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Experts converge in Abuja for drone, solar technology development

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…Babatunde Opalana 

The Crown Agents Nigeria will host a discussion with world-leading experts about frontier technology in Nigeria, an event that includes demonstrations of a drone designed to deliver humanitarian supplies and ways that Nigeria can harness solar power to drive development.

The Business Winning Analyst and Proposal Manager, Crown Agents Nigeria, Mrs. Maureen Ademola, said   the event, which will taking place  on Wednesday July 5, 2017at the Baze University, Abuja, is designed to provoke debate and create networks.

“We’re keen to explore the disruptive potential of so-called ‘frontier technologies’ such as drones (for last mile logistics, aerial assessment, mapping) and smart solar and it will include keynote speeches from Marie Staunton, the Chair of SOAS, London and Crown Agents and the CEO of Tony Elumelu Foundation,” Ademola said.

She said the event will have tao-panel discussions – one on the importance of data management within new technologies, and one on the significance of unmanned vehicles for the future of aviation and logistics (including a discussion on the use of humanitarian drones for last mile logistics).

She listed the expert panellists to include the co-founders of two technology start-ups:   UAVAid: – who created the world’s first multi-role humanitarian drone and are testing it for use in humanitarian disasters, for delivery of medicines in DRC, and for mapping remote islands in the Philippines;  Aleutia: a computer engineering firm who have invented a very low power PC and a smart solar operating system, SolarEnabler that provides real-time information on power consumption by individual healthcare devices.

Ademola said also expected are experts from the UK in drone and solar technologies who will discuss the benefits and impact of these technologies in humanity and developing world while representatives from the Donor communities such as World Bank, USAID, UKAID etc. will also be in attendance. 

She noted that Crown Agents is a high impact social enterprise and International Development company with Head Office in the UK and global reach, having worked in over 130 countries. 

Crown Agents, according to her, focuses on different specialised areas like Health, Humanitarian & Stabilisation, Governance, Economic Growth and Supply Chain Management.

“Earlier this year, on the 24th of January, 2017 to be precise, Crown Agents Foundation sponsored a similar event in the U.K, titled, Drones:  The Next Game-changer for Development Aid? The focus of the 5th July event is on how new technologies can be harnessed for good, humanitarian and development purposes,” she stressed. 

Ademola also noted thay Mobile technology has revolutionised people’s lives in many parts of the developing world by expediting change and we believe that Nigeria can take a lead role.

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