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Incorporated on 30th May 2002, SmartCity Resorts Plc is an investment and infrastructure company dedicated to creating modern real estate and infrastructure projects that allows people to live, work and relax in more pleasant and productive ways. The SmartCity Innovation Hub is a major public/private sector collaboration to deliver to Nigerians an information technology park that would drive innovation and technological smarts in the acclaimed city of excellence. Sector regulator and enabler, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is collaborating with private sector players and teams to develop the technology park in furtherance of a shared vision to grow the contribution of Information and Communication Technology to national development. The SmartCity Innovation Hub is a mixed development information and communication technology ICT park calculated to ignite innovation and accelerate exponentially the rate of technology development and assimilation across West Africa. Nigeria’s former political capital is home to all technology firms in the country, including the headquarters of the four GSM mobile networks that collectively established a world record for Nigeria for the fastest uptake of phone services. It proudly houses the Guinness World Book Record ChamsCity, home of more than 1000PCs in one location. Lagos is Africa’s largest city of 18 million citizens and the seventh largest in the world. The Innovation Hub will provide a conducive cocoon in terms of physical and ICT infrastructure, energy, regulatory and fiscal policies for the optimum and most profitable operation and development of technology products and/or service companies. It will bring together in physical proximity world-class ICT industry companies desirous of benefiting from the regional market and the #1 African market and its biggest economy, Nigeria. The Innovation Hub from conception has the close support and partnership of major public sector, corporate and private ICT-industry stakeholders.

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The SmartCity Innovation Hub

The SmartCity Innovation Hub is a sustainable Green Mixed Development and residential community where the best of ICT minds in our nation and beyond would find a place to live, work, thrive and recreate. At SmartCity, we see nothing but opportunity. We realize that over the years, ICT has oiled the wheels of global economic and industrial progress. This awakening economic giant, Nigeria, would need the might of Technology to find its feet. Thus while others are seeing just lush, green vegetation in a pristine stretch of rainforest along the Lekki-Epe Corridor, we see an ICT-Park and City rising. We see Innovation Hub firmly placing the megacity of Lagos on the global ICT map. Bringing together technological sector drivers, R & D specialists, innovators, inventors with supporting industries and services like the financial, insurance, legal and the media, (and not leaving behind the regulatory agencies) Innovation Hub promises to be an all-encompassing technology city. When opened in 2018, The Innovation Hub will prove to be a rich medium for the conception, fostering and launching of far-reaching industry innovations. This is because Innovation Hub would provide an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and invention. Our principal aim is the creation of a cluster of choice ICT businesses in a purpose-built community to harness our vast intellectual resources in the development of world-class ICT products and services. All these would help to place our nation in a place of pride and honour in today’s knowledge economy. A critical enabler of the success of the proposed Smartcity Innovation Hub is the buy-in and collaboration of public sector regulator the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

NITDA’s participation is in fulfilment of its enabling Act of 2007 that charges it with, among others, responsibility to: i. Create incentives to promote the use of information technology in all spheres of life in Nigeria including the development of guidelines for setting up of information technology systems and knowledge parks.

ii. Introduce appropriate regulatory policies and incentives to encourage private sector investment in the information technology industry. iii. Collaborate with any local or state Government, company, firm, or person in any activity, which in the opinion of the agency is intended to facilitate the attainment of the objective of this act.

iv. Determine critical areas in Information Technology requiring research intervention and Development in those areas.

v. Advice the Government on ways of promoting the development of information technology in Nigeria including introducing appropriate information technology legislation, to enhance national security and vibrancy of the industry.

Participation in the Smartcity Innovation Hub is one of several endeavours of NITDA aimed at driving ICT growth and penetration in the country as part of the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategic Plan 2010-2015. Smart initiatives under the plan include the national e-government masterplan, the Tinapa Knowledge City and the Lekki Software Development Academy. Responsive image At SmartCity, we see nothing but opportunity. We realize that over the years, ICT has oiled the wheels of global economic and industrial progress. This awakening economic giant, Nigeria, would need the might of Technology to find its feet. Thus while others are seeing just lush, green vegetation in a pristine stretch of rainforest along the Lekki-Epe Corridor, we see an ICT-Park and City rising. We see Innovation Hub firmly placing the megacity of Lagos on the global ICT map. Bringing together technological sector drivers, R&D specialists, innovators, inventors with supporting industries and services like the financial, insurance, legal and the media, (and not leaving behind the regulatory agencies) Innovation Hub promises to be an all-encompassing technology city. When opens in 2016, Innovation Hub will prove to be a rich medium for the conception, fostering and launching of far-reaching industry innovations. This is because Innovation Hub would provide an environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and invention. Our principal aim is the creation of a cluster of choice ICT businesses in a purpose-built community to harness our vast intellectual resources in the development of world-class ICT products and services. All these would help to place our nation in a place of pride and honour in today’s knowledge economy.

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