GIS – 16 May 2016: A workshop focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) - Prospects and Challenges for Mauritius; and, ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact, will be held on 17 and 18 May 2016 at the Paul Octave Wiéhé Auditorium, Réduit, to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2016.
Organised by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation in collaboration with the Mauritius Research Council and the National Computer Board, the event will address the following issues: IoT in Cognitive Era; IoT in Action; Government Role in creating an enabling environment for ICT Entrepreneurs; Role of ICT enabled Innovation in addressing key socio economic challenges; and, Unlocking the value of ICT Entrepreneurship ecosystem: A global perspective.
Resource persons are from the University of Mauritius, University of Southampton, Ceridian, Mauritius Makers Community, ICT Advisory Council, University of Technology of Mauritius, Microsoft West East and Central Africa, Mauritius Post Ltd, and Mauritius Telecom.
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) was established in November 2006 by the International Telecommunication Union to help raise awareness on the possibilities that the use of ICT can bring to socio-economic development as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
The theme this year is ICT entrepreneurship for social impact
World Telecommunication Day
World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.
World Information Society Day
In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society. The General Assembly adopted a resolution in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May.