The ETNCC2015 was technically sponsored by the South African Section (Section 8) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in association with the Computer Engineering Division of the Institute of Engineers (India), the Special Interest Group Wireless Networks (SIG-WNs) and Division Four (DivIV) of the Computer Society of India. This year’s event coincided with the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Approximately 200 computer and communication professionals from different disciplines in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering and Information Technology attended the conference. They discussed cutting-edge research at international level with other pioneering academic researchers, scientists, industrial engineers, technocrats and students.
The Rector of the Poly, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, opened the conference which, he said, aimed to bring opportunities for cutting-edge research discussions among leading specialists and professionals, as well as to provide a platform for them to present their research papers on new technologies, share experiences and propose probable solutions to current and anticipated future problems.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Tjekero Tweya, also addressed the conference and commended the Poly and its School of Computing and Informatics on hosting the initiative. He pointed to the significance of the ETNCC2015 as a platform for discussion, and expressed the hope that the deliberations would serve as future guidelines for ICT development in Namibia.
“This is a very meaningful and productive academic exercise where members of faculty and students will benefit from the experience and expertise of experts from all over the world,” Tweya said. He emphasised that this enriching experience should be applied to addressing the socio-economic and developmental challenges facing Namibia.