Information Technology Development Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) Centre, Tinapa Calabar, has emerged winner of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) International Space Apps Challenge in Nigeria.
Team Nixit of Tinapa Knowledge City, beat 200 other contestants in collaborating and engaging with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges to emerge victorious in a stiff competition held in Lagos recently.
With this feat, Team Nixit of Tinapa which also carted away the star prize of $3000 will represent Nigeria at the global challenge finale slated for United States of America this Month.
In his congratulatory message to the team, Special Adviser to Governor Imoke on ICT Development, Mr. Odo Effiong, who expressed delight at the early fruit the Centre has already yielded by producing professionals in the sector, maintained that it was in line with the vision of the administration to be at the forefront of driving service-oriented economy in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the state government would deploy its available scarce resources in development of innate talents among youths with the view to developing the state economy and positioning them as entrepreneurs to better their lots, while calling on those who are yet to key into the various youth empowerment programmes initiated by the state to do so in their own interest.
The Space Apps Challenge is a global event that promotes collaboration in Space technology and innovation and fostered by NASA’s Open Data program (an initiative of the White House Science and Technology Policy).
This year’s 3-day event was held in 95 cities globally with the iDEA incubation Centre, Tinapa Knowledge City and iDea Incubation Centre, Lagos as venues in partnership with the Ministry of Communication Technology, iDEA Incubators, NASRDA, Mobile Monday Nigeria, Alpha Software, Microsoft and other development partners.