Connected summit comes to a close

connected summit 2018

The curtains have come down on the 2018 Connected Summit after three days of mingling and sharing invaluable insights on the ICT sector by government officials, legislators the corporate sector as well as academia.

The three-day annual conference, convened by the Ministry of ICT and hosted by the ICT Authority, was held at Bomas of Kenya from 22nd-24th October 2018. During the opening ceremony, ICT Cabinet Secretary, Hon Joe Mucheru launched the WhiteBox, an initiative that provides a platform through which entrepreneurs can present their ideas and receive government support on incubation and other aspects.

The objective of Connected Kenya forum is to encourage conversations around the creation of ICT innovations, the diffusion of ICT and innovations as well enabling the legislative and policy framework need for ICT to enable the country’s economic growth. It is the biggest platform that brings together great minds- innovators, policy makers and users, both local and international, in the ICT sector.

The outcomes of the Connected Kenya 2018 will hugely contribute to the successful attainment of The Big Four agenda namely: Manufacturing, food security, Universal healthcare and affordable housing.

Other key areas explored during this year’s event include emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Internet of Things, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Sector also agreed on the need to fasttrack ICT Bills and the need to co share ICT infrastructure for efficiency and cost saving.

The 2018 Connected Kenya tech forum which was the 10th of the annual events saw the participation of representatives of:

(a) 25 sponsors with Telkom and Atlanics Technologies as platinum sponsors

(b) 14 counties namely Nandi, Busia, Uasin Gishu, Tharaka Nithi, Makueni, Marsabit,Trans Nzoia, Nakuru, Wajir, Garissa, Migori, West Pokot, Samburu and Mandera

(c) Big Four Ministries as well as the Ministry of Trade


(d) 17 state corporations including NEMA, EACC, NTSA, KWS, KAA, Kenya Dairy Board, among others

(e) Academia: Moi University, JKUAT, Machakos University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University and Meru University

The final day of the summit also hosted the ICT innovation awards where the following were announced as winners in the respective categories:

AgricultureEngoho Kuku farmerEngohoGervase Wakoli
Business Process OutsourcingGalena MediaM-FoleniBernard Oduor
Education & TrainingPDTP PortalInternship Management PortalPatrick          Mutuku
Financial ServicesData Integrated LimitedMobiTillEpesi Smart Public TransportMary   Mwangi
Gender, Youth & Vulnerable GroupsANISANNDOVU CARESandra Maryanne
Health care DeliveryPearl Medicare and Equipment LtdM-Tibu Digital Healthcare PlatformGerald Makori
Housing & Urbanization one touch interactiveM-RentSteve  Ngethe
Manufacturing Paytree Group LtdPaytreeDayveeNgugi
Social Equity ICTAGood Conduct GenerationOscar  Raha
TourismCloud Nine Experiences LimitedCloud9xpMutethiaMbaabu


Water & SanitationSHOFCOCommunity DevelopmentWangu J Mwangi


Wholesale & Retail TradeMovetech Solutions LtdCloudbased POSEvans  Mwiti