Connected OFCITY Challenge 2018: Lighting Up the Emerging World
Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Inder Monga, ESNet, USA; Jun Shan Wey, ZTE, USA
Wednesday, 14 March 14:00 - 16:00
Building on the success of its first two editions, the Connected OFCity Challenge returns in 2018 with a renewed format.
Three teams will take on the challenge to collaboratively develop communications infrastructure and services to address the pressing needs for a cluster of cities located in a fast developing area in Africa.
The scenario, prepared by Team CSquared in collaboration with the event organisers, will provide a realistic insight into the major issues faced by the communications industry in the region, which include limited funds, incomplete and unreliable power grid, regulatory issues, and more.
Team Google and Team Alibaba will jointly create innovative solutions to address the specific requirements. They will discuss the development of a cost-effective broadband infrastructure and future services, such as interactive AR/VR to foster online education and remote health care.
In this updated edition, audience members will play an active role in the challenge, not only to provide feedback and questions to the OFCity teams, but also have a chance to show their knowledge on this emerging area.
Team Lead: David Kariuki, CSquared, Kenya
Based in Nairobi Kenya, they are the largest whole sale broadband infrastructure supplier to mobile operators and ISP in Africa. They will provide the requirements and scenarios for OFCity.
Team Lead: Walid Mathlouthi, Google, USA
Team Lead: Chongjing Xie, Alibaba, USA