Madara Ogot

Video-on-Demand Course: Introduction to Emerging Digital Technologies for Researchers

Course Instructors: Prof Patrick Ogola and Dr Muthoni Masinde This free online self-guided course provides an overview of Emerging Digital technologies and X-data, emerging domains of technical, social, and economic significance. In the post-COVID-19 recovery period, knowledge management, electronic payments, automated customer experience platforms, consumer products, durable goods, robotics, process automation, industrial and utility components …

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The Alliance Bids Farewell to its Long Serving Chairman

At a colourful event during the closing plenary of the UbuntuNet Connect Conference 2023 in Kampala, Uganda, the Alliance bid farewell to its long-serving Chairman, Prof Stephen Simukanga. Below is the speech prepared by the Acting Chairperson, Dr Julianne Sansa-Otim, given during the occasion. “Ladies and gentlemen. Today, we bid farewell to Professor Stephen Simukanga, …

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The Africarxiv Open Science Webinar Series

AfricarXiv is an open-access portal to increase the discoverability of research output from and about Africa, with a strategic focus on supporting the dissemination of African research output to the global scholarly community by providing the tools and infrastructure for better discoverability of African research and facilitating reputation building for African researchers and research institutions. …

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Honouring Africa’s Research Education Networks’ Pioneers

During the UbuntuNet Connect Conference in Kampala, Uganda, on October 27, 2023, the Alliance recognized the founder Chief Executive Officers of Africa’s Regional Research and Education Networks (RENs). The honorees included the Alliance’s Dr. FF Tusu Tusubira, Dr. Boubakar Barry of the West and Central Africa Research and Education Network (WACREN), and Dr. Yousef Tourman …

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Strengthening UbuntuNet Alliance’s Corporate Governance

The day after the UbuntuNet Connect Conference in Kampala, Uganda, concluded, the Alliance’s Board of Trustees held a corporate governance workshop. The main agenda of the workshop was to review and discuss the outcomes of self-evaluations conducted by the Board and its Committees individually online a few weeks earlier. These annual evaluations are crucial activities …

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Lesotho NREN Loading

The Lesotho Ministry of Information Communication Science Technology and Innovation organised a meeting of stakeholders to lay out a road map for establishing an NREN in Lesotho. The meeting held on September 27, 2023, in the capital, Maseru, was facilitated by Prof Madara Ogot of UbuntuNet Alliance, Mr. Leon Staaphorst of Cambridge Management Consulting (South …

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Strengthening the Emerging Digital Technologies Eco-System in Kenya

Policy-makers, funders and decision-makers from across Kenya participated in a hybrid (online and in-person) awareness and networking event on emerging digital technologies (EDTs) for socio-economic development. Held at the Nairobi Safari Club on May 12, the one-day event sought to strengthen among the participants the understanding and potential uses of EDTs across various sectors in …

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Kick off for five teams from Kenya to develop AI-based applications

On April 21, 2023, five teams from across Kenya gathered at the Nairobi Safari Club to kick-off the Kenya phase of a project to develop emerging digital technology (EDT) applications for socio-economic development. The project is led by the University of Nairobi with UbuntuNet Alliance and the University of Johannesburg as partners. The Alliance together …

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Four Mini-Grant Awardees Announced for Development of AI applications in Kenya

University of Nairobi, University of Johannesburg and UbuntuNet Alliance are partners in a RISA Fund funded project entitled, “Ecosystem Strengthening as a Catalyst for International Collaborative Development of Emerging Digital Technologies (EDT) and X-Data Applications Tackling Socio-Economic Challenges in Kenya and South Africa.“ The one year project seeks to develop a deep understanding of the …

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The Journey Begins Towards Affordable Broadband R&E Connectivity in South Sudan

Brussels, September 30, 2022. South Sudan is among the countries covered by UbuntuNet Alliance’s mandate for engagement, but currently does not have a National Research and Education Network (NREN). As a result, it is not a member of nor receives affordable broadband connectivity from the Alliance. In a bid to change this reality, the Alliance’s …

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