SKILL “G” INNOVATION CENTER HOSTS i-FAIR 2020/21

The Innovation Fellowship for Aspiring Inventors and Researchers (i-FAIR) 2020/21 is an initiative of the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria, the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, Skill “G” Nigeria Ltd, Gregory University Uturu, Tanir Corporation and Denovo Israel Ltd, to raise a generation of INNOVATORS, INVENTORS, and RESEARCHERS in Nigeria; in the following
focus areas:
 Medical Devices/Simulation
 Social Responsibility/Innovation for the Physically Challenged
 Agriculture and Food Security
 Food Technology
 Renewable Energy/Environmental Management

Applications were called for from September to November 2020. Over a thousand applications were received, reviewed and applicants with the most promising ideas and projects were selected and invited to Skill “G” Innovation Center Abuja to participate in a 3-day interaction event.
The interaction event was held from 1 st – 3 rd December 2020, during which the participants had an extensive fellowship with mentors and experts in their chosen fields.

Sequel to the 3-day interaction is the 60-hour online course each participant will receive from mentors and experts, focusing on developing their prototypes, creating business plans, intellectual property protection
and marketing options; also on communication and pitching to potential investors. Participants will have full access to the Innovation Center and its Labs and Workshops all through the training and prototype development stages, till the Grand Finale Event in March 2021, during which they
will pitch inventions and business plans to investors.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 3-DAY INTERACTION EVENT

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  • Sanitization of Surfaces: Surfaces prone to high usage like door handles, entry gate, pantry area, arm rests, furniture surfaces are frequently sanitized with disinfectants.
  • Staff Covid-19 training:
    The staff of the organizations were trained holistically on precautionary and safety measures. Each staff member knows what to do to guide every visitor or client in basic safety measures. More so, the workers were mandated to observe the standards themselves.
  • Mask up: This was the norm during the pandemic, but the populace easily contravened it. Hence the organization made a mandatory rule of No mask, no entry.
  • Enter with your ID: The possibilities of emergencies were considered; hence all individuals must have their ID on at all times. This allows for easy recognition and also reduces the entrance of loiterers into the organization.
  • Hygiene & Washing of hands: Staff and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands with soap before entering the organization. We further encourage the washing of hands at stipulated breaks.