POSTPONED – DATE TBD: 2020 | IST-Africa Conference

2020-05-06
12:00 pmPM
Location: Virtual

POSTPONED – DATE TBD: 2020 | IST-Africa Conference

EVENT POSTPONED – DATE TBD
(originally scheduled 2020 May 06 – 08)
Location: Virtual

The IST-Africa Entrepreneurship Workshop will include speeches relating to the theme Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship).

Entrepreneurial Sessions:

IEEE Entrepreneurship at a Glance

Janati Nakimera, who is the Social Impact Liaison on the 2020 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, will present the first session IEEE Entrepreneurship at a Glance. She will discuss how IEEE Entrepreneurship offers opportunities to innovators to expand and grow their businesses. Janati assists in amplifying the role IEEE Entrepreneurship plays in unlocking, accelerating, and supporting natural innovative ideas that are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals.

The Future of Startups in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Ezabo Baron, the current IEEE Uganda Section Chair, will present The Future of Startups in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. He is an active IEEE Entrepreneurship volunteer and participated as a judge in the Entrepreneurship for Sustainable development workshop held in November of 2019. He will discuss guidance for startups for the future of artificial intelligence.

Online Digital Payments that Every Startup Should Consider

Kenneth M. Bintu will present Online Digital Payments that Every Startup Should Consider. Kenneth is an active IEEE volunteer and a member of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Community. He supports IEEE activities through several successful projects including serving as the chair of the IEEE students’ branch at  Cavendish University, Kampala, Uganda. He will share his knowledge regarding the need for startups to integrate digital online technology solutions to facilitate the growth of their businesses.

Hosted by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, IEEE Africa Council and IEEE Uganda Section, IST-Africa Week 2020  is the fifteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to

– Support Development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa

– Promote International Research Innovation, and Policy Cooperation and Coordination

– Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity

– Stimulate exploitation of research results by the public and private sectors

Other co-located multi-lateral and bi-lateral meetings will place during the IST-Africa 2020 week. Read More.

IST-Africa Week 2020 will provide an international forum to showcase existing Research, Innovation, ICT4D activities, and capacity in Kenya, the rest of Africa and Europe. The Conference Programme combines strategic keynote presentations, a High-Level Roundtable, technical and policy papers, case studies and workshops. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon 2020. Read More. 

Thematic Overview

The IST-Africa 2020 Programme will incorporate Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions and a Scientific Programme with Parallel Sessions featuring presenters from the public, private, education and research organizations in Europe and Africa.

Focused on Information Society and ICT Policy Dialogues, International Development and Research Cooperation and Community Building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organizations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities.

The goals of the IST-Africa Conference Series are to

– Support Development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa

– Promote International Research Innovation, and Policy Cooperation and Coordination

– Showcase African Research and Innovation Capacity

– Stimulate exploitation of research results by the public and private sectors

The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2020 is based on a double-blind peer review of papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closes on 09 December 2019.

Full papers (8 pages in length) following the Paper Guidelines provided and uses the IST-Africa Template should be submitted online for review.

Workshop proposals can also be submitted online for consideration. A workshop session normally lasts for 90 mins with 4 – 5 presenters per session.

Core thematic priorities for IST-Africa 2020 include:

– Global Development including ICT4D

– mAgriculture / eAgriculture & Environmental Sustainability

– mHealth, eHealth & Health Information Systems

– eGovernment – Services to Citizens & Business

– Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship)

– Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation

– Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust

– eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)

– Next-Generation Computing: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Internet of Things (IoT)

– Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills

– Societal Implications of Technology

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