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AI, Drones, and Data Analytics Conference kicks off in Nairobi

AI, Drones, and Data Analytics Conference kicks off in Nairobi

The two-day AI, Drones, and Data Analytics Conference commenced in Nairobi yesterday. Drone Space Kenya, a leading drone and technology hub, is organizing it. This event brings together industry leaders, innovators, and experts to explore the latest advancements and technology trends shaping Africa’s future and beyond.

The two-day Conference, which is being held at the Sarit Centre, features various sessions, workshops, and panel discussions. The event covers topics such as artificial intelligence, drone technology, and data analytics and their transformative impact on multiple industries, such as agriculture, healthcare, and urban planning.

“This groundbreaking Conference serves as a catalyst for innovation and collaboration in the fields of AI, drones, and data analytics. As technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, it is essential for stakeholders to come together, share insights, and explore opportunities for leveraging emerging technologies to address pressing challenges and drive sustainable development,” Drone Space CEO Tony Mwangi said at the Conference.

Principal Secretary, State Department for ICT and Digital Economy Eng. John Kipchumba Tanui shared his perspective on the economic importance of technology: “Available data underscores the digital technologies’ transformative potential to the digital economy. Projections by the World Bank suggest that digital technologies could add a staggering $2.6 trillion to global economic output by 2025. This is fueled by technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, data analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT), which hold promise in addressing global challenges like climate change, the circular economy, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Tanui mentioned that the government is working on developing policies, legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as digital infrastructure. He highlighted the establishment of the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAI-ST) located at Konza Technopolis. The KAI-ST’s main focus is on technological research and development in Kenya and the African region.

“We are implementing a digital superhighway to ensure seamless access to the digital realm for all. Part of this digital superhighway are digital hubs that serve as epicentres for e-government services, innovation, digital skilling, and jobs, mostly targeting our vibrant, youthful demographic”, added Tanui.

Feature image: (supplied) Drone Space CEO Tony Mwangi (left) demonstrates the workings of a drone to Charles Murito of Google (centre), and Safaricom’s Lead Data Scientist Hillary Wangila on the sidelines of the AI, Drones and Data Analytics Conference and Expo that kicked off today at the Sarit Expo Centre.

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