Engagements

I speak widely on mobile and web development with special focus on methodologies, tools and strategies that add value to deployments in Africa.

If you have interesting consulting or speaking opportunities , drop me a email.

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Upcoming Talks and workshops
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Open for engagement

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Talks and workshops  in the past:
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East Africa Com 2012

Will be giving a keynote: The trifecta: mobile applications, mobile web and sms as content and revenue drivers in Africa and sitting on the panel that will discuss: Ecosystem evolution – understanding the challenges facing operators in East Africa

East Africa Com provides the perfect forum for the hotbed of innovation that is taking place in the region.  It gathers the “movers and shakers” of the whole region’s digital world in Nairobi, Kenya next year in April for 2 days of strategic and innovative presentations, panel sessions and interactive debate. Featuring brand new stakeholders within the digital landscape including OTT service providers, social media players, device manufacturers, content providers & more as part of a brand new agenda.
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9th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems
Program Committee Member for the Mobile Web for Social and Economic Development section. Will be reviewing papers submitted for the 9th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems to be held August 27-29, 2012, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Panelist at the Global Youth Leadership Summit 2011

{ 17th to 21st October 2011} , at the United Nations office in Nairobi. Being the International Year of Youth, with the theme – Dialogue and mutual understanding. Covered technology in the context of this theme.

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Speaker – Stanford African Forum  2011 (Stanford Graduate School of Business, California)

The Stanford African Forum (SAF) presents an opportunity for key stakeholders (business leaders, policy makers, faculty and students) to exchange ideas and forge mutually beneficial relationships that will facilitate development in Africa. The upcoming conference is themed: Entrepreneurship: the Catalyst of Development?  It will feature panels and discussions around various industries pertinent to Africa’s social and economic development, explore the impact of entrepreneurship on development in Africa, and offer various practical avenues and opportunities for entrepreneurial involvement in Africa.

The mobile technology panel will explore opportunities available for mobile phone applications in Africa and how these can drive business and entrepreneurship in the continent.
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The Connected Government Workshop: March 30th to April 1st 2010

Connected Government Summit has three main objectives. The first is to build capacity of the senior government officials in the implementation of ICT projects towards their transformed public services provision. The second, to increase the understanding of the participants of shared services, managed services and Public Private Partnership rules as well as their potential for supporting transformation in ICT projects. Lastly, the Connected Government Summit aims to provide a platform for the senior government officials to network with each other and to form lasting fruitful relationships for future partnerships with the various companies represented.

This is the second year that Kenya ICT Board will host the Connected Government Workshop. The workshop is the brainchild of the board in consultation with industry players and key government decision makers aimed at establishing a platform for collaboration, capacity building and priority sharing between the government and the IT sector with a view of connecting and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world class standards.

The Connected Government 2009 workshop was exceptionally successful with substantial outcomes highlighting areas for partnership and collaboration in delivering services to citizens. The theme of the workshop was ‘managed services’.

This year, the proposed theme is ‘Maximizing the value of public sector shared services’. With this in mind the main objective for shared services in government being an increase efficiency, reorganize and reuse assets, avoid duplication of effort, share investments and implement best practice. Furthermore, the implementation of shared services will encourage the development of closer cross-ministerial collaboration by facilitating the sharing of information.

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1st International Conference on “M4D”: Mobile communication technology For Development 11-12 December, 2008, Centre for HumanIT Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden

The SPIDER workshop held at the M4D 2008 conference in Karlstad December 11-12, 2008, will build directly on the Kampala workshop, identifying actors within the SPIDER network that can contribute to filling out some of the gaps identified in Kampala. The Karlstad workshop will have as its goal to discuss the Kampala outcomes as well as define projects and draft proposals for funding where this is necessary.

In particular, the goals of the Karlstad workshop are the following:

• Bringing the knowledge and experiences presented in Kampala to Sweden

• Experts (academics and practitioners) within SPIDER’s network + some additional experts meet around the Kampala theme

• Selected project ideas/proposals raised in Kampala are investigated and discussed to form strategic alliances with already formed groups in East Africa for further collaboration.

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M4D: Mobile Applications Development in East Africa, November 2008

More than 80 participants from all over East Africa, some traveling all the way from South Africa, UK and Sweden, came to Kampala the 5th and 6th of November, 2008, to learn more and share knowledge regarding the developments in the region. A lot of challenges and obstacles were articulated and discussed: issues like cost and affordability for end-users, illiteracy and lack of local language, challenges regarding scaling-up, regulatory issues, and consumer rights and obligations.

The main conclusion drawn from the workshop was the realization that we all need to collaborate and network more, cross sector and cross border, to generate new ideas and strategic partnerships, and through this move forward. The workshop proved that open, inclusive and neutral multi stakeholder forums are key in generating knowledge sharing, awareness building and networking among a diverse field of stakeholders.

All the participants were playing an important role in generating the M4D in East Africa Plan of Action. Still in its draft, it consists of five themes that try to address some of the challenges identified. The themes are:

1. The creation of a M4D in East Africa Forum with specific working groups for continuous networking, sharing of ideas, knowledge and developments. To kick start the idea, a Google Group called M4D in East Africa (http://groups.google.co.ug/group/M4DinEA) was set up. So far, six specific working groups have been/will be created, namely: East African m-health Association, East African Programmer/Tech Association, East African m-agriculture Group, M4D Research Group, m-banking Taskforce, and East African mGovernment Group.

2. To make the M4D workshop an annual event to evaluate progress, see what needs to be done and brainstorm on solutions. The M4D in East Africa Forum will facilitate in between the workshops.

3. Setting up M4D Innovation Centres to pilot and scale-up projects. The innovations centres should be connected to the East African Universities (Makerere University and University of Nairobi for a start in collaboration with already initiated initiatives).

4. The development of a sustainability M4D Tool Kit in mobile application projects consisting of standards, regulations, sector reviews, compatibility, funding etc.

5. A M4D Lobby Group was created to lobby for the M4D agenda within governments and to get a harmonized East African regulatory framework.