AITEC East Africa Summit 2012- Smart cities, Smart societies, Smart enterprises

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It is final week and the AITEC East Africa Summit 2012 is here.  The two day Summit will take place on  24th and  25th October 2012

The East Africa ICT Summit will spark off a chain of high-profile networking activities in Nairobi involving global, regional and local ICT leaders. AITEC’s silver anniversary celebrations are planned for the evening of the 23rd October.  Corporate and government leaders will toast to the tech event company’s positive influence on the region’s ICT sector for the past quarter century.  Dr. Bitange Ndemo, himself recognized as having positively impacted the region’s ICT sector will lead the celebrations at a party to be hosted at Nairobi’s Parklands Sports Club..

Previewing the Summit, Sean Moroney, Chairman AITEC Africa, said: “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.”

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 a speaker line-up including Konza’s champion Dr Bitange Ndemo.

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 [email protected] 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 leading-edge information security workshop on Log Management, Alice Munyawho 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 evening will usher in a high-profile networking opportunity for participants and other regional leaders. The British High Commissioner, courtesy of British satellite communications company Avantis, will host an evening networking reception at his Muthaiga Residence. Avantis’ Rebecca Greene confirmed the presence of Avantis CEO David Williams and that of global marketing director Mr Christian Georgeson at the event.


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Kennedy Kachwanya
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