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Discover the Sessions at Experts Live Kenya 2024

26th July 2024
Experience a diverse range of sessions led by esteemed Microsoft professionals at Experts Live Kenya. Seize the opportunity to delve deep into event topics, ask questions, and learn firsthand from the industry’s finest, including MVPs, MCTs, Microsoft Employees, Microsoft technology experts and Senior Technical Specialists. Enhance your expertise and glean invaluable insights – join us for an enriching experience!
 
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Time 

Main Auditorium

Room 1 (Data & AI )

Room 2 (Azure)

Room 3 (Security)

Room 4 (M365)

Room 5 (App & Innovation)

08:00am – 09:00am

Arrival & Registration

09:00am - 09:10am

Opening Remarks - Marjan Hussein

09:10am - 09:20am

USIU - Africa Welcome Remarks- Dr. Paula Musuva & Professor Amos Njuguna | Deputy Vice Chancellor| Transformative Teaching, Learning and Research

09:20am - 10:05am

Experts Live Opening Keynote - Catherine Muraga

10:05am - 10:20am

Break & Transition to breakouts

10:20am - 11:05am


Guardians of the Promptiverse:
Ensuring LLM Safety and Security – Sammy Deprez

Build RAG Chat App using Azure Cosmos DB
and Azure OpenAI – Farah Abdirahman

Generative AI in cybersecurity: introducing
Copilot for security – Sean Wesonga

Privacy, Security and Compliance in
Copilot for Microsoft 365 Vignesh Ganesan

GitHub Copilot Unleashed:
A Journey into AI-Assisted Development – Julia Muiruri

11:05am - 11:30am

Snack Break

11:30am - 12:15pm

Microsoft Fabric: What Is and what’s next – Josh Ndemenge

Implementing observability with Azure
Sameer Mhaisekar

Behind the Lines: Understanding and
Mitigating Key API Security Risks- Jones Baraza

Enhance copilot development with
Microsoft Copilot Studio – Shadrack Kiprotich

Building Intelligent Apps on Azure
Kubernetes Service – Brenda Chiteri

12:15pm - 12:25pm

Break & Transition to breakouts

12:25pm - 01:10pm

A gentle introduction to Deep Learning – Bethany Jepchumba

VMWare on Azure - Bob C. Kimani & Lydia Njaaga(Computer Revolution Africa group Ltd)

Microsoft Defender XDR– The Ultimate Swiss
Army Knife – Vignesh Ganesan

Power Platform for the
Code-first Developer – Consolata Gicheru

Crafting AI-Driven Applications with .NET:
A Journey with C# and Azure AI – Saurabh Mhaisekar

01:10pm - 02:10pm

Lunch

02:10pm - 02:55pm

Streamlining the LLM Development Process with Azure AI Studio –
Brayan Kai Mwanyumba

Azure on a budget: pro insights for
pet project delights – Stan Ionițoiu-Janssen

No more identity theft!
Harden your identity security today – Per-Torben Sørensen

Responsive & Beautiful Power
Apps with Material Design – Emmanuel Atemba

Unpacking Azure Certifications:
Your ultime preparation guide – Sameer Mhaisekar

02:55pm - 03:05pm

Break & Transition to breakouts

03:05pm - 03:50pm

Privacy-Preserving Framework for collaborative machine
Learning on sensitive Data – Brackly Murunga

Cloud-native on Azure with a sprinkle of AI – Margaret Kamau

Enhance your Cloud Infrastructures security through Azure Security- George Njuguna

Developing a customized solution
for Dynamics 365 Business Central – Francis Msangi Masera

Unveiling the Power of Microsoft Purview
for Data Security – Kelvin Ngware

03:50pm - 04:05pm

Transition to Auditorium

04:05pm - 04:20pm

Overview of Microsoft programs for Partners and Customers -Linnet Kariuki

04:20pm - 04:50pm

Closing Keynote- Martin Ndlovu(Gebeya)

04:50pm - 05:00pm

Closing Remarks - Joylynn Kirui

Learn about the Session Details and Description

Keynote Sessions

9:20 am – 10:05 am Main Auditorium

Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote

Catherine Muraga

Microsoft 365 Track

10:15 am – 11:15 am Room 4 (M365)

Privacy, Security and Compliance in Copilot for Microsoft 365

While the benefits of Copilot for Microsoft 365 are very well understood and appreciated by many large enterprises, there are a lot of factors which makes them skeptical about investing in this service and one such key factor is how does Microsoft go about addressing privacy, security, and compliance challenges in Copilot for Microsoft 365. Hence, in this session I’ll be talking how Microsoft addresses these challenges mentioned above with a deep dive demo and with some use cases so that the audience can gain confidence on this service. I’ll be talking about how Microsoft has designed this service in their datacenters and how they all fall within the compliance boundary of Microsoft 365, what are the native Microsoft tools that organizations can leverage to address their eDiscovery, Audit, and data security challenges as they start to adopt Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Vignesh Ganesan
11:25 am – 12:15 pm Room 4 (M365)

