The Kenya Digital Economy is at the forefront of spear heading the socio-economic change geared to The Kenya Vision 2030 goals for transforming Kenya into a newly, industrializing, middle-income country. The vision for the Kenya Digital Economy blueprint is to provide ‘A digitally empowered citizenry, living in a digitally enabled society.’

As Rova digital, we provide ICT solutions to improve the efficiency of our client’s business. Our products are tailor made to suit the particular needs of the clients, staying up to date with the latest and most advanced technology available.  The adoption of new technologies translates to innovation, productivity, efficiency, and financial advancement for professionals of diverse backgrounds nationwide. This leads to an improvement in the quality of life, increased connectedness, and auxiliary benefits to its citizens. According to World Bank 2016, information and communications technologies (ICTs) account for 17% of GDP growth in developing countries.

As a guide to the collective way forward in the Kenya digital economy, five pillars of growth have been identified. One of the pillars is digital skills and values; this is the development of a digitally skilled workforce. One of the focus areas include experiential learning and mentorship that is Integrated to institutions of learning, inclusive and relevant. Rova Digital has two programs to support this vision.

The first program is known as the Digital Girls in Artificial Intelligence (DIGAI) program. This is an opportunity for young vibrant girls aged 18-25 years who are passionate about the digital space in particular artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The program intends to shape the next generation of women leaders in the digital economy by creating a pool of girls who will impact in the bear minimum, the African continent. It provides an innovative, creative and experimental learning environment for the girls. They are equipped with resources to design, create and code programs from concept, layout to functionality in all areas including databases, user interface and application layer. They are also equipped with mentorship to facilitate their personal growth and to connect their career to the community.

The ICT skills gap among the youth is a primary barrier to youth employment in the digital jobs sector. To combat this, Rova Digital offers a training framework through the program; Kids Coding Camp. This is a program geared at equipping children aged 8-17 with skills for the future; learning code, building apps, games, artificial intelligence and robotics to help them improve in critical thinking, problem solving abilities and logical reasoning skills.

By demonstrating digital leadership, Rova Digital hopes to implement technology to drive the digital economy across digital infrastructure, financial services, platforms, entrepreneurship, skills and values.

By: Charity Mwathi