International Workshop on Block chain and Data Science

“Advancing knowledge in block chain and data science for sustainable development"
When WhereAbstract Submission Deadline
17 th – 21 st February 2020 KSMS, Nairobi- Kenya 17th Jan 2020

About Workshop

Transforming the developed and developing economies to attain the United Nations’ sustainable development goal (SDGs) is a significant challenge and will require integrated actions exchange of ideas between academic and industry. However, the volume of data in the world is increasing exponentially. According to UN Global Pulse (2012), the amount of available digital data at the global level increased from 150 Exabytes in 2005 to 1200 Exabytes in 2010 and it is projected to grow by 40% annually in the next few years, which is about 40 times the world’s population. This new trend has created the need for exploring ways that can harness the power of data to achieve the SDGs. Therefore, Kenya Norway Mobility (KENOMO) Group cordially invites you to participate in the international workshop on Block Chain and Data Science (IWBD) Scheduled on 17-21 Feb 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Workshop aims at bring together students, researchers and practitioners to present their latest achievements and innovations in the areas of Blockchain and Data Science.   Participants of the workshop will expand their capacity these two areas through cross country and cross-discipline learning and knowledge sharing. The topics of interests include but are not limited to:

Block Chain TopicsData Science Topics
  • Blockchain models, services and applications
  • Blockchain-based Security,privacy, trust and regulation mechanisms
  • decentralization and distributed systems
  • Smart contract and chain code
  • Blockchain for crowdsourcing
  • Blockchain based knowledge and innovation management
  • Financial systems and blockchain
  • New policies for blockchain
  • Performance analysis and optimization
  • Simulation and performance evaluation
  • Algorithms for Big Data
  • Infrastructures for Big Data
  • Big Data Management and Frameworks
  • Big Data storage
  • Machine Learning applications
  • Data preparation techniques
  • Data modeling
  • Distributed data structures
  • Data Mining Tasks
  • Processing of unstructured data

The format of the manuscript should be in a two-column format and 6 -10 pages in length. Papers and posters must be submitted electronically through EasyChair (

Workshop Programme

You can access the workshop programme here: workshop programme

Guidelines for Paper Preparation

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

Guidelines for paper preparation can be downloaded from the following link:

Guest Speakers

Name: PositionLink to Profile
Mr. John Matogo Mr. John Matogo University Relations Leader
IBM East Africa, Kenya
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Topic:Innovating with Data

Gunnar Crawford Gunnar Crawford View Profile



Gunnar Crawford is the head of the Smart City office and development of Stavanger Smart City. Working on public – private cooperation, citizens involvement and testing and implementation of new technology in a city / municipal perspective. Mr. Crawford has extensive experience from Innovation management, business development, and R&D projects. His most recent achievement is co-authoring and publishing a book about new digital business models, “Creating Disruptive Ecosystems” ( His previous position was as a senior business developer, in the innovation team in the Lyse Group, prototyping, developing and testing products and services across all the companies, within the fields of energy, fiber-based broadband, home automation and IoT. His main focus the last 5 years has been service development in smart homes, smart cities and elderly home care (welfare technology/ aging in place/ AAL).

Prof Yutong Lu Prof Yutong Lu Director of National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China. View Profile


Evening Out the Stumbling Blocks for Today’s Blockchain Systems


Professor Lu is the Director of National Supercomputing Center in Guangzhou, China. She is also the professor in the School of Computer Science at Sun Yat-sen University, as well as at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). Her extensive research and development work has spanned several generations of domestic supercomputers in China, which includes her role as the deputy chief designer of the Tianhe supercomputers. She is also leading a number of HPC and big data projects under the support of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Guangdong Province. Her current research interest includes large-scale storage systems, high performance computing, and computer architecture. Lu received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees of computer science from NUDT. She was bestowed a first class award and outstanding award for Chinese national science and technology progress in 2009 and 2014. Her continuing research interests include parallel operating systems, high-speed communication, large-scale file systems and data management, and advanced programming environments and applications.

