KAMPALA. Andela, a global engineering school, has launched a technology centre to equip youth with software developing skills aimed at solving societal challenges.
Speaking during Andela youth tech centre launch last week, the company’s new country director, Ms Jackie Ochola said they are looking to equip the next generation of technologists and innovators in Kampala with the expertise they need to accelerate the advancement of their local communities through technology.
“This dream is about creating 100,000 developers in Africa. If we have 100,000 developers with the support of Andela solving one problem each, then we have 100,000 problems in Africa solved,” she said.
Uganda has been ranked among the most entrepreneurial countries in the world.
But creating consumable products is still a challenge.
Consequently, many software applications developed as a result of having no problem solving objective cannot break even.
However, Mr Kwame Rugunda, chair of the Blockchain Association of Uganda, advised youth to network in order to market themselves and their products which will be instrumental in being successful.
He urged youth to embrace technology because it is a mirror through which Uganda will reflect other sectors to growth, especially agriculture through exports.
The President in 2016 wrote a letter directing a fund to be created for ICT innovation awarding $4.5 million (Shs15.3 billion).