Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi, cure the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has called upon young people to increase their participation in ICT saying the potential for job creation is high in the sector.
“The potential for job creation in ICT is high, and the young people should take advantage of those opportunities. UCC has also made a commitment to engage youth in promoting innovation,” he said.
Mutabazi made the call while addressing a group of young innovators who were competing in the 2017ACIA Smart Transport Management Hackathon, which run from May 26th to 27th at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
The Competition which was organised by UCC in conjunction with Resilient Africa Network (RAN) sought to foster innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations.
The two bodies believe this will have a long standing impact on the youth by building their skills at an early stage to view themselves as change makers through ICT, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mutabazi who said the participation showed that “Uganda has a future in innovation” told the teams that will lose not to “give up” but keep pushing until they make it.
The technology fair was about creating solutions to solve transport problems, to which he told participants to continue pursuing the projects since they are “important for development of our nation”.
Mutabazi also encouraged the youth to use technology to develop agriculture, which is one of the country’s leading sources of revenue.
At the event, Mutabazi provided the two winning teams of the 9 competing participants with cheques of USD 500 each and promised further support.
He thanked RAN for coming up with such developmental initiatives and told them to always contact him to lobby for more support to fund their initiatives.