VoguePay Nigeria, a leading online payment gateway, has commenced a process of empowering Nigerian undergraduates to meet the software need in the industry for stronger economic growth.
Experts agree that it is expensive to depend on foreign software to meet our software needs in Nigeria as it will cost an estimated $12billion. Hence, they say there is need to invest in new generation of software developers and businesses to build local content.
To support this move, VoguePay Nigeria recently sponsored the national conference of the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), an umbrella body for all students studying computer science-related courses in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
The event, held at the University of Uyo between July 31 2017 and August 4 2017, was attended by the university’s vice chancellor, Enefiok Essien and other representatives of the school and state government.
The keynote address was delivered by Daniel Steeves, board advisor to VoguePay.
One of the key events of the conference was the business and idea hack sponsored by VoguePay to reward students and developers who are building e-commerce and other software technology that can impact and improve various sectors of Africa’s economy.
Commenting on why the company sponsored the event, Michael Simeon, VoguePay’s CEO noted that as a company that has won several awards itself, including the best online payment platform in Africa at the African Achievers Award; an award recognized by Forbes magazine US, it is time to give back to the community and raise new generation of software entrepreneurs. He added that unlike most hackathons which are designed to help the sponsor-company to fix challenges of their product, this event was strictly not self-serving.
Before announcing the winners of the competition, the chief technology officer (CTO) of VoguePay, Leke Ojikutu said he was excited that all the 75 applications received for the competition addressed real needs that can be turned to viable businesses. He challenged the students to learn the basics of software development as this will help them to grasp new technologies.
The winning teams from Nnamdi Azikwe University (Unizik), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and University of Ibadan (UI), received cash prizes and business support from VoguePay.com and eStoreSMS.com. Other competitors were awarded consolation prizes for their presentation.
The national president of NACOSS, Emmanuel Gregory Essiet commended VoguePay and eStoreSMS. He noted that their sponsorship helped him to convene the best conference for the student body till date.
Wole Ogunlade, the company’s head of digital media and strategy noted that the VoguePay/NACOSS competition is part of a strategic 5-year partnership that the company is pursuing to help raise awareness about local talents on software development among students of tertiary institutions. He challenged other corporate organizations to pursue similar initiatives as part of their corporate social responsibility.