As part of its Innovation Tour 2017 (Southern Nigeria Edition), The Techpoint team visited CAD Consulting the home of Ice Hub and its cool startups. Ibinaiye Wale Kayode, MD/CEO of CAD Consulting gave the team a warm welcome and went on with the cool stuff Ice Hub has been up to so far. CAD Consulting is a software development company, but Ice Hub is its acceleration and incubation arm for startups.
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CAD Digital farm, one of ICEHub Start-ups, exhibited their suite of farm products and farm technologies to farmers and stakeholders during the exhibition. The Secretary to the Rivers state Government, commissioner for Agriculture, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor and the first governor of Rivers State Diete Spiff all visited the Digital Farm to have a feel of the Digital Farm approach that has transformed agriculture and the possibility of scaling it within Rivers State.
ICEHub was fully represented at the one week long vocational training for kids, as Sharon, an ICEHub distinguished teenager facilitated in the program. Kids were given a full day training on 3D modelling, facilitated by Sharon. The topics conveyed included from Pencil drawing to Computer Aided Designs, Introduction to computer 3D Modelling, Introduction to Google Sketchup, Practical hands-on with an engaging classwork. The kids were able to model a house and prizes were awarded to the most innovative design. We were so happy to see what other kids could do with these tools within one day of exposure.
Emmanuel, an ICEHub distinguished teenager, debunked the myth of 3D printing with a step-by-step practical engagement on how to turn a 3D model into realistic 3D printed Image. This one full day engagement, facilitated by Emmanuel exposed the kids to the following topics, parts of a 3D printer, how a 3D printer works, transform a 3D model to a 3D printed object, application of a 3D printing technology in Medicine, agriculture, engineering etc. The kids’ printed seven 3D objects including iPhone stand, Afro-comb, hand chain, interlocking chain, house, bolts and nuts, Raspberry Pi casing etc.
Halelujah, an ICEHub distinguished teenager facilitated the quail farming session with the kids, she demonstrated to the kids that farming is not for the poor using the digital farm approach. During this one day session, kids were exposed to quails, health benefits of the Quail eggs and meat, life cycle of the Quail, commercial values and production process for quail meat and egg, housing, heeding and caring for the quail bird. A practical session that enabled the kids to touch and learn how to hold the quail including feeding, watering and cleaning the cages. Prizes were given to those that could hold the quails correctly based on the facilitators guideline.
CAD Digital Farm showcased various farm products at the opening ceremony of the South-South Entrepreneurship Development Centre (SSEDC) in Calabar. Former CBN governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,former Cross-River State governor Senator Lye Imoke and other state governors in the South-South graced the occassion. The implementing agency for the SSEDC, Shield Academy Partners Limited (SAPL), was given a mandate to create sustainable SMEs in the South-South region, by creating an ecosystem that supports the startup and expansion of SMEs. This include, access to finance, access to market, access to competence etc.