In what has become a tradition of Strathmore University, last week the institution’s Faculty of Information Technology organised an ICT conference, giving students a chance to experience life on the inside, not just the periphery.

This year’s two-day conference was the 10th annual event in a row that brought together stakeholders from educational and industrial sectors with the aim of reflecting on how to transfer, diffuse and adopt the Information and Communication Technologies within various fields.

The theme of the conference was apt; ICT and innovations: Opportunities and challenges towards an entrepreneurial economy. Speakers’ included company leaders, industrial experts and stakeholders from the private sector who discussed with students their experiences as a way of motivating them.

The meeting was “interdisciplinary, attracting speakers from varied backgrounds such as education, health, law, media and governance,” said Strathmore University’s communication officer Eric Kathenya.

Other topics included e-learning, assessment of security of ICT systems, contribution of mobile technologies towards realisation of the Vision 2030 goals, e-census and application of GIS in health.

It was not limited to Strathmore University students alone. “This year’s conference was well spread with students coming from various universities including Multi-Media University, Jomo Kenyatta University, USIU and host Strathmore,” said Mr Kathenya.

The forum provided a professional environment for ICT experts and students to exchange ideas and how to access new technologies that will help speed up the sector’s development. The running theme encouraged students and players to take advantage of the current economic crisis affecting the world.

What can businesses achieve through innovation? The forum was told of the need to use technologies such as the fibre optic cable to stimulate ideas that can enable all of us to be more efficient, effective and help lower production costs.

But it was the presentation by Mr Kai Wulf, the CEO of Kenya Data Network that stood out. He challenged students to promote local content development as opposed to always being consumers of Western developed products.

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