Pantami, Industry Chieftains Highlight MoDiTECH 2019
… As Digital Services Trump Discourse

By Cyber Era Staff

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami and captains of the ICT industry, are rallying behind the maiden edition of Mobile and Disruptive Technology Forum 2019 (ModiTECH’19) -a forum that would predict the next disruptions in the technology ecosystem and x-ray trends that will transform human lives especially as these powerful disruptions are dismantling the entire industries and creating new frontiers, Cyber Era Online(www.cyberera.com.ng) learns.

Experts have noted that disruptive technologies such as Mobile Internet, Automation of Knowledge and Work, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Technology, Advanced Robotics, Autonomous and Near-Autonomous Vehicles, Next-Generation Genomics, Energy Storage, 3D Printing, Advanced Materials, Advanced Oil and Gas Exploration and Recovery, Renewables and are improving the quality of life for people and redefining business models such as Agritech, e-Billing, e-Commerce, e-Governance, e-Payments, transportation, smart city, et cetera.

ModiTECH’19, being organised by TechEconomy.ng in collaboration with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, is a platform for inter-sectorial review of economic impacts of these technologies, giving particular attention to the disruptive potentials of emerging technologies such as  Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Robotics, FinTech and mobile phone economy around retail and service provisioning.

MoDiTECH’ holds on October 24, 2019 at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel (VCP), Victoria Island, Lagos, south west, Nigeria under the theme: “The Power of Digital Services”.

The Minister of Communications, Dr. Pantami is the special guest of honour.  Other special invitees expected at the Forum are the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer(EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta; the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi; the Managing Director of Rack Centre, Dr. Tunde Coker; the President, African ICT Foundation (AfICTF), Tony Ojobo; the Chairman, Connect Technologies & Africa Chair for IEEE, Chris Uwaje (ICT Oracle), while the Founder, CWG Plc; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ausso Leadership Academy, Austin Okere, is scheduled to present the keynote address.

Other speakers include, the Co-Founder/COO, Digital Encode, Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale; Co-founder/CTO, Digital Encode, Dr. Oluseyi Akindeinde; the Chief Operating Officer, FinTech Association of Nigeria (FinTechngr), Dr. Babatunde Obrima;  the Founder Rise Labs; Nigeria’s First AI powered Learning, Research & Work Readiness Centre, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji; the Chief Technology Strategist, Debbie Mishael, Consulting & Board Member Global Advisory Council, EC-Council, Engr. Frank Ogochukwu; the Managing Director of Global Accelerex Limited, Tunde Ogungbade, amongst others.

The Forum co-sponsored by Digital Encode, Global Accelerex, Medallion Communications and hosts of others, has been endorsed by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria(ATCON), InnovationBed Africa, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria(ALTON), FinTechNgr and AfICT.

MoDiTECH 2019 will feature C-Level executives including CEOs/CFOs/CROs/CCO/CIO; Directors and Heads of trading, operations, research, analytics, investment, strategy, digital, compliance, risk and data analysts; and senior regulators and policymakers; drawn from the FMCGs, Financial Industry including Fintechs, Banks, Insurance Companies, etc., AgriTech, Logistics, Cyber security companies, amongst others.

Speaking on the choice of the theme, the Editor, TechEconomy.ng, Peter Oluka, said that paradigm shifts obviously panned the world to the inherent advantages facilitated by disruptions in communication (Telecoms) and access to these technologies  are increasing income and Return on Investments (B2C & B2B), improving access to services such as smart metering, Health (eHealth) and Transportation (Mobility), making Financial Services more convenient (FinTech/Banking), and increasing the GDP (Tax/Revenue) of countries around the globe.

The FinTechs for instance, he said, are simplifying the user journey by leveraging technology and giving millions of people access to financial facilities.

“So what’s the next big thing? Where will the jobs be, and how can companies carve out a competitive advantage in the compelling global economy? 5G is coming. The NCC for instance, has issued spectrum for research on 5G; so that should be the thinking of players in different sectors?” Oluka said adding the event promises to make a difference as ground-breaking solutions shall be unveiled at the Forum.

On his part, the Deputy Editor, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Chike Onwuegbuchi, said that MoDiTECH is a credible platform to showcase disruptive technologies that even the government can leverage upon to address societal issues and improve on the economic indexes.

Said Onwuegbuchi:  “For instance, the volume of data in the world is growing by 60 per cent every year and for financial services in particular, the effective handling of data will be central to future business strategy especially with the unleashing of 5G technologies”.

“So,ModiTECH’19, in this maiden edition, aims at pushing for “the Power of Digital Services” by disrupting existing technologies for the advancement of the economy at large”.

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