By Okechukwu Matthew
Startup founders, developers and startup enthusiasts in Port Harcourt gathered at the Elkan Terrace Hotel on 26th November 2017, for the commencement of Startup Port Harcourt 2017 week event.
The event which started today, was presided by the convener, Mr. Bereni D. Fiberesima, who did an orientation of Startup Port Harcourt week and elaborated on the theme of the event this year, “From Oil to Tech: Connecting The Dots To The New Industrial Era”.
After his opening address, a video by the CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich was played and he spoke on the topic, Data is The new Oil. During the video he stated how cars will be powered by data, functioning with the 5G network.
After the video there was a pitch session by Asemota Uki. She did a presentation on cutebaby.com.ng, a platform that provide information on how to take care of babies and get the right accessories for them.
After her pitch, there was a Skype mentoring session by the former manager of Microsoft, West, East and Central, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu. He emphasized on the importance of people, especially students to get involved in tech.
He also stated that startups should join organizations in order to get full access to information and tech startups should focus on creating local solutions.
After the session Mr.Bereni Fiberesima did a short speech. He stated that “As we begin Startup Port Harcourt Week we need to focus on our environment, local issues and know the policy. Opportunities were not brought into the Niger Delta because they were not aware”.
He encouraged startups to take part in the town hall meeting on Friday, an event that will get the startup community to start interacting with the world.
After announcements about the upcoming week, the event came to a close with the audience networking among themselves.