The International Technology and Entrepreneurship Program (ITEP) is an educational initiative by the School of Design and
Technology (SDT) to instill the skillsets of Information Technology into the young people of Africa and make them join
the train of successful Technology entrepreneurs on the globe.
Africa over the years has played a key role in the IT industry by producing talented and skilled labour force for Europe, North America and Australia. These individuals have contributed to the success of many organisations including Alphabet (Google) and Microsoft among others. Many have been absorbed into various sectors of Africa's industries and the skills of these individuals have caused growth in their respective organisations.
The remaining are entrepreneurs who own various IT companies and initiatives in Africa. Technological Skills and
Technology Entrepreneurship is a very vital and important category in development. They are still in high demand
since organisations have no choice than to adopt to the changing world of Technology. Indeed, there are many successful
African technology professionals contributing greatly in various fields of life and development. However, there is
still a huge deficit with regards to skilled young people in Africa as compared to Asia and North America.
The contribution of African technology professionals is a drop in the ocean compared to the contributions made by the young people in other continents. For example, the open source community that is the world's biggest source of free software applications has received a negligible contribution from Africa. The chart below shows the contribution to the largest open source community, Github.com.
Before applying to join the program, consider the list below to be sure that you qualify.
To join ITEP, you should :
- be between the ages of 15 to 25 years at the time you are applying,
- possess a high school degree or higher,
- have basic or advance computer knowledge
- have a pure passion for technology and design
A passion for learning. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world for more who you connect with. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate!
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