AITEC’s East Africa ICT summit opens next week in Nairobi

Sean Moroney (left) at past partnership agreement signing session.

The AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2012 opens next week under the theme “smart cities> smart societies> smart enterprises.” The final programme of the two-day event has already been released ahead of the conference set for 24-25 October at Nairobi’s Oshwal Centre.

The event has received backing from major institutions in the region including the Kenya government-funded National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), the Chandaria Foundation, LIWA Trust, Uganda’s Mara Foundation, Germany’s GIZ and the British High Commission.

Other major sponsors of the popular event include IBM (US),  Business Connexion (South Africa), Avanti Communications (UK), BlackBerry (US), Deloitte  and KPMG as well as ICT innovation centres like iHub, and mLab, Strathmore University’s @iLab and Ushahidi.

Software tester Tezza Business Solutions and Digital Age Institute are also listed as supporting organizations while six universities including JKUAT, Kenya Methodist University, Inorero University, KCA and Strathmore as well as USIU will participate in analyzing the ICT skills gap in the country.

The speakers and panelists in the forum include Dr Bitange Ndemo, PS in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Kamal Budhabbati- CEO of Craft Silicon, Prof Henry Thairu of Inorero University, Prof Shaukat Abdulrazak, Secretary of the National Commisison for Science and Technolohgy (NCST), Jyoti Muckerjee, CEO of Software Technologies among others. The Kenya Institute of Education will film the conference as part of its virtual learning programming.

The Summit will feature networking activities including AITEC’s silver anniversary celebrations on 23 October at Nairobi’s Parklands Sports Club.

The Summit will then open the following day with the Kenya ICT Board and Kenya IT& Outsourcing Services (KITOS) as country host partners.

“Cities in Africa are facing a myriad of challenges including management of traffic, security, energy and the efficient provision of essential services. This year the Summit brings discussions, demonstrations and new knowledge on technologies that manage cities better and improve the quality of urban life. In addition, we retain a keen focus on cloud computing, information security and mobile applications, with a number of training workshops, specialized forums and panel discussions lined up,” said Sean Moroney AITEC Africa chairman.

Information and Communications Minister Samuel Poghisio is expected to open the Summit.

Key presentations and live showcases on the first day of the summit include a series by IBM city and government technology experts on smart city technologies, SAP on smart grid enablement, Deloitte on “the hidden implications of cloud computing” and Business Connexion on “changing business landscape of the cloud era”.

Among the smart city projects to highlight their smart city vision include  Ghana’s Cybe City and Kenya’s Tatu City and Konza Techno City.

In the first conference showcase presentation, Research in Motion, makers of BlackBerry devices, will hint on their future through a presentation entitled: “A smart enterprise vision and the roadmap to BlackBerry 10”. Cisco and SmoothTel have a workshop on “Collaboration for smarter workplaces and cities”. Other events on day one at the conference include the Open Source Forum, supported by the Germany’s GIZ, a platform that will draw various leaders in open source software together including Evans Ikua of ICT@ Innovation, Isaac Kigen of Strathmore University, Anthony Mwai of Linux Learning Centre, Bernard Owour of Niko Hapa and Dennis Gichangi of DewCIS.

Other highlight speakers during day one’s eight sessions include Dr Almerindo Graziano, CEO Silensec, who will deliver a talk on Log Management, Alice Munyua who will speak on the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative. Day one will also feature the screening of “E-Wasteland”, a documentary by David Fedele on Ghana’s e-waste threat.

The British High Commissioner, courtesy of British satellite communications company Avantis, will host an evening networking reception at his Muthaiga Residence.


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