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University of Nairobi is proud to be the host of the first Africa Human Computer Interface Conference, AfriCHI, which has brought together participants from over 21 countries.
Speaking during the inaugural African conference, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology , Mr. Sammy Itemere urged the conference participants, mostly scholars from various universities across the world, to create networks that will further research into the human computer interaction. “The next frontier of research is in computer applications, taking cognisance of user needs, take advantage of this and build research networks”, he said.
The theme of the 3 days conference was: Building bridges and breaking barriers.
On his part, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi congratulated the scholars for organizing the 3 days conference and bringing together 21 countries from across the globe. He urged the scholars to take the opportunity that the workshop offers to work together and further the research into Human Computer Interaction.
Chief Chikanta from Zambia, who represented the local community, challenged the researchers and sponsors to deliver internet connectivity to the rural areas just like electricity. He noted that with ICT and internet penetration, a lot would be transformed within the local communities, from education to hospitals to various businesses and farming.
The conference has been successful courtesy of various partners, key among them being: Human Computing Machinery, Namibia University, Kenya Education Network, KENET and the University of Nairobi.