Connected Kenya summit, a brainchild of Kenya ICT Authority, is once again due on 14th April 2014 to run until 17th April 2014 at the Leisure Lodge Golf and Resort, Diani, Kwale County. Connected Kenya is the forum where ICT stakeholder both from the government, the private sector, Non Government Organizations and the Academia come together for collaboration, capacity building and sharing of information in view of hastening the implementation of government ICT projects across the country.
Connected Kenya has enabled the realization or fine tuning of some major projects in the ICT industry including Kenya Open Data Initiative, Huduma citizen’s portal and the development of a national Information Security Policy. During the summit, entrepreneurs who have launched remarkable ICT products and services are also awarded with the Connected Kenya Award (ICT Innovation Awards). Call for entries for this years Connected Kenya Award is still on and those interested in participating can register by going to the Connected Kenya Award link.
In 2011, International Livestock Research Institute from Agricultural sector emerged as the overall winner, a title that was taken over by MamaMikes.Com from Wholesale and Retail category in 2012. Last year, Olive Technology emerged as the overall winner also from Wholesale and Retail category. Other award winners can be viewed by following this link. Winners were those who had developed ICT products or services that were complete and in full use for at least six months prior to application for the award, had Kenyans as the end user of the product or service, and that the product or service addressed at least one of the Vision 2030 social economic pillars. Same criteria for eligibility applies for Connected Kenya 2014.
Connected Kenya 2014 has been planned to enable top decisions makers in government, ICT executives from public and private sector, ICT Industry players from corporate and non-profit organizations, and those from Academia and policy experts to:
- build capacity for senior government officials to enable them to effectively support the implementation of ICT projects in public sector
- increase the understanding on factors that limit Kenya’s full ICT transformation and gain insight on how to mitigate obstacles and increase ICT’s impact on service delivery
- provide a platform for meaningful networking that will result in fruitful relationships that contribute to the development of Kenya into a middle income economy
To achieve this end, the programme for Connected Kenya 2014 that “will explore and highlight key barriers to adoption and implementation of ICT in counties, among crucial citizen demographics and within government” has already been drafted to cover areas such as updates on National ICT master plan, broadband strategy, SMAC-Social Media Analytics and Cloud, Imagineering Education And Healthcare, the way forward for Kenya’s Information Security System, role of data and analytics for public sector development planning, and Cashless Payments Solutions.
At Kacwanya.com we are interested in the Connected Kenya 2014 event as we expect key policy issues affecting the ICT industry to be deliberated. In tandem with Connected Kenya 2014 event and in the next few weeks, we will be examining a number of key areas such as The role of the Government in the ICT Space, Why Kenya is considered a leading ICT destination in Africa, the necessity of an ICT master plan, what needs to be done to bridge the country’s digital divide, the future of ICT in Kenya, defining other industries in ICT terms, and cashless payment systems.
We call upon you, our readers, to join us in the aforementioned examination and share with us ideas that you think should be discussed during the Connected Kenya 2014 for a better ICT industry in the country.