The just concluded Young Innovators Competition is an initiative of ITU Telecom World Events targeted at talented young social entrepreneurs using technology creatively to meet a range of real-life development challenges.
This year’s edition sponsored by Intel, saw Ogbonnaya Bassey, a Nigerian emerging as one of the winners out of a pool of 124 applicants from across 34 countries.
Bassey will be joining other young gifted entrepreneurs with innovative and scalable ideas at Budapest, Hungary for the Telecom World Event– a global ICT innovation platform for government, corporate bodies and SMEs which is slated to take place between October 12th and 15th.
SolarKobo was the award winning innovation that helped Bassey secure a place at the top. SolarKobo is expected to provide solar power systems with zero-upfront financing in Nigeria as a cheaper, more reliable and cleaner way of generating electricity in the country as opposed to gasoline generators.
Speaking on the inspiration for his project Bassey says that:
“Most of the ingredients for our success exist. The need is critical, the demand for our solution is proven, the technology is tested and we have a sustainable model. We applied to the Young Innovators Competition to create awareness for our cause, get seed funding, investment, mentorship, and access to help from Intel in developing smarter systems.”
Bassey’s low cost idea will definitely be bringing relief to many families and small businesses in Africa in the nearest future. Kudos!