The ICT Authority today hosted ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru during the unveiling of the official sponsors for the 2018 Connected Kenya Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.
Telkom Kenya is the title sponsors for this year’s event which will be held at the Bomas of Kenya from 22nd – 24th October 2018 under the theme ‘Building for Prosperity’.
Over 1,000 delegates from across East Africa are expected to attend the event which is also supported by Atlancis Technologies, Safaricom, Cellulant, Liquid Telkom and Intel among other partners.
“Our focus for Connected 2018 is the Big 4 Agenda. Technology has a significant role to play in the Big 4 and I look forward to seeing how we can innovate across manufacturing, healthcare, housing, and food security” the CS said.
The summit which has been held annually for the last 10 years brings together industry thought leaders to engage on emerging trends and innovations in the ICT sector.
“As a Ministry, we bring together the industry players, the legislative arm of government and the technical experts to have a continuous conversation which helps to fast-track the legislative requirements within the sector” PS ICT & Innovation, Jerome Ochieng’.
Unlike previous installments, the 2018 edition of the event will be held at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, a move that the organizers said was informed by a need to accommodate the event’s international audience.
“I was PS Tourism so I’m happy that you’re going to Bomas,” said Broadcasting PS Fatuma Hirsi adding that “taking this Connected Summit there will show them even more how possible it is to have big events like this.”
This year’s event will also host the Innovators Pavillion where ICT innovators will have an opportunity to showcase their projects and ideas to attract potential mentors and partners.
“As we find solutions for e-commerce, investment and for digitizing everything else let’s also look at other sectors of the industry,” said Abshiro Halake, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on ICT.
Industry stakeholders who attended today’s event lauded the initiative citing it as a step in the right direction for the sector which has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade.
“We will work very closely with the industry to move the national ICT agenda forward,” said Marakwet East MP Hon. William Kisang who also serves as the Chairman of the ICT Committee in the National Assembly.
“We are delighted to be part of this initiative which aligns with our vision to connect the people that make Kenya move by providing our customers with the best value for a simpler life, efficient business and stronger communities,” said Kris Senanu, Managing Director, Enterprise Business at Telkom Kenya.
With four weeks remaining before the event kicks off, the organizers have called upon organizations and individuals interested in taking part in the event to get in touch through the official website, www.connected.go.ke.
“I want to appreciate all the people who have joined us,” said Acting ICT Authority CEO John Sergon. “Thank you very much for joining us as we change our theme for Connected to come back home.”
The summit is traditionally modelled around high–level conversations and collaborative activities which have resulted in increased partnerships between government and private sector players under the National ICT Master Plan.