Enhance copilot development with Microsoft Copilot Studio

Building intelligent and powerful copilots for your customers and employees has never been easier. Microsoft Copilot Studio is an end-to-end conversational AI platform that lets you create and customize powerful AI-powered copilots using natural language or a graphical interface for a range of requests—from providing simple answers to common questions to resolving issues requiring complex multi-turn conversations. This session will cover how you can use Copilot Studio to extend Microsoft copilots, build your own copilot leveraging functionality such as Generative Answers to surface information from any number of data sources. AI-based topic authoring to create workflows, and publishing custom plugins and prompts to surface your business data where you need it. Join me and discover how Copilot Studio can help you transform your business, increase your agent productivity, and reduce your development costs.

Shadrack Kiprotich
12:25 pm – 1:15 pm Room 4 (M365)

Power Platform for the Code-first Developer

In this session we’ll learn how a code-first developer can use their skills in the power platform. – Brief Introduction to power platform – Ribbon Workbench Mastery Unleashing the power of the Ribbon Workbench. Customizing the command bar (ribbon) in model-driven apps. Adding custom buttons and executing JavaScript functions. Unified Interface compatibility. – Code-First Best Practices and Tips Balancing low-code and custom development. Version control strategies for Power Platform solutions. Debugging techniques for client-side scripts. Real-world scenarios and success stories.

Consolata Gicheru
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm Room 4 (M365)

Responsive & Beautiful Power Apps with Material Design

The OOTB Power Apps Components aren’t the cutest. And canvas Apps aren’t responsive by default. Join me as we dive deep into building responsive and articulate Power Apps using the Material Design Component Library.

Emmanuel Atemba
3:20 pm – 4:00 pm Room 4 (M365)

Developing a customized solution for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central ERP, helps organizations to coordinate the flow of data between a company’s business processes, providing a single source of truth and streamlining operations across the enterprise. To ensure business agility, it is built to adapt to ones needs and grow with the organization. That’s where the rubber meets the road, over 30% of ERP project implementations end up failing and this is due to factors such as inadequate planning, lack of top management support, poor business process alignment, inadequate training, resistance from employees, and sometimes, technological issues. All factors held constant, as developers, users and implementers we play a huge role in the project life cycle. Most technological issues are our responsibility. How can we make ERP implementations a smooth and enjoyable journey? What kind of skillset is required of us to develop a solution that users will enjoy using? What should I focus on for me to become a Dynamics 365 Business Central consultant? Is Business Central a marketable product? Join me in this session as we slice and dice the development techniques and explore the different tools that will make one develop proper solutions that address unique business requirements, streamline processes, and enhance overall productivity.

Francis Msangi Masera

Security Track Sessions

10:15 am – 11:15 am Room 3 (Security)

Generative AI in cybersecurity: introducing Copilot for security

Discover the cutting-edge world of generative AI in cybersecurity at our dynamic session! Dive into the innovative features of Copilot for Security, and see firsthand how it revolutionizes day-to-day SOC operations and beyond. Get ready to be amazed by how AI transforms the landscape of cybersecurity, offering unparalleled insights and efficiency. Join us for an exhilarating exploration into the future of digital security!

Sean Wesonga
11:25 am – 12:15 pm Room 3 (Security)

Behind the Lines: Understanding and Mitigating Key API Security Risks

Behind the Lines: Understanding and Mitigating Key API Security Risks” is a dynamic and insightful presentation aimed at providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the various security challenges faced by APIs. In this session, we will utilize Microsoft’s API Management to demonstrate how to secure against these risks effectively. The presentation will take into account critical areas such as authentication flaws, authorization issues etc. Through real-world examples and practical insights, participants will gain knowledge on identifying, assessing, and mitigating these risks within their API ecosystems. By the end of the session, attendees will emerge equipped with actionable strategies and best practices to strengthen their APIs against different threats and ensuring best security measures are in place.

Jones Baraza
12:25 am – 1:15 pm Room 3 (Security)

Microsoft Defender XDR– The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife

The number of services in the Microsoft 365 suite has grown exponentially over the years and so does the threat vectors which target these services. So, in this session, I’ll be talking about what is an XDR and why it’s the need of the hour and then I’ll deep dive into Microsoft’s Defender XDR and the different products in the Microsoft Defender XDR suite such as Defender for Office 365, Defender for Endpoint, Defender for Identity and Defender for Cloud Apps and how they all can come together and beef up your tenant’s security.

Vignesh Ganesan
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm Room 3 ( Security)

No more identity theft! Harden your identity security today

This session is a level 300 session designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of how to enhance the security of Entra ID using Conditional Access and passkeys. The session begins with an overview of Entra ID, a robust identity management solution, and the importance of identity security in the current digital landscape. The focus then shifts to Conditional Access, a critical component in maintaining security. Participants will learn how Conditional Access works and how it can be leveraged to strengthen Entra ID security. The session will delve into the steps for hardening Conditional Access, providing participants with practical knowledge they can apply in their organizations. The session also covers the use of passkeys as an additional layer of security. Participants will learn how passkeys can be integrated with Entra ID and Conditional Access for enhanced security and perhaps even a passwordless solution.

