Benue Tech Forum is a non-profitable organization that seasonally partners with other bodies (government/private) to organize/execute initiatives that will make Benue state a tech hotspot in Nigeria and the Africa continent. We launched our initiative in January 2017 and since then we have been working round the clock to create a vibrant tech eco-system in Benue through various impactful projects.
Over time, the Tech Ecosystems have played pivotal roles in innovation and mainstream advancement in ICT and Technology. This can be credited majorly to the organic flow/exchange of ideas and skill sets amongst members of the community. A vibrant Tech Ecosystem is made so by the interplay of all influencers; software developers, Hardware manufacturers and users, policy makers/influencers, tech institutions, R&D institutions, ICT users etc. All these work in synergy to create a system that organically replicates and is able to sustain itself.
Coming to Benue state, a group of tech entrepreneurs who have had a feel of the unlimited opportunities such platforms can offer and given the fact that none of such exists in the state decided to partner with organisations such as Enspire Incubator, Network of Incubators in Nigeria, Benue State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Young Innovators of Nigeria to hold the first Benue Tech Forum ideaHack (unveiling of Benue Tech Forum). A forum that houses ICT enthusiast, Web Designers, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and ICT Stakeholders. A platform that would eventually integrate tech users for self-development, thereby creating a tech-eco system in Benue State.
The opportunities observed thus far from studies of developing/developed tech ecosystems in some Nigerian states (Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna) has thus necessitated the resolve to create a replica of these models in Benue.
Those who are part of these platforms can testify of the benefits they have derived and the opportunities they have enjoyed from these platforms. One of many of such platforms which many have benefitted from is the start-up Friday that offers tech innovators a platform to showcase ideas and in turn get sponsors, potential investors and customers and by implication, transforming tech ideas into full-fledged and viable businesses.
Consequent upon this, the Maiden Edition of the Benue Tech Forum was held on 21st January 2017 at the Benue State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, ICT Laboratory, Opposite Benue Hotel, Makurdi and a huge amount of success was recorded. Following the amount of success recorded at the maiden event, we have organised other events including a workshop tagged KICK-OFF which was a free three days workshop on Social Media, Web Development, Digital Marketing and Blogging Techniques at the state capital, Makurdi.