The Slumcode Group has over the last several years taken an upper edge in developing strategies for community driven development and Information Communication and Technology has become fundamental in every process.
The government’s effort towards transforming Kenya into a knowledge based economy through digital empowerment is founded on The Kenya ICT Master plan 2012 – 2017, which is a five year plan that seeks to drive citizen adoption of the Vision 2030 priorities through ICT policies and initiatives. It projects that by 2017 Kenya’s ICT industry will be contributing an estimated US$2 billion (some 25 percent of Kenya’s GDP) and have created around 500 new tier-1 ICT companies and over 50,000 jobs.
It’s with this in mind that The Slumcode group has evolved into ICT Based programming to involve and include young entrepreneurs particularly from low income regions such as Huruma, Mathare, Korogocho, Kayole, Mukuru, Kibera and Dandora to embrace and appreciate. With good exposure, knowledge and access to relevant information, the “Kenya becomes Africa’s most globally respected knowledge economy” Vision for the master plan is achievable.
After the much successful Slumfest Six 2012 business Dinner, where the Chief Guest Mr. Mugo Kibati, Director General Kenya Vision 2013 Delivery Secretariat made a statement, “Slumcode through Slumfest and it’s other programs are in the process of unshackling themselves from the 3rd World 3rd Class mentality” a 3 year process to realize The Slumcode Innovate Creative ICT Hub or “The SLIC Lab” was initiated.
During that year, a new concept dubbed the Pre-fest Experience was mooted which saw 60 young people including young mothers from underserved communities attended a one day IT Experience at the Institute of Advanced Technology Thika Road – it was a thrilling adventure and to sustain this, most of them received partial scholarships which as an organization we are making plans to find additional sponsorship for them to pursue their selected causes.
Amongst the 4 goals of the master plan: is Goal 1: Every citizen, resident, home and institution will be connected through a countrywide robust, accessible and affordable ICT infrastructure, and Goal 2: Kenya will become the leading ICT HUB in African attracting leading global players and generating globally respected local entrepreneurship and innovation. These speak for our initiative as this year the Grand Slumfest 7 ICT Summit sponsored by leading Technology firm – Huawei will see our season II Pre-fest, an 8 week experience attract almost 90 young people of ages 18 – 35 undergo a capacity enhancing experience at the Slumcode Centre Huruma and formally be awarded for successful participation and project conclusion at the high level ICT Summit at Strathmore University.
These participants will form Te Slumcode Business Circle to enable them network, interact and access resources geared towards building steady business and career progression.
This is a perfect replicable practise that will make an impact to the underserved young people and give a platform to step higher into a professional practice.