Ict kenyaDay one of the Connected Kenya ICT summit was an eagerly awaited event that was streamed live from Diani to the rest of the world. Attended by the who’s who of the IT world, day one proved to be quite insightful and generated a lot of discussion on the ICT development in Kenya.

Paul Kukubo was among the first speakers and spoke on making Kenya one of the top ten ICT hubs in the country. The key to achieving this, he said, was creation of an innovative state craft. An innovative state craft would also need the backing of a strong business sector. He pointed out that business owners needed to realize that every business is a knowledge business and they needed to expand their knowledge base. “Leadership is to know what you don’t know”

Catherine Ngau, Kenya ICT Board chairperson was up next and chose to focus her attention on the need to gain knowledge. She shared that in her local community, Knowledge is considered to be of more importance than strength and power. “Knowledge is about simplicity” for you to truly know someone you should be able to explain it clearly to your grandmother. Hence one is needed to be able to convert all the information to knowledge that you can later translate into usable heights. This is where wisdom comes in; the ability to use the knowledge to address pertinent issues. Mpesa, she pointed out, is a prime example of a winning product created through application of knowledge and insight.

Among the speakers was Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom. He noted the need to increase job distribution and productivity in the country. Pointing out that the youth resource in Kenya is severely under-utilized. As we are only 18yrs away from Vision 2030 some of the key things that needed to be focused on are better access to information and a means to effectively harness the information gained. ICT Kenya is promoting and working towards this goal

PS Bitange Ndemo shared a story about a village cousin who refused to get married. It baffled the villagers till after some time they realized he refused to do so as he was shy. They found a girl, shared the information they had gathered and he thought that God had spoken through him. This was an example of how information was translated into knowledge and put into action. IT, he felt, can contribute up to 25% of the GDP in the country. The problem is that the African trend is to do what your neighbor has already done. People need to become innovative, and then move like a virus into East Africa and then spread to the rest of Africa.

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