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SmartParcel Introduces Tech-driven Parcel Delivery Service across Nigeria



  SmartParcel Introduces Tech-driven Parcel Delivery Service across Nigeria, SiliconNigeria

SmartParcel, Nigeria and Africa first innovative logistics parcel solution provider has began deployment across strategic locations in Lagos and across Nigeria.

The co-founder/COO of the company, Benjamin Adeyemo spoke during the opening of the Lagos Island Smart Locker locations at Mandilas Building and Andora Best Shopper Mart on Broad Street.

He said, “Businesses and individuals on the Island and across Nigeria now have a new, easy to use, and convenient delivery service powered by smart and innovative technology.”

Adeyemo noted that the easy-to-use solution aims to solve logistics and delivery challenges by creating seamless, smart lockers positioned in strategic locations where users can send and receive items meant for them.  

“The first step is to download the SmartParcel app on Google PlayStore or Apple store. Sign up to get your unique Locker code. The depositor will then use the code to deposit his/her item in the Locker. SmartParcel will then assign a trusted rider to pick up and deliver the item at the recipient closest or preferred SmartParcel collection centre.

 “he recipient gets an instant notification when after the rider drops the parcel at the SmartParcl Locker. The depositor also gets an alert after the parcel is collected by the recipient. Adeyemo further said that the businesses on Lagos Island will enjoy a maximum of 12 hours delivery circle,” he added.

Speaking at the launch, a business owner, Aisha, who uses the service said, she discovered “I discovered SmartParcel at VGC. I downloaded the app “Smartparcelng” and I was signed to the service within minutes. I contacted my client and told him about the SmartParcel locker which coincidentally happened to be very close to his house and he was able to retrieve his item easily just by using the code.”

SmartParcel currently has location partnership with NIPOST that allows this innovative service to be enjoyed by all Nigerians across the 774 local government areas of the country.

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Nigerian Digital Strategist Wins N1m In 1st Edition Of X3M Ideas’ ‘Idea Hackathon’



Nigerian Digital Strategist Wins N1m In 1st Edition Of X3M Ideas’ ‘Idea Hackathon’, SiliconNigeria

Nigerian Digital Strategist, Abiola Waltz Tosin has just been unveiled as the winner of the first edition of Pan-African creative advertising agency, X3M Ideas’ novel creative contest, ‘Idea Hackathon.’ 

As part of a series of set activities, in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary, the contest which was open to the general public between the ages of 18 and 40, was built on providing solutions to real-life problems in the marketing communications industry.

Abiola who had pitched a solution to issues plaguing Influencer Marketing is the Digital Strategy Lead at a creative agency in Lagos.

Speaking on the win, Abiola said, “It’s exciting to be able to come together with other professionals to proffer solutions to some of the biggest problems plaguing our industry. I have to say a big thank you to X3M Ideas for the platform. I truly can’t wait to see us build the industry we all deserve”.

Over 60 contestants entered the hackathon and 12 were shortlisted to pitch ideas that are scalable solutions to key issues in the marketing communications industry, for a chance to win the grand prize of one million Naira. 

Speaking on why X3M Ideas hosted the Idea Hackathon, the founder and CEO of X3M Ideas, Steve Bakaeko said,

“We are happy to see how the first edition of Idea Hackathon turned out and we are grateful to all who participated and judged the process. It’s heartwarming to see a new generation of thinkers who are passionate about solving the industry’s biggest issues.

I can’t wait to see Idea Hackathon grow as we continue to build our industry and help interested individuals find their X-factor and launch their careers. ” he added.

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Significance of Airtel Nigeria’s Tier 3 Commercial Data Centre for Businesses and Organisations



Significance of Airtel Nigeria's Tier 3 Commercial Data Centre for Businesses and Organisations, SiliconNigeria

Airtel Nigeria has unveiled its state-of-the-art Tier 3 data centre for commercial use, saying it will provide perfect uptime and peerless security for servers it houses as well as cloud services for businesses and government establishments across the country.

Awarded the high-end Tier 3 ANSI/TIA-942 certification by EPI, the world’s leading certification body for data centres, the Airtel ultra-modern data centre runs on superior technology that enables it to perform efficiently in Nigeria’s tropical climate while also providing multiple paths and backups to its users.

Speaking during a tour of the data centre, managing director and chief executive officer, Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmenkotil, said the launch of the data centre for commercial use is in response to its overarching objective of promoting digital inclusion as well as creating unfettered access and opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses, and other organizations to enjoy premium data centre services in a world class and reliable facility. 

