The Yaba technology cluster is something that developed organically in less than a decade, and is a real thing. If you are reading this, you are probably no stranger to it. Now, the people who live and work there want to take an active, deliberate hand in its future development, and that’s what has given rise to the open Yaba Manifesto. “Open” because it will be fleshed out through active contribution from the community.
The result of the Yaba Townhall, which was convened on the 23rd of June at the Co-Creation Hub, was a broad framework around which the details of a coherent roadmap for the Yaba tech cluster can be fleshed out. Seven different objectives were identified and established as the main articles of the manifesto.
- Culture: A culture and spirit of community that is conducive to the healthy development of a technology cluster
- Funding: The mechanism by which funding for startups in the Yaba technology cluster is harnessed and distributed
- Talent: Building the army of technical and operational talent that will execute the ventures that emerge from the cluster
- Infrastructure: Power? Traffic? Broadband? Parking? We need to figure that stuff out
- Policy: Proactively engaging lawmakers and regulators to pave the way for policy that encourages innovation
- Smart city: Positioning the Yaba technology cluster is the perfect microcosm and template for Lagos’ ambitions to create smart cities, powered by cutting edge technology and infrastructure.
- Research and development: The means by which the cluster contemplates and invests in future technologies and development
Francis Sani’s recap of the event does a better job of capturing what happened, definitely read that.
The online deliberations on each of these articles/pillars will be led by people you know, as follows.
- Culture Team Lead: Oluyomi Ojo, @OluyomiOjo
- Funding Team Lead: Mark Essien, @mark
- Talent Team Lead: Dele Bakare, @delebakare
- Infrastructure Team Lead: Olufunbi Falayi, @olufunbi.falayi
- Policy Creation Team Lead: Gbenga Sesan, @gbengasesan
- Smart City Team Lead: Emeka Okoye, @emeka_okoye
- Research & Development Team Lead: Temie Giwa-Bosun, @temie
We have created threads corresponding to their articles/pillars and opened the conversation (see direct links above). All the conversations will be grouped in the dedicated Yaba Manifesto category that we have created for that purpose. Please feel free to join in any or all of the conversations! But before you do, please take a minute to look at the ground rules. Keeping the conversation clean and intellectual is essential to arriving at a manifesto that will endure the test of time.
We are honoured that Radar was chosen to be the online platform to coordinate and aggregate the conversations that will inform the open Yaba Manifesto, and we look forward to a lively engagement from stakeholders in the Yaba technology cluster, as well as the broader technology community.
Let’s do this.