The Winner is Oghenetega Lortim
….As Access Bank Honours Innovators
By Joshua Olaleye
The suspense was high. Tension mounted . The silence was deafening .Everyone was glued to the seats of the large hall to hear and see the best innovator who will take home the coveted prize of $10,000 (about N3 million).
The event was the 2019 Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) disrupt 2019 conference, tagged;’Digital Gold Rush: Building A Sustainable Tech Economy’, organised by Access bank.
And the winner is Oghenetega Lortim ! It was a cheery and resounding applause that greeted the unassuming young innovator as he stepped on the podium .
The competition was tough and tensed.After the presentations the judges finally arrived at a point that saw Oghenetega Lortim, an internet of Things (IOT) start up innovator taking home the prize.
He spoke eloquently about Gricd (Health Tech category), that provides an affordable, portable and active cold chain device for efficient storage of vaccines, blood and other health or agricultural products.
Said he : “The device is embeded with real time storage temperature and location monitoring technology has a dedicated battery which lasts up to 48 hours”.
Based on the fact that the world is being driven by innovation and the country needs innovators whose creativity via ideas and products could drive development and help people live as they should, the AFF was established.
The shortlisted candidates presented their products in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Robotics and Blockchain Technology..
Recall that twenty start-ups had attended the AFF Start-up Challenge that was held on May 3, 2019, and five among the 20 start-ups were shortlisted and the winner received the reward on May 16, 2019.
Africa Fintech Foundary Disrupt was powered by Access bank with the purpose of assisting innovators harness the power of innovation and a platform to test the market space and investor partner networks .