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The Young Innovators Competition of ITU Telecom World 2015 Won by a Nigerian



Ogbonnaya Bassey, has emerged the winner of the ITU Telecom World 2015’s Young Innovators Competition sponsored by Intel.

The young Nigerian beat other 123 competitors selected from 34 countries to emerge the winner in the event which pulled together dignitaries, policy makers, industry leaders, regulators and small and medium entrepreneurs. The competition is aimed at discovering talented young entrepreneurs with ideas for innovative social enterprises that will help solve the various problems inhibiting development in the country.

As the over all winner, Bassey is eligible to participate in the Telecom World 2015 event that will take place in Budapest, Hungary from Monday 12th October through Thursday 15th October.

Bassey emerged the winner with his SolarKobo. The entry suggests a more reliable, cleaner and electricity source from solar power systems with zero-upfront financing than the current gasoline generators used as a supplement to the public electricity supplied in insufficient amount.

The SolarKobo will provide power to families and businesses using solar system for a very low amount on daily basis.

He designed his entry to be using a single board devices not just for customer payment systems but also for remote monitoring.

When speaking about the innovation, Bassey said that most of the things required by the SolarKobo were already on the ground. Among the things he mentioned were tested technology and sustainable model. He also mentioned that the there was a critical need for the solution which according to him has been proven.

Bassey mentioned that he applied to the Young Innovation Competition in order to make the innovation known, source for fund, mentorship and investment help from in Intel.

Gordon Graylish who is the Vice President and General Manager of Governments and World Ahead, Intel Corporation speaking during the competition said that Intel felt honored to participate in the initiative which he described as great.

He said that the company was ready to work with the best minds in order improve on technologies, make a difference and positive impact. He described the innovations of the competitors as fantastic saying that the company was impressed with them.

He said that the aim of the competition is to help develop these ideas generated by these young stars and also to create new jobs in ICT. He described all the ideas as indications of great ambition.

Intel will provide the seed funding to the winners. The company will also provide the single board devices plus the sensor, microcomputers and microcontrollers to the shortlisted competitors in order to enable them to build the design’s prototype.

Ugur Can Bastik from Turkey emerged second with his TactiX which is a smartphone powered with a single board. The TactiX is concerned with cellular wifi connectivity and mobile internet connection.