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Voices of innovation:Youth share their dreams at MWC 2023

In a world increasingly driven by technology, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda, brought together some of the brightest minds and innovators from across the globe.

MCW2023 is the largest and most influential event for the connectivity ecosystem. Whether you’re a global mobile operator, device manufacturer, technology provider, vendor, content owner, or are simply interested in the future of tech.

Amidst the conference, we took the opportunity to engage with young Rwandans to understand their perspectives on innovation and technology, and to learn about their aspirations in this rapidly evolving digital landscape. Here are some insightful quotes and perspectives from the enthusiastic youth of Rwanda

  1. Embracing innovation

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress, and young Rwandans are fully aware of its importance. Aminata Uwera, a 22-year-old computer science student, reflects, “Innovation is not just a buzzword; it’s the key to solving our country’s challenges. We need to harness technology to drive our nation forward.”

There is no innovation without tech and not innovation and tech without young people
  1. Tech education

The youth of Rwanda are keen on acquiring the necessary skills to thrive in the tech-driven world. Thierry Niyoniringiye, a 22-year-old aspiring software developer, shares his thoughts, “I dream of becoming a world-class developer, and it all starts with education. We need more accessible tech education in Rwanda.”

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  1. Entrepreneurial spirit

Many young Rwandans at MWC 2023 expressed a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Josiane Tuyizere, a 24-year-old business student, says, “I want to be an entrepreneur who leverages technology to create solutions. The start-up scene here is promising, and I want to be a part of it.”

Entrepreneurs must embrace digitalization
  1. Digital inclusion

Access to technology remains a significant concern for many young people in Rwanda. Jean-Paul, a 20-year-old student, emphasizes the need for digital inclusion, saying, “We must bridge the digital divide. Everyone should have the chance to benefit from technology, regardless of their background.”

The connect gap is an issue on the entire continent
  1. Sustainability and tech

Rwanda’s youth also recognize the importance of sustainable tech solutions. Nadine Mugaba, a 23-year-old environmental science enthusiast, notes, “Innovation should not harm our planet. We should prioritize sustainable tech solutions that help us and the environment.”

Sustainability must remain at the heart of all innovation
  1. Global perspectives

Rwanda’s young generation has a global outlook. Olivier Kwizera, a 25-year-old international trade student, shares his international ambitions, “I aspire to work on global tech projects that have a positive impact on humanity. Rwanda has a role to play on the world stage.”

  1. Government support

The government’s role in fostering innovation is acknowledged by many. Diane, a 21-year-old economics student, states, “Government support is crucial for tech innovation. We need policies that encourage and nurture young talent.”

“We are committed to continuing to foster an environment that encourages innovation.” – Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT & Innovation
  1. Building networks

Networking and collaboration are vital for innovation. Benjamin Nkusi, a 27-year-old tech entrepreneur, stresses, “MWC is a great platform to meet like-minded individuals. Building networks and partnerships can accelerate our journey.”

  1. Dreaming big

Young Rwandans aren’t afraid to dream big. Frances Kamikazi, a 19-year-old aspiring robotics engineer, dreamily shares, “I want to build robots that can change the world. Dreams may seem distant, but they are worth pursuing.”

  1. Making a difference

Ultimately, young Rwandans at MWC 2023 share a common goal: to make a positive difference through innovation. As Alice Tuyizere, a 22-year-old computer science student, sums it up, “Innovation is not just about gadgets and apps; it’s about making the world better, one idea at a time.”

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