“With over 20 years of extensive telecoms, technological and consumer-empowering operations in Nigeria, we are best positioned to support businesses and government establishments with an incomparable data centre that will help advance commerce and ultimately expand the nation’s economy, driving growth and prosperity for entrepreneurs and consumers. 

The director, Airtel Business Airtel Nigeria, Ogo Ofomata, said: “We are inspiring and pioneering a new wave in the Nigeria’s data centre landscape as we offer a compelling and affordable data centre to both large enterprises and small and medium scale businesses. Through our data centre, businesses will benefit from uninterrupted power and hyper secure storage for servers and data transmission equipment for various sizes of private and public sector establishments,” she said. 

During his tour of the facility, which is in Lekki, Lagos, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos State, Hakeem Fahm, commended Airtel for its investment in the development of science and technology in Lagos State, noting that the Airtel data centre aligns with the State’s mega city plan, especially regarding the government’s aspirations in technology. 

“I commend the management of Airtel Nigeria for their impactful contributions in Lagos state and the country at large, thanks to their innovative drive in Technology,” he said, adding that, “this data centre has further contributed in placing the State as a technology hub in the country at large.”

The Airtel Data Centre would begin full operations immediately. The tier 3 data centre possesses multiple paths for power and cooling, as well as redundant systems that allow staff to work on the setup without taking it offline. 

The Airtel data centre is positioned to power vast financial, communications, and other forms of enterprises – both large and small – in Nigeria 

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NCS Innovation & Development Fund Receives N50m from Ekeh, Zinox Boss



NCS Innovation & Development Fund Receives N50m from Ekeh Zinox Boss, SiliconNigeria

Serial digital entrepreneur and Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh has donated the sum of N50m to an Innovation and Development Fund set up by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

Ekeh announced the donation on behalf of Zinox during the 2021 National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Thursday, November 18, 2021, with the cheque presentation ceremony held recently at the corporate headquarters of Zinox located in Gbagada, Lagos.

NCS Innovation & Development Fund Receives N50m from Ekeh Zinox Boss, SiliconNigeria

Ekeh was honored in 2011 with the pioneer IT Personality award of the association for his incisive entrepreneurship and positive disruption in the tech sector.

The Innovation & Development Fund, set up by the NCS, the umbrella organization of all Information Technology professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria, is geared at creating the much-needed resources and backing to support research and innovation in Information Technology. Furthermore, the fund, which was officially launched at the NITMA awards, is to aid start-ups in transforming their ideas into working systems for national development.

Speaking while announcing his donation, Ekeh, Chief Launcher at the event, commended the Executive Council of the NCS for birthing the idea of an innovation hub that would incubate start-ups and foster the spirit of creative genius which abounds in Nigeria’s increasingly tech-focused youths.

Ekeh revealed that his grant would see the immediate release of the sum of N20 million for the fund and subsequent annual donations of the sum of N10 million respectively in the next three years. He also appealed to other stakeholders to support this initiative to ‘‘train our brothers and sisters who shall lead globally certified multinational companies in the second quarter of this century which is almost here with us.’’

The Zinox boss, who reiterated his oft-repeated assertion of technology being the only profession in the world that can transform the child of poor parents into the richest person in the world, noted that the global economy is today dominated by tech giants, a fitting demonstration of the relevance and predominance of technology as a determinant of true wealth and the prosperity of nations. The serial digital entrepreneur further expressed confidence that through the Innovation & Development Fund set up by the NCS, Nigeria would be in a better position to unearth raw tech talents who could emerge as certified global dollar billionaires in a few years’ time.

‘‘There is hardly any business in the world today that you can run without technology. If you look at the list of the top five most valuable companies in the world today, technology companies dominate.

‘‘Nigeria is blessed with millions of smart kids and what many of them need to emerge as global billionaires is that little support which we are contributing to at this occasion. I wish to commend the NCS leadership for coming up with this brilliant idea which I am sure will make a huge difference in the lives of our tech-savvy youths and the future of this country,’’ Ekeh stated.

Instructively, the 2021 edition of the NITMA awards organized by the NCS saw Zinox emerge one of the award winners at the event, claiming the much-coveted pioneer Technology Company of the Year gong.

The award marks another addition to a long list of local and international honours and recognitions earned by the company in its two decades of exceptional leadership and disruptive dominance in the ICT ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa. Interestingly, the latest award comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the company.

Zinox turned 20 on October 10, 2021.

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