Bishkek, February 3, 2022 - Bishkek will host a large-scale event "Get into IT", dedicated to introducing young people to the possibilities of innovative technologies. Codify, together with the UNDP Accelerator Lab, Accelerate Prosperity and the Association of Creative Industries, is organizing a series of master classes, where top experts will teach newcomers about all directions in the IT sector. A job fair for IT professionals from local product companies is also expected to be held at the event.
COVID-19 has pushed Kyrgyzstan to a tipping point in the development of technology and changes have begun that may lead to both a qualitative leap in development and a widening of the gap between the connected and the unconnected, leading to a greater lag in digital adoption.
Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan shared: "We are expanding cooperation with government partners, civil society and other organizations to ensure an inclusive digital transformation to address the digital divide and use digital technology wherever it is needed to achieve development priorities with our partners.”
The event itself, which will be held at the Innovation Centre, will feature prominent experts from the IT sector who will advise on how to launch a career in IT and combine it with creative industries such as art, tourism, edtech and more.
"Our goal is to acquaint people with multiple directions in IT and show that IT is accessible for everyone, contributing to the development and promotion of the IT sector in Kyrgyzstan.” said Dina Ruslan, CEO of Codify
The IT market is developing in Kyrgyzstan. In 2021, residents of the Kyrgyz Hi-Tech Park earned KGS1.3 billion. About 30 companies work in the field, and 70% of their clients are from abroad. The biggest stepping stone in this lucrative sector is training more specialists.
Indira Uzbekova, Country Manager at Accelerate Prosperity said: "Accelerate Prosperity makes a significant contribution to the creation of an ecosystem for entrepreneurship development in Kyrgyzstan. Dina Ruslan, CEO of Codify is an Accelerate Prosperity alumna and winner. We are proud of our alumni and portfolio companies and hope to grow unicorn companies.”
Aman Tentiev, Emil Umetaliev, Adilet Maratov, Nikita Nogai, Vladislav Imankhojaev, Danila Orlov and Yulian Khudolozhkin will speak at the live event. Speakers will talk about what is IT sphere, how IT technologies help tourism development, how to turn idea into a successful startup, how to create mobile applications, website design and much more.
Register for the online event: https://undp.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fDQgOwFEQ4CjnRX1KZr-dQ
Codify is a group of IT companies that consists of Codify Academy, a programming academy of all IT disciplines for adults and teens; Codify CRM/LMS - IT product of Codify, which helps to automate business and educational processes; Codify Lab - IT-lab, which is developing IT-solutions on outsourcing.
UNDP Accelerator Labs is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme in cooperation with the Qatar Foundation for Development and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Accelerator Labs are designed to harness local innovation to create actionable insights and rethink sustainable development for the 21st century. The Accelerator Labs network is the largest and fastest growing knowledge and development network, consisting of 92 Accelerator Labs in 116 countries, including the Kyrgyz Republic.
Accelerate Prosperity (AP) is a new global initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Central and South Asia to stimulate businesses where economic opportunities remain scarce. AP has also announced a call for applications for the IT Accelerator, where digital and IT companies, led by experienced trackers, will be able to scale their businesses and attract investment. More information is available at: https://kg.accelerateprosperity.org/digital. The business accelerator is implemented by Accelerate Prosperity ASIA and is funded by the European Union and the Aga Khan Foundation. The project aims to develop entrepreneurship and improve the economic well-being of the rural population of the Kyrgyz Republic.