The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella body for all IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria, has announced the theme, venue and speakers for the upcoming 2022 International Conference, according to TechEconomy.
With 20,000 members across all states of the Federation, NCS remains the largest national IT society with highly trained and specialized experts in various areas of information technology.
Prof. Adesina Sodiya, Chairman of NCS, speaking to the press in Lagos on Thursday, July 21, 2022, said the Society along with major interest groups (ISPON, ITAN, NiWIIT, ITSSP, AITP, NITPCS) and structural bodies (College of Fellows, Chapters, NACOS), remains committed to promoting and advancing IT development in Nigeria.
NCS International Conference
He said the press conference was termed as major to brief the media and public about the upcoming international conference of NCS in Ogun State.
“As you know, NCS International Conference is the largest and most influential IT event in Africa and even Nigeria.
“It is indeed with great pleasure that I inform you of the holding of the International Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society from Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 August 2022, with the theme: ‘Smart, secure and sustainable nation (S3N 2022′).
“Over the past 44 years of the NCS’s existence, our conference venue has rotated between the six geopolitical zones of the country. The 2021 Conference was held in Akwa-Ibom State in Nigeria. However, this year’s International Conference will be held at the June 12 Cultural Center in Abeokuta, Ogun State, South West Nigeria.
“It is interesting to note that the conference will be presented in a hybrid form (physical and virtual participation). The challenge posed by COVID-19 still affirms the need for IT professionals to change their strategies,” he said.
Sodiya said the theme of the conference, ‘A Smart, Secure and Sustainable Nation (S3N 2022)’has been carefully and scientifically chosen to provide the necessary technological support for the government’s efforts and vision in this modern society.
In his words: “The emergence of connected cities and data-driven nations is facilitating global planning and decision-making. Different studies have ranked Africa at the bottom of the technology adoption ladder to build a safe, secure and sustainable economy.
“At the heart of the technology that drives innovation is data and citizen engagement. As we transform our country to meet future demand, we must use technology to create a more sustainable and livable present and a secure future for our citizens.
“We need to change our approach and challenge status quo. Our pursuit of innovation through research and development must intensify. We need to develop effective strategies to achieve A smart, safe and sustainable nation”.
He highlighted the need for government, citizens and the business environment to invest in relevant technologies to compete in the global space.
“This approach requires the right team with the new mindsets and skills. The 2022 International Conference on Smart, Secure and Sustainable Nation (S3N 2022) will bring together policy makers in government, business leaders, academics, professionals and practitioners to deliberate on major socio-economic and technological trends relevant to the development and sustainability of our station”.
The conference will focus on important issues related to the theme and sub-themes such as;
Smart cities – Design and regulatory framework | E-Government and Policy Framework | eHealth and Smart Healthcare | Precision and intelligence agriculture | Regulation and digital consumption system | Intelligent Security and Surveillance System | App and tools | Big Data Analytics and Applications | Artificial intelligence and applications | Critical National Infrastructure | Call Tracking and Counter Terrorism | Cybersecurity | Computer forensics and information verification | IT governance and ethics | 5G technology and industrial revolutions | Future of work: Ergonomics and Smart culture, among others.
“This year’s international conference will provide a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss considerations relevant to A smart, safe and sustainable nation (S3N 2022).
“Engagement opportunities will be explored during the conference to present and develop effective strategies, creative approaches and practical solutions.
“Specific conference highlights include the official opening and keynote addresses; plenary and parallel sessions; technical sessions, seminars, integration of new members; innovation and entrepreneurship platform for young people; technological innovation fair, exhibition and product launch; public sector ICT showcase, networking, session of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy; national computer competitions; NCS Fellows Forum and Annual General Meeting (AGM), the NCS President said.
He said attendees should expect incredible opportunities to exchange new ideas, gain new knowledge and build relationships with stakeholders to promote IT professionalism, share best practices, set standards, develop business relationships or research and find global partners for future collaborations, among other Features.
“High-level dignitaries from the government, private and educational sectors as well as the international and global IT environment are expected to grace the event.
“NCS is gearing up for the best and has brought together an impressive lineup of researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, industry experts, thought leaders, international academics and subject matter experts to share their vast knowledge and experiences on a theme and sub-themes.
- Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister of Communications and Digital Economy who agreed to chair the event.
- Engineer Aliyu Aziz, Director General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will deliver the keynote speech
- Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA),
- Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
- Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited
- Dr. Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT Limited
- Mr. John Higgins, President, British Computer Society
- Bram Fudzulani, President of the ICT Association of Malawi
- Mr. Kola Okunola, Federal Inland Revenue Service
- Stacey Hines, president of the Jamaica Computer Society
- Dr. Waudo Siganga, President Computer Society of Kenya
- Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria
- HRM, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egba Land
- Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State
- Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria
- Moira De Roche, President International Federation of Informatics (IFIP)
- Mr. dDayo Abiodun, Special Adviser on ICT of Ogun State
- Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner/CEO, Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB)
- Sebastine Nzeadibe, West Africa Country Manager, Cisco
- Dipo Faukner, Oracle Vice President (Technology Affairs)
Check the link HERE to see how to register for S3N 2022 participation.
Also commenting, Mr. Ayodeji Rex Abitogun, the Chairman of the NCS Conference Committee, said that they have made first-rate arrangements; from security to accommodation, logistics, connectivity and other requirements that will make life comfortable for participants.
He added that NCS has adopted a conference management system to ensure smooth connectivity, presentations and interactions among participants, especially virtual participants.