Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) President, Professor Sola Aderounmu was part of Nigeria’s delegation to the recently concluded 2016 GITEX technology week. With a focus on diversifying the economy and fostering inclusive growth, Nigeria’s participation was organized and coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Top government officials from Nigeria included Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, Minister of Communications, Barrister Bayo Shittu, Deputy Governor, Professor Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Architect Sonny Echono, NITDA Director General, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. But Nigeria at GITEX 2016 wasn’t strictly a government affair.
Chijioke Ekeh, Executive Director, Sidmach technologies, Yele Okeremi, CEO, Precise Financial Systems, Emmanuel Egboye, Executive Director, Rack Centre, Deremi Atanda, Director, SystemSpecs, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, CEO, Teledom International and Collins Onuegbu, Founder, Signal Alliance and Sola Teniola, President Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria also played critical roles. Interestingly most of these tech influencers and investors are NCS members.
Key aspects of Nigeria’s GITEX presence were the participation of 16 tech startups in the Global Startup Movement as well as the Africa Investment Forum (AIF). AIF provided an opportunity to highlight the huge ICT potential in Nigeria and Africa as well as the projection of Africa as the Global ICT Investment destination to the high profile audience of international investors and organizations.
NCS according to Professor Aderounmu is committed to promoting and supporting initiatives and activities that enable the achievement of Nigeria’s ICT dreams and goals. NCS takes an interest in GITEX Technology Week, the 3rd largest technology event in the world to advance this vision. Held from October 16th to 20th 2016, GITEX 2016 was about “Re-Imagining Realities”. And reports indicate, “4,000+ global tech leaders, 400+ startups, 1,000+ young tech founders, 200+ global investors from 64 countries” participated. Exhibition sectors and learning sessions covered VR, Artificial Intelligence, Wearables, Digital Marketing, IoT, Drones, Robotics, iCities, 3D Printing, Startups, App Hack, CSI Lab, Student Lab, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Big Data, Mobility, etc.
GITEX undoubtedly provided the ICT community with an incredible space for making connections, innovation demonstrations and discovery and expert presentations. Being the umbrella organization of all Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria, NCS at GITEX is about using ICT to create sustainable value in Nigeria.
21 Oct 2016