A partnership involving Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), telecom Vodafone and technology outfit mFriday aims to launch Ghana’s first technology hub.
According to Vodafone, the technology hub, which was modelled after the Digital Hub in Ireland and Kenya’s iHub, will give Ghana’s Web-based mobile content developers a priceless opportunity to introduce commercially viable mobile products.
Dubbed ‘Tech Hub’, it will also enable the West African nation’s mobile application developers to share ideas, activate Web applications and build solutions for Ghana.
At the hub, technology entrepreneurs, Web developers and the business community will be able to interact, collaborate and fully unleash the booming technological revolution spreading across the nation.
Digital applications that will originate from the hub are expected to be largely designed for Ghanaians and the designers would be able to test their products before they are released for the end-users to access.
The hub, which has been described as an innovative initiative, will also host experts in the technological industry who will be meeting, carrying out trainings and holding workshops and conferences at the hub. It will also house a library of resources to facilitate capacity building, skills and knowledge acquisition.
Vodafone’s director in charge of commercials, Nii Boye Agyei, described the hub initiative as another demonstration of the company’s passion for innovation, and a reaffirmation of its reputation and position as the leading company in Ghana’s telecoms industry.
According to him, the partnership was borne out of the fact that investing in technology is a key driver of change. Hence the company decided to partner with mFriday and KNUST to build the technology hub facility which he said will provide life-changing opportunities for entrepreneurs, individuals and businesses across Ghana.
“We have gone to great lengths to furnish this facility with the necessary technological and physical structures that will provide limitless possibilities to the individuals and groups who will be working from here,” Agyei said.
Vodafone Ghana’s mission on this project is to empower Ghanaians to achieve their potential, to bring industry closer to academia, and to foster and propel locally developed solutions for community needs, the company said.
Agyei added: “We are very proud to be a part of the first ever Tech hub and are looking forward to the innovative ideas and products which will come out of it. We will continue to be at the forefront of such innovative initiatives in the industry, and in Ghana.”
Prof. Peter Donkor, Pro Vice Chancellor of KNUST, expressed the excitement of the university community at its role in the creation and building of future technology leaders.
“KNUST has always housed bright minds and with the partnership of Vodafone Ghana and mFriday, we are well equipped in building the skills for the future technology business leaders in Ghana,” he said.