Whoare the Spectacular Six? Okay, sit back, let’s give you the gist.
Thefirst-ever pitch for MTN Nigeria’s Academic Research Development and Innovation Challenge (ARDIC) on Thursday, 28th November 2019, gave us the next set of superhumans – the ‘Spectacular Six’ for the next one year-ish.
Thepitch went down at the Nile University, Abuja, where 14 super-smart post-graduate students gathered to give their best before an independent panel of experts.
Thepanel was made up of great minds like Professor Ndubuisi Ekekwe, the founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics; Dr. Bolanle Oladejo, a Computer Science Don from the University of Ibadan; and Alessia Balducci, the Country Director, Seedstars.
Thecompetition was intense as their research topics covered fields ranging from telecommunications to energy to medicine and much more. After a painstaking selection process, the judges announced the best six who went home with a whooping sum of 1 million naira each as well as a six-month incubation period to help further their research into an implementation phase. Youknow what they say about all work and no play? Well we don’t, because later that day, we had an amazing time at the launch ceremony of ARDIC at the Merrymakers Event Centre, Abuja.
OlubayoAdekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria; Bernard Ewah, Deputy Director at NITDA; Alh.Mohammed Babajika, Director, Policy Competition and Economic Analysis,were some of the dignitaries who witnessed a glimpse of what ARDIC had for Nigeria’s future.
It should be interesting to see what the spectacular six will achieve in six months!