Over the weekend, thousands of tech enthusiasts and experts gathered at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos for the 2019 edition of Techpoint Build, partnered by HMD Global, the Home of Nokia Phones. The event, tagged “Built for the Next Billionth User” x-rayed the development of tech in Africa, with a huge focus on startups and SMEs potentials and growth.
Not only did HMD Global, the Home of Nokia phones partner with the event, the brand was also heavily represented, driving on-ground engagement with event attendees. The Nokia Phones experiential booth witnessed the presence of many event attendees who were keen on experiencing the range of Nokia devices running on pure, secure and up-to-date Android, as well as participated in the Nokia phone selfie competition with three winners emerging and getting rewarded with Nokia devices.
Speaking on a panel session tagged The Challenges of Building a Pan African Business, Olumide Balogun, the Head of Marketing, West Africa at HMD Global hinted that there is the need for businesses, especially startups and SMEs to understand the importance of solving problems with their business solutions. According to him “As a Global startup, HMD Global understands the need for startups and SMEs to connect their ideas to problems, just as the firm is doing with its range of Nokia devices, looking at consumers’ pain points such as battery life, camera, pure, secure and up-to-date operating system, and developing devices that meet such needs.” He called on businesses to prioritize structuring their businesses just the same way they pay attention to their business solutions, as this will help them focus more on the business side of things rather than the technical bits only.
Other highlights of the event include pitch storm where Estate Intel won $10,000, SME Clinic where startups learn about how to nurture and grow their businesses, as well other engaging panel sessions that further exposed attendees to developments in the technology space in Nigeria, Africa and the world.