Boshwaen wants to leave “innovation legacy”
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The 2016 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) has come to Botswana and today, has left an indelible mark in the country and a meaningful one for Allan Boshwaen, the man from the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH). Boshwaen, together with the government of Botswana, his employers and the African Innovation Foundation will forever be etched in the annals of history as winners.
Speaking to Biztechafrica Allan Boshwaen could not hide his joy at achieving the almost insummountable feat of bringing the IPA to Botswana. He talked of sleepless nights as a result of the mega demands from the expectant and ever demanding ICT pundits. His clarion call was to effect a smooth sailing plan that resulted in the awards night. He didn’t fail. Now he has his eyes set on the bigger prize; that of seeing the completion of the BIH Science Park which is just a stone’s throw away from completion.
“My imediate objective is to see that the Park is operational, that is the dream we are really focused on now,” he told Biztechafrica on the sidelines of the prizegiving ceremony. He said now the people of Botswana understand what innovation is all about. “The leading innovators in Africa are doing a great job. This is not only about the mobile applications, it is more than that. What more, if the solutions are very practical, they will find investors. We have to create the links to create more mature business. We are trying to frame our park to have that mature business. This is an ecosystem where you have business and start-ups."
Boshwaen echoed the Minister of Science and technology, Nonofo Molefhi’s sentiments that the government needed to establish linkages with national and international organisations that would bring positive changes to national science, technology and innovation agenda.
“One of the key pillars we seek such partnerships is towards attaining national competitiveness, especially through Science Technology and Innovation. We have noted through numerous global reports, how integrating Science Technology and Innovation among other national economic drivers has the potential to enhance economic growth and diversification,” the minister had said earlier.
With the creative instinct and the thirst for innovation reaching gagantuan levels in the country, Boshwaen will never run short of fodder to feed his elephentine ambitions of leaving a legacy to Batswana that is meant to plant awe in the minds of many for years to come.