Saturday, January 22, 2022

Submission Deadline
29th November, 2021



About the Competition & Exhibition

The Nigerian Communication Commission in keeping with its strategic intent as encapsulated in the Strategic Management Plan (2020-2024) and Strategic Vision Implementation Plan (2021 -2025) is committed to promoting innovation for the sustenance and continuous growth of the Nigerian Communications Industry.

Pursuant to this, the Commission invites Startups and Tech Hubs to participate in the second edition of the NCC Emerging Technologies Annual Innovation Competition/Exhibition with the theme “Building a Sustainable Digital Service Development and Promotion in Nigeria”.

The ICT Innovation Competition/Exhibition will be a medium for showcasing talents and innovations in ICT. This is aimed at motivating and encouraging Nigerian youths to engage in innovative developments for the telecoms industry and improve the nation’s ability to compete in the global economy and promotion of Digital SMEs for new business delivery breakthroughs.

The Tech hub/Startups with the best three Innovative prototypes will be awarded cash Prizes of ₦2.5million, ₦1.5million and ₦1 million respectively.



Prospective Technology Hubs and Startups entering the competition are required to submit proposals that meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • The project should have a clear relevance to ICT/Telecommunication industry.
  • Interested participants should be duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
  • Proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm, etc.).
  • Novelty of the project.
  • The pitch idea should demonstrate clear commercial sustainability and profitability framework.
  • Team diversity and indigenous capacity to develop and support the solution.


Project Submission


All applications should be ONLINE.

There is no cost to enter the competition and you will retain full control and ownership of your technology.

Each Team will Register and submit the following documentation:

  1. 4 page Executive Summary of the project concept.
  2. 5-7 minutes video of the pilot project.
  3. Names, Age, contact details, passport photos and profile of all Team members.
  4. Website (if available)

Interested and qualified Enterprise should submit the following documents above in a zip folder to: http.// The subject of the mail should read “Submission from ” and the zipped file named after the business.

The Submission Period is from 19th to 29th November, 2021.



The Emerging Technologies Competition/ Exhibition 2021 will open on 19th – 29th November 2021, it is free to enter and you can see more on our criteria for entering below. Thirty-Five (35) Tech hubs/Startups will be shortlisted to showcase their technology to a panel of judges in Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Lagos Campus. Those shortlisted will be announced on 3rd December, 2021.



19th Nov - 29th Nov 2021 Applications open online
3rd Dec 2021 Shortlisted Tech Hubs & Startups Announced
6th Dec 2021 Shortlisted Tech Hubs & Startups arrive DBI Lagos Campus for a 2 Day Pitch/Exhibition.
6th – 8th Dec 2021 2 Day Pitch/Exhibition and grading of Contestants by the Judges at Digital Bridge Institute in Lagos
8th Dec 2021 Award of Prizes/Closing Ceremony




Applying to the Hackathon counts as a 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.

Deadline for submission of entries is 29th November, 2021 and shortlisted applicants will be announced on 3rd December, 2021.

Shortlisted applicants are required to be available in Lagos at Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Lagos campus on 6th December, 2021.

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


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