A week after the German government confirmed its participation in the East Africa ICT Summit through its Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology Affairs, AITEC Africa has announced that senior experts from at least six Fortune 500 Tech companies will be presenting at the Summit, expected to bring together cross-continental ICT experiences.
AITEC Africa is holding East Africa’s second annual ICT Summit in Nairobi from 2 to 3 November.
Among the global ICT firms expected at the Summit are Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Nokia Siemens Networks.
AITEC chair Sean Moroney said that the delegates from the global ICT firms will be contributing to the Summit’s conference programme that includes over 80 regional and international experts designed as an intensive knowledge-sharing opportunity for East Africa’s ICT community, in three subject streams: Cloud Computing, Data Security and Mobile Applications.
“We want them to go beyond technology trends to engage with the regional ICT industry to grow and develop local expertise and business models. We want them to understand, network and do business with the local developers, especially those of mobile applications,” said Moroney.
The firms will join other major banking software developers including Spanish banking software company Temenos, management software giant SAP and Kenyan headquartered global financial software maker, Craft Silicon, that will be participating in the event.
Temenos entered the East African banking industry recently and will be participating in the Summit as sponsor of a session on Cloud Computing for Financial Institutions. It is presently carrying out one of the biggest banking software projects in East Africa for Kenya Commercial Bank.
The Summit, organized with sponsorship from Keny
a’s integrated ICT solutions provider Total Solutions, aims to give the local ICT industry latest updates on developments in ICT and comes at a time when developers from the region are making resonating headlines with new products, particularly web applications.
Other confirmed participants include developers of new apps from Nairobi’s iHub, a web app developers’ nest, and also mLab, a similar nest for developers of mobile apps who will be exhibiting their innovations.
Also to make presentation during the summit will be Carol Mureithi, Swift Global’s chief product development officer and Isis Nyong’o, InMobi’s VP and head of Africa.
To ensure accessibility to all, a Germany association called Afrika Verein has tailored a special sponsorship for the event to the effect that all IT experts, techprenuers and delegates from East Africa attend the event free of charge, with the only requirement being advance registration.
Germany, which was among the first country to confirm participation at the event communicated that its State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic and Technology Affairs, Stefan Kaiferer, would make an opening address to the summit. His entourage of 100 delegates will include deal hunters, investors and ICT companies. Other countries to be represented at the Summit include Spain, India, Senegal, Egypt and most recently Sri Lanka.
There is expectation those global IT giants, who have been outdoing each other announcing developments after another in Cloud Computing, a technology that is making computing resources available on the web as a service rather than a product, will give a peek to delegates of their strategies and game-plans for the future that have remained closely guarded secrets.