The launch of Smart Kigali will come as music to the ears of many local software developers, who say that they hindered by a limited market due to low understanding of the use of ICT and its benefits.
Peter Nduwayezu, a software developer at Advanced ICT (Adict), says bespoke software has many advantages. "We design software for clients according to their needs," he indicates, saying that this can help to automate certain operations in an organization.
Davis Mugira, who works at the collaborative ICT initiative K-Lab, explains he designs applications mainly for private companies like hotels and restaurants according to what he thinks can be of need of a particular institution. "Often you come up with an idea that a certain type of organization might need a specific solution, and then you start analyzing it," he explains.
Both Nduwayezu, who holds a bachelors degree in computer science from the national university, and Mugira are confident that they and their colleagues have the required skills, but that low awareness of the potential of ICT and limited adoption of new technology is limiting their market.
"There is a need to adopt technology. For instance, there are so many applications for mobile phones but you will see people just using for example Whatsapp,
"People do not really go out to identify the needs. Often they work in areas that already have like a million solutions. You cannot get innovation there; people really need to find fields that have not been tackled."
However, Mussa Habineza, the manager of
He further point out that the virgin market is in fact an opportunity to be seized, and criticizes his colleagues for their lack of ability to tackle it. "People do not really go out to identify the needs. Often they work in areas that already have like a million solutions. You cannot get innovation there; people really need to find fields that have not been tackled," Habineza argues.
Jovani Ntabgoba, TVET coordinator in the ICT chamber of the
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