The objectives of TIA's Information, Communication and Technology sector are:
To improve the competitiveness of the ICT industry by leveraging expertise and skills across the country through cooperation and collaborations
To accelerate technology development and commercialisation of ICT products and services through existing or new enterprises
To leverage funds from local and international institutions to advance the strategic goal of the ICT NSI
With a focus on the following technology areas:
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Block Chain: These technologies will only be considered within the following sectors: Agriculture, Energy, Green Economy, Health, Manufacturing, Mining, Space and Water, Waste and Circular Economy. Example: Cognitive Systems’ Artificial Mind Engine – A cognitive analytics software platform suitable for the big data, internet of things and general business intelligence market.
Wireless Connectivity: A key focus is wireless technologies that will enable 5G networks or increase rural connectivity. Innovators must have the requisite licenses or be in the process of acquiring such (where needed). Example: RIOT Networks – A new way of building networks that allows public broadband networks by crowdsourcing access network infrastructure.
Scalable ICT inclusive innovations: Technologies that address social injustices in a scalable and sustainable manner. Example: Pelebox - Smart lockers that enables patients to collect their repeat chronic medication in minutes instead of queuing for hours at public clinics.