Africa and Software of Things: Engaging the Knowledge Olympiad

29 May 2016
9:45 - 10:30
Main Hall

Africa and Software of Things: Engaging the Knowledge Olympiad

Okwu Marcus 

Software Architect, AFICTA Nigeria


The knowledge Olympiad is here and Africa must step forward to be counted and digitally ready at all levels, if she must survive the emerging critical challenges, traumatic impact as well as secure the opportunities and benefits presented by  ‘globalization order’ of the 21st Century. Competition had always been the Hallmark of appraising human development at traditional and modern levels. In the Stone Age as we know it, physical muscle was the measure to determine right and progress.Today, Humanity lives in a ‘Software-first’ World, where Innovation and disruptive creativity has become the center of gravity of life and significance of human existence. And by extension – in my professional evaluation – the most constructive, disruptive, (or obstructive) and strategic pathway to Africa’s future and survivability, resides in the mastery, application and sustainable control of her Intellectual Capital. Africa must innovate or be digitally enslaved. We must move from abject consumer to respectable creator and producer – with special reference on how to aggregate her Software potentials, skills and capacities for global competitiveness.

This Keynote focuses on the concept of “Africa and Software of Things” (ASoTs) within the context of IoTs therefore addresses the vision, mission, mechanisms and dynamic approaches for developing the continent’s inter-connected knowledge architecture and Framework – as a creative response for the emerging impact of Internet of Things & Everything. The keynote will make useful recommendation for adding incremental value to Africa Software Ecosystem – through Africa Software of Things (ASoTs).