Yalda i-Boot Camp kicks off in Morocco under the theme : “Africa in the Digital Age”

he i-Boot Camp serves as a space for youth to come together to share, develop or expand tangible ideas. Photo : RR

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – The Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) will organize the 7th international i-Boot Camp from 24th – 28th October, 2018 at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.

The theme for this year is “Africa in the Digital Age: Youth Bridging Physical Integration through ICT”. The i-Boot Camp will engage and empower over 300 youth to build viable and sustainable digitally savvy enterprises across African borders in a high intensity and fast-paced environment, thereby enhancing rapid digitization from the bottom-up.

The most innovative idea will receive US$10,000 to further support its implementation, with other prizes and fellowships available for runner ups.

Going digital will bring about benefits for youth, particularly in job creation, more access to education through online classes which can be accessed almost anywhere as well as the reduction of information asymmetry allowing for easier entry into the competitive global labor market.

Expanded access to the Internet will also revamp the delivery of health and public services making them more efficient and less time consuming.

YALDA International Chairperson, Matthews Mmopi, asserted that “African youth’s improved digital literacy will provide them with more opportunities to start effective enterprises not only in their own countries but across Africa, helping them reduce costs and increase sales using digital strategies, thereby creating the urgently needed jobs for their peers.”

This i-Boot Camp therefore, seeks to find ways to harness Africa’s greatest asset – her people, so they can contribute meaningfully to the continent’s development through ICT.

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