I really enjoy hanging out with other creative techies, so I happily took some time out on May 8, 2011 to attend Nigeria’s first Garage48 event in Lagos. Garage48 is a tech start-up event designed to promote entrepreneurship. It begins with people pitching ideas, then forming teams to work on their favorite ones. After 48hrs of product development they present demos to the audience and judges (which in this case included reps from Google and Nokia).
Three of my favorites were:
Extramil.es: Their vision is to make it easier and more convenient for professionals to meet needs in their local communities.My favorite of the ideas, the social benefit is what draws me to this particular project.
CallCamp: Winner of Garage48 Lagos. They proposed a new way to handle customer support utilizing SMS and outsourcing the service. It’s a potentially disruptive idea and they had the sleekest presentation at the event.
CooknChop: This is a mobile and web application that gives you access to Nigeria recipes. It’s all about local content, their selling point being the preservation of our grandmother’s recipes.
These were only a few of the interesting ideas that were presented last Sunday. Now a week later, I wonder what progress has been made since then? I really hope the teams are dedicated to further work on their projects. I’d like to see at least a few of those developed into commercial products.
For more information, check out the CP-Africa article on the Garage48 Lagos event.