WINDHOEK – With the focus of this year’s national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit being youth empowerment and giving young people an opportunity to showcase their talents, a group of like-minded youngsters developed the official application (app) for this year’s event.
Operating under the name of BI Dynamics, the youngsters developed the app for free and committed to five years of support services at no charge to the ICT ministry.
This week, during the sponsorship handovers for this year’s summit, ICT Minister Stanley Simataa thanked BI Dynamics for their contribution to the summit and for their willingness to donate their hard work to the ministry at no charge.
The four young men, Leslie Mavanyani, Carlos George, Stanley Katjaimo and Nelson Tjelos, first met at the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), formerly known as Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC), which was established in 2009 as a part of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). It was there in 2014 that they decided to form their company and have since focused on software development. In fact, BI Dynamics has already secured a contract with EcoNet Telecom Lesotho where they have been contracted to manage that company’s data.
“It is these types of contracts that give us impetus to grow,” said Mavanyani. He added that BI Dynamics regularly pulls in young people to help with specific projects. Responding to questions by New Era, Mavanyani said the development of the app and the guaranteed support service to the ministry is valued at about N$350 000.
The fifth information communications technology
summit will be held from 15 to 17 October in Windhoek. The ICT event, which has been taking place over the past four years, aims to promote the information technology sector and to strengthen and foster long-term relationships between all ICT stakeholders.
This year the event will be held under the theme “Digital Transformation for an ICT-Smart Nation”.
This week various ICT industry players pledged over N$1.3 million in cash and about N$150 000 in kind for the summit.