If you still think that Nigeria is not catching up on global-standard tech, then maybe it is you who haven’t been following up on the trends
A Nigeria startup, Deep Tech recently hosted an event in Ibadan, and it is tagged “Building an Immersive Experience”- an event that focuses on how VR, AR, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, etc can lead the way in the next generation of tech solutions while sparking innovation in the city.
Held in the Wennovation Hub, in the tech community of Ibadan, over 70 individuals participated in the event- all with a single goal, explaining how AR, VR, and other tech tools can help in simplifying the learning process, as well as building a greater economy. In his speech, the Accelerator Programmes Manager, CcHUB Nigeria, Francis Sani explained that even though AR/VR is still in its early stage and yet to be deployed seamlessly in Nigeria, there is the need to embrace it because it is at the forefront of the evolution of technology that the next generation will adopt. He shared that CcHUB is collaborating with Facebook to support students at various levels such as B.Sc, MSc, Ph.D. as well as Startups to get funding in building Immersive technologies.
Francis speech was further expanded with other participants’ discussions. For instance, Shafi Abdulrahman, an AR Expert, and Backend Developer at IVO thinking also emphasized that AR is capable of enhancing how students learn. He cited an instance of identifying anything in existence with an AR app that uses computer vision and some learning algorithms like Google Assistant to search for information.
While delivering his keynote speech, the convener, Ibrahim Lukman posited that the VR and AR technologies have the capacity to disrupt lots of spheres including but not limited to Medicine, Architecture and Engineering.
According to him, “We can use VR to train people in different professions. For instance, an electrician can learn preventive measures via an immersive experience that puts him in a real-time situation or even a fire-station simulating a real incident to train its personnel”.
A chart showing the possibility of Video Game (which also have the likes of AR and VR inclusive) leading the global economy in the nearest future was also shared, and it is the same as the image below.
Ibrahim further explained how technology has helped over the years, and how it is still helping in all facets of career. He explained that technology can bridge the gap in language learning as it affords learners the opportunity to learn one-on-one from an instructor through a trained avatar and several other possibilities that can improve learning outcomes.
Similarly, he noted that the importance of VR technology in mining cannot be overemphasized as miners or site engineers no longer have to dig too wide. All they need to do is send a sensor down the mines to get a clear vision of the structure beneath the earth surface inside the VR environment.
The event that was held on the 6th of April, 2019 was attended by over 70 individuals in the event that was powered by DeepTech Africa in Ibadan — a community of over 250 members and 40 experts across diverse fields in over six cities in Nigeria and Kenya. DeepTech Africa currently has members in Ilorin, Lagos, Abuja, Oshogbo and Nairobi and is committed to building an Africa that consumes technologies built on the continent.