Today, it’s just hard to predict exactly the next disruptions in the technology ecosystem and trends that will transform human lives more so as these powerful disruptions are dismantling the entire industries and creating new frontiers.
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, etc.
Therefore, the maiden edition of Mobile and Disruptive Technology Forum 2019 (ModiTECH’19: www.Next.TechEconomy.ng), 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 the Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Robotics, FinTechs and mobile phone economy around retail and service provision.
The Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami is the special guest of honour.
Other special invitees expected at the Forum are the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta; the Director General of the National Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi; the Managing Director of Rack Centre, Dr. Tunde Coker; the President, African ICT Foundation (AfICTF), Mr Tony Ojobo; the Chairman, Connect Technologies & Africa Chair for IEEE, Chris Uwaje (Oracle), while the Founder, CWG Plc; Entrepreneur in Residence, Ausso Leadership Academy, Austin Okere is scheduled to present the keynote address.
The Forum sponsored by Digital Encode, Global Accelerex, Medallion Communications and hosts of others has been endorsed by, ATCON, InnovationBed Africa and ALTON, FinTechNgr and AfICTF.
It 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, Mr. Peter Oluka, said that paradigm shifts obvioupanned the world to the inherent advantage facilitated by disruptions in communication (Telecoms), access to this technology is 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 entire country.
The FinTechs for instance, he said, are simplifying the user journey by leveraging technology and giving millions more 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 player in different sectors?
He said that the event promises to make a difference as ground-breaking solutions shall be unveiled along many dimensions of the Forum.
On his part, the Deputy Editor, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, said that MoDiTECH is credible platform to showcase disruptive technologies that even the government can leverage to address societal issues and improve on the economic indexes.
He reiterated thus, “For instance, the volume of data in the world is growing by 60% 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, Mobile and Disruptive Technology Forum (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”.
He added that the Forum has already attracted attention of senior executives and technology innovators/disruptors from across within and outside the country.