VoguePay, Varsities Move To Entrench Local Content As Software Market Hits $12bn
Michael Simeon, VoguePay’s chief executive officer, who disclosed at the just concluded national conference of the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), an umbrella body for all students studying Computer Science related courses in universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
He said that it is expensive to depend on foreign software to meet our software needs in Nigeria as it will cost an estimated $12 billion. Hence, there is need to invest in new generation of software developers and businesses to build local content. To support this move, VoguePay Nigeria, a leading online payment gateway sponsored the recently, he said.
He added that unlike most hackathons which are designed to help the sponsor-company to fix challenges of their product, this event was strictly not self-serving. Before announcing the winners of the competition, the chief technology officer (CTO) of VoguePay, Leke Ojikutu said he was excited that all the 75 applications received for the competition addressed real needs that can be turned to viable businesses.
He challenged the students to learn the basics of software development as this will help them to grasp new technologies. He said it is time to give back to the community and raise new generation of software entrepreneurs. The event held at the University of Uyo from July 31-August 4, 2017, had in attendance the vice chancellor, Prof. Enefiok Essien and other representatives of the school and state government.