ICT for Africa conference 2013 set for Harare, Zimbabwe

The annual international ICT for Africa conference will take place in Harare, Zimbabwe, next year, with the aim of finding solutions for transferring, diffusing and adopting Information Communication Technologies within the African context.

Africa is still seen to lack access to infrastructure, affordable and sufficient bandwidth, and the human resource capacity to exploit avenues in ICT. The convention seeks to offer solutions for innovations and development of ICT, its impacts on society and strategy management with ICT policies associated with developing economies.

“We need not over emphasize the innovative use of information technology to provide low-cost solutions that have gone a long way to support strategies in different areas and have helped in advancing the world economy,” said Prof Victor Mbarika a member of the Committee of the Conference Chairpersons.

According to him, the 2013 conference is an opening window for the African economies to adapt to this paradigm.

The conference is the brainchild of the International Centre for Information Technology and Development in conjunction with some US-based partners, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).

Since its pilot in 2008, the conference’s main aim has been highlighting the synergy of collaboration between African countries and other developing countries towards ICT advancement and toward terminal ICT solutions for Africa.

The conference creates a forum where participants can disseminate their research to a wide audience of scholars and practitioners of ICT in Africa and beyond.

Participants of the conference are required to submit papers on ICT with regard to Entrepreneurship and Business, Education and E-learning, Healthcare Innovation, Open-source and Software Development, Development and Poverty Reduction among other topics.

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