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NIGCOMSAT, NSE to partner on Rural Infrastructure Development and Empowerment

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has secured the support of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (Nigcomsat), to partner on rural development projects. This was the major agreement when the NSE President, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE received the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Nigcomsat, Ms Abimbola Alale at the National Engineering Centre (NEC) Headquarters, Abuja, today Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Mokuolu...

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton to Leave Company

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the team to pursue a non-profit organisation "at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications." Acton and Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum co-founded WhatsApp, which is now the biggest messaging app in the world with over a billion users globally. The company was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $22 billion in a cash...

NIMechE Innovation Challenge 2017: Technological Solutions for Nigeria, by Nigerians by Kennedy Osagie

  Thursday January 5th, 2017 was a memorable and historical day in Nigeria; it witnessed the launch of the NIMechE Innovation Challenge 2017. Held at the NIMechE Lagos Chapter Secretariat at the Loco Building, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Ebuta Meta, Lagos State.   Stakeholders from Mechanical Engineering Departments from ten tertiary Institutions across Lagos State namely; University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Yaba...

Mass. high-tech startup launches device that transforms any bike into an electric-hybrid

A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone. The device, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is installed as part of a rear hub of a bike wheel and is packed with a proprietary computer, batteries and sensors that monitor how hard a rider is pedaling...

How an engineering college project turned into India’s first electric motorcycle company BY Devjyot Ghoshal

Much of Kapil Shelke’s childhood was spent tinkering with toy cars, with a penchant for dismantling and then putting them back together.By the time he got to Pune’s DY Patil College of Engineering in 2005, he had moved on to bigger and more powerful toys—like motorcycles. A couple of years into his degree, he, along with three classmates, decided...

Producing entrepreneurial students – and universities by Karen MacGregor

With graduate joblessness rising and state funding dwindling, universities of technology are confronted by dual challenges – delivering entrepreneurship education and work-integrated learning to students, and themselves becoming more entrepreneurial – says Professor Irene Moutlana, vice-chancellor of Vaal University of Technology and deputy chair of the South African Technology Network, or SATN.Universities of technology are based on a transformative...

BoI seeks private sector, research centres partnership

The Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa has said that for the nation to adequately harness its abundance natural resources for industrialization, there must be synergy between the private sector and research centers.Olaoluwa, who spoke as a guest at the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) Council meeting in Abuja, noted that while some of the nation’s research...

8 Ways to Prepare for the Many Startup Obstacles Ahead by Martin Zwilling

Too many entrepreneurs tackle starting a business as a random walk into a business minefield, and they count on their street smarts, thick skin and pure determination to get them to their destinations alive. That does work once in a while, usually with some serious collateral damage, but a less painful approach is to prepare and plan for each...

Fear of failure stopping young people turning ideas into successful innovations

Fear of failure may be deterring young people – and particularly young engineers – from starting their own businesses, according to research released today by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub. Announced at the final of the fifth annual Launchpad competition, held to recognise the most promising young engineering entrepreneurs, the research highlights that a fear of failure and...

Top three errors of innovating engineering and technology start-ups By David Falzani

How can you keep your product — and your start-up — out of the dumper?The early hurdles of setting up a new business are fairly well known: choosing a name, setting up a legal entity, raising capital, evolving a product or service to sell etc. Having made all of this effort, it’s a shame that the failure rate is...