Orange, Wordcamp host blogging event
COMPUTING| Sept. 20, 2012, 10:45 a.m.
Orange is the title sponsor of this year’s WordCamp Kenya Conference, set for November 10-11, 2012.
As the platinum sponsor of the event, Orange’s contribution will go towards the organisation of the franchise conference, for the world’s most popular blogging and online publishing software, WordPress.
Speaking during the sponsorship presentation to the event organisers, Telkom Kenya’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Angela Ng’ang’a-Mumo, reiterated the support and efforts from Orange to actively engage with various stakeholders on the social media and blogging scene, as the integrated telecommunications company increases data penetration levels in the country.
“Orange is proud to be associated with this year’s conference and we believe our support will go a long way in ensuring the success and continuity of this event,” she said. “Orange has been at the forefront of building local content as Kenya moves towards a new frontier in the integration of social media in the country,” she added.
The theme of this year’s conference “Responsible Blogging and Positive Influence on Social Media” will focus primarily on the role of the social media as an emerging medium of communication as well as other aspects of blogging, social media and digital publishing.
Social media’s accessibility and the freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution have helped grow Kenya’s online presence. This has led to more people being able to freely express themselves by way of the internet, reaching wide audiences both locally and globally.
While the focus of the conference will be to equip attendees on knowledge to impact their blogging/social media experience in the long-term, it also aims to give special attention to responsible political blogging and social interaction.
“This is a positive change that could end up being used as a channel of incitement and abuse of these fundamental rights if used irresponsibly, more so as Kenya prepares for its first general elections after the 2007/2008 violence,” said David Mugo, one the key organiser of the WordCamp 2012.
This year’s WordCamp that will also be streamed live to sitting audiences in Uganda and Tanzania, will host varied professionals: Marketers, ICT professionals, Web developers and Bloggers .
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Malawi commemorates Girls in ICT dayMalawi has joined other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states in celebrating the International Girls in ICT Day. Read More
MINESEC, MTN Foundation seek best ICT use in teachingMINESEC and the MTN Foundation in Cameroon have launched the second edition of a competition to find the teacher making the best use of ICTs for teaching. Read More
‘Weather Station for Schools’ Project to build students’ skillsOracle Academy and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have officially launched Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools,an ambitious project to join thousands of schools in Africa and around the world in a global science experiment. Read More
BNPC releases Global Information Technology Report 2015The Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) in partnership with Ministry of Transport and Communications and its related public institutions, has released the 2015 Global Information Technology Report (GITR). Read More
Africa’s competitive business environment spurs IT services adoptionEmerging African economies are increasingly embracing IT services solutions in a bid to support their growth initiatives, according to the latest insights released by International Data Corporation (IDC). Read More
DevOps: The worst-kept secret to winning in the application economyCA reveals how DevOps is the key to winning in the brave new world of the application economy. Read More
Tech in South Sudan “born with teeth” – analystSouth Sudan was “born with teeth” as far as its ICT development is concerned, according to an analyst, with the country having made positive steps even pre-independence. Read More
Innovative BAC Stand gets an A++ at BTE Fair 2015Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) which recently unveiled two new industry technology courses received top accolades among several other international awards for their exhibition stand at the Botswana Tertiary Education Conference and Fair 2015 (BTEF). Read More
@iLabAfrica to stage kids’ ICT boot camp@iLabAfrica, Strathmore University is organizing a 9-day Holiday Boot Camp for Primary and High School Students from 7th April 2015 to 17th April. Read More
FEATURED STORYe-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head
E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.
COMPANY NEWSICT skills in Kenya to grow as ICT Authority and Microsoft sign MOU
Kenya’s ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will, among other things, see Microsoft offer support in providing a platform that will ...