Tech experts in Akwa Ibom State are collaborating to translate computer codes, programs, and technological terms into Ibibio and other indigenous languages in Nigeria. The local tech community has engaged linguists to create registers, codes, and coin words for this purpose.
These linguistic elements will be approved and licensed for use as communication codes in vernacular languages to interpret technological terms.
Speaking at the Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023 held at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Ikot Ekpene, President of Akwa Ibom Innovation Network, Mr. Hanson Johnson, outlined the initiative as a key goal of the event themed “Africa’s New Tech Destination.”
He explained that a group of language experts and software developers are collaborating on the Ibom Tech Language project. This initiative aims to bridge the language barrier in the tech industry, making it more accessible to local communities.
Mr. Johnson highlighted two critical issues addressed during the Tech Week. First, the need for an evaluation framework for African tech talents to enable revenue sharing and sustainable training programs. Second, the establishment of the Akwa Ibom Angels Network, which focuses on sourcing local and international funding for tech initiatives within the state.
The goal is to raise 10,000 young individuals, empowering them with technological skills and ensuring employment opportunities through various innovative projects.
According to him, To achieve these ambitious goals, partnerships with government entities, private sector organizations, universities, and international bodies are deemed essential. The collaboration with institutions like the International Center for Environmental Sustainability and Energy Research at the University of Uyo and Tedfund Center for Computational Intelligence ensures that the innovations are backed by research and data, instilling confidence in potential investors.
The Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023 served as a platform for technology enthusiasts, content creators, and ICT influencers to come together. The event aimed to foster innovation, drive the technology ecosystem in Akwa Ibom State, create employment opportunities for skilled youths, and provide avenues for skill training and empowerment.
With the collaborative efforts of the local tech community, this initiative signifies a significant step toward a more inclusive and accessible tech industry in the region.