The Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) has announced that its inaugural Future of Technology conference will feature, MEC of Finance in Gauteng, Barbara Creecy, as the keynote speaker.
The conference will be held on the 17 May 2018 at FutureSpace, Sandton and will host distinguished speakers, including business leaders from various industries, youth leaders, organised business, entrepreneurs, investors, non-profit organisations, government CIOs and policymakers.
Key topics among others include Digital jobs for the youth, Coding, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Citizen-Centric e-Government, Digital Government, Community Impact, and the Future of the Digital customer.
The ITA believes that MEC Creecy has a determined vision for the Gauteng provincial government to increase the use of technology in governance as well as service delivery. Whilst presenting the 2017/18 budget votes of her department, she said E-government will use its R1.3-billion budget for this financial year to provide 3 000 government sites in the province with broadband through the Gauteng Broadband Network and to create an enabling platform and provide support services to all provincial entities in the design, development and delivery of e-services.
She said “We will also establish the appropriate governance structures in the province to drive information and communication technology priorities, policies, standards and regulations and promote the use of e-government services by employees, business and citizens in the province,” she noted.
“I am deeply grateful to MEC Creecy and the various ITA members who have thrown their support to create this platform. The experience and leadership of participating speakers in the sector will allow for critical and insightful discussions at the event as well the opportunity to create the necessary impetus in the country, to fully embrace the benefits of the digital economy in all spheres of business and society,” commented Sunil Geness, President of the ITA South Africa. The ITA is fully cognisant of the United Nations sustainable development goals and has responded magnanimously in efforts to impact the development trajectory of South Africa through the conference. “We look forward to bringing together leaders in the IT space for a substantive discussion of real-world solutions to key issues facing South Africa and Africa today. The format of the event allows for a dynamic engagement through the plenary and panel discussions.
Highlights of the conference’s plenary sessions include the following speakers:
- Sello Hatang, Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Mandela centre of memory who will talk about the centenary year of Nelson Mandela & the digital transformation of the Mandela centre of memory.
- Mehmood Khan, SAP Africa: COO will provide perspectives on the future of the digital enterprise.
- Mncedisi Mayekiso, Executive Business Development at Internet Solutions will address the future of the internet of things.
- Prasad Kotikela, Tech Mahindra, Executive head: Africa, will speak on the future of digitisation.
Dr Phil Mjwara Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology is also expected to address the conference whilst Mteto Nyati, CEO of ALTRON will outline how technology impacts communities in meaningful ways.
Technology Leadership will come into focus when Hendus Venter, Group CIO of South African Airways speaks. Digital transformation will be addressed by Mandla Mkwanazi, Chief Digital Officer at Transnet as well as Dika Modise, Eskom head of digitization and analytics, acting Eskom CIO of Nondumiso Zibi and Chandra Dake of Dake Solutions will provide the conference with a use case on big data and analytics.
Alan Mukoki of SACCI, George Sebulela of the Black Business Council, & Mdu Mkhonza of the Black IT Forum(BITF) will provide perspectives on digital industry transformation.
Other speaker highlights include. Kirtan Sita, Chief Strategy Officer of EOH International, Desmond Govender, Group CIO of Exxaro Resources, Tashmia Ismail, CEO of the YES initiative and Stefan Lauber of the Jobs Summit.
The Digital Economy continues to become an increasingly important driving force for global economic growth. Its role in accelerating economic development, optimising global economic structure, and achieving inclusive and sustainable growth is ever more critical. It is experiencing high growth, rapid innovation and widespread application in the rest of the economy. South Africa has a huge role to play.