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Young Nigerian Tops ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition

Good news. A young Nigerian who goes by the name, Ogbonnaya Bassey, has done us proud at the ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators competition.

Bassey won the event with his innovation, SolarKobo, which enables cheaper, more reliable and cleaner electricity than the private gasoline generators mostly used by Nigerians to supplement the irregular public power supply, by providing solar power systems with zero-upfront financing.

By creating a solution for a persistent problem, Bassey’s innovation will eventually enable small businesses and families to benefit from solar systems for relatively low monthly fees. While single board devices will be used for remote monitoring and customer payment systems.

The winning entries, which were selected from 124 applications across 34 countries, will see Bassey attend the Telecom World 2015 event, a global ICT innovation platform for government, corporates and SMEs, to be held between Monday, October 12 and Thursday, October 15 in Budapest, Hungary.

Bassey declared with much joy 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.”

He was followed by Ugur Can Bastik, from Turkey. Ugur’s entry, TactiX, is a single board powered smartphone which focuses on connectivity through cellular wifi and mobile internet connection.

The ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators competition is sponsored by Intel.

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