The Connected Kenya Summit is making a return in 2022. First held in 2008/9, the ICT-based fair has been one of the most popular local technology conferences that has served as a platform for interesting news and developments surrounding the IT market in Kenya and its immediate neighbours.
The last Connected Kenya summit was staged in 2018 at the Bomas of Kenya.
The conference was skipped in 2019, and there was no particular reason for the development at that time.
In 2020, Kenya was battling the pandemic, so Connected Kenya was not held then. The same thing happened in 2021.
This time around, the fair will be held in Diani, starting from April 11 to April 14.
Both local and international delegates are expected to attend.
As is the usual, the summit will round up talented and leading ICT minds in the East African region.
Hosted by ICT Authority, the three-day fair will the cover different sectors of the economy and society through digital skills, digital infrastructure as well as ICT innovation.
There will also be conversations around emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Internet of Things, big data and Artificial Intelligence, among others.
Themed Accelerating Digital Transformation, the show will shape how industry seeks to provide viable ICT solutions to challenges facing the country especially after the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the different sectors of the economy.
Some of Connected Kenya’s goals include reviewing the progress and achievements in the sector in the last decade, and sharing knowledge, case studies, best practice and lessons learnt based on experiences.
There will be a Women In Tech session, a preferred session attended by women and men, and brings together local and international delegates. The session will give access to top names in the industry holding exciting careers, inspiring keynotes, engaging panels and face-to-face networking sessions to learn through bringing knowledge, fresh ideas, job opportunities and deep networking.
Also present will be the Innovation Awards that celebrate Kenyan entrepreneurs that have launched new ICT products and services. The inaugural awards were held in 2011 at the Connected Kenya Summit; the award has since recognized more than 45 new ICT products and solutions.
The summit will be sponsored by the following:Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Dimension Data, Dell, Intel, Redditon, Tespok Kenya, ESET, Oracle, Huawei, AWS, Konvergenz Solution, Extreme Networks and the ICT Ministry.
All ICT sector player are encouraged to attend and present at the summit and contribute to the sharing of knowledge.