The 2nd National Software Conference and Competition 2012 in Nigeria will be organized by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) in Tinapa Calabar from October 28 to 30, 2012. ISPON, a professional interest group of the Nigeria Computer society, intends to highlight potentials and power of Software Nigeria through these events.
Information technology is the infrastructure of the knowledge society. And in enabling growth through IT, software plays a critical role. IT is on ground but how well is it addressing healthcare, illiteracy, poverty and unemployment? Can the nation really make change through technology without strategic interventions in software? With purpose and commitment software can be an avenue to overcome developmental challenges. Interestingly the Conference theme is: “The Cloud and The Future of Software Nigeria”. According to ISPON selection of the theme is critical to the development of the Software Profession and Industry. The focus is on addressing software in the cloud and what Nigeria must do to survive.
Ideas, Creativity of Nigerian Software Professionals
Describing it as “perhaps the most significant, challenging and inspiring National Software Conference and Competition in the Nigerian ICT Landscape”, ISPON hopes that “the currently suppressed ideas and creativity of Nigerian Software Professionals and the entrepreneurial spirit and skills of our teeming youths” will be unleashed. The announcement from ISPON states that Tinapa 2011 was a sell-out inaugural event with close to 1000 participants for the Conference and participant segments. It is noteworthy that Cross River State Government is again the main host and partner. His Excellency, Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State has endorsed and approved the event in his capacity as Chief Host.
The National Software Conference is meant to be an interactive forum where developers, consumers, educators, regulators, policy-makers, related professionals, and other interest Groups can engage and make contributions on critical issues related to software development. In particular, local content development issues such as patronage of indigenous software developers need to be on the front burner.
Geared towards driving change through software, the events also provide a platform for sponsors and partners to identify with the push for Software Nigeria while deriving significant benefits. Interested in innovation and development in Nigeria? The national annual event focused on software development in Nigeria will provide participants with a wide range for networking, educational, career and business opportunities.
Major Stakeholders in IT will be present
A highlight of the Tinapa Knowledge City 2012 event is the appointment of immediate past Executive Vice-Chairman of National Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe as the “Distinguished Knowledge Ambassador” (DKA) for the 2012 National Software Conference and Competition. Nigeria’s telecom industry witnessed tremendous growth and transformation during his tenure at NCC.
Dignitaries expected to confirm their attendance of the event includes, but not limited to include: The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Engr. Namadi Sambo (GCON), Secretary to the Federal Government; Senator Anyim O. Anyim, The Honourable Minister for Communication Technology; Mrs. Omobola Johnson (CFR), The Director General, Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) ; Prof. Cleopas Angaye, President Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN); Mallam Ibrahin TIzhe, President Nigeria Computer Society (NCS); Mr, Ademola Aladekomo, President ATCON; Engr. Lanre Ajayi, Past President NCS; Prof. Charles Uwadia, Chairman National Software Policy Committee; Prof Olu. Charles Akinyokun amongst others.
Software – A Strategic Priority
Developing capacity in software development is also a strategic imperative required for stimulating the growth of the local software industry. ISPON states that the “overriding mission of the ISPON National Software Conference/Software Competition for tertiary institutions is to promote conscious national awareness on the imperatives for developing Nigeria’s indigenous intellectual property in the software knowledge space. It also aims to harness our collective IT potentials, resources, capacity and capability as a national priority for global competitiveness”.
Last year, Abia State Polytechnic emerged as the winner of the finalists of the National Software Competition Cup.
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