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As the impact of technology is becoming very significant and also relevant in different aspects of life in Africa, Nigeria’s foremost technology innovation centre, Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) through their Social Change Lab has launched TechSQUAD.

According to the brief made available to us recently, TechSQUAD is a network of highly skilled and professional software developers, designers and internet security experts who will work with top Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to build and grow innovative IT tools to make the 2015 General Election work.

With only a few months left to the 2015 elections and amid the current socio-political climate of the country, it has never been more important to return confidence in our democracy. To this end, over the past few months CcHub has been speaking with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a number of NGOs on things that can be done to ensure that the next elections are seamlessly conducted.

A number of ideas leveraging technology have been suggested. These ideas include building IT tools for INEC and top Nigerian NGOs that will cover the entire election cycle from voter’s registration to voter’s education through to when the results are announced.

As mobile penetration continues to increase in the country, a large proportion of these solutions undertaken by TechSQUAD will rely on mobile phones and what it can do – including voice calls in multiple languages, SMS, browsing the Internet and mobile apps.

Co-Creation Hub’s Director of Programmes, Mr. Femi Longe states “Nigeria has abundant technology talent which should be used to deliver better elections that reflect the true will of the people. Through TechSQUAD, we will be using these skills to support the efforts of NGOs to make sure the outcomes of the 2015 elections are different for a change. We believe properly deployed technology can make the 2015 our best election and we plan to achieve that.”

With this TechSQUAD will be the largest single coalition of IT people in Nigeria focusing on one particular subject – the coming elections.

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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