8 June 2022

The Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) organized the first edition of the Federated Africa and Middle East Conference on Software Engineering (FAMECSE) on June 7-8 in Egypt, Uganda, and online.
The conference reflected the keenness of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to transfer and share the latest trends in ICT.
FAMECSE was aimed at promoting and strengthening the software engineering community in Africa and the Middle East by gathering visionary thought leaders and a lineup of local and foreign experts, practitioners, and researchers to present and share the most recent innovations, trends, experiences, and concerns in the field of software engineering of interest to the region.
The theme of FAMECSE 2022 was “Software Engineering in the Era of Artificial Intelligence.” The conference explored how innovation in software engineering can support AI development and how AI can provide innovative solutions to advance software engineering practices and techniques.
The conference was held at several venues, including Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace in Cairo, the College of Computing and Information Sciences' conference room, and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The conference was also live-streamed on Hopin Platform.
FAMECSE agenda featured keynotes, presentations on research and technical papers, and tutorials delivered by distinguished lecturers and speakers, including faculty members, researchers, CEOs, professors of software engineering, engineers, software systems experts, and many others.
As the Honorary General Chair of the conference, ITIDA CEO delivered an opening speech. He remarked that this year’s conference was special as it was taking place simultaneously in Egypt and Uganda, reiterating the deep historical ties between the two countries across all domains.
He said the COVID-19 crisis had no adverse impact on the software industry. Different reports show that the professional developers' community across Africa increased by nearly 4% year- on-year despite the pandemic, increasing the global demand for remote tech talent and creating more remote employment opportunities for African developers.
Moreover, ITIDA CEO highlighted that the Agency had always supported the software industry and the whole ecosystem. Software engineering, along with other business and IT services, accounted for more than $4.5 billion in Egyptian exports last year, he added.
FAMECSE 2022 was organized in collaboration with Makerere University and ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT). The sponsor list included Giza Systems, Huawei, Xceed, OpenUK, and Fixed Solutions.
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