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UNDP sets ICT opportunity for Rwandan youth

18 February, at 11 : 00 AM Print

UNDP sets ICT opportunity for Rwandan youth

With the support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Motorola, Rwanda youth will get the opportunity to showcase their ability and talent to develop mobile phone applications and win lucrative prizes.

The next challenge, which is set for March 4th 2014, will see entrants develop app solutions in the areas of Human Development –Education, Governance, Health, Agriculture and Gender.  The Challenge is expected to help entrepreneurs grow businesses – efficiently and effectively.

The partnership between Rwanda government and Motorola is aimed at addressing some of these challenges and further stimulate the diffusion of mobile initiatives on a larger scale.

Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said that the challenge is a real test of youth abilities to be able to transform their skills and understanding the crosscutting issues of development thus creating jobs.

“We are going to have a challenge to really test your abilities to be able to transform the skills that you have in terms of mobile programming but also your understanding of the development and how we can merge the two, and be able to solve real life challenges”

Winners of the next YouthConnekt Hangout challenge will walk away with cash prizes ranging from $1,000 – $6,000. In addition to the cash prize, the first winner will receive business training and mentoring by successful entrepreneurs throughout the initial phase of their start-up.

Providing the winners with seed funding for their successful proposals, will help them to scale and grow successful, sustainable businesses and in turn create jobs for young people and stimulate the local economy.

Rwanda has come up with initiatives such as YouthConnekt Hangout that brings together various partners including UNDP to create a platform for youth, government, development partners, private sector and civil society to connect youth to opportunities for their personal and socio-economic development.

With the growing use of ICT facilities, Rwanda has seen many social innovators who are already pioneering mobile solutions for human development. Local social innovators are taking advantage of the lower entry barriers for app development, which has seen Rwandan women, join the competition to “expanding horizons and changing attitudes” and dream big using ICT to open the world today.

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