ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION FOR YOUTH ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS HELD ON THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 2017 by 9A.M at AMERICAN CORNER, KANO – NIGERIA.
The sole objective of the discussion was to enlighten the general public particularly youth on the need for successful implementation of sustainable development goals within our societies and the significant role youth play towards the achievement of these goals. There where presentations from the participants including Rufa’I, the CEO of Digital Development Hub, who presented a paper on “Sub Sahara Africa and SGDs”. Also among the presenters was Prof. M.B Shehu of Bayero University Kano made a presentation on “Know Your Goals”.
The discussion was quite interactive as participants made relevant contributions citing 21st century experiences. The setting also encouraged for a clearer understanding of the theme as every participant preferred solutions as to way forward and how to create an all-inclusive society I the struggle for a successful implementation of SDGs.
The topic is original and useful; it is applicable in other areas of research. It can be used to improve on the living standards of our societies. I believe if solutions suggested will be put into practice, a positive impact will be greatly felt.
I would rate the round table discussion fair as there are improvements that could be made, ranging from the organisation of the event, to topics presented and the timing of the event as well. Generally, the event was a success and we hope to achieve certain positive outcomes from the discussion.
On the 2nd March, 2018, Digital Development Hub took part in the annual google Hash code competition organized by Google LLC.
The Hub had six teams comprising of twenty-five contestants that participated in the contest with participants cutting across University students, techies and entrepreneurs. It was tasking and fun as contestants attempted to solve the engineering problem from Google. The theme for this year was self-driving ride. The question for the online round is “Millions of people commute by car every day; for example, to school or to their workplace. Self-driving vehicles are an exciting development for transportation. They aim to make traveling by car safer and more available while also saving commuters time. In this competition problem, we’ll be looking at how a fleet of self-driving vehicles can efficiently get commuters to their destinations in a simulated city.”
The Hash code 2018 edition is the first one DDHub participated in and there have been learning points. We are hoping community members will participate from our hub during subsequent editions and we are doing everything possible to make the experience a better one.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE 1ST QUARTERLY CONFERENCE OF CRAZY IDEAS
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Under the auspices of Digital Development Hub, 1st Quarterly Conference of Crazy Idea (COCI) was held on May 12, 2018, in screen 2 film house cinema, Ado Bayero shopping mall Kano. The overarching objective was to identify some non-conventional ideas that will be useful in transform and speeding Nigeria’s and global development approach. The theme for the conference is “Rethinking the Thought”. The 1st Elected President of Commonwealth Youth Council attended. Three experts of development work from various institutions also attended. The Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, represented by the Deputy Director, Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Research and Training, declared the conference open.
Over the years, using conventional ideas has continued to Africa’s development back. Most especially, Northern Nigeria remains more conservative in approach and thus more backward in development strides in Nigeria. Whereas those conventional ideas and method contributed immensely in failing the people in many areas of national development and progress, a lot of people with marvelous ideas live and die with them without getting an opportunity to make them a reality. This has to change.
To overcome those obstacles, Digital Development Hub — a Tech-based innovation hub that specializes in supporting activities of the creation of ideas and incubation them into economic, social and political impactfulness — organized Conference of Crazy Ideas in collaboration with Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Research and Training and Ilman Nafi’an Education and Development Initiative.
The conference aimed at providing a platform for unleashing smart innovative (crazy) ideas developed by African talents and which will be a more preferred alternative to our conventional way of thinking when trying to solve myriad of life’s problems. Hence, the mission of COCI is to partner with social impact organizations in transforming the most viable ideas evolving into action.
2. Highlight of Presentations
In the course of the presentations, a discussion focused on the following key issues of interest to young Nigerians:
i. Deemphasizing paper qualification to the detriment of skill.
ii. idealizing and Creation of “Digital Tsangaya” with “Digital Almajiri” in Northern
iii. Adopting “Find Me 360” idea to promote business modal and conflict resolution. Iv. Restricting the chance of voting political leaders in Nigerian electoral process to
avoid voting in power people without ideas.
v. There is nothing without technology in attempting to carry out public service at
The ideas above were presented and discussed by the following speakers in the papers entitled. Thus:
· Professor Yahuza Bello, Vice Chancellor, Bayero University Kano represented by Director, Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Research and Training (Mumbayya House) Kano
· Mansur Isa Buhari, Department of European Languages, Usman Danfodio University Sokoto — “Skills Not Degrees: De-emphasizing Paper Qualification for Nigerian Development”
· Hauwa El-Yakub, United Nation Development Expert — “Thinking Out of the Box” (a Solution to ‘Almajiri’ Syndrome in the North)
· Dr Marzuq Abubakar Ungoggo, Department of Vetnary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria — “Self-Discovery: a Journey Inward”
· Dr. Ahmed Adamu, Department of Economics, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina — “Not Everybody Should Vote
· Abdulganiyu Rufa’I Yakubu, CEO, Digital Development Hub –Welcome address and Closing Remark
3. Perspectives of Technical Group
After the conference, the conference set up a technical group to identify ways and method to use in furtherance of the issues raised in Q1 COCI for wider public discussion. The group perceived that there should be an emphasis on working out strategies to achieve match-making of some very important investable ideas with impact investors and acceleration programs across the globe.
i. In view of the prevailing circumstances—social, economic and pollical realities of
Nigeria, the conference recommended Conference of Crazy Idea should continue.
ii. To further strengthen the methodology advocated, the conference resolved that Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Research and Training should carry out Technical Review of the conference ideas.
iii. An attempt should be made to move toward adoption of Innovative (Crazy) Ideas to empower and enable policymakers and development partners to cater for the compelling needs of the modern-day society.
iv. As using conventional ideas continues to fail to get Africa out of the wood, the conference enjoined governments in Africa to align their development plans with innovative ideas.
v. To contribute to current global development plan where ‘no one is left behind’, under SDG, COCI will continue to pursue positive exploration and exploitation of partnerships with International Development partners on Innovative programmes that would further compliment their efforts towards achieving the SDGs
5. General Issues
In order to realize a smooth shift from using heavily conventional ideas to non-conventional ideas, COCI agreed to continually share information, ideas, and knowledge through its quarterly conferences and other activities by the DDHub and its like-minded partners.
DDHub in collaboration with Q films organized a 5days basic film techniques for Jigawa people at government social welfare center Hadeja. The program was witnessed by some official of Jigawa state government with over 40 participants. At the initial stage of the program Adam Baboya highlighted to the participants about DDHub and services it renders.
Digital Development Hub (DDHub NG) is a Tech-based Innovation Hub in Nigeria, designed to support the creation of social impact and commercial start-ups to foster development through creativity and innovation.