A seminar titled ‘ICT Entrepreneurial Journey A to Z: Own Your Future’ was organized by the monthly tech magazine C-News at Windy Town Hall in Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) on February 25, 208, last day of BASIS SoftExpo 2018. 

Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority Mrs. Hosne Ara Begum was present in the seminar as chief guest, whereas Editor and Publisher of C-News and CEO of Databiz Software Mr. Rashed Kamal delivered the keynote speech. 

In the keynote speech, Rashed Kamal said- To be an entrepreneur in ICT sector, it is essential to have some basic knowledge about technology and business. Money is not everything to be an entrepreneur and it is not possible for anyone to survive for long unless he or she is skilled in particular areas, as he said. He also stated-Students from business background need to possess some basic ICT knowledge to be an ICT entrepreneur and similarly, students from ICT background too need to get educated in business area. In his speech, he basically emphasized on removing the existing gap between Industry and Academy.

As chief guest Managing Director of Hi-Tech Park Authority Hosne Ara Begum said-Currently, ICT is impacting the whole world economically, and especially youth’s participation and contribution over here are undeniable. Besides being ICT professionals, youth remains ahead enough as ICT entrepreneurs too. But, to be a successful entrepreneur, he or she has to be creative and skilled as well. Apart from necessary education and training, patience is must. Usually youth faces a big problem while working in the ICT sector and it is the existing huge gap between academy and reality. In that case, it is essential for them to gather knowledge about commercial matters besides technology based education. He said- Hi-Tech Park Authority along with the ICT Division of Bangladesh Government is providing different training sessions for the new entrepreneurs. We have planned numbers of programmes for the entrepreneurs where they are likely to get benefited as I hope.  

Among others, President of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) Mr. Almas Kabir, Director of Institute of Information Technology (IIT) from University of Dhaka Professor Dr. Md. Shoriful Islam, CEO of ride sharing service Pathao Mr. Hussain M Ilias, General Secretary of Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDOSN) Mr. Munir Hasan, Chairman of IT company Devnet Mr. A K Sabbir Mahbub and more delivered their precious speeches in the seminar.

An entrepreneur should have some ideas regarding his or her limitations, as the speakers said in the seminar. Besides, he or she also has to hold the tendency to accept failure as well as to get educated. Solutions rather than the problems should be given emphasis on. We also have to know about how the critical circumstances should be handled.

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