Digital entrepreneurship rather than digital slavery is what Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) seems to be saying by establishing a prize for software excellence dedicated to software startups. The “Best Software Startup of the Year” prize is an award instituted by the Jim Ovia Foundation and domiciled under ISPON. The maiden edition of the prize will be held at the prestigious ISPON President’s Dinner 2013.
According to the ISPON President, Chris Uwaje, the initiative will recognize and mentor the “Best Software Start-up of the Year” and stimulate growth and interest in software development and entrepreneurship. Reports indicate that the Oracle (Mr. Uwaje) regards the software excellence prize as perhaps, the most ambitious ICT knowledge initiative to date.
ISPON and Mr Jim Ovia – founder of Visafone Networks, developed the initiative to empower the Nigerian youths and facilitate the development and growth of software startups. The report on ISPON states that the prize draws inspiration from ICT and technology-related initiatives of the Jim Ovia Foundation. It rises to challenge of adding value to existing models for digital knowledge development and empowerment.
The ISPON statement notes that “The critical infrastructure of the nation is largely controlled and managed by software. In short, software has become a prime critical national resource, vital to national well being, sustainable development, creation of wealth and global competitiveness. The Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) is set to reward deserving Software start-up companies for their exploits in the Nigerian software industry with the Prize for software excellence for ‘Best Software Startup of the Year’, at the 2013 ISPON President Dinner.”
The Chairman, Quantum Capital Group and the Jim Ovia foundation, Mr. Jim Ovia, will deliver the keynote address at the dinner and present the awards to the deserving winner at the event. While the dinner will be chaired by Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Prof. Charles Ayo.
Notable IT dignitaries and personalities are expected at the dinner include the senior representative of the Ministry for Communication Technology, DG of the National Information Technology Development Authority (NITDA) Prof. Cleopas Angaye, Special adviser to the Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Odo Effiong, former Minister of State for Information and Communication, Mr. Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande and former Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe.
Others are: former Minister for Petroleum, Mr. Don Etiebet, President, NCS, Sir Demola Aladekomo; President, CPN, Mr. Ibrahim Tizhe; Provost, NCS College of Fellows, Mr. Ladi Ogunneye; President ITAN, Mrs. Florence Seriki; CEO Executive Cyberschuul, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu; Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School, Chairman Zinox Technologies Limited, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh; Senior Commercial Specialist, United States Consulate, Nigeria, Mr. Anayo Agu; and CEO MainOne Cable Company, Ms. Funke Opeke.
ISPON – the face of inimitable software advocacy of great vision and commitment. Software for inclusive national development and prosperity? Mr. Uwaje and the ISPON executive and members are to be commended. Interestingly the Oracle queries: “Must we perpetually remain a nation importing and consuming about 95 per cent of the total ICT software and related infrastructure as development strategy for the Federal Republic of Nigeria?”
HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of this initiative? Has software advocacy had much impact in Nigeria? How can the efforts of ISPON be encouraged? Please share your thoughts and comments.
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