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The technology world is changing so fast driven by global trends. There is no doubt that these global technology trends are continuously producing disruptive businesses that take over the future. Pundits are saying that perhaps this is just the time for Africa.

In a recent report on CNN African Voices, the guest on the program -Prof Calestous Juma, a distinguished African and Professor at Harvard University, believes Africa can only be great and rise beyond her state of poverty and dependence to global relevance if Africa can shift to technology driven development in every sector of her economy with special interest in Agriculture.

This means that even as economic indices and statistics all point to the fact that Africa has great economic potentials, this can only become a reality when Africans realize this opportunity and make calculated efforts to leverage the technology trends and drive this potentiality. The only way forward for Africa to leapfrog her development is to totally embrace technology and innovation.

The potentials of emerging trends in Africa as seen around mobile and digital economic revolution is something amazing, with Africa making headlines in Mobile Money and Mobile App development, This has created a great enthusiasm among the youths resulting in youth Techpreneurship, many gaps are seen in the course of the actualization of the inherent benefits in this mobile boom. This is just my worry!

The limitations are always seen as we are yet to move from the long time digital colony to being fully relevant in the global technology market. Take for example mobile App development in Africa, the success story of android platform from Google cannot be complete without the contribution from African app developers. In Africa, android is the leading developers platform for mobile and users have also accepted the Google mobile OS. This has also impacted on the sales of Samsung Mobile phones in Africa as they adopt android as the mobile operating system. This is what tech trends can do to businesses in a short period of time!

Opportunities for exist in global tech trends like the Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Commerce, Mobile and Digital inclusions. How do we position ourselves this time as businesses?

In January, I was in Dubai to attend a global Conference on Cloud Computing-the CloudWorld Conference organized by Oracle, that really opened my mind to how Software, Infrastructure, Platform has become a service with no boundaries or limits to possibilities around that. It is a new area African entrepreneurs can invest in as to strategically position themselves to see the emergence of new businesses that will have global appeal and relevance.

As emerging markets gather at the GITEX 2013 holding between October 20-24 in Dubai, this conference which is already considered as the Middle East, Africa and South Asia’s (MEASA) largest and most specialized ICT event now occupies over 78,000 sqm., will address these global trends and how the region can leverage the opportunities and leapfrog her development. This is a great opportunity businesses and Government in Africa can be part of. The Conferences are dedicated to trends around Big Data, Cloud Computing, Digital economy, Social Commerce.

Let me share some interesting facts about GITEX

·         Over US$ 13.5 million worth of PR and advertisement campaign executed in 2012 to maximize on global reach

·         Over 25,000 visitors came from Africa in 2012

·         Over 20,000 C-Level visitors at the event last year.

·         US$ 1.2million was the average value per order placed during the event

·         139,530 trade visitors from 144 countries

·         3,576 companies exhibited from 54 countries

·         1,500 delegates attending the 6 industry focused summits, workshops, conferences, and panel debates.

·         92% of the exhibitors met their ROI expectations Over 80% of the top ICT brands worldwide participated.

 

Some of the features at GITEX 2013 are:

a)   Big Data Conference: This one day conference will be addressing the hottest industry trends associated with the increasing overabundance of global data

b)   Cloud Conference and Awards: The most established Cloud Conference in the region now has an Awards program celebrating the successes of various end users and key Cloud suppliers

c)      Student Labs: A dedicated display area and workshop focused on mentoring and connecting with Undergraduate & Graduate students from various institutions while providing them with a showcase area on their innovative projects covering mobile application and software development.

The GITEX Technology week is no doubt loaded and will definitely serve as a gateway for African businesses to reach global market. I am looking forward to these great conferences at GITEX 2013.

For additional information on participation at the GITEX 2013 visit their official website here.

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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