Empowered by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, the Delta State-Innovation Hub (DS-IHUB) is set to step out in style with a proof of concept and bold statements on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
By extension, it has simultaneously raised the technology and creativity bar with the establishment and activation of Technology Innovation Hall of Fame to honour very distinguished and visionary personalities in the nation’s knowledge space.
As the State rolls out the drums to jumpstart her innovation adventure project, top of the pack of the honours roll are: Late Alex Ibru – Former Publisher of The Guardian newspaper (Posthumous), Barrister Adebayo Shittu – the Honourable Minister of Communication, Sir Jim Ovia, Chairman of Zenith Bank, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe – Chair of Open Media, Ms Funke Opeke, CEO of Mainone, Prof. Patrick Utomi, Founder of CVL and Sir Alfred Okoigun of ACRO Petrochemical Engineering Company Plc.
The above personalities constitute the pioneer members whose name will be enshrined into the annals of history of Innovation Hall of Fame.
They will all be inducted into the Technology Innovation Hall of Fame – with ‘Life-Time Achievement Award’ – “In recognition and appreciation of over two decades of distinguished and innovative leadership, unmatched professional commitment and inspirational contributions in Science, Technology & Innovation for humanity.”
The DS-Innovation Hub is a disruptive technology platform for re-engineering the blueprint for smarter processes, more effective leadership and governance for inclusive public service.
The Hub will provide expertise on Science, Technology & Innovation (STI), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policy roadmap and implementation strategy advice on new processes and emerging approaches to conceptualisation, application and usage of Information and Communications Technology to respond to challenges and drive innovative solutions at all levels of engagement.
Why we established the Innovation Hub
Vision: Make DS Innovation Hub a smarter Platform, international destination and national centre of ICT innovation and knowledge creation.
Slogan: “We create and innovate”
Mission: Our mission is to develop the Innovation Hub as a world-class knowledge factory.
Applying a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) development model, we aim to strategically harness all knowledge attributes, potentials and ICT processes in and beyond the Delta State Region as the core accelerator for leadership, public policy, inclusive governance, state security, entrepreneurship, youth and women empowerment, creativity, innovation and wealth creation.
The Hall of Fame would establish an Endowment Fund whose content will focus on insightful perspectives and strategies on how to effectively engage the challenges of Technology Innovation in Delta State and Nigeria on the following:
· Technology Leadership
· State Policy & Strategy
· Industry & Entrepreneurship
· Research & Development
· Software Development Smart City Initiative Start-up and Incubators
· Youth Employment
· Women Empowerment
· Technology Funding
· Venture Capital & Angel Investors
· State Security
The Hub aims to be a well-groomed platform for timely harnessing of critical knowledge.