Nigerian start-up, Chiniki guard wins best AI prize at GITEX

Chiniki Guard, a Nigerian Information Communication Technology start-up application has won the best prize of $10,000 in the Artificial Intelligence category competition at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition.

GITEX is an annual event, which is the biggest technology gathering in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. This year’s theme is “Synergising the Mind and Technology Economy.”

Chiniki Guard is an Artificial Intelligence security solution for retail stores, supermarkets to monitor, detect and alert shop owners of shoplifting as well as suspicious behaviour in real-time.

Chiniki Guard is among the 34 start-ups in the category of the Supanova finalists at the GITEX  Futurestars competition.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Abdulhakim Bashir, the Founder of Chiniki Guard, said the opportunities at GITEX had accorded him the win and would enable him to widen the scope of his business.

Bashir said he would launch the application after GITEX and move to the cloud for storing data to accommodate the number of requests from shop owners.

According to him, Nigerians have potential that can transform the economy but the private sector needs to be involved.

247Medic, a health ICT application that connects doctors with patients across Nigeria within a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes and provides auxiliary services, including lab testing, doorstep delivery of drugs, also made it to the finals.

Other Nigerian start-ups at the exhibition include Blue Circle of Notitia, a health application that digitalises patients’ medical history, Zowasel, an agritech application to improve the agric value chain.

Naira Packet was also among the start-ups. It is a solution mechanism that reduces the cost of microtransactions and Sublime Square, an online platform, designed to ensure efficiency in waste evacuation and management.