Mobile East Africa 2014 opens in Nairobi, Wednesday

By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya

It is all systems go for the fourth Mobile East Africa, which gets underway on Wednesday.

Former Kenya’s Permanent Secretary of Information and Communication Dr. Bitange Ndemo and mobile expert Tomi Ahonen will grace the three-day interactive mobile-focused meeting which opens in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Ndemo, who is also the Honorary Chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet will be part of a panel discussing the future of the mobile ecosystem in East Africa.

Dr. Ndemo is regarded as the father of broadband in Kenya, having championed the development of fiber-optic cables and other supporting infrastructure in the Eastern Africa region, making Kenya one of the most wired countries in the world.

According to the conference organizer, Matthew Dawes, world-renowned mobile expert Tomi Ahonen will deliver a special address during the main conference and also have a dedicated full-day workshop on Friday, February 14.

In a bio posted on the conference website, Mr Tomi  Ahonen is a bestselling author of 12 books and a leading consultant in mobile with a global client base from the Fortune 500.

“Lecturing at Oxford University’s short courses on mobile, Tomi is referenced in over 140 books by his peers. Seen at over 300 conferences speaking in over 60 countries on all six inhabited continents, his cumulative audience has passed 100,000 people. His opinions are quoted in over 400 press articles such as Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Economist and Financial Times. Forbes measured Tomi as the world’s most influential expert in mobile in 2012,” reads the biography in part.

Speakers from Kenya’s leading communications company, Safaricom, IBM, iHub, Virtual City, FrontlineSMS, Praekelt, SAP and Airtel will also share experiences at the conference.

Other organisations to be represented at the conference include: Jumia Kenya, Bongo Live, Ghafla!, Smile Tanzania, Bozza, Every1Mobile, Sponge, KINU Innovation Hub, Zilojo,  Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Omidyar Network, MTech and Google.


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