2023 Young Innovative Builders Program


The Young Initiative Builders programme will recognise students across the country in tertiary institutions who have gone through industrial training programme. This initiative recognises the important role of industrial training programmes in providing practical experience for the application of knowledge.

Exciting developments have emerged from the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy! Introducing the Young Innovative Builders (YIB) program, a groundbreaking initiative inviting tertiary students to participate for a chance to secure one of the 3,256 devices available (comprising 48 Laptops and 40 Tablets per state, including the FCT).

Fueled by an existing NCC allocation, this program is designed to foster technology learning and practical application among tertiary learners throughout Nigeria. Positioned as a game-changer, the initiative is set to empower young innovators, allowing them to play a pivotal role in shaping the digital future. Seize this incredible opportunity and be a part of this transformative journey!

Young Innovative Builders Program aims to reward innovative projects built by young Nigerians that align with the Ministry’s objectives to grow digital economy.

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse selection committee. The selection criteria will include:

  • Novelty and Originality: How innovative and unique is the project relative to existing alternatives
  • Impact and Relevance: Does the project address real-world problems in the local communities or country
  • Feasibility and scalability: What is the practicality of the project and the potential for it to be deployed at scale
  • Quality of presentation and documentation: What is the quality of the presentation in describing the process of creating the solution and the aesthetics of the final product

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a student in a Nigerian Tertiary Institution enrolled in your first degree
  • You should have designed, developed, built or deployed an innovative or tech-enabled project/product that leverages digital technology
  • You must still be a student 3 months after the competition’s end date (December 22nd, 2023)
  • Applicants must have gone through an Industrial training programme
  • The project should address real-world problems in society


The top ranked 48 projects will receive laptops and the next best 40 will receive tablets.

How to Apply?

  • Applications must be submitted through the designated application form on this website
  • Applications will be reviewed by a diverse selection committee with representation from academia, industry experts, the Ministry and other stakeholders, using a standard grading system
  • The final list of successful applications will be published via official channels on/before December 22, 2023


Deadline: December 6, 2023

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