By Prince Osuagwu
Ten Nigerian tech-savvy youths are at the moment slugging it out in Etisalat technology house meant for its ongoing technology innovation contest tagged Geek Force Internship contest.
The Contest which focuses on two core areas of innovation and customer satisfaction according to the company, was a result of Etisalat’s commitment to provide a platform for Nigerian youths to develop career opportunities in a creative and exciting way.
Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. explained that the contest started as an online competition designed to recruit innovative and technologically savvy individuals. He however said that five out of the ten contestants would become winners of the contest and will have the opportunity of a one year paid internship with Etisalat Nigeria.
Evans also disclosed that the competition was designed in the model of a social media reality show that required contestants to upload 2-3 minute videos showing how geeky they were, adding that “we received over 1,000 interesting videos and went through a rigorous selection process to select 41 videos which we uploaded online for voting. The top 20 videos were then selected based on viewer ‘likes’/votes on our Facebook/Tumblr page, and the 20 contestants went on to face a panel of judges who made the tough decision of selecting the final 10 contestants we have here today.
“The Top 10 finalists will work in five departments in our organization; they will be assigned with a variety of tasks and tests as well as mentors from our senior management team. After six weeks, the top 5 will be the winners of a one year Geek Internship at Etisalat,” he added.