Mount Kenya University (Kenya) in collaboration with Kyambogo University (Uganda), Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (Nigeria) and University of Eldoret (Kenya) under the auspices of the Inter-Universities Research Consortium hosted the 5th International and Interdisciplinary conference (2018) on 17th -19th October, 2018 at Thika Campus, Kenya.
The world is facing a new frontier of information age that has created a spin in all spheres of the economy. There is a paradigm shift from the resource-based economy to the knowledge economy-where there is creation of value from human intelligence (human capital). It is in cognizant of the aforementioned that the consortium convened the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Research 2018 Conference (5IIRC2018) under theme: Digital Innovation and Knowledge Economy: Opportunities and Challenges towards Achieving Sustainable Development Goa ls. Digital innovation and knowledge explosion can be credited with innumerable gains but also associated with numerous risks and challenges. Consequently, this raises fundamental questions such as: is digitization helpful to the global village or is it a big threat? How does the digital era impact on pertinent issues of climate change, pedagogy, equality, poverty eradication, health and many other emerging concerns. How do all these realities impact on the African continent?
The 5th International and Interdisciplinary Research Conference 2018 (5IIRC2018) brought together practitioners, professionals, industry, academicians, policy makers, governmental and nongovernmental organizations in a single platform to dialogue and dissect the opportunities and challenges that digital innovation and knowledge economy portends.