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Autodesk Learning Partners (ALP) Excellence Award

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We are delighted to announce that Clintonel Innovation Centre Aba just won the latest Autodesk Learning Partners (ALP) Excellence Award for its Nigerian Genius Engineering Competition 2022.

Awarded on a quarterly basis, the Excellence Awards recognize learning partners in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia (EMEAR) region for high performance, innovation and learner satisfaction. http://knowledgepoint.com/autodesk/news/

We continue to push and break boundaries in #engineering#innovation and capacity building till #Nigeria becomes a technology producer.



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Today, as part of Engineering for Industry (E4I), the CLINTONEL team had a meeting with the executives of Aba Chamber of Commerce to facilitate and advocate for Industry-Academia collaborations. This will help tertiary institutions to understand and align their education to meet the needs of the industry.

One step at a time, we keep moving until engineering is transformed to drive industrial and economic development in Nigeria.

Engineering for Industry (E4I) is a project to bridge the engineering skills gap between industry and academia, transform engineering education and drive industrialization in Nigeria. 




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The Engineering Research Grant is part of Engineering for Industry (E4I), a project designed by Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) Aba to bridge the engineering skills gap in Nigeria, facilitate Industry-Academia collaborations and drive industrialisation.

This industry-focused research grant supports engineering lecturers in tertiary institutions (universities, polytechnics, etc.) to develop solutions for Nigerian industries.

Grant Amount: N1 Million

In addition to the grant, successful applicants will have access to industry experts and ultra-modern facilities at the CLINTONEL Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) Aba for developing their solutions.

Apply here: https://bit.ly/engineeringresearchgrant

Application Deadline: 14th June 2022

Supported by: Engineering X (Royal Academy of Engineering), ACT Foundation, Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC)

Team UNN Nigerian Genius 2022 Winners


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University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has been ranked no.1 in engineering education after winning the just concluded Nigerian Genius Engineering Competition 2022. Engineering students representing four (4) tertiary institutions in Nigerian competed in the finals of the competition and team UNN emerged the winner receiving a cash prize of N1 million. Forty-five (45) tertiary institutions were shortlisted for the competition, out of which four made it to the finals in Aba. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA), Federal University Otuoke (FUOTUOKE) and University of Nigerian Nsukka (UNN) were the finalists and are ranked according to their performance (scores) in the competition:

No.1: University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)

No.2: Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)

No.3: Federal University Otuoke (FUOTUOKE)

No.4: Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA)

Watch the highlights of the award here. https://youtu.be/a_VNmvxS_GQ

Nigerian Genius Award
Nigerian Genius Winners (Team UNN) with the judges and other finalists.

The challenge: Solving Nigeria’s Power (Energy) Problem

The contestants were given a challenge to design and build solutions for Nigeria’s power (energy) problems using renewable energy sources.

Team UNN (Benstowe Destiny, Uzodinma Somto, David Okenwa) designed and built a Portable Water-Powered Electricity Generator that can be installed in every home with overhead water tank. It also includes an Energy Management System which monitors and displays power generation, consumption and reserve. This innovative product will make free electricity available in virtually every home in Nigeria.

Team LAUTECH (Oyewo Taoheed Oyetayo, Abisoye Akinloye Samson, Ayanwole Iyanuloluwa Moses) designed and built a Hybrid Solar and Wind Electricity Generation System which includes a tracking and positioning system for the solar panels. Their system provides energy both in the day from sun and at night from wind.

Team FUOTUOKE (Udo Success Ifunanyachi, Nwaneri Ifeanyi Vincent, Sampson Hekagemkosiem Ojum) designed and built an Inverter and Automated Solar Tracking and Positioning System for solar panels. This will significantly improve the power generated from solar panels.

Team FUTMINNA (Abdullahi Adeyemi Asimiyu, Reheemah Alayaki, Attahiru Jibril) designed and built a Hybrid Solar and Wind Electricity Generation System with a mobile phone tracking function. This enables consumers to track their energy generation, sharing and consumption on the go wherever they might be.


The Nigerian Genius is supported by ACT Foundation, Engineering X (Royal Academy of Engineering), CLINTONEL Advanced Engineering Centre and Autodesk.


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Industrial Attachment for students and graduates
CLINTONEL Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) is accepting Passionate Engineering Students and recent Graduates for intensive Industrial Training (IT) at our State of the Art engineering facility located in Aba, Abia State. 

As an IT student attached to CLINTONEL, you will have the opportunity to learn practical engineering from industry experts working with advanced technologies and modern machines. 

Interested persons should apply through this link: bit.ly/CLINTONELIT

Application Deadline: 3rd October 2021

Please share this opportunity with your contacts.



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Clintonel Innovation Centre – Hardware Convention 2021

KnowledePoint, from the United Kingdom, writes about the Nigerian Hardware Convention 2021 hosted in Aba by Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC).

