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HELP Roadshow: Smart Rwanda Days
June 17-18, 2013Kigali, Rwanda

The World Bank's ICT Unit and the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and Information and Communication Technology co-organized the Smart Rwanda Days in Kigali, Rwanda on June 17-18, 2013. The event aimed to follow-up on and deepen the ICT Solutions Day dialogue, creating concrete proposals and outlining an action plan for their implementation.

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The World Bank ICT Unit and the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and Information and Communication Technology co-organized the Smart Rwanda Days in Kigali, Rwanda on June 17-18, 2013. The event aimed to follow-up on and deepen the ICT Solutions Day dialogue, creating concrete proposals and outlining an action plan for their implementation.

The workshop started with a high-level roundtable and then discussed the perspectives of a smarter future for Rwanda. The event continued with ten sets of parallel breakout sessions designed to address problem statements from each vertical sector prioritized by the Rwandan Government: Smart Schools, Smart Healthcare, Smart Job Creation, Smart Farmer, Smart Governance, Smart Business, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Environment, Smart Girls, and Smart Kigali.

The second day was dedicated to producing ideas on how to use smart "enablers" - such as Open Data, shared services, shared ICT infrastructure, skills and capacity building, and legal and institutional framework - to address these problems in new, innovative, and immediately available ways. At the end of this exercise, ten "Quick Win" solutions that coud be implemented in the coming months were formulated, in addition to longer term solutions.

The workshop also intended to continue good communication and knowledge sharing on the topic of Smart Rwanda with other development partners, key public and private sector stakeholders and other interested parties. A crowdsourcing campaign had been launched ahead of the event in order to engage with a broader community of experts in the smart solutions co-creation effort for Rwanda.


DAY 1: JUNE 17, 2013
08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00 - 10:30

Opening Keynote Plenary: Envisioning a Smarter Future for Rwanda

Event MCs:
Patrick Nyirishema - Head of ICT Department, RDB
Samia Melhem, Acting Regional Coordinator for Africa and Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank

Welcoming Remarks:
Hon. Jean Philbert NSENGIMANA, Minister of Youth and ICT, Republic of Rwanda
Carolyn Turk, Rwanda Country Manager, World Bank
Ambassador Hwang Soon-Taik, Republic of Korea

Opening Keynote:
Hon. Ambassador Claver Gatete - Minister of Finance & Economic Planning, Republic of Rwanda (view presentation)

Commentary:
Jane Treadwell, CEO, DesignGov; former CIO of Victoria, Australia
Wanil Choi, Senior Researcher, NIA, Republic of Korea
Paul Kukubo, CEO, East Africa Exchange
Dorothy Gordon, Director-General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana

Questions & Answers

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:35

Lightning Talks: Smart Enablers (5 min each)

This session is intended to facilitate rapid insight among practitioners on how the key enablers of “smart” solutions can make a difference. Smart enablers are the cross-cutting enabling environment and/or foundations for smart solutions in targeted sectors to take place and be fostered. Such enablers for instance include open government, e-Procurement, and smart work/microwork, and public-private partnerships (PPPs). Focusing on these four smart enablers, expert presenters will deliver brief “lightning talks” on each key enabler, introducing and reminding the participants on the horizon of each key enabling factor. This will be followed by a short and interactive Q&A session.

Jeff Kaplan, Senior Consultant, World Bank (Open Data) (view presentation)
Chris Smith, e-Procurement Expert, Crown Agents (e-Procurement) (view presentation)
Toks Fayomi, Consultant, World Bank, Nigeria (Smart Work/ Microwork) and Mark Sears, Founder & CEO, CloudFactory (Smart Work/ Microwork) (view presentation)
Jacob Ghamanyi, ICT Expert, Rwanda (Public Private Partnerships) (view presentation)

Questions & Answers 
ModeratorSamia Melhem, Acting ICT Regional Coordinator for Africa and Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank

11:35 - 12:45

Country Cases: Good Practices in Smart Development

Four country case studies focusing on how SMART Enablers made a difference in the country’s development.

Presenters: 
Australia: Jane Treadwell, CEO, DesignGov; former CIO of Victoria, Australia (view presentation)
Singapore: Sebastian Foo, Senior e-Government Researcher
(view presentation)
South Korea: Wanil Choi, Senior Researcher, NIA, Republic of Korea
(view presentation)
Moldova: Stela Mocan, Government CIO, Republic of Moldova (view presentation)

Questions & Answers
Moderator: Oleg Petrov, Senior ICT Program Officer, World Bank

12:45- 13:45 Lunch
13:45- 15:30

Breakout Session: Prioritizing and Defining Problem Statements

In this session, participants will break out into one of 10 parallel streams, each associated with a Problem Statement area. In this session, the main task for each group is to nail down the most important problem (“the one thing which needs to be fixed”), define the Problem Statement as well as identify additional granular components that may need to considered and addressed. Each group will have its own designated space either in the main hall or in separate rooms.

The following are the ten vertical areas to be reviewed.

- Group 1: Smart Schools
- Group 2: Smart Healthcare
- Group 3: Smart Farmer
- Group 4: Smart Government
- Group 5: Smart Business
- Group 6: Smart Infrastructure
- Group 7: Smart Job Creation
- Group 8: Smart Environment
- Group 9: Smart Girls
- Group 10: Smart Kigali

15:45-17:00

Lightning Talks: Presenting the Problem Statements

Each group will be allocated a maximum of 3-5 minutes for lightning talks to describe the problem statement, causes and effects.

A facilitator or panelist should attempt to identify patterns that are cross-cutting, that could be addressed through the introduction of horizontal layers i.e., SMART Enablers. This would blend in well with the next item - Best Practices in Smart Development.

