Nigerian start-up win $10,000 innovation prize at GITEX

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Nigerian tech start-up, CHINIKI GUARD has emerged winner in the FutureStars challenge held at the ongoing GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, UAE.

The prize was won by one of the Nigerian Start-Ups,  Abdulhakim Bashir, the CEO/Founder of CHINIKI GUARD meant to tackle the menace of shoplifting. CHINIKI GUARD is a solution that has the capacity to detect shoplifting and provides real analysis for shoplifting on activities going in a shop.

It analyses the information from CCTV camera using AI. It reports instantly via a connected video app.   It was developed in a manner whereby you can get into App, get a consultant and he will give you a prescription to carry out a test, and then send you to a doctor who will give prescription for treatment.

The idea is to ease all the processes of moving to the hospital from your house or office. The prize is worth $10,000. According to Bashir, CHINIKI GUARD has the capacity to detect shoplifting and provides real analysis for shoplifting on activities going in a shop. It analyses the information from CCTV camera using AI. It reports instantly via a connected video app.  

CHINIKI GUARD had alongside with another Nigerian Innovation, 247MEDIC by Stephen Osawaru emerged semi-finalists on Monday on the Supernova stage out of 108 contestants that participated in the innovation challenge. Meanwhile, the overall winner in the contest was Jose Rubinger of Brazil, the CEO and Co-Founder of Key2Enabler Assistive Technology for assisting disabled persons to write and type with a keyboard. He is also a co-founder of US/Brazil Start-Ups. He went home with $100,000.

Commenting on the development, Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami had described the development as a victory for Nigeria and attestation to the hard work and effort of the government to make digital transformation in Nigeria a reality. The minister reiterated his stance on increased support for start-ups and called on relevant agencies to give them the necessary support.

‘‘The start-ups need seed funding and enforcement to get to the level there ought to be. Nigerians are so much addicted to foreign products by neglecting our own products and urged that we have to use the GITEX experience to upgrade our systems. He said research and development are critical but can only be relevant when they are turned into products and services.

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