Over 50 participants drawn from academia and the industry Monday June 29, 2015 converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a two day cloud computing and open data boot-camp. The training which was jointly organized by the University and IBM aims to introduce cloud technology and empower participants, most of who were women to embrace the technology.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded the participants for taking up the training and thanked IBM for the partnership in making the boot-camp possible.
“I am confident that through this partnership, new knowledge and skills will be transferred and I urge the participants to prioritize learning and actively put into practice the skills and competencies to be gained,” said Prof Imbuga
The Vice Chancellor further said that the emergence of ‘Big Data’ has brought with it huge opportunities especially in this new era of open data and that JKUAT is committed to putting in place appropriate open data policies that support data to be publicly available and structured in a way that makes it fully discoverable, accessible, complete, timely and usable, acknowledging that cloud computing is critical to the realization of this objective.
The Director of ICT Center of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD), Prof Joseph Wafula se hoped that after the training, the developers will be open to embrace cloud technology and learn to rapidly develop and deploy mobile and analytics application on the cloud
Also speaking during the ceremony, Business Process Outsourcing Manager, IBM, Jane Kinuthia, encouraged the participants present to embrace the cloud technology with passion and source for mentors.
“If you are going to reach your highest potential in this field, you are going to need mentors who are crucial ingredient for your success,” said Jane.
The opening ceremony was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof. Esther Kahangi; Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Dr. Petronila Mureithi, Business Development Manager, Oracle, Njeri Maina, Innovation Center Manager, IBM, Phyllis Migwi, Entrepreneur, Hilda Moraa and Ecosystem Development Leader, IBM, Kennedy Wafula. The boot-camp curtains come down on Tuesday, June 30.