ChairArleen Seed, Senior Team Leader, World Bank

17:00-18:00

Lightning Talks on Smart Enablers (Continued)

This session is intended to facilitate rapid insight among practitioners on how the key enablers of “smart” solutions can make a difference. Smart enablers are the cross-cutting enabling environment and/or foundations for smart solutions in targeted sectors to take place and be fostered. In this session, seven enablers will be introduced - capacity building/skills development; citizen feedback; big data; broadband; social media; mobile; and the cloud. Focusing on these seven enablers, expert presenters will deliver brief “lightning talks” on each key enabler, introducing and reminding the participants on the horizon of each enabling factor. This will be followed by a short and interactive Q&A session.

Caroline Figueres, Executive Director, IICD, Netherlands (Capacity Building/ Skills Development)
Saki Kumagai, ICT for Social Accountability Specialist, World Bank (Citizen Feedback) (view presentation)
Shin Lee, Cardiff University, UK (Big Data) (view presentation)
Wayne Moses Burke, Executive Director, Open Forum Foundation (Social Media) (view presentation)
Clairyce Iribagiza - CEO, Hehe Ltd (Mobile) (view presentation)
Tony Sebera - CEO, Broadband Systems Corporation (Cloud) (view presentation)

Questions & Answers 
ChairDidier Nkurikiyimfura - Director General, Ministry of Youth and ICT, Republic of Rwanda

18:00 Reception
DAY 2: JUNE 18, 2013
08:00 Doors Open and Coffee
08:30 - 09:00

Summary of Day 1

A summary of Day 1 to refresh on the discussion points.

Rapporteurs:
Samia Melhem, Acting Regional Coordinator for Africa and Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
Zain Khan, Senior Consultant, World Bank

09:00 - 10:30

Roundtable: Toward Smart Africa

This session will present an open discussion on common challenges facing the region and debate “smart” approaches that could be applied to solving these problems.

Keynote Speaker: 
Hon. Jean Philbert NSENGIMANA, Minister of Youth and ICT of the Republic of Rwanda

Panelists: 
James Saaka, CIO, NITA, Uganda (view presentation)
Paul Kukubo, CEO, East Africa Exchange
Dorothy Gordon, Director-General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana
Dr. Bruce Krogh, Director, Carnegie Mellon University

Questions and Answers:
ModeratorSamia Melhem, Acting ICT Regional Coordinator for Africa and Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00

Breakout Session: Co-Creating Smart Solutions

The discussion in the same ten-stream format around problem statements will continue and focus on generating ideas on how “smart enablers” - broadband, mobile, social media, Open Data, cloud computing, microwork and others - might be used to address the problems defined in Breakout Session I. The groups will produce ideas on how to use smart enablers to address these problem statements in new, innovative, and immediately available ways which have a potential to be implemented. The purpose is to identify 10 Quick Wins (rapid prototypes of “Flagship” solutions) by the end of the session.

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30

Lightning Talks: Presenting the Smart Solution Ideas (“Quick Wins” and “Flagships”)

Each group is allocated a maximum of 5 minutes to describe the proposed “quick win” and flagship smart solutions.
A facilitator or panelist should attempt to identify solutions that are cross-cutting, that could be addressed through the introduction of horizontal layers i.e. SMART Enablers.

ChairArleen Seed, Senior Team Leader, World Bank

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:00

Stakeholder Perspectives

Commentary by International Experts:
Jane Treadwell, CEO, DesignGov; former CIO of Victoria, Australia
Stela Mocan, Government CIO, Republic of Moldova
Wanil Choi, Senior Researcher, NIA, Republic of Korea 
Sebastian Foo, Senior e-Government Consultant, World Bank

Commentary by Development Partners:
David Rurangirwa, ICT/Education Specialist, USAID 
Eva Paul, Project Manager, KfW
Jeong Heeyul, Program Manager, KOICA

Commentary by Private Sector Leaders:
Agnes Gathaiya, Public Sector Director, SAP (view presentation)
Mesfin Makonnen, Enterprise Group General Manager - Rest of Africa; Managing Director, Ethiopia, HP
Lucy Mbabazi, Business Leader, Emerging Market Solutions, Visa Rwanda
Patrick Kabagema, ICT Chamber Chairman
ChairDidier Nkurikiyimfura - Director General, Ministry of Youth and ICT, Republic of Rwanda

17:00 - 18:00

Closing Remarks: Next Steps

What will it take to move from talk to action in implementing smarter solutions leveraging ICT technology and innovation? What should an Action Plan for Smart Rwanda look like? What are the key next steps?

Ambassador Kazuya Ogawa, Japan
Samia Melhem, Acting Regional Coordinator for Africa and Lead ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
Carolyn Turk, Rwanda Country Manager, World Bank
Hon. Jean Philbert NSENGIMANA, Minister of Youth and ICT of the Republic of Rwanda

18:00 Reception
DAY 3: JUNE 19, 2013
15:00 - 16:30

Master Class: Online Job Opportunities Session

Presenters
Mark Sears, Founder & CEO, CloudFactory 
Toks Fayomi, Consultant, World Bank, Nigeria (view presentation)

Microwork is a particularly promising area for digital job opportunities by youth and women in developing countries. Such work can be performed by any worker with a computer, and access to Internet or mobile networks. Examples of such microwork include market research, data input, image tagging, copywriting, graphic design, and even software development.
The World Bank provides technical and financial assistance to develop microwork in developing countries. This includes the creation of an enabling policy environment, facilitating private sector partnerships, mainstreaming microwork amongst youth, development of the necessary ICT infrastructure, and building capacity of local stakeholders to launch and scale microwork platforms in a sustainable manner.