i-Boot Camp Goals and Objectives

  1. To Generate Ideas
    • Assist in the understanding of key challenges that hinder or impede effective regional integration in Africa in order to facilitate idea generation aimed at providing tangible solutions to solving these problems
    • Expose youth to the opportunities available to them through various bodies, regional blocks and mechanisms created to promote regional integration of the continent
    • Cultivate the willingness of young people to actively seek solutions for challenges faced by their communities, nations and regions instead of depending on their governments
    • Share ideas and experiences on how best to deal with a particular problem beyond current proffered solutions
    • Provide tools for young people to facilitate creativity and to think out of the box.
  2. To Develop Concrete Implementation Strategies for Ideas
    • Enable young people to receive feedback from their peers and professionals on the implementation progress of their ideas
    • Provide meaningful analysis and critique delegates business and community project plans in order for them to have ventures with the greatest possibility for success
    • Encourage young people to think positively about their own capabilities in the development of Africa
    • Assist in the development of tangible goals to ensure careful project or business planning that clearly articulates the critical assumptions key to the success of the initiative
    • Facilitate the development of individual targets for each participant to track progress of idea implementation after conference
    • Foster working groups among young people with similar interests to capitalise on different competences for implementation of their ideas
  3. To Up-Skill
    • Equip delegates with the necessary skills to capacitate them for the development of their own business/social enterprises
    • Develop delegate’s greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses
    • Give delegates the opportunity to develop mind-sets conducive to pursuing their objectives
    • Provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about business practices in different countries in the hope that they would be able to implement their ideas using indigenous practices but with established norms
    • Give participants tools that will enable them to share their conference experiences with their fellow peers long after the conference
  4. To Expose to Resources
    • Award the best ideas with funding and other resources so the participants can implement their ideas immediately following the conference
    • Introduce young entrepreneurs to potential partners that would help them enable the development of their ideas
    • Facilitate peer-to-peer education amongst young Africans in order for them to share information on resources and tools that have worked for them in the development and implementation of their unique ideas.
    • Allow participants the opportunity to engage with potential funders for their initiatives
    • Give participants access to potential technical advisors for the successful guidance and capacity building needed in the effective implementation of their initiatives
  5. To Network
    • Foster respect, appreciation and a spirit of collaboration between young people of diverse backgrounds
    • Provide a range of opportunities to build mutually beneficial relationships with peers and professionals
    • Provide youth with opportunities to interact with people interested or invested in their specific fields of interest
    • Provide youth with opportunities to be mentored by accomplished individuals
    • Encourage participants to use social media to maintain relationships and networks
    • Employ the YALDA network infrastructure to promote the ideals and outcomes of the conference and monitor and evaluate participants progress in realising their objectives