Africa as incubator of upcoming technical talents
July 22, 2015 Editor 0
Technology is all around us and it is an important aspect of our everyday lives. The future of Africa is believed to be greatly transformed by technology because of its untapped talent and fast growing population. The continent is among the world’s 10 largest growing economies. Africa as incubator of upcoming technical talents is therefor not far away.
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A number of trends indicate why Africa will be hot in the tech world given its potential to overcome future development hurdles through innovation.
1. Language translation to improve communication while doing business
Although English is widely spoken in the continent, Africa has almost 2000 languages and only 242 are used by the media. There will be a significant need to create dictionaries for the 100’s of other vulnerable African languages to improve communication therefore not only depending on big heavyweights like Google but also for start-ups which will be cheaper and profitable.
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Time difference is also a major barrier in doing business with other continents but the upcoming technological revolution will ensure capital cities of Africa like Lagos and Nairobi are on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to enhance collaboration among states.
2. Creation of Technological hubs across the continent
There is a great emergence of technological hubs in Africa among them i Hub in Nairobi, Kenya and Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Nigeria which has increased interest of foreign investors across the continent. These hubs have led to an increase of talented and digital savvy young individuals who are untapped by potential technological employers.
3. Internet Penetration and migration from dump phones to smart phones
Internet usage is an obvious trend that cannot be overlooked and as the continent goes digital, internet usage is growing at a fast rate with an increased number of individuals purchasing new smart phones and related devices. This will improve online communication enabling clients to access potential job seekers online. There is also a chance of increasing WI-Fi hot spots in Africa to improve its technology. This is another reason why Africa will be hot in tech world in the coming years.
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4. Technological space and Demography
Africa is believed to have the youngest population in the world today majority the young who are believed to be digitally savvy. It also has a massive space for computing architecture and science. Kenya and South Africa are among the countries in the continent which have got the backing of Technological companies such as Microsoft and IBM to orient their students on matters dealing with technology. It is believed that in the future, similar initiatives will be adapted by technologists and developers to increase the number of jobs for the untapped young market with great potential.
[ad name=”Google_Responsive”]Efficiency is also believed to be transformed through automation’s in future when the continent will have improved its technology and have the ability to afford engineered efficiency machines like robotics and drone ports to improve remote tasks.
Although the continent has many cultural, economic, technological and political differences, current trends which are promising indicate why Africa will be hot in the tech world and as an incubator in the coming generation.
- The sustainability of Africa’s start-up culture – 6 Incubators and accelerators and what they tell us
- Code 4 Kenya October Updates
- Toward a balanced framework to evaluate and improve the internal functioning of non-profit economic development business incubators. A study in Belgium
- The role of trust as mediator between contract, information and knowledge within business incubators
- Academic entrepreneurs’ role in science-based companies
- Shell Ideas360 | A global ideas competition for Technical Talents
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