Government through the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has partnered with Technology giant, Huawei to launch an annual challenge aimed at boosting and supporting Technology innovators in the country.
Dubbed ‘Seeds for the Future’, the challenge will pit different innovators in the field of ICT, from which successful ones will win mentorship opportunities alongside cash prizes.
The programme was launched by Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze at an event held at Makerere University Kampala on Monday April 24th.
Tumwebaze who was also the chief guest at the launch highlighted the importance of mentoring to especially young ICT innovators before revealing that “the best 10 qualifying ICT students selected out of a competition will be taken to China for mentorship opportunities.”
“In ICT innovations, mentoring innovators is a very important component of their research and development. I am glad our young ICT innovators are getting exposed,” he said.
The Minister said that more such opportunities will be “available from other IT multinationals after we launch our Innovation support program in July.”
He revealed that a number of partners have shown interest to come on board and support young talents with potential to innovate and take products to the market.
The Programme will be jointly by the Ministry of ICT and National guidance and the Ministry of Education and Sports on behalf of government together with Huawei as a partner.
This is not the first government program aiming at supporting ICT innovators, with Uganda Communications Commission’s Acia awards that recognize brilliant innovations right from Primary level.