Timothy Oriedo Timothy Oriedo View Profile



Timothy Oriedo is a Certified Data Scientist by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with competences in Data Strategy, Digital Transformation and Data Value Business Generator. He holds an undergraduate Degree in Mathematics and Psychology and a Masters in Organizational Leadership and currently pursing PHD Studies in Corporate Governance. He is a Certified Chartered Marketer holding two Post Graduate Diplomas in Marketing from CIM UK and Public Relations from ICM – UK. He is an Executive Coach and Big Data Instructor and Advisor at Strathmore Business School, Adjunct Post Graduate Lecturer in Digital Strategy at United States International University (USIU) and Executive Trainer on Business Intelligence and Data Analytics with the ABMC INTERNATIONAL, Kenya Association Of Manufacturers(KAM) and Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Andrew Gikiria Andrew Gikiria Regional Lead, Education Transformation Program in Tabarin Consulting View Profile



Andrew Gikiria is the Regional Lead, Education Transformation Program in Tabarin Consulting, holds Msc in Strategic leadership, Post graduate diploma in Human Resource management and is a cybersecurity specialist.

Andrew Gikiria Enock Keya Co-founder and data science lead for Nakala Analytics View Profile


Infusing data science into traditional business processes


Kavingwa Keya is the co-founder and data science lead for Nakala Analytics a Data Analytics Consulting firm that develops data analytics and machine learning solutions by aggregating disparate data sources to bring creativity and innovation in the management of any business. He is known for formulating data-centric strategies for health, lending and humanitarian organizations in East and South Africa. Above all he provides oversight in the management and execution of data-intensive projects. He also provides guidance on the right mix of technologies for the business to consume analytical solutions effectively and efficiently. He has over 9 years of experience in helping organization leaders institutionalize strategic excellence using data science.Kavingwa Keya is a data analytics/data science expert with extensive experience in data visualization, predictive analytics, data pipeline design and data strategy formulation. Over the years he has been responsible to develop and implement decision support tools that generate insights in over 7 different domains (i.e. manufacturing analytics, fintech, mobile money, call center, real estate and social impact, education, health and health).These activities span an entire business model providing project management oversight for the development and management of data-intensive projects. He is a Data science trainer on technical and business courses.

Andrew Gikiria John Wainaina Karanja Founder of BitHub.Africa View Profile


Building Sustainable Distributed Energy Ecosystems using Blockchain


John Wainaina Karanja, is the Founder of BitHub.Africa, an Incubator based in Nairobi, Kenya that is driving the adoption of Blockchain technology across the African continent. John, is also a director at Space Kenya Networks Limited which was a winner at the Pivot 25 Mobile technology competition in 2011. The Kenyan Government awarded the Vision2030 ICT Award in 2011 to Whive for Innovation in youth and gender Sector. Today the team at BitHub.Africa with the help of others is implementing the Whive project as a Blockchain protocol that is creating a platform for Distributed Energy Access across Africa. John has an MSc in Political Sociology from the University of Oxford, England (2010) and a Bachelor of Business and Information Technology from Strathmore University, Kenya (2006). Throughout his career, he has witnessed how African countries are leapfrogging legacy systems like banks and landline telephony through the adoption of mobile money platforms like M-Pesa and the Internet as well. John believes that Blockchain technology can provide much needed solutions like cross border money transfer, micro-loans and crowdfunding.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline 17th Jan 2020
Notification of Abstract Acceptance 24th Jan 2020
Camera Ready Paper Submission Deadline 31st Jan 2020
Notification of Camera-Ready Paper Acceptance 7th Feb 2020
Early Bird Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants) 7th Feb 2020
Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants) 14th Feb 2020
Workshop Dates 17th -21st Feb 2020


The best three papers in each of the two tracks will be published in one of the selected refereed academic Journals

Workshop Application

In order to be considered for participation at the workshop,  please complete the online application form (

Students Colloquium

The workshop includes Student Colloquium that will be held on 19th and 20th, February 2020, the same venue. The colloquium aims to provide an avenue for computing students to showcase their research work, and link and engage with other graduate students, academic researchers and industry practitioners in the field.

To be eligible to participate, students should be enrolled in a computer science/IT or equivalent program at the time of the colloquium and must submit abstract on their research work to be presented during the colloquium. Each abstract presentation will be allocated a period of 15-20 minutes.

Thanks to financial support from DIKU-Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART), the colloquium is free of charge to participating graduate students, but space is limited. If interested in participating, please submit the following information by email by  Jan 17th, 2020 at the latest to the colloquium coordinators Mr. Russel Wolff at, Dr. Simon N. Mwendia at and Prof. Waema at

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed with selected participants notified in due course. Selected participants will be required to present their work during colloquium.

Thank you.