The Nation (Nigeria)

NBA-SBL showers tech innovators with $8,000 dollars

- By John Austin Unachukwu

THREE young high tech innovators who participat­ed in the just-concluded 15th edition of the annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Associatio­n Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), which ended in Lagos last weekend, have been rewarded with cash prizes by the organisers of the conference.

The cash rewards, totalling $8,000 dollars were meant to support and develop a stream of Nigerian techpreneu­rs and accelerate sustainabl­e economic and social growth in emerging digital economy.

For their innovation­s in the App Challenge, young individual­s showcased their talents of providing technologi­cal solutions through various products and services.

Aider App emerged the prize winner of $5,000 including a one-year free legal support for the innovation of providing call-up ambulance solution in emergency situations using the app.

The innovator of the app explained he was inspired to use tech in solving health emergencie­s after a friend’s demise in 2016 due to inability to get quick access to an ambulance.

A prize money of $2,500 went to the first runner up, who created Sealed App for providing specialise­d links to solve clients challenges, while UM Scope won the $500 dollars prize money, including a oneyear free legal support for creating an app that serves as a market place and vending goods and services for the university community.

The conference theme was ‘Retooling Business for Change: Leveraging the Tech Explosion.’

A participan­t at the event Christine Kamuchule, Africa, said the lawyer of the future is going to be one who is tech-savvy

She stated that law practice is fast becoming a profession for those who are already being used to technology devices and doing things with Artificial Intelligen­ce (AI) solutions.

The Panel had discussion­s around billing, virtual work, AI, Templates, Block and Client management

The co-founder of Lexinton condulting, Moray Mclaren, who moderated one of the break-out sessions of the conference said that law practice needs to be looked into from the global tech trends perspectiv­e.

He urged lawyers to ensure that they secure their documents in cloud for safety purposes as the Managing Director, Law Pavilion, Mr Ope Olusaga aligned with Christine on the tips about how law practice is changing for lawyers and their firms.

He emphasised the need to have internal structures: “it is thus required to drive digital operations by law firm,” he said, urging practition­ers to always back up their documents in external hard disk drive, on-site and offline.

The conference harped on the fact that there is no better time than now for lawyers and their firms to embrace technology for easier and valuable delivery as the world continues to see the dynamics of law practice management and how firms in other climes are leveraging on technology to deliver value.

 ??  ?? •From right: NBA President, Mr. Olumide Apata; Attorney-general and Commission­er for Justice, Lagos State who represente­d Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu at the event, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN); Chairman SBL, Mr. Ayuli Jemide and Chief Joe-kyari Gadzama (SAN) at the opening ceremony of the conference.
•From right: NBA President, Mr. Olumide Apata; Attorney-general and Commission­er for Justice, Lagos State who represente­d Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu at the event, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN); Chairman SBL, Mr. Ayuli Jemide and Chief Joe-kyari Gadzama (SAN) at the opening ceremony of the conference.

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