Alan Kocsi, the IT Global Infrastructure Leader at GE Visits @iLabAfrica

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Alan Kocsi- Global IT Operations Leader GE

Recently named GE IT Global Infrastructure Leader Alan Kocsi visited Strathmore University on the 12th August 2014.  Alan was on a familiarization visit at Strathmore University, which has a strong academic-industry partnership with GE. Part of his mission was to learn about the IT initiatives and partnership programs between Strathmore and GE.

Alan Kocsi accompanied by a team of GE executives from across the world paid a courtesy call at @iLabAfrica. The GE entourage comprised of: Jeffrey Schimpf- Global IT Shared Service Network Operations Leader, Global Ops – IT, Abubakar Sulemana- CIO GE Africa, Odukoya Adesina -IM Team Leader Operations Oil & Gas, Rahul Jain- IM Leader Business Solutions, OG-SUBS-HQ, Viljoen Jacques- SSA Regional IT Support Leader – GRES Sites, GE GGO Africa – Information Technology, Innocent Wanyama- IT operations leader East Africa, Faith Muia – PMO for SSA and Cynthia Karago-ECPD.

The team was  treated to innovation demos by students and innovators at @iLabAfrica and @iBizAfrica. Alan and his team were blown away by some of the ideas and applications developed by the students. The students had developed apps that made use of a drone for surveillance, geolocation services for locating wildlife in Kenyan parks, among others.

The GE executive delivered a speech about innovation and IT at  GE. The company is big on IT infrastructure, talent development and Cyber security as far as IT is concerned.  He further talked about  opportunities for students at the multinational giant and one of the most innovative companies in the world. GE has a big focus on talent and leadership development for its employees. The GE team engaged in a question and answer session with the students, giving them an opportunity to ask about working at GE.

This is the second time in the same year a senior GE executive has visited @iLabAfrica. This year in March, @iLabAfrica hosted Jamie Miller, senior vice president and the global CIO for GE. @iLabAfrica and GE are exploring partnership programs to continue promoting innovators in Kenya and the African continent.

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When Jamie Miller, the VP of GE visited Strathmore University

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Jamie Miller, the vice president and CIO for GE visited Strathmore University on the 1st of April 2014. She was accompanied by other executives and corporate leaders from GE including Steven Rullo- Senior VP of Service and Technology GE Corporate, Corporate Finance & Operating Components, Abubakar Sulemana Region CIO – GE Africa GE Global Growth & Operations, Thomas Konditi- CFO GE Africa, Deo Onyango- Regional Commercial Growth Leader – Eastern Africa GE Africa and Rahul Jain- SSA IT Leader Oil & Gas. The GE entourage toured @iLabAfrica and @iBizAfrica where they were treated to several innovation demos and presentations before going to the student forum at the Strathmore Business School.

Thomas Konditi (an alumnus of Strathmore School) spoke about the corporate-academic partnership between GE and Strathmore University. He noted that GE and Strathmore share core values of Integrity, work ethic and delivering quality. This in his view is what has made the relationship between the two institutions to flourish.  It is what makes Strathmore students excel at GE. GE also runs programs that help students excel in the company. These include: The GE day as well as Job Shadowing, where student get to accompany GE executives in a day’s work to learn from them and experience what it takes to work at GE

In her presentation Jamie talked about how GE views technology, noting that the company strives to use technology not only to provide the best value to its customers, but also to improve the efficiency of the company in all its operations. She noted that GE is big and diverse and that the company goes to great lengths to empower its employees with tools and skills to work from anywhere in the world. She also noted that GE focuses on developing talent, business strategy and leadership among its employees and that the company invests immensely on improving employee experience.  The audience engaged Jamie and the GE team in a series of questions on the company’s involvement in innovation, employment, and development in Africa, after which a networking and mingling session kicked off at a high level cocktail in the SBS Atrium. Here students and staff mingled freely with the top executives at GE.

Jamie Miller, the Global Senior VP and CIO at GE to Visit Strath­more University

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Jamie Miller, the global Senior Vice Pres­id­ent & Chief Inform­a­tion Officer for GE will be com­ing on a brief busi­ness trip to visit Sub Saha­ran Africa (SSA). Part of her itin­er­ary will be to visit Strath­more Uni­veversity on 1st April 2014GE and Strath­more have a corporate-​academic part­ner­ship and this will be a unique oppor­tun­ity to for both parties to show­case the impact of this collaboration.

Jamie Miller’s BIO

Jamie Miller is Senior Vice Pres­id­ent and Chief Inform­a­tion Officer for GE. In this role, she is driv­ing GE’s global Inform­a­tion Tech­no­logy strategy, ser­vices and oper­a­tions, and aggress­ively deliv­er­ing innovative

and trans­form­a­tional solu­tions for GE, its cus­tom­ers and employ­ees. She pre­vi­ously served in the role of Vice Pres­id­ent, Con­trol­ler and Chief Account­ing Officer. She joined GE in April 2008.

Prior to join­ing GE, Ms. Miller served as the Senior Vice Pres­id­ent and Con­trol­ler of Well­Point, Inc., man­aging investor rela­tions, con­trol­ler­ship, fin­an­cial plan­ning and ana­lysis, tax and fin­an­cial sys­tems for the com­pany and was a part­ner at Price­wa­ter­house­Coopers LLP in a num­ber of roles. A gradu­ate from Miami Uni­ver­sity in Oxford, Ohio, Ms. Miller serves on Oracle’s President’s Coun­cil and is a mem­ber of the Sut­ter Hill Ven­tures Cus­tomer Advis­ory Board and CIO Strategy Exchange.

She and her hus­band have three children.

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Apply Now for The GE Healthcare Challenge

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GE is accepting applications for the GE Healthcare Challenge launched at #Idlelo6. This is the chance of a life time to launch a startup in healthcare to tackle the problem of maternal and child mortality in Kenya and Africa. The finalists of the Challenge will be anounced tomorrow evening (26th March) during the GE cocktail at #Idelo6
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How Do You Enter
Submit your idea/solution here
What do you get:
If GE, FOSSFA and @iBizAfrica like your idea, you will be selected to enter the finals for a chance to win:
  1. Free incubation at the ultramodern @iBizAfrica business incubator- here you get access to office space, Internet, mentoring and coaching, legal advice, access to funding and more!
  2. Support from GE to launch and scale your solution
Apply Now for a chance to be selected and win the GE Healthcare challenge!
Read more about the GE Healthcare challenge here.

The 6th IDLELO Conference on FOSS and Digital Commons Nairobi, Kenya

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Strathmore University will on the 24th to the 28th March 2014 host an international conference called Idlelo. This will be the 6th edition of the annual Conference on Free and Open Source Software and the Digital Commons. It will be attended by students and participants from more than 10 African countries, local government and counties, tech firms and blogs and many more. Part of this conference (day one and two) will be for impacting technical skills and knowledge, offering a wealth of trainings including:

  1. FOSS Business Models
  2. Android Boot Camp
  3. Ushahidi Camp
  4. Open Data Camp
  5. LPI Boot Camp (training and certification worth 15k)
  6. Drupal

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet and socialize with open source software experts, network with potential clients and employers as well as get various certifications. All this for just KES. 5, 000 (for students) and KES. 10,000 (Kenyan Resident and non-students) for a five-day training!

Do not miss out on this great opportunity. Sign up here to be part of the biggest Open Source movement on the planet.