Foremost Nigeria commercial bank Zenith Bank Plc has once demonstrated that it is a digital inclined bank by hosting the biggest Zenith Tech Fair themed Future Forward.
The Zenith Tech Fair which held at the Landmark event center in Lagos, Nigeria had the biggest technology industry leaders in attendance. There were engaging and educative panel sessions and presentation, the was also an Hackathon demo by Tech startups and an exhibition.
The Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc Mr. Jim Ovia gave his welcome address, he spoke about disruptive innovation and technology through youth empowerment. He emphasized on disruptive ideas impacts the economy of Nigeria. Jim Ovia said that was the major reason why the bank decided to sponsor the Zenith Tech Fair. He said the bank will continue to sponsor the Nigerian youths to blossom in the areas of creative innovation like technology, arts and culture etc. He called on the youth to come up with disruptive ideas to change the old ways of doing things that will impact the economy like artificial intelligence, big data etc.
Meanwhile major stake holders also gave their keynote addresses, the country director Google Nigeria, Mrs Juilet Ehimuan- Chiazor spoke on Quantum computing, managing director Huawei Technologies Nigeria, Mr. Eric Zhang spoke on the opportunities for 5G in Nigeria, the country manager Microsoft Nigeria, Mr. Akin Banuso spoke on Blockchain Technology and implications for economy growth, the country general manager IBM Nigeria, Mr. Dipo Faulkner spoke on Artifical Intelligence and the next industrial revolution and the country managing director Oracle, Mr. Adebayo Sanni spoke on the economic benefits of Data and Data Monetization.
The Group Managing Director Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu spoke on the bank’s value proposition to the tech industry. He said there is a lot of potential in the youth and that the Hackathon was organized to help the bank identify the startups that have ideas and creativity. Mr. Ebenezer said Zenith Bank is ready to provide funding to support these innovative ideas to incubate them to grow and get bigger than what they are currently. He stressed that adaption to latest tech trends is paramount.
Other highlights of the event included the launch of the CREAM digital Content Platform by singer Dbanj and the goodwill message by the Deputy Managing Director Zenith Bank Plc, Mrs Adaora Umeoji.