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ITU TELECOM WORLD 2017 : Bazara Imam Ali Barry, Business Development DPT. Director, NCTR

Thank you very much for being with us in the studio. Thank you very much max for having me now I’d like to start off by asking you a little bit about this year’s theme. It’s smart digital transformation, and perhaps you could tell us what that means incident well max.

It means a lot because actually there is huge pressure in Sudan on ministries and governmental unit by the government to digitally transform services by mid 2018, so yeah, I think it’s very relevant and we participated this year. You know based on that theme, now your participation here. This is the second year you participated at itu telecom world. Yes, this is the second time. Last year we were very fortunate to win an award you know, and this year we are also happy to be in the finalists, so we’ll be expecting an award in the ceremony in a couple of hours.

That’s great and in terms of your experience here at ITU telecom world, what’s been the major draw for you here. Well, I think we have benefitted a lot in terms of networking. In terms of you know, business expansion. We are supposed to sign like 3m OU’s with counterparts here in Korea, and it has been lovely you know so far so good first, one of the main opportunities and challenges of this new smart digital age incident.

Well, Sudan is a virgin market right now for such initiatives and we at NCT are taking the lead. Actually, you can consider us, as you know, the technical arm of the government when it comes to implementing ICT initiatives and projects, and we think this is the right place for us. You know it provides exposure and it provides experience and we’ll take all that back to Sudan and you know implement what we can do and will make a difference.

Definitely terms of connectivity is. Is that a major challenge for you in Sudan? You mean yeah yeah. Well, it’s a challenge and it’s an opportunity as well, and you know whenever there is a risk. There is also you know an opportunity, so we would like to look at it. This way, always yeah would have been your impressions of the conversations that you’ve been hearing here at a telecom world yeah very positive.

I think we are moving forward and as Africans we are pleased that next year it will be hosted in Africa. Yes, so this will be a great opportunity for for all Africans. Yeah now, do you have a key message, perhaps you’d like to impart to our audience here? Well, I think we should all believe in what ICT can can do. Ict can make a difference. You know in the way we live the way we interact with each other and yeah.

I think ICT has solutions. You know for our for for at least many of our problems, and we should believe in that yeah. Definitely. Finally, looking towards the future, how do you see smart digital age evolving? Well, I think it’s it’s it’s on the right track, although we are a little bit behind in Africa, but you know, the drive is is enormous. There and people are looking forward to solutions and, as I mentioned it’s it’s it’s a virgin market there and luckily, in incident countries like Sudan, they use represent like 70 % of population, so the opportunity is always there.

So, micro and small medium-sized enterprises are they very much something that you’re focusing on yeah? Definitely definitely, and we started from now thinking about what we are going to do for next year in 2018, and we are pondering starting from this moment about. You know the project. The opportunities and the partnerships that we can build to bring to the ITT in 2018 yeah. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you very much Deeping within the studio, and we wish you the very best of luck over the next year. Thank you, ms. Thank you very much for having me. Thank you. Thank you max. Thank you.

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ITU INTERVIEWS @ CBS-2016: Duncan Mochama, Business Development Manager, BRCK Education

Thank you very much for being as with us in the studio this morning now. You’re here is one of young innovators, you’re, creating technological innovations here for socio-economic development. Now here in the studio, we’ve got a big black flight case here, which I don’t think it says up your personal hovercraft or or your collection of shoes.

Perhaps you can tell us a little bit about that open up the open the case and tell us what you brought with you today yeah. So this this is our holistic educational solution which we hope to digitize classrooms across Africa. So our vision is to enable the millions of children across emerging markets to get access to digital tools for better landing yeah. So what I have here is 40 tablets. It’s 40 tablets rugged to withstand the drops, the spills, the scratches that the kids actually have when they’re doing the education.

I have footy tablet here and then the operating system is locked on the land play and grow system, because we understand as brick that that is the entire cycle that kid go through yeah. So in the play section we have we have memory games. We have digital literacy games that enable students actually have good memory yeah in the in the in the land section we have partnered with digital content providers like a limo, ekiti Abu who have digitized their content yeah and then in the gross section we have extra curriculum Content where kids can learn about digital safety, they can learn about responsible citizenship yeah.

