UN CSTD: Next generation tech-preneurship will be led by Teenpreneurs, Bekele

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Start-ups need to stridently move from talking the blue-print to tangibles in the tech space and that next generation tech-preneurship will be led by #Teenpreneurs, who have it in their DNA .

The 21st Commission on Science and Technology for Development  UNCSTD was held at the United Nations HQ, Palais des Nations, Geneva, from Monday, 14 May to Friday, 18 May 2018. Among the distinguished speakers sat in a high level panel included Sophia Bekele Founder & CEO of DotConnectAfrica who discussed the impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the SDGs.

Following the conference them, “Impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” speakers examined the opportunities and challenges brought about by new and emerging technologies in a number of fields.

They also sent a strong message on the importance of accelerating and diversifying the benefits of ICT’s to promote and accentuate tech-preneruship especially in the global south. In her statement, to the  panel: Digital Competencies to benefit from existing and emerging technologies with focus on gender and youth dimension, Ms. Bekele said

“The global South has best opportunity to leapfrog in the digital economy instead of reinventing the wheel,”. On policy, Bekele noted that there is always a fear that legislating policy is left behind technology development than it does in reality. She added that, “We can lead in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning and Big Data”.
She implored that Start-ups need to stridently move from talking the blue-print to tangibles in the tech space and that next generation tech-preneurship will be led by #Teenpreneurs, who have it in their DNA. See the full statement here
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