The world is reading about the Nigerian Hardware Ecosystem. We’re expecting international partnerships, investments and collaborations


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IGHub Kids excursion to Clintonel Innovation Center was a wonderful experience for the kids as they were exposed to Computer aided design, 3D printing and how the CNC machine works after which they developed a model and printed using the 3D printer.
CLINTONEL: Engineering Excellence in Africa


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Are you an early career engineering professional, fresh engineering graduate or undergraduate wondering how to navigate the job market, study abroad, start your own business or just learn skills essential for the work place: this event is for you!!

Register to attend at www.bit.ly/ECFair2021


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Hardware Convention 2021 is a national conference that brought together stakeholders (inventors, makers, engineers, makerspaces, fablabs, hardware startups/entrepreneurs, academia, investors, etc.) in the Nigerian hardware (engineering) ecosystem to Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. This was a hybrid event (with both physical and virtual participants). Hardware Convention 2021 was supported by Ukaid through CovidAction (Local Production Local Solutions) – a project to build Technology and Innovation Pipeline for the COVID Pandemic and surface remarkable pivots and innovations dealing with the demand for unavailable goods.


THEME: Advancing hardware, engineering & manufacturing businesses in Nigeria

DATES: 26 – 28th August 2021

Introduction to Hardware Convention 2021 by Tochukwu Chukwueke

Hardware (Engineering) is at the core of national development. No nation can advance technologically or economically without a strong engineering capability. Negligence of the hardware sector is one of the major reasons Nigeria is suffering from 33% unemployment rate (one of the highest in the world) and 60% poverty rate. The hardware sector is responsible for producing and maintaining the tools, machines and equipment required by the manufacturing sector which is a major employer of labour. Today, Nigerian industries rely heavily on importation for virtually all the machinery they use, causing Nigeria to lose a lot of forex and the Naira to depreciate in value. Last year Nigeria imported machinery worth $9 billion, $3 billion for manufacturing tools. The hardware sector is also responsible for producing Military equipment as well as several consumer goods like electronics and domestic appliances. Until we pay serious attention to developing the Nigerian hardware sector, Nigeria may never experience any meaningful development, job creation or poverty reduction.


Hardware Convention 2021 aims to achieve the following:

  1. Draw attention to hardware (engineering) as a core of national development
  2. Attract investments into the Nigerian hardware sector
  3. Showcase the incredible ingenuity of Nigerian hardware innovators, engineers, fabricators and entrepreneurs

Introduction to Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) by Chinecherem Iheke

Hardware Convention 2021 was organised and hosted by Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) – a solar powered STEM Centre, Nigeria’s first Makerspace (Engineering Tech Hub) and Hardware Startup Incubator. Clintonel provides training, mentoring and equipment for young people to create engineering innovations, build indigenous products and startup technology businesses. With a vision to facilitate industrialisation in Nigeria, Clintonel has trained over 600 young persons in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Renewable (Solar) Energy and Entrepreneurship. They’ve also trained over 1,000 secondary school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using indigenous STEM kits developed by Clintonel. Hardware Startups incubated by Clintonel are now producing different indigenous products, employing several young persons and helping to reduce poverty in Nigeria. Through Engineering for Industry (E4I), a national program designed to bridge the engineering skills gap in Nigeria, Clintonel is partnering with tertiary institutions nationwide delivering industry based capacity building for engineering lecturers, students and fresh graduates. Clintonel is also working towards building medical equipment in Nigeria, in partnership with University College London (UCL) and COVIDaction (UKaid). In an effort to build and support the Nigerian hardware ecosystem, Clintonel started Hardware Nigeria Community (HNC) – a national network of Nigerian inventors, engineers, makers, investors and hardware entrepreneurs working to build hardware products and businesses in Nigeria.

To deliver on the mandate of building engineering capacity, generating employment and reducing poverty in Nigeria, Clintonel has worked with different partners including: PIND Foundation, ACT Foundation, Royal Academy of Engineering, Ford Foundation, Autodesk, ATOM, GEMINI, UKaid, UCL, etc. Clintonel is a licensed Autodesk Learning Partner (ALP) and Authorised Testing Centre (ATC) for different International Certifications.



Different industry experts spoke at the hardware convention sharing insights on different topics such as Supporting Nigerian Hardware Startups by Emeka Okoye, Role of Hardware in Industrialisation and National Development by Emeka Okafor, Local Production Local Solutions (COVIDaction) by Anna Crawford, Local Production of Medical Equipment (UCL Ventura) by Prof. Rebecca Shipley, Hardware Ecosystem Development by Jorge Appiah, BOI Funding for Hardware and Manufacturing Companies by Tony Alaegor, Building Scalable Startups by Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Bridging Engineering Skills Gap in Nigeria by Julian Mbakwe, Hardware Startup Incubation and Funding by Ifeoma Malo and How Startups can benefit from Media and Storytelling by Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata.


