The Student Innovation Challenge is set to hold the largest Regional Student Demo Day in Northern Nigeria. The Student Innovation Challenge (SIC) which was inaugurated by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in May is an initiative of the Federal Government aimed at crowd sourcing indigenous tech-based solutions from students in Nigerian universities and polytechnics. These solutions are to solve social challenges within their immediate communities.

At the inaugural event which held at the University of Lagos, HE Professor Yemi Osinbajo said, “We all know that the university is the best place for getting the best talents and that’s what is going to shape the future of our country.  Every one of us is aware of that.  And so, what the Federal Government did, is that we simply partnered with the UNDP, with BOI, with MTN, with Civic Foundation for Innovation and Access Bank, to come and do what we describe as the student challenge. The best examples of successful technology companies started in universities.  All the best examples we know, whether it is Steve Jobs’ Apple, or Mark Zuckerberg, who came out of Harvard, as well as Bill Gates who also came out of Harvard. Here in Nigeria, Opeyemi told us about Jobberman out of Obafemi Awolowo University. Nairaland also came out of the University. 

The student challenge is to find the best; the best innovation, the best technology ideas, the best creativity, the best creative ideas from students across Nigeria.” 

Since opening, the SIC has reviewed about 3600 applications from students across 240 universities and polytechnics in Nigeria. Ideas reviewed cut across healthcare, agriculture and food security (agrotech), education, transportation, technology, finance (fintech) and governance (govtech). At the end of this year’s edition of the Student Innovation Challenge, 50 start-up ideas will emerge eventual winners nationwide and will be incubated and funded into full social enterprises.

The Northern Regional event of the Student Innovation Challenge will hold on the 4th of September, 2018 at the Aliko Dangote Business School, Bayero University, Kano State. 52 finalists have been shortlisted to pitch their socially impacting ideas out of over 1000 applications from 19 states within the region.

Expected to be in attendance are the Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice Chancellor Bayero University, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello and other relevant stakeholders in the education, technology and start-up space, especially within the Northern region. The event, just like the South West regional held in Lagos, is a build up to a week-long final event which will be concluded with a Demo Day at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.