Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) have awarded Team Astromania, a group of 5 young Nigerians, and winner of the ActinSpace Innovation Challenge, with a cash prize of N750,000.00, laptops, ICT internship programme and an all-expense paid trip to represent Nigeria in France.
Team Astromania defeated Teams Floews, Team FutureGeneration and Team Pyloop in the Hackathon, Out of the four finalists who participated in the Hackathon, through an invention that seeks to harness car and satellite data to develop an innovative application.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, who was represented by the Managing Director (MD) of Galaxy Backbone, Prof Muhammad Abubakar, urged the winners to work hard to emerge global winners as they represent the country in France.
“This competition is intended to develop skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space centre” he said.
The Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale, speaking to newsmen said the competition aims to encourage innovative ideas and build strong entrepreneurs by empowering both the winners and those who didn’t win with necessary support to promote their ideas.
“This, we believe will encourage other youths that are all waiting for jobs here and there to harness digital skills.
Team FutureGeneration who was 1st runner-up got laptops and a cash prize of N500,000.00. Team Pyloops who came 3rd won a cash prize of N350,000.00 and laptops. Whilst the 4th team, Team Floews also went home with N200,000.