from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYAN youths, with the support of technology firm, Huawei, are showcasing ideas on how technology solutions based on mobile applications, databases and web portals can support the government’s Big Four Agenda.
Manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security are the pillars of the economic plan.
A hackathon was held this past weekend at the HeriHub at National Museum of Kenya in the capital Nairobi.
Another hackathon is scheduled for Saturday.
Huawei is sponsoring this event as part of its commitment towards leveraging ICT as a key enabler for achieving the Big 4 Agenda.
There, youth take their ideas forward with their mentors, the solutions will be presented to an audience of ICT professionals in the public, development and private sectors, entrepreneurs as well as experts on the Big Four Agenda.
The hackathon is an innovation and mentorship platform that seeks to nurture ideas and technology solutions developed by youth and which centre on tangible economic and social impacts in the agenda.
More than one in every five Kenyans is aged between 15 to 24 years, thus totaling to almost 10 million strong youth that are vital for Kenya’s future.
As a result, about 10 million young people in the next decade are projected to enter the labour market which currently employs only 2,3 million in the formal sector.
The youth population continues to experience high levels of unemployment and underemployment.
Thus the tech-solutions can not only solve the Big 4 issues but also address this challenge of creating jobs for themselves and their peers.
The developers, therefore, embark on leveraging the impact the youth have in the country to create long lasting and immediate solutions to the existing challenges and gaps in various sectors of the economy.
Meanwhile, Huawei has rolled out fibre to all 47 counties for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority.
The authority has facilitated efficient service delivery in government, leveraged on this to establish an e-health initiative in Lamu County, and is exploring other opportunities to use connectivity and ICT to enhance services in education, agriculture and healthcare.
Huawei’s innovative technologies and smart devices are enabling millions of Kenyans to access fast mobile and fixed broadband internet.
Huawei believes that innovations in technology, business strategies, and operational models are the keys to unlock the Big 4 and hopes this hackathon will help youth develop new ICT innovations to drive the Big 4 agenda.
– CAJ News