KAMPALA : Samsung Electronics Africa has announced it will be taking part in the fifth Innovation Africa Summit which begins mid-week in Kampala, Uganda.
“We are excited to be participating once again at this event and look forward to engaging with ministers and their delegations about innovations and solutions that respond to African problems. It is critical for Samsung not to have a blanket approach but rather tailor make solutions, and Innovation Africa gives us the opportunity to share insights with the different ministries and officials,” Abey Tau, the Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs Manager, said last week.
Between September 30 and October 2, 201, over 40 African ministers, deputy ministers, and cabinet secretaries from 30 countries are expected to meet and share insights on education, innovation and ICT skills development in Africa. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Developing Skills for 21st Century Africa’.
According to the organisers, Innovation Africa 2014 included the participation of 26 African countries, 23 ministers, 140 government officials and over 250 industry leaders.
The 2015 summit will exceed those numbers as the most desirable event to attend for ministers of education, higher education, ICT, science & research. It is the ‘must participate’ event of the year for companies to engage with these leaders in our unique meetings-based format.
At the Summit Samsung will showcase the Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) solution that has been rolled out throughout the continent in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique, to name a few. At the end of the Summit Samsung will surprise one local Ugandan school by donating the SPIS to them, adding Uganda to the growing list of countries benefiting from the SPIS.
All meetings that Samsung has secured with the delegates will take place in the SPIS, built in a 12-metre renovated shipping container that can accommodate up to 24 pupils, and fitted with solar panels that power the equipment.
Furthermore, it is equipped with a 65-inch large-format display screen, a teacher’s laptop, Samsung notebooks, a printer, and fans to cool the container. The classroom’s computer server is loaded with educational content that covers the entire basic education syllabus, allowing facilitators to teach any subject or grade. Energy efficient LED lighting and an IP camera, which is designed to use 3G connectivity, allows for remote classroom monitoring.
“Projects like the SPIS are at the forefront of integrating ICT into Africa’s education models and illustrate our commitment to innovation. We hope the SPIS positively impacts the people of Uganda and provides them with tangible solutions – the future leaders of our continent,” Tau said.
Innovation Africa is recognised as the leading high-level forum for education, ICT and skills development in Africa. For ministers, deputies and senior officials it is their preferred annual event for engaging with industry partners in our unique meetings-based format.
Now in its fifth year, Innovation Africa, has gained the support and endorsement of officials from over 35 African countries and in 2015 we will see record numbers of officials attending with the key purpose to engage with private sector partners.