The Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd will play host to the annual ACTINSPACE innovation competition.
ACTINSPACE is an international competition targeted at students of tertiary institutions, IT startups and entrepreneurs to create new applications using technologies, satellite data and/or licenses.
ACTINSPACE is organised this year in collaboration with NIGCOMSAT, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, African Aeronautics and Space Organization (AASO), CNES (The National Centre for Space Studies-France), European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus and others. The competition entry which opened some weeks ago is expected to end on October 8, 2020.
Applicants from the ages of 18 to 35 years are expected to come up with solutions that are space-related for submission for the contest. The contest categories are New Space Player, Everyday Life Business and Space for Earth & Humans.
According to the chairperson, local organizing committee for ACTINSPACE NIGERIA, Mrs Alma Okpalefe, participants are expected to devise solutions that could help to run their businesses, support humanitarian causes and as well develop applications based on space technology.
According to Okpalefe, the competition is open to all. Entries are accepted only through the NIGCOMSAT official website www.nigcomsat.gov.ng
A statement by NIGCOMSAT’s general manager of Corporate Affairs, Adamu Idris, said the second phase of the competition is the Hackathon where selected applicants will present their business ideas to judges and mentors over a two-day period.
It said that finalists and runners up will emerge at the end of the Hackathon of which the first-place winner will be representing Nigeria at the global event in Paris, France, in 2021.