Rwanda announces young
innovator conference: Transform Africa
The Young Innovators Competition at ITU
Telecom World 2012 came to a conclusion in Dubai following five days
of workshops, mentoring and pitching sessions which ended with a
lively debate between young social entrepreneurs and leaders of
industry, government and academia.
"You are all winners and future
leaders in an industry where the future is bright and the sky is no
longer the limit", Dr Touré said. The debate highlighted
education; political will; business incubators; and commitment from
the corporate sector to employ young people on merit as most
important factors in enabling success. Mr Jazairy said, "You can
build a flagless revolution based on innovation and knowledge, and we
will follow you".
"As young innovators, we need
investment, mentoring and advice to get our projects started",
said competition finalist Linkest Diwan, whose Crisis Communicator
project offers a total disaster management system. "I'm really
happy the ITU Young Innovators Competition exists. It provides
innovators with social purpose a leg up, coaching and exposure. If
there were more programmes like this on the planet, I believe the
economic and environmental crises we have would be over in a day".
The Minister for Youth and Information
and Communication Technologies of Rwanda, Mr Jean Philibert
Nsengimana, announced the launch of Transform Africa, a conference
and exhibition for young entrepreneurs from Africa and around the
world, to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, 18-22 March, 2013. He explained
that the conference will invite young ICT entrepreneurs from across
Africa to training, development and workshops, plus high-level
ministerial round table discussions and connections with investors in
Rwanda and beyond. "The number of mobile subscriptions in Africa
has doubled in the past six years", said Mr Nsengimana. "In
Rwanda, the increase has been ten-fold over the same time period.
Transform Africa will catalyze the transformation of the economic
landscape of enterprises”.
The annual Young Innovators Competition
offers young social entrepreneurs the chance to shine an
international spotlight on their innovative and creative ICT-based
projects or concepts to drive socio-economic development. The twelve
finalists were selected to attend ITU Telecom World 2012, the leading
global platform for knowledge-sharing, debate and networking in the
ICT community, on the basis of the business viability and potential
social impact of their projects.
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For more information, see http://world2012.itu.int/
(Source: ITU Newsroom)