Thanks to you all for your contributions and comments on this forum. It’s been so helpful in gathering my documents. I submitted my application as a global talent on the 19th of December and got my reply on the 11th of Jan - can not be endorsed under Global Talent
Below is my submission (so sorry if it’s a long read).
I have about 12 years of experience designing electronics hardware. Working in the same product design company for 12 years and now I am the R&D manager, leading the hardware and firmware design team. I joined, my present employer when it started with 3 engineers, and my contributions have grown the company to over 50 engineers nationwide.
I am a registered engineer in Nigeria and also the co-owner and Chief Engineering Officer of a Tech startup based in Canada.
1. The Chairman of a Tech company in China who has been our (my present employer) technical partner for more than 5 years. His recommendation is on how I lead the hardware design team in my present company; on the projects we have worked on together summing to over $10million; and how I have handled all technical conversations with their company. Also stating how my contribution has saved them from possible financial loss, boosted mutual collaboration, and increased revenue for both companies.
2. A technical consultant in electronics design, based in Europe. Runs his own company and he is also a principal lecturer at one of Europe’s top universities. He is also an active trainer at the High Tech Institute, in the Netherlands. Over 40 years of experience in electronics designs. He is also an author (books on amazon) and he has some patents to his name for his inventions. He trained me 10years ago and I still consult him on my work till date. He practically knows my history. His recommendation emphasizes my technical skills, and how I have grown as an electronics engineer. He also wrote about my contributions to my present employer - how my company sponsored my technical training with him with details of the training, and how that training has helped grow the hardware design of the company. He also wrote on my leadership skills on how I lead the company’s hardware development team.
3. A senior academic staff of a top university in Nigeria. A Dr and a registered engineer with so many grants for innovation won for the university and chairs the innovation committee of the university. My present employer is supporting some inventions with their school, and I am the one to engage with the school to provide hardware design support and personnel training. This recommendation is on the contribution my company is making in the hardware space in Nigeria stating our products and our various innovations, emphasis on how I lead the hardware development and innovation of the company, and on my support to the innovations works at the department. It also emphasizes my rich skillset and on a campaign, I started last year for specific training for the universities and the importance of such training.
They all have a very rich CV which shows their involvement in Tech for many years
1. Chief Engineering Officer of a Tech Startup in Canada
Evidence is: Company website, pictures of my shares certificate, 2 pictures of zoom meetings with a Top academic member of a research institute we are collaborating with following a 15000CAD grant won on our product, a snapshot of slack conversations, firmware collaboration on Github, picture of our hardware product itself that I designed, and a snapshot of our email exchange since 2020. Also included were links to;
- Registration on the government website ( which has my name and my position in the company).
- Google drive link containing all share allocation and IP declaration documents.
- Google drive link containing the application form of the grant that we won. Winning the grant meant the research institute could collaborate with us.
- Website of the research institute showing names and pictures of all senior faculty members, who were all clearly part of the zoom meetings and email conversations.
- Google drive link containing all my work on the product (Schematics, PCB design, and firmware repo)
2. Proof of High Salary.
3. Top technical training and conferences I have attended outside my country.
Evidence is: google links to my certificates showing all my international technical training, pictures with 2 top instructors in the electronics industries won have trained me (including recommendation #2), a snapshot of my registration for the embedded world conference sponsored by my present employer, a picture with the CTO of a startup based in the US ( they have good international recognition) and a picture of myself and the chairman of my present employer at the conference.
4. Document showing my employer’s patent of a product that I designed.
Evidence is: Patent certificate, a snapshot of a works order from recommendation 1 for the patented product, snapshot picture of firmware REPO, PCB designs, and assembled products of the patented product. Also included were links to;
- Worksorder showing material cost, and national certifications on the patented product.
- An award recognition for my company - the product of the year. This is as a result of this patented product.
