The second edition of the Silicon Mountain conference was held in Buea at the legendary Chariot Hotel on Saturday 18 June, 2016.
The theme of the conference was ” Think Global, Build Local”. This event brought together techies, university dons, and financial gurus.
A video of tech growth in Cameroon graced the opening ceremony, proving how tech has actually grown not just within the country or continent but also across continents without leaving out media bodies like B.B.C. The Silicon Mountain makes it happen in a subtle, apt, but steady trend. With this, it is stipulated that in no distant time Cameroon will top the list of high tech in Africa and why not the world.
Amidst the participants were great IT personnel from within and without the nation, with myriad of tech perspectives which developed a single and consistent view about tech, though they presented these ideas from different domains.
They elaborated on topics like designing, raising capital for your project, think global build local, video animation for startups, machine learning, understanding the Cameroon user, Programming, Coding secret of a great design It is amazing that most of the presenters were students including various tech companies with the youngest presenter being a 17 year old high school student who presented on coding.
In summary, they all focused on talking about the various domains of technology with much interest on how high tech can function squarely in our context without limitations popping for any reason. It is against this backdrop that the conference talks about Thinking globally and building locally.
From the various presentations the tech world in Cameroon has come out to portray their potentials to the entire world by depicting their capabilities to build technology locally and compete with other great tech companies like silicon valley in California U.S.A etc. Thus, the conference came to digitize the “android generation” more by making young Cameroonians and Africans realise their potentials in the digital world.