Mobile application and content developers in Kenya will be funded by the government and multinational semiconductor chip maker Intel to facilitate mobile app innovation, ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said on Friday.
Matiangi said that the government is working on resource mobilisation through a public private partnerships for a program centered on improving technological innovations, digitisation of government information and tapping of artistic content.
"We are encouraging young people to scale up innovations in IT so that they improve chances of getting contracts like Techno Brain did in digitisation Kenyatta National Hospital records. The government will be announcing funds meant for developers and content creators at the end of this year," Matiangi said.
He said the huge artistic content from schools which ends up to waste due to lack of consumption avenue, will be channeled to the digital platform after the country starts to migrate from analogue to digital TV from December.
"The many channels provided in digital TV will provide a sufficient medium for selling the content out there thus creating jobs for many young Kenyans in the creative art schools," Matiangi said.
To facilitate ICT innovation, Matiangi called on banks to fund upcoming local IT firms.
Suraj Shah, Corporate Affairs Intel East Africa said that Intel puts $100 million annually for development of ICT projects globally, and in Kenya, the company will be supporting Harmonics and mHealth Solutions for a three day training in Silicon Valley.