Cyber City Kgotla hosts Knowledge Transfer Session
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Botswana Innovation Hub’s ICT Developer Community, Cyber City Kgotla, has hosted its first Knowledge Transfer Session (KTS) in partnership with Oracle. The inaugural session focussed on Cloud Computing. “KTS are tailored subject specific knowledge sharing platforms that enable ICT industry professionals from Academia, Public and Private Sectors; as well as students of higher learning institutions to learn, share and engage in an interactive environment,” said Tirelo Ramasedi, ICT Development Officer and Head of the Cyber City Kgotla.
According to Ramasedi the session was all about cloud computing and “the different functional benefits driving cloud popularity as well as various service models for cloud such as IaaS, PaaS, SaaS features and use cases of each model.”
“KTS serves as a platform where industry experts and students from higher learning institutions can meaningfully learn, engage and share on ICT subject specific areas. The knowledge Transfer sessions are facilitated by industry professionals working in leading regional and international innovation and technology organisations,” she added.
Amit Juggurnath, who is the Oracle Senior Technology consultant for East Africa presented on the subject. He told the attendees during the session that digital technology was changing everything hence there was great need to push the techno button forward. “Cloud adoption is on fire, and cloud is the in the mainstream with as high of 84 percent of users using or expected to be using the innovation in the near future.”
In a seperate interview with Biztechafrica, Juggurnath said they support university students and the developer community. “These are the people of tomorrow. We have a community user groups and they need to know the trends,” he said.
The sessions which have already been taken to Zambia will be taken to where there are university user groups and innovation hubs such as Zambia and Botswana in this instance. “We have demands for skills and this is where we come in. Technology is booming in Africa and talents are lacking; how will you support it. This is basically why we are doing that,” Juggurnath added.