LASG, tech leaders co-create solutions for smart city
The Lagos State Government and experts in the technology ecosystem are collaborating to create solutions that will help to achieve the smart city plans of the state.
Stakeholders gathered at a two-day summit called Art of Technology 1.0 and themed ‘Bridging the Gap’ in Lagos to examine how artificial intelligence and other technologies could be used to solve societal problems.
At the event sponsored by the Lagos State Government, the founder of Eko Innovation Centre, Mr Victor Afolabi, said the gathering was a continuation of an earlier engagement of government with the tech community, which saw the co-creation of solutions in the areas of access, infrastructure, talent and capital for the Lagos
He said, “For the first time in this country, whether state, subregional, or national, we have a government committed to an innovation master plan. It is part-product of the co-creation session. It is called Lagos State Innovation Master Plan. It tells us where we are going; where we need to be and how we can achieve more.”
The Lagos Innovation Master Plan was unveiled by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, in the company with the state Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi hamzat; Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr hakeem Fahm; and Special Adviser, Innovation and Technology to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Tunbosun Alake.
The governor announced a tech fund of N250m to be managed by the Lagos State Science, Research and Innovation Council, headed by the Vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Sanwo-olu said the fund would support research and development of tech-focused solutions, charging LASRIC to invest in research and development in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, health informatics and green energy.