ICAITM is an interdisciplinary forum for exchange of knowledge on the latest experimental results and theoretical advances in Information and Communication Technology and Management. ICAITM 2016 was a unique forum to bring the finest African brains together to discuss about technology for the development of Africa since the theme for the maiden conference was “Cloud computing for sustainable development of Africa”. Every business function embraces technology. ICAITM 2016 was designed to promote the benefits of cloud Computing. It brought together world recognized experts whose diverse expertise would stimulate discussions and push cutting edge research and collaborations. This conference also aimed at addressing the issues relevant to Africa and to foster innovation in the all business sectors with the assistance of cloud to reduce cost and to increase sharing of much needed resources. This opens the way for Open source in research which will enable educators across Africa to come together as a family to enhance the Body of Knowledge without reinventing the wheel each time. The maiden International Conference on Advanced Trends in Information and Communication Technology and Management (ICAITM) was held from 28th - 29th April 2016 at International Conference Centre, Accra.
The Conference was held for two days. Day one had three sessions. Session one comprised of speeches from Key note speaker and guest speakers. On behalf of the organisers, Chairman Dr.Kapil Gupta and the Rector Mr.Vivek Verma, felicitated the speakers with a kente shawl designed by Mr.Rajesh Kumar, Head of Academics from the School of Fashion and Design and a plaque. The Honourable minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Honourable Madam Bernice Adiku Heloo, inaugurated the conference followed by the opening remarks by the Chairman of BlueCrest Group Dr.Kapil Gupta. The Honorable Minister for Education Prof.Naana Opoku Agyemang, was on national assignment with the President of Ghana and hence Mrs.Ajuba Adu-Tutu, Programmes Coordinator, Secondary Education Division, GES, graced the occasion with her presence.
The next person to mount the pulpit was Prof.Nii Quaynor, the most popular technological giant in Africa. A big round of applause welcomed the one of the most prolific speaker, Ms.Estelle Akofio-Sowah, the country manager for Google Ghana. The Indian High Commissioner was one of the most admired speakers, and when he drew comparison on Moses and the Cloud, the whole auditorium erupted with laughter and appreciation including the speakers on the dais. The Secretary General of the Association of African Universities, the co-organizers, mounted the podium to an arousing welcome. The final speaker for Session one was the Director General of National Information Technology Association (NITA).
Session two was a panel discussion on Cloud Computing with participants from different fields brought in to discuss and educate the audience about Cloud computing and its benefits for sustainable development in Africa. The session was hosted by Ms.Nodumo Dhlamini from AAU and Dr.Balamurugan from BlueCrest.
Panelists:Panelists:Mr. Kofi Kukubor - Lawyer, HR Practitioner and Politician
Mr. Carl Sackey - IT Product Manager - GCNET Ghana
Ms. Tatiana Kotlarayenko - Social Worker
Dr. Boubakar Barry - CEO, WACREN
Ms. Emefa Atiamoah-Eli - Journalist - Joy News
Prof. Mohammed Sani - IT Director, UPSA
Mr.Derek Laryea - Research & Communications Officer, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications
The third session was handled by Technical Speakers from the four major giants of the IT industry in the world, Google, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft. Google Ghana was supported by a team which spoke about the Google products available in the cloud with a few live demos. Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh started with a video teaser about the modern IBM and then took the crowd by storm by speaking about Cloud from the feedback received from the audience who were part of the conference. Mr.Derek Appiah, Country Manager of Microsoft spoke about the Microsoft Cloud services and about Microsoft Azure. Mr.Joseph Assumang took over and spoke about the Oracle Factor and how they can assist for the sustainable development of African continent. Dr.Ephrem Kwaku Kwaa-Aidoo, the Head of Department of Information & Communication Technology, University of Education Winneba represented the Vice Chancellor Prof.Mawutor Avoke, who was on an equally important assignment of Meeting of all Vice Chancellors at University of Ghana. Mr.Eric Akumiah, Director of Operations spoke about the government initiatives on promoting cloud and technology in Ghana. He spoke about the fibre optic network being laid in Ghana and also about their initiative of less or free quality wifi to be provided on premium localities.
Ten stalls were set up at the foyer. Google, IBM, Rack Africa, NITA, AAU, BlueCrest College, BlueCrest School of Fashion and Design were the occupants of the stall. Three registration desks were set up for the paper presenters, guests and students to register and collect the program outline and refreshment tokens. All those who attended the program were served with packed lunch. The final moment came when the Rector of BlueCrest College proposed the vote of thanks and the program for Day One ended successfully. The MC for the day was Mr.Jay Foley of Live FM.
Day Two started with an enriching session with Rack Africa’s Emmanuel Mensah educating the people about Cloud Computing and the avenues to eliminate risk. His thought provoking talk, paved way to many interesting questions from the audience. The audience and the paper presenters were divided into two groups. Committee Hall One and Meeting Hall One hosted three sessions each. Mr.K.Sathishkumar and Mr.Vijesh Krishnamurthy headed the team in the meeting hall one and Mrs.Eva Esther Shalin headed the team in Committee Hall One. Three sessions each were conducted in both halls. Each session recorded a minimum of 4 papers being presented. The technical session chairs and the audience were given time to ask questions. Research saw a new dimension in the way the students interacted with the pioneers. Prof.Etienne Ehile represented AAU and Eva Esther Shalin represented BlueCrest in conducting the technical sessions. Kwame Awuku-Yeboah from Google, Yaw Dziekpor from Microsoft, Er.Felix Atsrim from Pentecost University College were among those who were present to support the Cloud Computing discussions.
Lunch break and snack break paved way for more networking among the participants who hailed from Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Rwanda. Certificate of Participation was issued to all those who attended the conference. University of Applied Management, NIIT and Al-Ryan International School were the top three institutions which patronized ICAITM by sending more than thirty students from their respective organisations. The Paper Presenters were awarded certificates and Conference Kit. The Technical Chairs selected the best paper for every session and presented them with the best paper certificate.
Technical Session Chairs
Mr. Chris Quist HOD - Department of Informatics, Regent University
Dr. Charles Buabeng - Andoh HOD –Department of Information Technology, PUC
Dr. Eric Kuada Senior Lecturer, GIMPA
Mr. Jacob Akunor Director ICT Director, NCTE.
Dr. Stephen Asunka Head, Centre for Online Learning & Teaching, GTUC.
The conference ended successfully after two days with an online feedback circulated to over 1500 participants from various streams. Ringier were the media sponsors. NITA was the Wifi provider, which even assisted a skype presentation from Malaysia to be done without any interruption. Google was the Platinum Sponsor while IBM supported with silver sponsor. Selected papers were published in IJICTM.