UPDATE: Spaces at the Lagos State E-Learning Centre have been sold out. Register to attend at the IDEA Hub below
The Internet is a tremendous, undisputed force for economic growth and social change. Not only has it unleashed new forms of connectivity, but it has also provided an outlet for new forms of innovation, entrepreneurship and social good. The Internet has also proven a dynamic tool for stimulating economic growth in developing countries, with the World Bank reporting that a 10% increase in broadband correlates to a 1.38% increase in GDP growth
Beyond GDP growth, the Internet also provides opportunities to pursue social and developmental objectives. Throughout the developing world, the Internet is connecting remote populations to markets and strengthening the overall efficiency of service delivery in areas such as health, education, livelihoods and financial inclusion, as well as creating access to government services for the most marginalized populations.
“The Impact of the Internet in Nigeria” report gives an insight into how the Internet has facilitated change in different sectors of the Nigerian Economy. A representative from Dalberg will be available to present the report.
This report provides detailed assessments of the current and potential impact of the Internet on socio-economic growth across seven sectors: agriculture, education and labor, energy, financial inclusion, governance, health and small and medium enterprise (SME) growth. It also examines the role that government, private sector and donors have played in building the ecosystem for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovation and driving this impact.
Also there will be a panelist session with some of the leaders in the Nigerian IT Industry giving their own thoughts about the findings of the report. This event would be the first of it’s kind. You’ll be sure to meet :
Femi Taiwo, Manager, Technology Services at INITS Limited – a Software Development and IT Consultancy company. Femi is a young, seasoned entrepreneur and a graduate of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos. With a knack for many languages, he has made major contributions to the new, improved face of elections in Nigeria through his involvement in the Platforms – OpenVR (Voters Registration Software) and OpenVC (Election Results Collation Platform) both open source solutions. Femi has bagged years of experience in building large scale desktop applications, Linux Server Deployment – File and Database Clustering, Bandwidth management, and Mail Servers. View his full profile here.
Oshone Ikazoboh, CEO naij.com – a one-stop Nigerian portal for all Nigerian news – politics, business, arts & culture, and entertainment. A thorough businessman,entrepreneur and multiple Director, Oshone holds a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and a Masters degree in Engineering Networking and Telecommunications from Liverpool John Moore’s University, UK. View his full profile here
Opeyemi Awoyemi & Deji Adewunmi, Co-founders Jobberman.com -Nigeria’s No. 1 jobs website with over 700,000 users and 6,000 companies. Opeyemi and Deji are alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University. Taking advantage of the Internet, they have bridged the gap between job seekers in Nigeria and employers of labour. Hence, Jobberman.com has been described by Forbes as “West Africa’s most popular job search engine and aggregator”. View Opeyemi’s full profile here and Deji’s full profile here
Francis Ebuehi, COO Spinlet – a mobile music download platform making musical content available to Nigerians whilst leveraging the growing payment system available in the country. Francis started his career with Accenture where he worked on and led several consulting projects in process re-engineering and strategy. He has also worked for 2 major banks where he was responsible for setting up the banking products and electronic banking products divisions. He has worked in Airtel as the Divisional Head of Product Development and was also the CEO of Chamsswitch Limited. View his full profile here.
Deepanker Rustagi, General Manager VConnect – a local search engine and an information service provider founded in 2010. VConnect provides information about various products, services and companies in Nigeria. View his full profile here
Simdul Shagaya, Founder and CEO konga.com, Nigeria’s largest online shopping portal. Simdul has been named the Entrepreneur of the Year by Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa “All Africa Business Leaders Awards 2013″.
Since it’s beginning in 2012, konga.com has offered low prices and fast delivery services on thousands of products nationwide. Sim is a graduate of George Washington University, Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Olayinka David-West, Faculty Director at the Pan Atlantic University/Lagos Business School, Dr. David-West works with Nigerian organisations in information technology decision making by providing an understanding of the business value obtainable from information and its related technologies. In the Government, Dr. David-West contributes to ICT policy and strategy formulation, Internet Governance, and skills management processes. Dr David-West holds a doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Manchester Business School; an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University, London; and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Lagos.
Shina Badaru, Founder, Technology Times Media – a web portal unveiled in July 2004 to provide free access to news and debates on ICTs in Nigeria. Shina is a multiple award-winning Nigerian technology journalist covering the Nigerian ICT industry for leading local and international media organisations. He started his journalism career in THISDAY Newspapers in 1996 where he was the pioneer IT Reporter, pioneer IT Editor and pioneer Electronic News Editor. He graduated from the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos in 1993. He has earned many awards and recognitions including the first Nigerian recipient of the SAP African Technology Reporting Award in 2001.
Olumide Balogun – Partner Manager, Developer Experience, Nokia West & Central Africa – A seasoned software engineer, Olumide works with the aim of accelerating the growth of mobile software companies in Nigeria.
Wole Lawani – Managing Partner, Hyve Capital Ltd., the leading management consulting company servicing active companies within Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
Jason Njoku – Co-Founder of Iroko TV and Spark.ng. Iroko TV is the largest digital distributor of Nigerian music and movies, with a library of about 1600 licensed movies. Mr. Njoku holds a BSc in Chemistry from The University of Manchester. He was a speaker at TEDxEuston in 2012
Join us at the E-Learning Centre (Odunlami Street, Lagos Island) and IDEA Hub (Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba) for the event on the 30th of September, 2013 and remember to start preparing your networking session yarns .
This event is part of Google for Entrepreneurs Week which is an annual week celebrating innovators and entrepreneurs around the world. This year, from September 30 – October 4, 2013. Googlers in more than 45 cities around the world will host events including community meetups, mentorship sessions and training workshops. Google’s goal is to equip entrepreneurs with the skills they need to build and scale their businesses. Last year, more than 3000 entrepreneurs attended Google for Entrepreneurs Week events in 29 cities in 14 Countries.