Stakeholders across the public and private sector of the nation’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are set for the 2017 edition of the Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum (NIICF) & Africa Digital Awards (ADA).
The event with the theme: "Broadband Access: The Challenges of Cyber Security Threat & Effect of Social Media Era," will bring together Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leaders driving the Nigeria growth.
Billed to hold on August 25, 2017 at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, the event will feature a welcome address by Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu and two keynotes from the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta and the Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr. Ferdi Moolman.
Other seven lead speakers at the annual twin-forum, comprising discussion and award, include the Managing Director, MainOne, Ms. Funke Opeke; and the Managing Director, Nigcomsat, Ms. Abimbola Alale.
Others include the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Patami; Director General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Is'haq Kawu; Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure; President, Nigeria Internet Registration Asociation (NIRA), Rev. Sunday Folayan, and Partner Muiz Banire & Associates, Mr. Kunle Adegoke.
The two plenary sessions at the forum will be on broadband, social media & Internet of Things (IoT) and cybercrimes and cyber laws.
Speaking in a press statement, the event coordinator, Mr. Tayo Adewusi, said the forum offers exclusive sessions around the latest developments and trends in Nigeria’s ICT landscape and corporate environment, especially around broadband, Internet security, IoT and social media. “The forum is envisioned as the foremost impactful meeting of top C-level executives in the industry,” he said.
According to Adewusi, Nigeria has come to appreciate the importance of ICT to simplify and improve productivity and efficiency, stressing that this has informed a need to have a platform such as ICT Impact CEO Forum , which creates a platform for C-level executives to meet with industry players to discuss the current trends and project into the future.
Adewusi also stated that Africa Digital Awards (ADA) will take place simultaneously with the forum, noting that this year's event will be breath taking.
“ADA is designed to annually honour distinguished individuals and corporate for having distinguished themselves in the contribution to the development of the industry,” he said.
Some of the award categories to be contested by nominees include Most Outstanding Telecom Company of the year, Most Outstanding Telecom Company with the Widest Data Coverage in Nigeria, Most Outstanding Cyber Security Company of the year, Most Outstanding Cloud Computing Security Company of the year, Most Outstanding 4G LTE Provider of the year, Most Outstanding Indigenous Software Company of the year, among others.
“The key criteria for this year's over 50 nominations include value of the service or technology in solving recognised technology problems, meeting network requirements, optimising service and performance & enhancing customer service, overall quality of innovation and contribution to ICT advancement, originality & vision, potential industry growth and service, market success/acceptance and contribution to end – user’s quality of experience and service efficiency,” he added.