Somalia’s capital will next month host a technology summit which will focus on the need for the country’s government, business community, donors, private sector, entrepreneurs and development organizations to apply innovation and technology to drive sustainable development.
Somali innovators, techies,hackers, developers, experts, academics will gather in Mogadishu between 17-19 July to explore business and investment opportunities in the country and share ideas.
The conference, organized by iRise Hub, the nation’s first innovation and technology hub, is aimed at showcasing the local tech talents and recognise innovators and entrepreneurs.
Speakers at the summit will include Mohamud Ahmed Jimale, the president and co-founder of Jamhuriya University of Science & Technology (JUST) in Mogadishu, Kenyan photojournalist and activist Boniface Mwangi and the mayor of the Somali capital, Abdirahman Omar Osman.
According to the director of the Mogadishu Tech Summit 2018, M.Khadar Ismail, a “new crop of young entrepreneurs, innovators, and software developers are showing a keen propensity for absorbing and adopting new technologies”
“A key goal of this summit is to examine and discuss the best ways in which to use knowledge and innovation to boost youth employment and drive a sustainable economic development through innovation and technology,” he said.