The tour kicked off with an official welcome event that had various local hardware startups exhibiting products ranging from 3D printing to solar and agritech.
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An annual fixture of the 500 Startups (One of the biggest acceleration and investment vehicles in the world) calendar, the Lagos leg of the tour is organised in conjunction with Ingressive & Africa Tech Foundation (ATF).
The geeks will be in Lagos for a week and there will be loads of activities, networking, and ecosystem discussions going on. The tour kicked off with an official welcome event that had various local hardware startups exhibiting products ranging from 3D printing to solar and agritech at the IBM Innovation Lab in Victoria Island, Lagos.
After the welcome notes, TechCabal Co-founder Bankole Oluwafemi gave the first talk: “A Comprehensive Overview of the Nigerian Ecosystem.” Next was a panel that took on a deep-dive into technology, media, telecom and fintech featuring Tayo Oviosu of Paga and Lexi Novitske from Singularity Investments.
At the end of the panel session, it was time to network and see some amazing innovation at work. Apart from the IBM products on display, two companies that stuck out to me were Solstice Energy Solutions, a company with an end-to-end energy management device and app; and PS Nutrac, an agritech company with a technology that lets farmers grow crops without using soil.
Another company that got a lot of attention from the Geeks was Imisi 3D, a Virtual Reality (VR) development platform that had some interesting interactive VR demos for the geeks to play around with.
Investors, stakeholders and other tech industry players from within and outside Nigeria were present and the ambience was lovely.