Theme 2017: "Big Data for Big Impact"
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is an annual event celebrated on 17 May, with the main objective of raising awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. 17 May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the ITU.
The National Computer Board has been organising events to observe the WTISD since 2007. The theme for WTISD 2017 is “Big Data for Big Impact”, which will focus on the power of Big Data for development and aims to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context. The insights provided by Big Data analysis bring new opportunities to address development challenges.
To mark WTISD 2017 the National Computer Board in collaboration with IBM and Oracle organised a Practical Workshop on the 17th May 2017, with the main objective of empowering IT Professionals, start-ups and students on Big Data technology, market trend, benefits to business/citizens and the application of Cognitive/Data Application Program Interface (API) in the Tourism, Health and Education sector. The session also provided hands-on for participants who would like to 'play' with the IBM Blue mix platform.