The 14th annual Southern Africa Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), an African ICT conference, will focus on the social communications phenomenon currently taking the world by storm.
SATNAC 2011 will be held in East London, from 4 to 7 September 2011 at the East London International Convention Centre in South Africa.
SATNAC, hosted by Telkom, is a three-day conference that attracts Africa’s ICT industry leaders. The speakers will deliver a number of keynote presentations around the conference theme: “Social Communications: challenging the limits of technology and innovation.”
The topical theme was chosen in line with recent predictions by international ICT researcher, Gartner, that by 2016 social technologies will be integrated with most business applications.
Gartner advises that companies should bring together their social Customer Relationship Management, internal communications and collaboration, and public social site initiatives into a co-ordinated strategy.
“Social communication is fast going beyond the consumer and lifestyle realms to becoming a corporate necessity. The challenge, from a technology perspective, is to enable ongoing social communication which will require much innovation and collaboration,” explained Conference Chairman Marius Mostert.
To kick off the conference, Anton Musgrave of FutureWorld SA will deliver the opening keynote address entitled: “Naked Leadership”.
Musgrave will discuss the world of openness, transparency, open innovation and new accountability focusing heavily on the technology themes driving these core issues.
Other high level ICTspeakers include Nombulelo Moholi, Group CEO of Telkom, Nokia Siemens Networks Global CTO, Hossein Moiin and Director General of the Department of Communications, Rosey Sekese.
The conference provides a platform for industry, academia and operators within the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector to share views on key challenges facing the industry, and to discuss the progress achieved in applied research.
The programme also provides industry with an opportunity to engage with students working on various projects at the Telkom Centres of Excellence. Several post-graduate students from the 16 Telkom Centres of Excellence will present their research projects at the conference.
“It is often said that there is too little interaction between academic institutions and industry. SATNAC provides that opportunity for industry to influence tertiary institutions to become more outcome-focused and prepare engineers for their roles when they enter the workplace,” says Mostert.
All registrations have to be completed online (www.satnac.org.za). Information on hotel accommodation can also be found on the website.