Jun 17, 2016 BIH News, Media Release

BIH Participates in the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Botswana Innovation Hub is pleased to participate in the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016). This year’s commemoration is held at Thamaga today, Friday 17th June, 2016 following its postponement by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

WTISD is an annual commemoration marking the founding of the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. The day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969 and this year WTISD 2016 recognizes that ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”, in accordance with Resolution 68 and as endorsed by ITU Council of 2015. The theme is in line with ITU’s work in unlocking the potential of ICTs for young innovators and entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, start-ups and technology hubs as drivers of innovative and practical solutions for catalysing progress in achieving international sustainable development goals, with a focus on SMEs from developing countries.

ICT is one of Botswana Innovation Hub’s focus sectors and participation in the WTISD 2016 advances the company’s mandate of fostering entrepreneurship and technology transfer to develop start-up companies and add value to existing ones. ICT entrepreneurs are involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies and as an important source of new jobs, especially for youth, in the emerging knowledge economy.

As part of the commemoration, Botswana Innovation Hub hosted a three day Innovation, Business and Technology workshop for schools and SMEs in Thamaga. The company mobilized clients of its technology entrepreneurship development programme, First Steps Venture Centre (FSVC) to form part of the workshop. Participating companies included, Ditec, Modisar, Deaftronics, Terracam and Social Light.

Also contributing to the commemoration are Botswana Innovation Hub registered companies ConceroTel  who are sponsoring a point of presence and provision of WIFI for the duration of the commemoration at the venue. The company will also provide six month mentorship to Thamaga youth who are providing internet services in the village.  Another Botswana Innovation Hub registered company, IT-IQ has sponsored an Internet Computing Fundamentals training course for primary school teachers in Thamaga and surrounding villages.

In addition, Botswana Innovation Hub will today sensitize the public on its Technology Transfer service offering on Intellectual Property (IP) at the exhibition that forms part of today’s commemoration.

Tigele Mokobi

PR and Communications Manager