Washington DC hosts NiDICT 2015
The political capital of the USA, is the venue for this year’s Nigeria Diaspora ICT Conference tagged NiDICT 2015. Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, is the chief host of NiDICT 2015 with the theme: ‘Leveraging on Diaspora Skills-Pool for Nigeria’s Transformation.’
NiDICT 2015 is riding on the back of the very successful 2014 edition that held in Detroit, MI, USA. This year’s event opens with a Pre-Confab hosted at the Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC, May 12th, while the session proper is scheduled to hold at Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore/Homewood Suites,Hanover, Maryland from May 14th to 15th.
Delegates at the NiDICT 2015 will be focusing on theme areas that include: promoting institutional synergies in human and learning capacities; local content and building multi-stakeholders and multinational partnerships; promoting ict startups/sustaining the future of Nigeria ict economy; cyber security/cybercrime challenges in Nigeria now and foreseeable future; and exploring the potential for BPO outsourcing/software testing, among others.
According to the President of Pinnacle Consulting International, and the coordinator of NiDICT, USA, Akande Ojo, “last year’s event was a major opener to the need areas in which Nigerians with specialized skills in ICT and with much enthusiasm about their home country could rally together to proffer way-forward solutions for their home country.”
Adefuye said: “We are happy to support this noble objective and to promote the cause of Nigeria’s ICT sector and its economy as whole though creating awareness on Nigeria’s vast potential and also encouraging a synergy between home skills and those in diaspora to advance Nigeria forward as a great country.”
Over 200 delegates are expected in NiDICT 2015 and the confirmed speakers/attendance list include the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Chief Ojo Maduekwe; Consul General, Consulate General of Nigeria, New York, USA, Habib Baba Habu; Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Peter Jack; Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan, Professor Kiumi Akingbehin.
The NiDICT (www.nidict.org.) is holding with the support of the High Commission of Nigeria in Canada under the patronage Maduekwe.
“This is a commendable gathering of stakeholders in Nigeria, USA and Canada interested in exploring opportunities, fostering trust and building partnerships in the ever growing ICT sector,” said Chief Maduekwe.
According to CEO of Knowhow Media International and coordinator of NiDICT Nigeria, Segun Oruame, Nigeria’s ICT sector has become one of its major growth drivers. NiDICT aimed to encourage a win-win partnership between Nigerians at home and in diaspora to further develop this sector and sustain growth.