainable Development” will helps Nigeria embrace innovation and move in the direction of digital transformation through the use of Emerging Technologies and Trends, Research, Development, Commercialization, Entrepreneurship and Investments as the key drivers of an innovation ecosystem. This is a platform that creates awareness on the need for Open Innovation in Nigeria. It challenges Nigeria to leverage Innovation and become more competitive in the global economy.’’

He noted further that “Nigeria’s economy is sliding to recession. But the solutions are handy, only if innovators, are provided with adequate supports.” He said “as a country, we should never relent on articulating plans and policies to galvanize the IT industry’s prowess in tackling our collective challenges such as the present economic recession.”

Mr Omeruo noted that the World Economic Forum (WEF) recently identified Artificial Intelligence (AI) as one of the top 6 trends shaping the society today.
International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Group report also indentified Artificial Intelligence (AI) as “creating a digital quake where 80 percent of companies and jobs may need to change or fail. Machines can execute repetitive tasks with complete precision, and with recent advances in AI, machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity”.

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“AI will also come to support emerging applications in the Internet of Things space, with billions of devices, things and objects gaining the ability to learn from patterns observed in their environment and communicate these learnings to a larger ecosystem of intelligent devices.”

The Submit initiative is led by Emerging Media and Advertising Services, New York and Emerging Media Nigeria; partnering with the world’s leading innovation providers from academia, governmnent and industry to connect Nigerian businesses and Innovators to global innovation ecosystems.

The key features of the Nigeria Innovation Summit are the Keynote presentations and Panel discussions from Industry Leaders, Government, Investors, leading companies, international organisations, Top Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Business leaders, Innovation Managers across the world and decision makers across the focus sectors.

There will be Nigeria Innovation Awards at the summit which recognizes and promotes companies, organisations, institutions, innovators that have embraced innovation across different sectors of Nigeria economy.

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