Tech Upskill Project Launch
21 Jul, 2021
TECH UPSKILL PROJECT LAUNCH
In the first press conference with media representatives on Wednesday may 2nd, 2021 at Rwanda polytechnic IPRC kicukiro, ICT chamber in partnership with BITMi initiated a project of a talent detection and tech up-skill competition. The project is aiming to create awareness, build interest in young people, and identify promising tech talents and innovators across the country. Those who will join will have various opportunities including connecting them with German and Rwandan companies.
As a talent detection project, it is expected to select the 30 best projects. The best innovators with entrepreneurial projects will have the opportunity to join different incubation programs by 250Startups and others in the ecosystem after completing the program while the top tech talents will benefit from internship placement at local organizations and as well as partner companies in Germany, and may have other employment opportunities through KLAB’s Freelancer Program. Hardware innovations will also be supported by FABLAB Rwanda introducing both participants to the latest technologies in CAD/CAM with the potential to produce products for the market through the FABMAKER Program.
The consortium led by 250 startups will tap into its existing partnership with Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) which has a provision for detecting and supporting innovators among students and join their efforts to raise awareness at the academic levels across TVETs in Rwanda.
Chris DUSHIME – AIPI Project Manager/ICT Chamber
He said: “It is a project aimed at expanding the ICT ecosystem in Rwanda and helping technology entrepreneurs create more jobs. So, in this program, we start working with Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) to be able to find and to support talented students and fresh graduates with either tech projects that could be built into profitable businesses or talented students who wish to acquire more skills and become professional so that at the time of being released, they will be ready to compete on an international level.”
“We want to create employment, and improve Rwandan ICT Ecosystem and we believe that this project will support young innovators who are still at ideation stage”. He added.
Dr. James Gashumba – Vice Chancellor/Rwanda Polytechnic
Dr. James Gashumba, the vice-chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic said: “In the teaching we do, we detect different talents but we face a challenge of not being able to support their projects because we, like university, don’t have the budget for them. And due to that fact, the student’s project gets delayed or stops while it was time to invest in it. The management of Rwanda Polytechnic sees tech-up skill project as a lasting solution and very important for PR’s young innovators generally, because we have many innovators in ICT who are very skilled and want to improve their discovered technologies. This will give them an opportunity to expand their activities with the partners, who will support for investment.“
Emmanuella Ndwano – Community Manager/250 Startups
“Not only Rwanda Polytechnic students are eligible to compete for this opportunity as the competition is open to anyone with an ICT-related project.”
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