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University of California to partner with PNG ICT

THE Innovative Acceleration Group from the University of California Berkeley in the United States will foster partnership to start up SME Accelerator program through the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Digital Information Communication Technology (ICT) cluster.

Elizabeth Saunders, program director and chief of staff, innovation acceleration group, University of California, Berkley, USA said the partnership will help create local entrepreneurs based on the local needs and problems.

She said her organisation in partnership with PNG Digital Information Communication Technology Cluster wants to help people solve problems in education, water, agriculture or health.

The group will work with partners at the PNG Digital Information Communication Technology Cluster Laboratory at the ITI at Badili, NCD.

‘‘They would help enhance global economy by assisting in market delivery of customer validity innovation focused on leveraging new technologies, as there is no need to go to Berkley that is expensive,’’ she said.

She said it is the change of mindset to bring the Silicon Valley into PNG to make a Silicon Island in the Pacific.

“As educators, we want to help teach you to do it yourself to address your own problems. I don’t perform ‘innovation theatres’, we help address real life, messy, chaotic innovation. We help build our capabilities so you do it yourself,” she said.

Saunders said the entrepreneurs to need to talk to their customers and find out the need to help solve their problems.

She they will help young Papua New Guinea innovators to think the Silicon Valley mind, a change of mindset to make a Silicon Island in the Pacific.

Ms Saunders said she is happy to bring the ITC start up cluster to PNG, an accelerated program.

The partnership between the University of California Berkley comes at a time when the country is preparing to host the APEC leaders’ meeting that focuses on harnessing inclusive opportunities and embracing the digital future.


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