Stakeholders in the information technology (IT) industry have gathered in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital for the 27th Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) National Conference which begins today.
The Conference is a unique gathering of the academia, industry and thought leaders to address challenges and highlight opportunities related to building a digital, prosperous and inclusive Nigeria that leverages on information technology to achieve Sustainable Development.
Speaking ahead of the opening ceremony, the President, Professor Adesola Aderounmu, described the Conference as the most important and influential event which is Nigeria’s largest event for the IT Industry and Profession, organized yearly by NCS.
NCS is the umbrella body of all IT professionals and organizations in Nigeria, with more than 20,000 members and major interest groups (ISPON, ITAN, ISPAN, WiTSoN, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS).
Also inclusive of one hundred thousand Student body- NACOSS.
The Conference which starts today runs through Thursday 19th of July, 2018, at International Conference Centre University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, under the theme “Digital Inclusion: Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies”.
High profile dignitaries from government, private and educational sectors, as well as from the international and global IT environment are already seated.
Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Oyo State is the Chief Host. Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu and Director General of NITDA will be in attendance, Prof. Aderoumu said.
The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme and sub themes such as: Poverty Eradication and Job Creation in the rural Economy.
Topics: Internet and Broadband for All, e-agriculture, e-health, e-education for inclusion: Software and Local Content. Digital Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
Tech Startup, SME and Youth Enterpreneurship. E-Voting and Election Management. New Technologies for Economic Growth and Diversification.
Digital Literacy, Knowledge Culture and Human Capital Development. Policy and Regulatory Framework. E-government, Citizen Engagement and Open Government. Fintech, e-Commerce and Financial Inclusion. Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Innovative Collaboration and partnership. Cyber security: Awareness, Threat, Protection and Digital Rights. Innovation for the Elderly, Internally Displaced Persons and the Vulnerable, are subthemes to be discussed at the conference.