Software Engineers conference commences in Gaborone
SOFTWARE| Sept. 24, 2012, 11:44 a.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The 2012 African Conference on Software Engineering and Applied Computing (ACSEAC) has kicked off in the Botswana capital, Gaborone. The conference which is in its second series focuses primarily on Software Engineering and Applied Computing. The theme for this year’s conference is “Innovative approaches to Enhancing Business Growth and Efficiency.” The conference runs from the 24th to the 25th of September 2012.
The conference, says it organisers: “Is to bring together both African and international researchers in the field of ICT to share ideas, problems and solutions in Software Engineering and Applied Computing, and specifically with regard to the use of new and emerging technologies to address socio-economic challenges. Thus, creating an opportunity both for academics and practitioners from industry to discuss recent progress in this area.”
Speaking to biztechafrica.com on the sidelines of the conference, one of the conference organisers Dr. Joseph Kibombo Balikuddembe from Uganda, said the conference aims at “Building reliable systems which are relevant for the transformation of the African continent. We look at innovations that will help prepare economic growth on the continent of Africa.”
Balikuddembe added: “As we build human capital development we must be cognisant of the fact that the principles and practices match up to standard with the rest of the world, and also that any research investigations aligned to these innovations must be aligned and shared.”
He lamented the fact that although they are a force to reckon with within the ICT fraternity, African governments and decision makers seems to sideline their input as stakeholders. “We are trying to reach out to governments but in vain. It would be important if we all read from the same script with these governments of Africa. We know that we can add to the strategic vision which is tailored to the African needs.
He added that there was a lack of contact with government as in identifying who can bring them on board of these e-governance strategies that are being adopted by African states today so that they can see how to complement each other. On the other hand Balikuddembe observed that as a software community, they have not been organised, adding “if we come together as an organised group we push a common voice. By coming together, we come up with a common policy.”
During the two days, there will be numerous presentations and discussions about modeling techniques for complex systems in diverse areas of science, scalable scientific algorithms, advanced software tools, advanced numerical methods, and novel areas of application. Similarly, there will also be demonstrations where these new models, algorithms and tools are applied in areas as diverse as finance, environmental systems, physical systems, computational and systems biology, among others,” says the conference information.
The Conference highlights are as follows
•ACSEAC2012 is in technical co-sponsorship with IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Scalable Computing.
•ACSEAC2012 is in technical co-sponsorship with the IEEE
•This conference is expecting to draw over 200 international participants, including: Industrial and academic researchers, managers, architects, engineers and consultants in the IT industry, vendors and users of software tools, professors and students.
•Workshops on emerging topics will be an integral part of this conference.
•Tutorials by leading experts in their fields will be given.
•There will be a Best Paper Award and also a Best Student Paper Award.
Some of the countries taking part today and tomorrow include; Botswana, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Switzerland, Poland, Nigeria and South Africa.
MORE SOFTWARE NEWS
VMware introduces industry’s most comprehensive virtual desktop and application portfolioBuilding on AirWatch by VMware Mobility Momentum, VMware Horizon FLEX will further enable IT to embrace BYO and Macs in the enterprise with local virtual desktops. Read More
Microsoft to help boost Congo media tech capacitiesCongo-Brazzaville’s under-resourced and ill-equipped media is set to get a lifeline from global technology giant Microsoft to boost its technology capacities and position themselves for the race of the digital revolution. Read More
VMware enhances vCloud Director for service provider partnersNew features enable vCloud Air Network service providers to build hybrid clouds for easy consumption in minutes. Read More
Lynx Optics gets a clearer view of its business with Sage 300 ERPLynx Optics – a specialist distributor of optical gear such as binoculars, riflescopes and night vision equipment – has implemented Sage 300 ERP (formerly known as Sage ERP Accpac) to streamline its workflow and gain deeper insight into business performance. Read More
VMware announces VMware Workstation 11 and VMware Player 7 ProVMware Workstation 11 marks 15 years of innovation with Windows 10 Tech Preview readiness, state of the art performance and cloud connectivity. Read More
10 steps to application transformationWhatever reasons an organisation may have for employing application transformation, one of the most critical parts of any such initiative is successful data migration, says MIP Holdings. Read More
Choosing the right Microsoft Office product for your business needsChoosing the right version of Office to meet the needs of your business, and your budget, can be a challenging task, says Drive Control Corporation. Read More
Kenya’s ICT Authority partners SAP for youth ICT trainingThe Kenyan ICT Authority has partnered SAP for the second year to train at least 100 young Kenyans with high-end ICT skills to the value of approximately US$6,000 per student. Read More
Change business with operational analyticsAs Big Data analytics moves beyond a buzz word in marketing circles, global enterprises are now also starting to see the potential value of turning analytics inward, to improve their own operations, says Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager at LGR. Read More
VMware announces general availability of new solutions for building, managing and protecting softwarVMware has announced the general availability of VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite 6, and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8. Read More
FEATURED STORYGrowing African focus on data security
Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.
COMPANY NEWSCNN, MultiChoice name top African Journalist 2014
Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Awards Ceremony.