from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYA’s economic development prospects have received a major boost following a first county-based hackathon targeting the so-called Big Four agenda and the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2018-2022.
They are the economic blueprint of East Africa’s biggest economy.
The western Bomet County has played host to probably the first county based hackathon targeting the Big Four and CIDP 2018-2022.
This marks a major milestone for the county where ICTs and the Youth Agenda are being mainstreamed.
The hackathon’s focus 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 Big Four Agenda.
It is an offshoot of the first Big4 Hackathon held in the capital Nairobi on September 8 and 15.
Huawei is sponsoring the events as part of its commitment towards leveraging ICT as a key enabler for achieving the Big Four Agenda.
Huawei has already rolled out fibre to all 47 counties for the ICT Authority which has facilitated efficient service delivery in government, has 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 Four and hopes this hackathon will help youth develop new ICT innovations to drive blueprint.
eMentoring Africa (eMA) and Bomet County ICT Department are co-sponsors of the hackathon in Bomet.
ICT Authority’s vision is to be the leader in transforming Kenya into a regional ICT hub and a globally competitive digital economy.
– CAJ News