KAMPALA — Over 50 local startups will be showcasing their products when the National ICT Expo opens at Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology on Tuesday, December 17.
In addition to presentations and tabletop demonstrations from local firms, the expo features business experts and networking.
Free and open to the public, the event will be held graced by President Yoweri Museveni and he will be flanked by top government officials, diplomats among others.
The National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) shall provide free Wireless Internet (WiFi) during the function whose is a theme: “Accelerating investment in digital innovation”.
The Expo is meant to “encourage the creation of inclusive and sustainable wealth, employment, development, and growth.
Frank Tumwebaze, the outgoing MoICT & NG Minister said the Expo also aims at promoting “locally-developed ICT innovations that have been fostered within Uganda and expose the enabling environment that has facilitated this innovation to the public and private sectors.”
“The event will showcase the bountiful ICT innovation potential Uganda boasts, and the growing digital ecosystem that has been fostered by both Government endorsement — through programs like the National ICT Initiatives Support Program — and private sector investment. The exhibition will host incredible, locally-conceived and realized innovations at every point in the innovation process, from incubation to commercialization,” said Tumwebaze.
Governments supports local innovators support through the local ICT Innovation Hubs.
The ICT Innovation Hubs provide training, mentorship, and placements, the Ministry is currently working with, HiveColab, Resilient Africa Network (RAN), Makerere Incubation and Innovation Center (MIIC), CAMTech, Outbox, Innovation Village among others.
All these will showcase their achievements.
Others include Safeboda, Kira Motors, Xente App among others