More the 400 CIOs and senior IT and business executives will congregate at the 6th CIO100 Symposium and awards in Naivasha this week to learn, share knowledge and recognize their peers who have performed well. Another 100 companies and their CIOs will be awarded the CIO100 honour, which has now become an industry’s most sought-after accolade in the region.
More than 600 companies from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia participated in this year’s competition, with entries from all the economic verticals including Education, Health, Logistics, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance and Agriculture. The event will also see the announcement of the CIO of the Year and the CIO Leadership Awards.
(TOP: From left to right – Moses Gesami, BDM, Enterprise Solutions; Mbugua Njihia, CEO,Symbiotic Media and Director Demo Africa; Djiba Diallo Dia, Microsoft 4Africa; Harry Hare, CEO, CIO East Africa, Anderw Karanja Director, CIO East Africa and Samuel Gicharu, CEO, Insight Wells during the press briefing for 6th Annual CIO100 Awards).
Some of the shortlisted companies include Stima Sacco, Pwani Oil, Madison Insurance, East African Breweries, National Law Reporting, Nakumatt Holdings, HassConsult, Natinal Women Council, Mabati Rollings, Kyambogo University, Apollo Investment Corporation and Ministry of Education.
“This year’s CIO100 Symposium and Awards has all the signs of being the best we have ever heard,” said Andrew Karanja, the Event Director, CIO100 Symposium. “We have received very good support from our partners and sponsors and we have one of the best lineup of speakers we have ever assembled,” he continued.
The event is sponsored by among others Microsoft 4Africa, DellEMC, Seacom, Veeam, Isyx, Protec and Intel Security.
The key speakers include James Mwangi – Group CEO of Equity Group, Nicholas Nesbitt – GM of IBM East Africa, Isaiah Okoth – CEO of Rift Valley Railways, Said Rechchard – GM of DellEMC, South East Africa. Some of the high profile CIOs who have confirmed attendance include Jack Maina – CIO of Britam, Steve Njenga – CIO of Barclays Bank (Kenya), George Njuguna – CIO of HF Group, Innocent Huhizi – CIO of AB Bank (Rwanda) and Nizar Tundai – CIO of DTB Bank.
This year, the event will for the first time feature a Startup Pitch Session held in collaboration with DEMO Africa, dubbed DEMO Africa Traction. The Traction session will see enterprise-focused startups from the DEMO Africa pool pitch directly to technology buyers and consumers. “We are excited to expose some of our alumni to CIOs and other senior IT professionals at the CIO100 Symposium,” said Mbugua Njihia, the DEMO Africa Event Director. “This is in line with our continuous effort to provide support services to our alumni.”
Some of the startups that will feature in the Traction event include Duma Works, Able Wireless, InsureAfrica, AccessMobile and Lipisha Limited.