Craft Silicon CEO mentors local developers

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

Kamal Budhabhatti, the Chief Executive of Kenyan based Craft Silicon was in Botswana where he met with about 10 selected developers who took time to pitch before him. Kamal was in the country at the invitation of a local ICT company called Hlanganani and e-learning Botswana. The Botswana Innovation Hub said the event was an “ICT Skills, Certification and Entrepreneurship Symposium”

Craft Silicon according to the CEO, employs about 300 people in a number of countries that include the Headquarters Kenya, India, Tanzania and about to set shop in Botswana. “We have over 200 customers in about 45 countries,” explained Kamal Budhabhatti. His advice to the developers present was “if you want to do something good, look for something you love.” He also advised the young attendees that they should never have a plan B never, in their life especially as it implies to doing their loved work.  

Present were representatives from the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, The Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) and the people from the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC). 

The companies, organisations and entities represented in the pitch are as follows:

  1. Adams Database                              -              Victor Setlhare
  2. BitBrands                                             -              Trevor Twala
  3. Mobisoft                                             -              Moesi Modikwa
  4. Focus Surveys                                   -              Tumelo Mapila
  5. Fane Communications   -              Mohau Mannathoko
  6. CitiApps                                               -              Joshua Chimusoro
  7. Social Light                                          -              Tony Mautsu
  8. Intelligent Traffic Systems            -              Tirelo Moeti
  9. Ditec Mobile                                      -              Thatayaone Dichaba
  10. WorldQueus                                      -              Justice Williams
  11. BetaLactum                                        -              Khanda Dira
  12. Technoevo Innovation  -              Tebogo Ketshabile
  13. KaKopa Explore                                -              Shimah Petrus Kakopa
  14. OptimumQ                                         -              Pinky Sesiane
  15. Share Me Studio                              -              Keletso Mmifinyana
  16. Michaelson Invst                              -              Michaelson Mpho
  17. Khofi                                                     -              Khofi Gabosekwe
  18. Gwalima Int                                        -              Sekhulile Dube
  19.  Aminaami                                           -              Likius Likius
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