They can learn about vision, 2030 here in Kenya, agenda 2063 in Africa or even the sustainable development goals. All this is is going in this key tablet and there are 40 tablets in this kit. Is that right, yes, you’re, developing and designing the solution? We realize that if you go over 40 students, then the student-teacher ratio will be they’ll, be an imbalance yeah. So that’s why we designed our our solution just to to fit exactly that yeah great and in terms of how they connect up their tablets here to the content.

How does that work exactly so here we have a micro server where all the contents are stored here. Yeah, so for digital safety we have locked down, there were operating system assists, as I told you before. All the content is loaded here and then it broadcasts to the 40 tablets yeah. There are no cameras on the tablets, as you can see, so that we can ensure a digital safety. If you walk away with this tablet, then it will be useless to you, yeah and so you’re able to modify the content and update it, etc.

Yes, yes, how do they do that? How do the the the teachers do that so three ways you can you can accomplish that? One is by actually having a USB stick put it in here and then you can be able to update the content. The other way is, you can do it over the internet, so the brick here has gsm capabilities, there’s an ethernet capability. So at night, when the students are sleeping, then the tablet is actually uploading content into eat.

Yes, and what about the power of is because I mean I know – I mean I, my daughter’s got a tablet that she uses at school, but she often forgets to charge it etc. What happens what happens to these tablets? How can they be charged fantastic? Now we designed our solution is designed for Africa. We understand that we have infrastructure problems which mainly his power and connectivity, so our our Q, kid has only one charging port and the tablets themselves charge wirelessly.

So if a kid actually just drops the tablet in in any direction, then it can be able to charge wirelessly at night. It charges six hours and during the day it can take the entire school day and what kind of feedback? If you had on this sofa in all of the schools that we had the Performing Polly, the kids could not read yeah, but now with the games with some of the story books like obongo. Now we found that their testicles cause actually went up yeah in the garage school.

What are the schools actually taught? The constituency yeah and it’s more fun in class. Kids are asking more questions. Their curiosity levels have increased here and now they can be able to solve basic problems. So that’s the kind of feedback we’re getting when when you establish in the queue kid and in terms of the tablet that you developed this tablet, did it start off looking differently or how I roses? Yes! Well, yes, one of the cornerstones that we we have at brick is a user experience.

So previously these headphones were black yeah and we found that it took a lot of time for kids actually to know which earphones goes on, which year and the rest. So when the user experience team actually observed that that’s when now, we actually cut the color coded the headphones and put a big art on the right and a big girl on the left and you’ve actually established that even landing becomes starts from there.

Whether it is just a is ok ways, your show me your right ear and then raise your left here and then now put that there. Then we actually realize that landing begins there, yeah right and your based here in Kenya, but you understand you you’re offering the solution to the Solomon Islands. Yes, so you’re you’re expanding globally. Yes, our team is based here and we’re trying to solve local problems, but we are constantly thinking of global problems and solomon islands.

Malawi right now. We actually translating some of the contents into spanish and in terms of the future, how do you hope that this will grow for you, one of the problems that you’re having in Africa is: how do you, how do you actually enable? How do you build capacity for the disabled, so in our roadmap we are looking at making it friendly to the disciple. How can they get the experience better yeah? How can we actually enable individuals yeah? This is designed for school yeah down down the road we’re going to have individual tablets where you can say as a child go with it at home, go teach you your parents, about the sustainable development goals and and the opportunities there.

I just immense, and in terms of an investment for a school I mean how much, how much would this this kit set them back? Our vision is to enable the millions of children across the emerging markets, so we have also met the kid very affordable. So, with five thousand dollars you get the 40 tablets, you get the ruggedized guess you get a 40 earphones and also the extendable charger. So that’s the investment that that a school puts in right, you’re, definitely making inroads there in to affordability and and accessibility as well.

Yes or we should the very best of luck with your project, I know that you’re participating in a session here at CBS 2016 young innovators are going to be pitching their projects pitted up against each other, and I know that you always get a vote at the End well, I wish you the very best with that, but certainly very much, obviously in the future as well, and we look forward to catching up with you at some stage.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You

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