The rector of Abia State Polytechnic Professor Okorie Kalu Osonwa, represented by the deputy rector Chikwendu S. Mpamugo, delivered a speech at the convention.


Panel Sessions

Similarly different panellists discussed different topics including: Hardware, Industrialisation and National Development, Nigeria Hardware Ecosystem Development, Engineering Skills Development, Funding for Hardware and Manufacturing. Panellists included: Tochukwu Chukwueke, Obasegun Ayodele, Abe Olatunde Peter, Ugo Okafor, Emmanuel Odunlade, Emmanuel Obot, Michael Ekwuribe, Innocent Oboh, Cletus Ekpo, Aaron Esumeh, Daniel Chinagozi, Uche Aniche, Mark Anthony Nduka-Eze, Uchechukwu Ogechukwu, Daniel Essiet, Ifeanyi Emmanuel and George Onukwu.



Digital Fabrication Workshops

Participants were divided into project groups and participated in different workshops usingthe Digital Fabrication Equipment at Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC). The workshops included: Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, CNC Machining,Laser Engraving, Laser Cutting and Injection Moulding.

Group Discussion

The stakeholders at the event had a group discussion on Mapping Nigeria Hardware Ecosystem and shared ideas on how to advance the hardware community in Nigeria.


Different innovators and startups exhibited at the convention including:

FLI TECH: a technology startup incubated by Clintonel. They exhibited their prototype Medical Aid Alert and Communication System (MAACS) for hospitals. MAACS is a device that bridges the communication gap between patients and nurses or doctors within the hospital and even outside the hospitals through a mobile software application.

JAMBEKCOM SOLUTION: a renewable energy startup incubated by Clintonel with a mission to provide access to reliable, affordable, and clean energy anytime and anywhere. Jambekcom focuses on providing a constant power supply through their proprietary technology, a solar-powered laptop power bank. Their goal is to provide 10,000 customers with constant power supply before 2030.

VILSQUARE: The Volt Microscope is a personal and low-cost digital microscope that supports science education and labsin institutions across Nigeria.

ENGEDI LEATHER MANUFACTURING: a startup incubated at Clintonel which usesComputerized and Automated Leather Manufacturing Processes to produce quality leather products.

EBUSIN METALLIC: Ebusin is a civil engineering startup specialized in flooring and interior decoration.

EDNAM TECHNOLOGY CENTER: Ednam Tech is a renewable energy startup incubated at Clintonel specialized in inverter production, solar system design and installation.

E4I ACADEMY TRAINEES: Engineering for Industry (E4I) Academy is an industry skill building program of Clintonel for fresh engineering graduates. Trainees of the academy exhibited 2 projects on embedded systems and programming: Automatic Toilet Flush Control Device and Automatic Water Tank Switch Control.

Aba Tour

The Aba Tour started at ADVANCED ENGINEERING CENTER (AEC): an indigenous engineering company in Aba which designs and builds products, tools and equipment for African manufacturers using digital fabrication technologies including 3D Printers, CNC machines, Laser Cutters, Injection Moulding Machines, etc. AEC produces Injection and Blow moulds (for plastic manufacturing), dies, stamps, spare parts, auto parts, machineries, etc. AEC is a subsidiary of Clintonel.

SOLID BASE TECHNICAL LIMITED: a precision fabrication company in Aba specialised in making Roller Printers for soap making, precision moulds like table water containers, etc. They have built moulds for PZ industries, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) – makers of Tura soap, etc.

CINVEUCH: a product development company which converts ideas to products. Presently building an assembling line for a new product – a new type of window frame for homes and offices.

The Aba Tour ended at JCI TECHNICAL: They build and install industrial machines and control systems across Africa. They build complete assembly lines for different industries including Agro, Allied and Pharmaceuticals. Products include: soap making machines, boilers, etc.

Hardware Convention 2021 Partners

The following organisations partnered with hardware convention 2021: Innovation Growth Hub (IGHub), TBWA, Innovation Support Network of Hubs (ISN), AfriLabs, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) Aba, StartUpSouth, Hardware Garage, Techpoint, Hardware Nigeria Community (HNC) and Leather Products Manufacturers Association of Abia State (LEPMAAS).


Tochukwu Chukwueke


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Hardware Convention 2021

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5 Days to Go!
Have you registered for Nigeria’s biggest Hardware Conference?
Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) Aba invites you to Hardware Convention 2021 holding in Aba, 26-28th August 2021.
Hardware Convention is a national event that will bring together stakeholders (makers, makerspaces, fablabs, hardware startups/entrepreneurs, academia, investors, etc.) in the Nigerian hardware ecosystem to Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. This will be a hybrid event (with both Physical and virtual participants).
11 Speakers, 5 Panels, Digital Fabrication Workshops, Competitions, Exhibitions, Tours, etc.
Registration is free but mandatory