Abuti Rams Consultancy (ARC) in partnership with the Standard Bank Incubator and Geekulcha hosted an ICT Youth Bootcamp during the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) for rural and township SMMEs on 15 November 2017 at the SB Incubator in Rosebank. The objective of the Bootcamp was to provide a platform for A-Level influencers within the South African ICT industry, government and its agencies, youth ICT innovators, young professionals and youth-owned SMMEs to explore through discussions and workshops strategic ways on how they can grow their brands through digital platforms to compete both locally and globally.
The Bootcamp also served as an official launch of digiTAAL – a training programme to support SMMEs in townships and rural areas who have minimal ICT Skills. The 6-month programme is a five-phased ICT intervention to combat the day-to-day business challenges that SMMEs face. This includes ICT Youth Bootcamps, ICT Skills Pre-Assessment, Capacity Building Workshops, Ongoing Online Mentorship Programme, Progress Check Workshops and the ICT Skills Post-Assessment.
The carefully selected 150 SMMEs and professionals benefited from the various highly relevant, multi-focused presentations, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops and opportunities to network with policy makers and thought leaders with the ICT industry.
The ICT Youth Bootcamp key pillars of discussion include workshops and presentations on:
- Skills Development: e-business, e-literacy, e-practitioner and e-government-user skills development;
- International best practice exchange: African countries’ ICT success stories;
- The 4th Industrial Revolution in the South African context and the role ICT Youth SMMEs need to play;
- ICT SMMEs Business Opportunities and process plans to support SMMEs; and
- Cyber Security threats and solutions.
Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Honourable Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams delivered a keynote address at the Bootcamp. Workshops were conducted by our partners which include: ZADNA, NEMISA, CSIR, Geekulcha and DTPS.