Posted on August 3, 2016
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Lead One Africa Hosts TEC2016 at British Council, Accra, Ghana
On July 23 2016, Lead One Africa hosted one of it’s main events for the year: Technology Executive Conference (TEC2016). The event was held at the British Council in Accra, Ghana. It is the first event of its kind that the country has ever seen.
TEC2016 was birthed out of a need to bring business executives and technology executives together in order to stimulate innovative ideas for the critical sectors of the economy. This includes education, energy, health, banking and finance, and legal. To read more on the idea behind the structure of TEC2016, please click here: https://www.leadoneafrica.org/2015/12/technology-executive-conference-tec-2016/
There were seven main objectives of the event:
- Recognize Technology thought leaders
- Inspire executives with innovative ideas for social change
- Network with technology leaders and next generation innovators
- Share ideas on successful technology driven business transformation
- Discover how to increase your ROI by aligning Technology investment with business needs
- Identify areas for consolidating and reducing costs of Technology
- Create sustainable social change through technology
Augustine Blay, the President of Lead One Africa, was joined on stage by the finest speakers from 5 sectors of the economy:
- Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Physican –
- “The science infrastructure in Ghana is very weak, and people are not able to innovate”
- Ofosua Amagyei (in lieu of Nana Asante Bediatuo), Lawyer at Ampem Chambers
- “Dictation capturing system should be put in place to avoid errors and to enhance time saving”
- Richard Okyere-Fosu, I.T. Director at DataBank
- “Cloud technology is one of the biggest innovations in the I.T space”
- Dinah Bondzie, Senior I.T. Manager of Prudential Bank
- “Other jurisdictions/countries are opening bank accounts online, but it’s a dream in our part of the world”
- Raindolf Owusu, C.E.O. of Oasis Websoft
- “The biggest problem in Ghana is that we talk to much and do little”
- Kow Essuman, International Lawyer
- “Virtual courts allow evidence to be taken by video.”
- Frank Onwona, Chief Technology Officer
- “We have to instill values in our kids before they get access to the internet. That way, they would do good with the internet.”
- Augustine Blay, President of Lead One Africa
- “Data is the new natural resource we should mine”
- Dr. Mohammed-Sani, Director of I.T. at UPSA
- “Our universities have to evolve to come abreast with current technological trends”
The event was well attended with 133 attendees. Based on the presentations given by the speakers, several ideas and questions were brought up that would ultimately form think tanks to affect social change in Ghana, and Africa as a whole.
“The attendance of the main event was very impressive, considering the number of executives that showed up at the event. The speakers gave us something to go home with. They enlightened us and left us with mind-blowing presentations on how technology can innovate different sectors of the economy. My team was a group of very supportive and committed individuals. Without them, none of this would have been possible. They gave me the necessary push needed to make this event successful. Next year, we are expecting something bigger than what happened this year”, said Kingsley Ampadu, the Executive Director of TEC2016.
The precursor to the event was TEC2016 Hackathon contest on July 16 at UPSA. The winners, Braintech from Pentecost University College, took home a grand prize of 2000 Cedis for showcasing their innovative idea on “Campus Informer”.
Lead One Africa is an organization that seeks to have more patriotic and selfless leaders that can bring about a positive impact on social change in the lives of this generation of Africans and generations to come. We look forward to what Lead One Africa has in store for TEC2017.