On January 27-28, 2024, the youth (non-)conference “ZhasCamp Central Asia 2024” took place in Shymkent. 888 people registered for ZhasCamp Central Asia from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Bibol Zhakipbayev – chief researcher E-Tech Hub of the Peoples’ Friendship University named after A.Kuatbekov, passed the competitive selection and took part in “ZhasCamp Central Asia 2024”. As part of the event, Bibol Zhakipbayev held a networking session with organizers, participants, guests and speakers on issues of promising cooperation, and was also awarded a special ZhasCamp prize.
We received useful information and a huge exchange of experience, networking with speakers. Daniyar Amanaliev, co-founder and business director of the ololo group of companies, chairman of the Association of Creative Industries (Kyrgyzstan), told why an entrepreneur should create Impact? Zinaida Pak, a serial entrepreneur (Kazakhstan), told how to develop startups, social businesses and make them profitable. Irina Mednikova, head of MISK (Kazakhstan), spoke about youth policy. In a panel discussion, Ainash Mustoapova, candidate of philological sciences, associate professor at Buketov University (Kazakhstan), discussed the topic of postcoloniality in Central Asia. Timur Karpov, founder of 139 Documentary Center (Uzbekistan), showed the intricacies of documentary filmmaking. Talgat Mendibaev, director of the MISK branch in Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan), held an interactive session on the topic “Book club as the best way of networking”.
ZhasCamp is an annual (non)conference for young people, where you can propose an idea for a StartUp or a social project, get support from professionals and launch the project. ZhasCamp started in 2010 and over 10 years the (un)conference was held in 14 cities of Kazakhstan.
It should be noted that in his September Address, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan pointed out the relevance of the creative industry, which covers the field of information technology, education, media, cinema, etc. In the modern world, it is “creative production”, based on the creative potential and intellectual capital of citizens, that serves source of development of a truly inclusive economy. Moreover, the creative economy is becoming the driving force behind the development of large cities, attracting talented, creative people. We must create all conditions for the large-scale development of the creative economy in our country. It is important to create conditions so that talented and creative citizens can fully realize their creative potential. I set the task, in close coordination with the real sector, on the basis of regional universities, to build an integral innovation ecosystem in all regional centers.