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400 IT students to be mentored under the Presidential Digital Talent Programme

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17 – The third cohort of the Presidential Digital Talent Programme has graduated technology students that will develop innovations that are providing solutions for enabling better delivery of public service.

The program provides 400 Kenyan tech students with a platform to engage with private sector and different officials from the government to discuss the role of ICT towards the realization of the big 4 Agenda.

The winners of the PDTP Innovation Award for Cohort II were announced at the event, with the winners being presented with their certificates, trophies and prizes by PS for ICT Jerome Ochieng and Stone He, CEO of Huawei Kenya.

Speaking at the forum, Ochieng’ emphasized on the government’s commitment to deliver quality services to Kenyans through ICT.

“The government’s aim is to Improve the livelihoods of Kenyans by ensuring the availability of accessible, efficient, reliable and affordable ICT services by; Improving Public Service Delivery using ICT, upgrading National ICT Infrastructure and Developing further the ICT Industry,” said Ochieng.

The winning innovations includes a PDTP Management Portal that tracks, monitors and manages training programs in government that requires tracking of government projects, mentors, students and partners; and Workers on Tap which aggregates and provides shared working tools for entrepreneurs to set-up businesses.

The winners will be provided with incubation at the ICT Authority with funding support from the primary sponsor Huawei, and mentors from IBM and Technobrain.

During the event, Huawei announced it will continue to sponsor the innovation awards, and also announced the provision of Huawei Certified Network Associate Training in Routing and Switching for more than 500 PDTP students (encompassing this cohort and previous cohorts).

This training is provided in partnership with Zetech University, a Huawei Authorised Information Network Academy, and demonstrates the cross-sector collaboration at the heart of PDTP.

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“ICT is transforming Kenya and it is important that the country has the talent to drive the industry forward and develop innovations that can transform the delivery of public service. PDTP is a best-in-class initiative globally, and Huawei is delighted to support such a critical program, building on our strategic partnership with the ICT Authority and our work providing ICT infrastructure and solutions for government, businesses and citizens across Kenya,” said He.

The PDTP trained interns have made an immense contribution towards the digitization of records at the Ministry of Lands, the rollout of DLP at the ICT Authority plus the ICT support provided to the examination council. They have also contributed in providing e- government services and increased efficiency in the provision of services to the Kenyan citizen.

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