‘Smarter Thinking’ Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) 2017, 14th-16th March 2017 ICT is an important enabler of growth and development. This is true in the context of socio-economic development with the well-worn correlation between broadband development and GDP growth. It is also true in the area of business improvement where ICT supports innovation, engagement, service improvement
ICT is an important enabler of growth and development. This is true in the context of socio-economic development with the well-worn correlation between broadband development and GDP growth. It is also true in the area of business improvement where ICT supports innovation, engagement, service improvement and client retention. Technology for the sake of it is a poor investment and Top down solutions designed for perceived problems are often ill received and unused leaving a disconnect between vendors/ service providers and consumers/ citizens.
‘Smarter Thinking’ can be applied to the development of Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructures, Smart Services and Smarter Organisations. ‘Smart’ is a generic term which conjures up a variety of images depending on individual experience but when we talk of ‘Smarter Thinking’, in the context of IAD 2017, we talk of connected thinking. We talk of Engagement, Collaboration, Innovation and Feedback loops. We talk in terms of co-created solutions to actual needs and we talk of feedback mechanisms to ensure we adjust technologies to evolve alongside solution needs. Three themes will prevail throughout the IAD summit:
- Innovation – Innovation is a critical element of ‘Smarter Thinking’ and leads directly to ‘Smart’ solution development.
- Efficiency – Efficiency savings from Smarter thinking, justify investments in technology, training and engagement.
- Reliability – Robust infrastructures are essential to ensure the reliability of services.
Attendees will leave the summit with a clear vision of how ‘Smarter Thinking’ will result in increased efficiency, improved service and happier citizens and customers and improved social development.
Working in partnership with Galaxy Backbone Nigeria, the national Public Sector ISP and in association with NCC, NiTDA, Nigcomsat and other key stakeholders in Nigeria, the organizers look forward to welcoming you in Abuja on the 14th-16th March 2017.