The number of tech hubs in Nigeria has grown sporadically in the past two years with the number increasing from 23 in 2016 to 55 in 2018. However, a majority of these hubs are dedicated to software innovation and development owing to the high cost of manufacturing or setting up hardware innovation hubs.
In a survey by TechPoint Africa, 62 percent of 444 respondents said they would buy a made-in-Nigeria hardware, hence, there is a need for dedicated spaces for makers and hardware entrepreneurs to design prototypes and also collaborate to meet the market need.
Alpha Hub, an Innovation centre dedicated to drive research and development in Hardware and Embedded System Technology and solving the most pressing problems that abounds in our society has been launched in Kaduna state. Although Kaduna is known to be home to several tech hubs, this is the first of its kind in Northern Nigeria as a whole.
The Initiator of the idea, Mr Victor Jibro who is also the founder of PayConnect during the launch reiterated the need for tech hubs with focus in Hardware Technology to be established in Nigeria to meet the growing demand for smart devices. According to him, the establishment of the Alpha Hub is to bridge the skill gaps in quality tech talents in Nigeria, by equipping human Capacity with an innovative problem-solving approach. He also said that the hub is set up to provide training, support and co-working space for individuals interested in hardware development in Nigeria and Africa at large.
The community offers a lot of benefits to its members including 12hrs daily access, free Coffee, meal discount in Hub Café, Wi-Fi, front desk services, Open events and many more.