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Protect your ideas before applying to IoT Code Camp and Hackathon 2021 — NCC
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Protect your ideas before applying to IoT Code Camp and Hackathon 2021 — NCC

By Eyo Nsima

The Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, has admonished candidates indicating interest in its Internet of Things, IoT Code Camp, and Hackathon 2021, to ensure their ideas are well-protected to guide against theft.

According to NCC, it would not be responsible for any liability once the ideas are made public because of their involvement in the NCC’s competition.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs, NCC, stated:  “Applying to the Hackathon counts as public disclosure of your idea and it is your responsibility to protect it adequately before making an application.

“Before applying, please ensure you are satisfied with the level of protection for any idea or material included in the application and seek your own legal advice if necessary.

“Failure to do so may affect your ability to protect it in the future. Applicants are not required to include more detail about their ideas than they feel comfortable with or than is indicated in the online application form.

“However, please be aware that providing insufficient detail may affect the ability of the judges to make a fair assessment of your application.”

In a statement obtained by The Daily.www.thedaily-ng.com, he also stated: “The Nigerian Communication Commission as part of its strategic vision plan 2021- 2025 captures the need to encourage the development of new technologies and local content through cutting edge research to stimulate sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

“Pursuant to the above, the Commission invites Tech Hubs, Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDE) in Nigeria to enter eligible start-ups and their solutions in the third edition of the NCC IoT Code camp and Hackathon with focus on two categories; Development of IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria and Assistive robotics solutions for effective e-waste management.

“The NCC IoT Code camp and Hackathon will promote tech-driven enterprises and the adoption of IoT-based solutions by the translation of novel ideation to the actual development of hardware /software solutions as useable products as an outcome of the event.

”An independent panel of judges will determine a First and Runner-up entry for each category and judges’ decisions are final.

“The First and Runner-up adjudged for each category will receive cash prizes of ₦5million and ₦3million respectively.”

However, the application opened on September 26, 2021, while evaluation of applications and award of prizes are scheduled for September 29 and October 19, 2021, respectively.

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