Evidence - OC2
1. Mentorship: I have been teaching young kids coding and robotics for free, started this during the lockdown in 2020.
Evidence is: A reference letter from the company that initiated the program, a link to the company website having pictures of me during online sessions, a snapshot of WhatsApp groups teaching the school owners in 2021 and google drive links of my training slides and videos.
2. Gave a talk at a high-profile tech event with pictures and flyers as evidence, also showing flyers of an invitation to speak at a university event - all on hardware design and IoT.
3. CAC registration and documents of the association I registered to network hardware engineer. I am presently the chairman of the association. Other board members; the Chairman of my present company (who is well known in Nigeria for Innovation), and the CTO of a startup based in the US who I also helped with an Open source project (same CTO as stated in MC #3 and OC3 #2)
Evidence - OC3
1 Proof of academic collaboration with a university to support research in electronics innovation.
This is as regards my 3rd recommendation letter emphasizing my contribution. Proof shows a letter sent to my company through me from the school for research assistance. Also included are email conversations and messages between myself and the HOD of the department on various support projects for the school.
2 An open-source project that I contributed to sponsored by Digikey and Hackaday.
Evidence is: A reference letter from the CTO on the company letterhead (as stated above OC2 #3), stating how I help in this project by reviewing and designing the electronics board and also fabrication it for free to support the open-source project. He also emphasized my technical skills, wrote on the association we started to grow tech in Nigeria (OC2 #3), and he also wrote about my work with my employer. Evidence also includes snapshots of our email and WhatsApp conversation about the open-source project support, a link to the open-source project, and a screenshot of the page.
3 An hardware project for my present employer but for an arm of the Nigerian defense. I was involved in the circuit design, firmware, and entire product development. It was an innovation to solve a national pending problem.
Evidence is: Media publication of collaboration with these government agencies in R&D. Invitation letter for my employer to send delegates to visit the government R&D center, and pictures of my flight itinerary to the said location, a screenshot of component purchase from Digikey which shows my name and that of my company, pictures of the final product (PCB, and 3D model), the screenshot of the official repo (not git) showing my firmware commit, an invitation to come for testing, and the flight itinerary, and a picture of the product under test.
my personal statement where I hope I gave a good story of my experience and tried to connect all the dot of my pieces of evidence together
my CV contains my experience, skills, projects, and lists of all technical training since 2010. It also shows my COREN registration number.
And so the results came in as follows:
The applicant has fulfilled the necessary eligibility criteria to be considered under the Global Talent route.
Details of which area(s) have been fulfilled are listed below:
Meet the Mandatory Criteria (MC)
Show that they have been recognised as a leading talent in the digital technology sector
Meet two of the Optional Criteria (OC)
A proven track record for innovation as a founder or senior executive of a product-led digital technology company or as an employee working on a new digital field or concept
Proof of recognition for work beyond the applicant’s occupation that contributes to the advancement of the field
They have made significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder, senior executive or employee of a product-led digital technology company
They have demonstrated exceptional ability in the field by academic contributions, through research published or endorsed by an expert.
Assessment panel feedback:
The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to qualify for all of the criteria selected and therefore we cannot endorse this application.
For the mandatory criterion the applicant has presented shareholding documents and product details, training and conference evidence, proof of high salary and patent details. The shareholding and training and conference details do not show how the applicant has been recognised as a leading talent as there is no external verification of his contribution or skills, or the impact of them. The patent and product details do not adequately show the applicant’s direct contribution or the impact or growth of the product. Lastly, the salary information was well presented but without other evidence supporting this criterion it is not possible to award it.
For OC3, the applicant presented academic collaboration, hackaday support and an hardware project with the military. None of these pieces of evidence show how the applicant has made a significant technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contribution to the field as a founder, senior executive, board member or employee of a product-led digital technology company. It was not clear how the applicant intended for the evidence being presented meets the criterion and therefore it could not be awarded.
Based on the above, we do not endorse this application.
So I am thinking about what I could have missed or did not do correctly. Was choosing OC3 not appropriate?
How best can I approach my appeal?