In the midst of Crisis….

In the midst of Crisis….

corona

Covid-19 is just another reminder how life is fragile; one moment we have everything figured out then comes a pandemic that crashes all those plans. The number of conferences, concerts, travel cancelled is overwhelming; I can’t imagine how the rest of the year will look like. I do not any way paint a dooming picture (am very optimistic) but I can’t keep asking myself how could we have used Technology to manage the aftermath of Covid-19.

Working from home

There is a push for employees to work from home which is needed as we need to drive our economies.  Secondly, working from home enables employees more flexibility and more time to family – think of many hours saved in traffic especially in Nairobi.  That’s a good investment in quality family time!

There is one question that we have to answer.  How do we ensure our new home workers are as effective, motivated and are able to collaborate like they were in office?   The office brings people together, you can walk to your colleague’s desk/office or discuss on markets trends with a colleague as pick documents at the shared printer.  The human interaction is very important, even that annoying colleague is a critical player in the entire chain.  Well, they give you a story to share with your spouse or a friend over the weekend.   All these is taken away when we have to work in isolation at our homes.

In times of crisis, people reach out for meaning. Meaning is strength.  Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it

Dawna Markova

The world is changing thanks to technology but the real change comes from the dreams behind the tech.  Covid-19 lock-down is another reminder on why we should always look back to technology for solutions.  Quarantine measures introduced have made international travel and some cases domestic travel impossible but there is a solution what if we can hold those crucial meetings virtually?  

Virtual Reality (VR) reaps the benefit on online meetings and enriches them with interactivity of face-to-face meetings.  Time to say goodbye to the many boardrooms, not just yet.  The boardroom will be virtual enabling participants present, sketch on flip charts and build models just as you would be in a physical boardroom.  The participants of the meeting would probably be working from home but will now be immersed in a corporate environment giving maximum output and avoiding distractions associated with voice/video conferencing.

Virtual Reality (VR) reaps the benefit on online meetings and enriches them with interactivity of face-to-face meetings. Time to say goodbye to the many boardrooms, not just yet. The boardroom will be virtual enabling participants present, sketch on flip charts and build models just as you would be in a physical boardroom. The participants of the meeting would probably be working from home but will now be immersed in a corporate environment giving maximum output and avoiding distractions associated with voice/video conferencing.

Welcome to the Virtual Conferencing Center (VCC)

Yelbridges and the Cyber Security Alliance of East Africa is bringing this dream to Sub Sahara Africa.  The Virtual Conferencing Center(VCC) is taking our corporate interactions, trainings and much more to the virtual world.  Participants across the globe will be joined in a virtual studio where we have opportunity to interact, share ideas, benchmark and develop prototypes.  Despite having a bias to Cyber Security, VCC will be open to other industries e.g. in the medical field a doctor in Cambodia would like to engage medics in Rwanda on how they are addressing Covid-19.  Using VR glasses both medics join in the studio and get to interact, shares notes, photos etc just they would if they had met in person.  

VCC will enrich our collaboration and interactions despite being geographically separated.  We shall connect the people of East Africa with the rest of world without moving them.  That is the power of technology – bringing humans closer and making every interaction purposeful and inspirational.

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