Young people with ideas on how technology solutions based on mobile apps, databases and web portals have an opportunity to support the government’s Big Four Agenda.
The idealists can showcase their ideas at the “Hack-the-Big-4” mentorship forum at the HeriHub, National Museum of Kenya.
Seeking to nurture ideas and technology solutions developed by youth and which centre on tangible economic and social impacts in the Big 4 Agenda, the hackathon kicked off on September 8, 2018, running until September 15.
After the two hackathons, the youth will take their ideas forward with their mentors.
Solutions will be presented to an audience of ICT professionals in the public, development and private sectors, entrepreneurs, experts on the Big 4 Agenda and investors for review, feedback, validation and elevation to the next level.
The winning solutions will be awarded and supported to full development.
More than one in every 5 Kenyans is aged between 15 to 24 years. This translates to about 10 million youths who 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 job creation by the youths for the youths.
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 the various sectors of the economy.
Huawei is sponsoring this event as part of its commitment towards leveraging ICT as a key enabler for achieving the Big 4 Agenda.
The Chinese giant ICT solutions provider has already rolled out fibre to all 47 counties for the ICT Authority which has facilitated efficient service delivery in government.
eMentoring Africa (eMA) is organizing the event to help youths get mentorship from the older generation as they strive to acquire life skills/soft skills, and seek platforms and safe-spaces for mentorship and peer learning.
The non-profit will be signing up volunteer mentors who will motivate and share their professional knowledge with the youth as they work collaboratively to co-develop ICT solutions.
Youth interested in attending can register by emailing: [email protected]