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Nigeria launches second incubation centre

02 August 2013, 09:47Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Nigeria will later today launch its second software incubation centre aimed providing essential support to entrepreneurs to build software skills.

Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson will launch the centre located at Tinapa in Cross River State.

The software incubation centre is an initiative of the Federal Government and is driven by private sector under the auspices of Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA).

The inception of the Tinapa Centre is coming barely three months after the Lagos iDEA centre was launched.

The project is the brainchild of Johnson. The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) through its consultants, High-Tech Data Systems Ltd, is implementing the project.

Part of the activities of the launch today include the reward to winners of the iDEA Hackathon competition which started on Tuesday, July 30 with 27 contestants who were grouped into a team of 10.

The iDEA Hackathon competition is a 42-hour app-building contest where the most innovative application will receive a cash prize of N450, 000 ($2 700) and two Z10 BlackBerry smartphones.

There are also cash prizes for second and third most innovative Apps.

Judges have been carefully selected from top IT firms like Microsoft, Nokia, Google to preside over the Apps developed by the contestants.

The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) is facilitating the competition.

- CAJ News


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