By: Elorm Yao Aryee
The Head of ICT Department at the Ho Technical University and Director for Centre of Education Research and Training, Mawuli Agbenorto has advised youth and stakeholders in the digital innovation space to conduct regular needs assessments for their communities in order to build innovative applications and solutions to cater for their immediate environment.
He said for digital talents to make a significant impact, it is imperative for them to be solution oriented, especially with a focus on providing solutions to businesses through innovative technology.
Mr. Agbenorto made the call during a consultative engagement forum on mobile application development held in Ho by Digital Innovation firm, Ho Node Hub.
A research conducted by a software company, Meltwater in 2014 indicates that Ghana is among the list of countries with the highest mobile phone penetration in Africa.
The research also indicated that Ghana has a high rate of consumers owning multiple phones.
Mr. Agbenorto said the phenomenon means that more mobile phone service providers are in search of digital talents to produce consumer informed applications to address their needs.
Speaking on the theme, ‘The role of Mobile Application in Transforming the Local economy for Job Creation and Economic Development’, he said the numerous problem solving opportunities present avenues for job creation and other related benefits.
Mr. Agbenorto therefore called on digital talents to develop an eye for problem identification while urging them to make the best use of resources available to them.
The stakeholder engagement which was held in partnership with the Ghana Tech Lab with support from the MasterCard Foundation’s Young African Works program and the World Bank, sought to among other things, inform and identify current market needs of industries, companies, job market and skills gaps.
This is expected to help single out the needed intervention to help bridge the gap.
The Ho Node Hub, having completed its base program in Digital Media Training, is set to begin its next base programme in Mobile Application Development.
The Managing Director of the firm, Courage Asase said the engagement was significant since inputs were solicited from stakeholders in the digital innovation space to chart the course of the base program and curriculum for the year.
He said the firm has since its establishment in 2017, cultivated fruitful relationships with stakeholders including those from academia, organisations, startups and other significant stakeholder to ensure a holistic contribution in its impact projects in the digital space.
The Technical Lead of the firm, Seth Megbetor in a report on its base training program said the Hub is set to begin a 6-week Mobile Application Development programme for which reason the stakeholder engagement was deemed necessary.
He indicated that such training programmes have nurtured and produced formidable youth-led startups which are already competing with other industry giants especially in the field of Tourism and in the Creative arena.