World Forum Inaugurates Africa IoT Work Group

World Forum on Internet of Things (IoTs) has said that it has established the Africa IoT Work Group as a strategic platform to ensure that Africa’s technology position is registered and her voice is heard with constructive participation and objective contribution.

Chris Uwaje, chairman of Africa IoT working Group, said that “the Internet of Things and Everything (IoTs/IoE) represents perhaps the last hope for Africa’s 21st Century knowledge, creativity and innovation renaissance” – as the world forum converges to explore and engage the challenges and opportunities presented by the Internet of Things (IoTs) in Washington DC in December 2016, Africa stands a lot to gain from the World Forum on IoT with particular reference on National Broadband Plans and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) for improving Africa’s digital space which is strategic imperatives for access and affordable service delivery within the framework of IoTs. The Work Group held their 1st inaugural meeting on Wednesday 13th April, 2016.

The Work Group is made up of eminent Professors, Scholars and Researchers from African Universities, Captains of Industry from the Technology Sector and Experienced Policy Makers from Government Leadership. Members of the Work Group includes but not limited to the following: Prof. Charles K. Ayo–Vice Chancellor Covenant University, Nigeria (Chair WG), Professor. Charles. O. Uwadia – HOD Computer Science Department – University of Lagos, Nigeria (Co-Chair), Prof. Gloria Chukwudebe – Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. (C-Chair); Prof. Oluwole Charles Akinyokun – Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria (C-Chair), Ms. Dorothy K. Gordon, Director General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana (Co-Chair), Tony Ojobo, Director Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigeria, (Co-Chair), Andria Schofeld – Applied Research Unit /Joburg Centre for Software Engineering @ WITS University and Vice-Chair Aficta, South Africa (Co-Chair), Olusola Teniola – CEO Internet Solutions and VP ATCON, Nigeria (Co-Chair), Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Acting DG, NITDA, Nigeria (Co-Chair), Ms. Sandra Aluoch, Kenya, (Co-Chair), Dr. Muthoni Masinde, School of Computing and Informatics Department,  University of Nairobi (Co-Chair) Nabil Benamar (ICT Industry Stakeholder & IPv6 Forum Member, Morocco, (Co-Chair), Scherine FaragAllah, International Business Development Unit, Information Technology Development Agency, Egypt, (Co-Chair), Mukom Akong.T.Director Afrinic, Kenya, (Co-Chair), Assistant Professor/Dr. Aminata Garba, Carnegie Mellon University, Rwanda  (Co-Chair)  (Co-Chair) and others.

The 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) – IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems is a unique event for industry leaders, academics and decision making government officials. IEEE WF-IOT 2016 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia USA between 12 and 14 December, 2016.

This event is designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies which will alter the research and application space of the future.

The IoT envisions a highly networked future, where every object is integrated to interact with each other, allowing for communications between objects, as well as between humans and objects, which enables the control of intelligent systems in our daily lives.

Source: Footprint to Africa

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