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2020 University of Lagos (UNILAG) Innovation Challenge

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2020 University of Lagos (UNILAG) Innovation Challenge

Are you a student of  University of Lagos? Do you have business ideas or solutions which involves the recycling of Polymeric Materials? Why not register for the the 2020 UNILAG Innovation Challenge

The UNILAG Innovation Challenge is an institutional platform directed at providing students with the opportunity to develop scalable innovative solutions for common societal challenges. The challenge permits students to ideate about an identified national problem via working in group, process the idea into solution and then develop the solution to business enterprise. A major consideration in the challenge is the scalability of the process and technology charaterising the innovation.

For the 2020 edition, the theme is about creating sustainable business enterprises through innovative recycling of polymeric materials towards achieving sustainable develop goals particularly Goals 3, 9 and 12.

        Justification for the Theme
Polymeric materials of all forms including tyres, plastic bottles and sachet-packs are often difficult to manage post-useful life. The traditional practice of incineration releases poisonous gases to the atmosphere as well as contributing to global warning.
Additionally, oceans and coasts are now discharge points for these materials; at times,ending up in the belly of sea animals or clogging the drains which aggravates flooding with devastating consequences on livelihood. Whereas waste management offers opportunity to harvest inspiration and innovation in science, engineering, technology,
IT and business as a powerful catalyst for economic growth. Students have enormous potential for ideation in addition to passion. These attributes could be harnessed for providing creative innovative business ideas with potential to scale and change thenarrative of our socio-economic challenge.

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This is what the UNILAG Innovation challenge seeks to accomplish.

(a) Some heaps of used tyres and (b) plastic bottles floating on the surface of lagoon

                 Objectives of 2020 UNILAG Innovation Challenge 

  •  Broadly, the challenge seeks to provide access to business solutions that address national challenges with potential for high impact.
  •  It also seeks to inculcate in students the culture of multidisciplinary approach to problem solving with a view to enhancing their professional and social network
    mindset.
  •  It serves as a platform for sustainable creation of a pool of young entrepreneurs with multidisciplinary knowledge and skill in business enterprise value chain.
  •  It will equally provide business community access to a wide range of ideas to enable them scale quickly.
  • It provides an opportunity for the University to improve the employability of its students whilst also contributing to the process of providing solution to national
    challenges.

 

                         How to Register for 2020 UNILAG Innovation Challenge     

i. Students are to register in teams. So, students should form themselves into a team of 3-5 reflecting             interdisciplinarity in composition.

ii. Teams are encouraged to maintain gender balance.

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iii. Register online at forms.gle/ypAo6tkrHbY4nW568

 iv. Submit no more than a page concept note of the team’s solution idea @ unilagiptto@unilag.edu.ng

vi. Graphical illustration of team’s solution idea is encouraged.

vii. Textual description must not be more than 500 words.

Selection Criteria
- Creativity – Bringing the “wow”/”imagination” factor to solving a problem
- Usability – Usefulness of the invention in solving a problem
- Technicality – The technology (simplicity, ease of operation and cost) used to create
the solution
- Scalability – Potential for future upgrades to the invention to improve upon the solution
- Business value – Potential for commercialisation and return on investment and/or
transnational value (export potential).

Timelines
January 12, 2020 Challenge call opens for registration
 -January 24, 2020: Deadline for registration and submission of concept note.
- January 31, 2020: Announcement of selected student teams.
- February 5, 2020:
        -Briefing of selected teams on the modalities for the
Innovation Challenge.
     – Innovators’ A-day contact with industry eco-system
stakeholders.
- May 22, 2020: Teams to submit final solution design
-May 30, 2020: Pitching event.

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