The nigerian climate tech innovation bootcam2023


Climate Tech: Digital Storytelling Technique For Community Reporting To Amplify Climate Action.

The Tech Innovation Boot Camp was a hybrid event that hosted, leaders and experts in the field of Climate Change, Renewable energy and Digital Storytelling. The event was convened by Connected Advocacy and was hosted by the prestigious University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

The Chief host, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lillian I. Salami was ably represented by Prof. Joseph Osemwenkhae, the Dean Faculty of Physical Sciences, accompanied by  Mrs Etinosa Anthonia Ogbe-Aiwanfo the representative of the registrar of the University , her  welcome speech outlined the importance of engaging the University community in such critical global Issue of climate change.  I feel privileged to be addressing such a devoted and enthusiastic group of people who are committed to addressing the issues associated with climate change, we must act to reduce its effects and build a sustainable future for present and future generations because, as we all know, climate change is one of the most urgent problems facing our planet right now.

This event is very apt with its theme: Climate Tech : Digital Storytelling Technique for Community Reporting to Amplify Climate Action, I encourage you to make the best use of your time here

The Host Prof. Mrs. Ujiro Igbudu, Director, SDG Desk office, University of Benin delivered her speech in appreciation of the Vice-Chancelor, Connected Advocacy, and other stakeholders who graced the event. She said we all must be dutifully involved in pushing for a Net-Zero ecosystem by 2060. Unfortunately, a handful of people are not interested or involved in pushing for climate-friendly technologies, due to low awareness but a few are pushing for these cutting edge

technologies to increase locally mitigative action.This maiden edition of the Climate Tech Innovation Boot-Camp is very timely, owing to the myriad of issues being precipitated by global warming or climate change. This event is specially initiated towards galvanizing us to embrace climate technologies for a better and safer ecosystem to live in.

The event convener, Prince Israel Orekha, the Executive Director Connected Advocacy gave an excellent preview of the event which is aimed at bridging the gap between traditional climate change activism, innovative tech and advanced technology approaches in creating lasting solutions to climate crisis at every level. He said Tackling climate change require a collective effort from local to global,that the use of technology will help increase local performance, and its imperative at this point, that technology will help play a great role in mitigating climate crisis, this was what initiated  the Nigerian Climate Tech Innovation Boot-camp 2023, this boot-camp has develop a web porter called Naija Climate Matters, here you can share your finding, breakthrough solutions, and information of the impact of climate crisis as it affect your local community, document loss and damages that has occurred for prompt action.

.The first speaker, Mr. Babawale Obayanju, Co-Founder of Tell That Story, spoke extensively on leveraging digital storytelling and innovative technology solution in addressing climate change at every level of endeavour, whether at the level of ploicy-making, development of digital solutions within and outside the University community.

Robert (Bob) Tiptons, Founder, of Dark Sky Innovative Solutions and Author: OroAzul Proposal also spoke extensively on climate change and technology. He dwelt further on the use of technology to drive the process of adapting to renewable energy technologies for a safer world.

Samuel C. Okorie, Communication and Policy Advisor, GLOBE spoke on Loss and Damage occasioned by green house gas. He further highlighted the different losses and damages caused by climate change.

Mr. Sunday Asije also spoke intensively on climate technology: enhancing just energy transition and opportunity for green innovative jobs for youths.

Mr. Aisosa Osawaru crowned the event with an excellent speech on why we need to start now and the need to give discount to every participant registering for his forthcoming personal development hangout.

Overall, the event was an expository one, because it served as an eye-opener to all the participants on how they can solve the most pressing challenge facing our climate with the most powerful, but underused tool in our pocket (i.e. Mobile phone) to tell environmental stories in every way humanly possible.

Lastly, sincere appreciation and commendation went to the convener Prince Israel Orekha Executive Director Connected Advocacy and the collaborating Partner Prof Mrs Ujiro igbudu Director  Sustainable Development Goal Desk Office University of Benin.

The vote of thanks was given by Dr. (Mrs) O.R  Dania, who specially appreciated all the attendees, Professors , HODs, climate enthusiast and all development practitioners present, and student, she said the time for action is now, let us work together and save our planet from climate change disaster.