Connected ICT summit 2016 has officially kicked off today, March 21, 2016 at the Leisure Lodge, Kwale County. The event focuses on various topics like: identification of gaps in public sector service delivery that can be solved by innovative use of ICT, building support on ongoing ICT integrated infrastructure projects, sharing knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt based on experience in implementing ICT projects and provide a platform for meaningful networking that will result in fruitful relationships that contribute to economic empowerment. This year’s theme is ‘Bridging the service gap’.

 

Connected ICT summit 2016 has officially kicked off today, March 21, 2016 at the Leisure Lodge, Kwale County. The event focuses on various topics like: identification of gaps in public sector service delivery that can be solved by innovative use of ICT, building support on ongoing ICT integrated infrastructure projects, sharing knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt based on experience in implementing ICT projects and provide a platform for meaningful networking that will result in fruitful relationships that contribute to economic empowerment. This year’s theme is ‘Bridging the service gap’.

Speaking at the opening of the three day event, ICT CS, Mr. Joe Mucheru said, “Konza being a significant project, we expect it to kick off as planned. We have already received over 60 expressions of interest. Also as we try to connect multiple areas with broadband services, we seek to partner with the counties in projects like the Last Mile Connectivity.”

Mucheru added that they expect to see more results in this year in terms of the learner and teacher devices, now that content will be available online. He also announced that they are working with the necessary entities to get the SGR project to reach Konza City. In addition, government intends to support centers of excellence in ICT education and training at the City.
The annual summit has in the past attracted a huge audience including government decision makers and ICT stakeholders. It creates a common ground for partnerships, capacity building and knowledge sharing between government and the ICT sector with a view of linking and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world-class standards.

Governor of Kakamega County and Chairperson of ICT, Kenyan Governors, Kenneth Lusaka admitted that there is a big challenge in managing e-systems among people thus; capacity needs to be built at the county levels to ensure accountability.
Acting CEO of ICT Authority, Robert Mugo presented the learner and teacher digital service tool at the venue. This is expected to further assist in Digital Literacy Programme (DLP). The programme is already at its pilot stage with 150 public primary schools from across the country targeted to undergo proof of concept school e-readiness validation process.

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is to become the regulator in charge of the curriculum. The proof of concept will involve testing on the ability to deliver on schedule, adherence of specifications of devices, installation and testing of both the content, the devices and usability, functionality and support to schools to ensure that everything works optimally
The 2016 summit is the 8th edition is set to end on March 23, 2016.

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