I have just had a quick chat with Dr Sevilla (Strathmore) about the impact of developing skills in software development. I am amazed at some of the things I am hearing about from the presenters here at the Boot Camp.
The developer community is charged and motivated and have excellent ideas. I think they need alot more financial and logistical support than we as government are able to give them. We can create self employment and innovation among our more intelligent and hard working youth. At the same time, many of the problems on ICT that require and ICT intervention can benefit from the Tandaa generation’s energy.
The Tandaa generation is highly exposed to what is possible technologically. They may be short of corporate experience. We the corporate generation have a responsibility to give them whatever support we can in terms of exposure, encouragement, and financial support. in 2001 I had the privelage of presenting at a UN panel in geneva on technology http://www.intracen.org/DocMan/PRSR1537.htm. I spoke about the need for development of innovation capital. I spoke about the generation that ‘got it”. That did not always dish out ‘push-back’ when presented with ideas technological. My view back then and my view now.. that I have this unique responsibility , is that the tandaa generation, is what will deliver alot of the goodies we are looking for as a country. They can create, they are intellectually curious, they are driven, very exposed thanks to technologically delivered media, they are non-tribal, they are good thinkers, they like to be independant. Technology provides them with the tools. What they now need is capital.
The owners of capital on the other hand are content, technologically challenged, very socially comfortable, very politically inclined, would love to participate in this game but dont know how to, tend to have no respect for intellectual capital, etc etc.
What we need is to have a bridge developed between Tandaa and the “Zaks”. I need ideas to figure this out. How dyou get a chap who can afford to loose 20,000 USD to give it to a Tandaa who can change the world with it.
The ICT Board will be organizing/or supporting a session to discuss how Tandaa’s can develop business and marketing skills. More from me later…..