BREAKING: Chiniki Guard wins best AI startup at GITEX 2019


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Chiniki Guard, a startup from Nigeria, sponsored by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has won the best Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup category at GITEX 2019.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Chiniki Guard, mentored by the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), is an AI product application that detects theft and prevent shoplifting.

Chiniki Guard and another Nigerian startup, 247 Medics, all fully sponsored by the NITDA to GITEX 2019 reached the finalist stage of the Supernova challenge on Tuesday after competing with 35 other startups from across the world.

The two Nigerian startups emerged as semi-finalists at the GITEX 2019 Supernova challenge and continued their winning streaks to become finalists, with Chiniki Guard clinching the $10,000 grand prize.

The global panelists trimmed down from nearly a thousand startups from more than 97 countries, with the two Nigerian startups qualifying to become the 112 semi-finalists and then to the last standing 35 who made the final list before Chiniki Guard won the grand prize.

The format was a 4 minute pitch and 2 minute Q&A.

Meanwhile, the two Nigerian startups had received commendations from the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, and leader of a powerful Nigerian delegation to the on-going GITEX Technology Week.

In an opening remark to declare the Nigerian Country Pavilion at the five day tech expo opened on Sunday, he said the two startups demonstrated the creativity of young innovators in Nigeria, even as he emphasized that mentoring remains the cornerstone of making young people thrive with sustainable and impactful ideas.

Getting into the semi-final and the final lists puts a startup within the radar of global investors and could be a game changer for any startup.

247Medic is a telehealth and digital healthcare platform that is streamlining the business of getting well through an efficient and effective healthcare ecosystem for patients and doctors.

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247Medic offers users a simple, easy-to-use and time-saving access to healthcare facilities and practitioners. The platform connects organisations, governments and patients to doctors/hospitals, pharmacies, insurers and laboratories and offer ability for onsite medical test at the comfort of user’s home or office. It operates 24/7.

The platform different aspects which include: doctor voluntary services, medical laboratory services that allow for online request for medical test of all kinds, connect merchants (pharmaceutical stores and hospitals) within range to patients, online (Instagram, facebook telegram, etc) community connected to thousands of clinics, doctors, pharmacies, diagnostic centres and labs across Nigeria with the unique ability to send patient’s medical information to these facilities in real time via text or email.

Chiniki Guard leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor a human activity; it is a recognition service that provides real-time update by analysing a video feed. It helps to detect and instantly prevent crimes or violations. The video analysis software can easily classify what action a shopper is taking, suspicious actions are flagged and reported instantly.

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