Monday, March 28, 2016

IEEE names Uwaje, Africa chair on publicity for IoT World 2016

New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named the immediate past president of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chief Chris Uwaje as its chair on publicity and communication in Africa, for the forthcoming IEEE-Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum 2016, reports ITRealms.

Disclosing this, Mr. Uwaje in a press statement made available to ITRealms noted that the Internet of Things and Everything (IoTs/IoE) represents perhaps the last hope for Africa’s 21st Century knowledge, creativity and innovation renaissance.

This, he said, was in pursuant to resolutions at the last meeting of the IEEE-WFIoT 2016 Organising Committee held on 9th March, 2016, where “Chris Uwaje was appointed the Co-Chair for Publicity and Communications for Africa.”

Uwaje’s mandate, ITRealms gathered includes but not limited to promoting, propagating and advancing the aims and objective of the IEEE-World Forum on Internet of Things, but above all, to establish innovative programmes of ensuring the participation and contribution of the ICT Industry leadership, government policy makers, IT Professionals and stakeholders in Africa, to accelerate the diffusion, application and domestication of the promise and opportunities of IoTs.

He also said that the forum with the theme: “Internet of Things: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystem” he said, promises the assemblage of best brains and leaders in academia, innovation, corporate industry, technology business and government policy makers to discuss and map the way forward and codify future opportunities and benefits of Internet of Things and Everything (IoTs/IoE). 

He equally stressed the imperative and strategic of having Africa represented and actively contributes to the outcome of proceedings – as the continent stands to benefit immensely from the conference, pointing out that in order to achieve the quantum benefits from the emerging digital opportunity, his vision is to take charge of promoting and establishing the “Africa IoTs Pavilion” as strategic imperative for success at the WF-IoTs 2016 in the United States of America (USA).” 

He told ITRealms that the 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) – IoT: Smart Innovation for Vibrant Ecosystems is a unique event for industry leaders, academics and decision making government officials. IEEE WF-IOT 2016 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia USA between 12 and 14 December, 2016. 

Uwaje further said this event is designed to examine key critical innovations across technologies which will alter the research and application space of the future. 

“The Internet of Things envisions a highly networked future, where every object is integrated to interact with each other, allowing for communications between objects, as well as between humans and objects, which enables the control of intelligent systems in our daily lives. My appointment as Africa Chair - Publicity and Communications for the 3rd World Forum on IoTs 2016 is a great challenge,” he said.

Uwaje, therefore solicited supports to deliver on this mandate of reaching out to 500 Africa Universities and 1000 IT Industry leaders cum players for submission of 2000 papers for consideration. 

“I am sure that a well-researched paper from African knowledge network has the pedigree for final selection. This will put Nigeria and Africa in the Internet Protocol (IP) forefront of IoTs the digital World,” he submitted.


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