This is a guest submitted post by Michael Young, co-founder and executive board member at Python Ghana, Python Software Foundation Fellow, and PyCon Africa Executive.
“The rate of technological change is the defining characteristic of our generation. Its impact on work, labor, how people live, our social and political interactions, have all been and are being transformed by the digital revolution.” – Tony Blair, former UK prime minister.
Although Africa accounts for around 17% of the world’s population, it only contributes about 3% of the global GDP. It is a known fact that one of the major drivers directly influencing economic growth is the ability to efficiently use technology.
In Africa several constraints impede adequate utilization of technology, such as unavailability of accessible Internet, expensive and unaffordable data bundles by local providers, and lack of educational reform to bridge the gap of skills between academia and industry.
Despite poor incentives by governmental bodies to improve technological literacy rates, Africa is still being touted as the next significant growth market by global economic institutions. This could be attributed …