A non-profit organisation, the African Open Data and Internet Research Foundation (AODIRF), is organising African Geospatial Data and Internet Conference 2019, here in Ghana. The event is going to take place from 22 – 24 October 2019, at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The AODIRF is an organisation that is focused on open data access and internet capacity building.
The AODIRF is organising this event with some other organisations also having an interest in the subject. They include the National Development Planning Commission Ghana and the Ghana Statistical Service. The others are Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, Geospatial Media and Communications, and Space Generation Advisory Council.
The conference is themed “Shaping Africa’s Digital Future”. And it will discuss the incorporation of geospatial technology with industrial trends like artificial intelligence, IoT and 5G. The conference will also show how technology convergence affects the digital economy and society.
The conference will focus on five main aspects of geospatial data incorporation in society. They are:
- The role and relevance of geospatial information in national development
- The business prospects of geospatial information for governments and businesses
- The societal, business and consumer benefits of geospatial information
- The emerging data-driven business models
- Competitive advantage of robust domestic geospatial markets
Representatives from diverse geospatial stakeholders are expected to attend this conference. Representatives from geospatial technology companies, geospatial data providers, national mapping and space agencies are expected. Policy makers, system integrators, consultants, etc. are also welcomed at the conference.
Startups, students, women, and young entrepreneurs are especially encouraged to participate in this year’s event.
The CEO of Africa Open Data and Internet Research Foundation, Wisdom Donkor, believes the conference will help set an agenda on Africa’s digital future.
“This maiden edition of the conference will bring together various stakeholder groups across Africa and the world to set the agenda on Africa’s digital future leveraging geospatial, open data, ICTs and internet technologies in Africa.
“Together and in a bottom-up process, we can connect Africa to the geospatial and Internet world. Completing the lineup of the conference’s programme will be the ever-popular exhibition to showcase state-of-the-art technologies, products and application solutions from leading companies, startups, academic/research institutions, entrepreneurs and other related organisations.”
You can hop on to www.afrigeocon.org for more on the conference.