Techies of Tomorrow There is incredible talent in Nigeria, this OAU exhibition is proof

The annual IEEE tech exhibition is a program where students and tech groups get the opportunity to showcase their projects and inventions to the university community.

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Robots on display at the OAU IEEE Exhibition play

Robots on display at the OAU IEEE Exhibition

(Timilehin Ogunyemi)
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The need for a technological revolution amidst the economic crisis in the country cannot be over emphasized, especially with the rise of so many startups and entrepreneurs across all sectors. 

Our universities play a vital role in this development and this is why the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) branch encourages a problem-solving attitude among the students through technology by working on projects. 

This led to the birth of the annual IEEE Tech Exhibition - a program where students and tech groups get the opportunity to show case their projects and inventions to the university community.

The 3rd edition of the exhibition event took place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, on the OAU campus at the open SUB car park. This year’s event featured a lot of interesting projects presented by both individuals and tech groups. 

The event was sponsored by companies Kudi.ai, Tolet.com.ng and Venture Garden Group. Here is a full list of the groups that exhibited at the event:

iLabRoc: This is a robotics club aimed at promoting robotics education in Nigeria by coaching schools and hosting seminars around the country. They have coached over 20 schools and are also the first group to represent Nigeria in the football category at the world robotics Olympiad.

Space Club demo at the OAU IEEE Exhibition play

Space Club demo at the OAU IEEE Exhibition

(Timilehin Ogunyemi)

 

Space Club: This club is dedicated to research and learning about space technology in OAU. Club members are also involved in practical application of the knowledge gained. Some of their models include a water propelled space rocket and a drone.

SSENS: This is an energy saving device that switches off appliances when the user is asleep or out of the house. It contains sensors that detects when the user is asleep or out of the house and as a result cuts off or reduces energy consumption in the house. It was developed by a student of the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering named Oyatope Blessing. He was part of the Humane team that represented Nigeria in the Imagine Cup.

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Fablab: this is the fabrication lab of the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. They boast of state of the art equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, PCB machines and drones. 

Copula: This is an application that helps you interact with friends by being able to browse, play, share, like and even download images, songs and videos on their devices. It was developed by Igbalajobi Elias. A 300-level student of computer engineering.

Python Club: this is made of students that focus on the use of the python programming language to develop projects. At the exhibition, they exhibited one of their projects Bello  a video chat platform solely developed on python that works offline allowing video and audio interaction between two computers. It was developed by David Asamu.

Copula demo at the OAU IEEE Exhibition play

Copula demo at the OAU IEEE Exhibition

(Timilehin Ogunyemi)

 

Humane: This platform enables visually impaired people to operate smartphones easily. They represented Nigeria at the last Imagine Cup in Seattle, USA. Babatunde Otaru, Victor Shoaga, Blessing Oyatope and Obasegun Ayodele all founded the project and they are students of the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, OAU, Ile-Ife.

GIT: ECAS is an electronic biometric attendance device. The device operates in two modes which are the enrolling and the matching mode. In enrollment mode, it takes fingerprints of all the students that register for a course and stores it with their name and matric no. In the matching mode, it compares a placed finger against the enrolled fingerprint. If a match is found, it generates an excel file that contains the name, matric no and time the attendance was taken. The device can take a maximum of 160 attendance parameters and its average attendance taking-time is 5secs.

Vanizon: This business venture specializes in the sales of electrical components and tech gadgets on the OAU campus. It is owned by Omoniyi Omotosho, a student of OAU.

Kudi.ai: This is the payment processing platform mentioned in this Rise of Bots article. It leverages on existing messaging platforms but primarily uses Facebook messenger. Users interact with a chatbot that enables them to make payment, buy airtime and perform inter-bank transfers for free.

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