Per-Torben Sørensen
3:20 pm – 4:00 pm Room 3 (Security)

ENHANCE YOUR CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE'S SECURITY THROUGH AZURE SECURITY

Discover how to bolster your cloud infrastructure’s security through Azure Security at the upcoming experts live Kenya. Learn about leveraging Azure’s robust security features, including Azure Firewall, Microsoft EntraID, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, and Sentinel, to safeguard your data, applications, and resources effectively. Enhance threat detection, compliance, and overall security posture with Azure Security

George Njuguna

Data & AI Track

10:15 am – 11:15 am Room 1 (Data & AI)

Guardians of the Promptiverse: Ensuring LLM Safety and Security

Step into the world of promptiverse guardianship as we explore strategies to ensure the safety and security of your Large Language Model solutions. This talk is a fun and informative journey into defending against prompt hacking, covering techniques like prompt engineering and vigilant monitoring. Join us as we empower you to become a guardian of your LLM, safeguarding it against potential threats and ensuring its integrity in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Sammy Deprez
11:25 am – 12:15 pm Room 1(Data & AI)

Microsoft Fabric: What Is and what's next

The analytics landscape for data focused application developers is changing fast. With AI, Real-time analytics, data sources growing exponentially and new tools available daily. In Microsoft Fabric, data, AI, BI and application development professionals have an integrated platform enabling data source unification, simplified yet feature rich user experience as well as security and governance built in.

Josh Ndemenge
12:25 pm – 1:15 pm Room 1 (Data & AI)

A gentle introduction to Deep Learning

Artificial intelligence relies on a few mathematical principles that can seem scary when you look at them from a distance. But if you take a step by step approach, you will find that the math involved is not too complex and that any software developer can understand the basics. In this session, Laurent Bugnion, a Cloud Advocate working with Microsoft will share his recent journey discovering the basics of Deep Learning. We will not make data scientists out of you, but we will enable you to understand what people talk about when they mention artificial intelligence. We will see how Azure can help you with tools, services and machines. Last but not least, we will also have a discussion about the ethics of AI and what we should be careful about.

Bethany Jepchumba
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm Room 1 (Data & AI)

Streamlining the LLM Development Process with Azure AI Studio

Description Large Language Models (LLMs) are becoming increasingly popular, but developing, training, and deploying them can be a challenging task that requires a significant amount of computing resources and specialized machine learning knowledge. Fortunately, cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure are making it possible for a wider range of users to create and deploy LLMs with ease. In this talk, we will explore how Azure AI Studio suite simplifies the entire process of working with LLMs. We will discuss how to access pre-trained models, customize them to your specific needs, and deploy them directly within your infrastructure. In addition, we will look at practical examples of open-source models, such as Meta’s model, as well as Llama 2, and OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 models. Additional notes Below are the key takeaways atendees can expect to walk away with after this session: 1. Gain insight into the latest innovations in large language model development and deployment, and how cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure are making these technologies more accessible to a wider range of users. 2. Learn how to access pre-trained models, customize them to specific requirements, and deploy them seamlessly within your infrastructure while exposing APIs for further consumption. 3. Understand how to use popular open-source models like Meta’s model, Llama 2, and OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 models in practical examples, and gain the knowledge you need to confidently create and deploy your own LLMs with ease.

Brayan Kai Mwanyumba
3:20 pm – 4:00 pm Room 1 (Data &AI)

Privacy-Preserving Framework for collaborative machine Learning on sensitive Data

Deep learning Algorithms are data-hungry, the more data they have the more they are able to generalize really well on unseen data. Even though, efforts have been put on gathering and publishing huge datasets for unsensitive data to achieve the aforementioned effect, the same cannot be done for sensitive data for obvious reasons. This has made development of large robust models in areas with sensitive data like finance, healthcare limited to large organizations with lots of data. The alternative, sharing of data across healthcare/financial practitioners, could help with development of capable models due to the variety of rich data that they possess, however, data security and privacy concerns arise . In my session I intend to showcase a framework for sharing sensitive information across organizations for collaborative training of one deep learning model in a privacy preserving way using autoencoding and differential privacy.

Brackly Murunga

App & Innovation Sessions

10:15 am – 11:15 am Room 5 (App & Innovation)

GitHub Copilot Unleashed: A Journey into AI-Assisted Development

AI-assisted coding is more than just hype. GitHub Copilot, with its powerful capabilities, has the potential to revolutionize how we write code. However, like any tool, understanding how to use it effectively is crucial. In this session, we’ll dive into the practical techniques that will help you harness the full potential of GitHub Copilot.

Julia Muiruiri
11:25 am – 12:15 pm Room 5 (App & Innovation)

Unpacking Azure Certifications: Your ultime preparation guide

Are you new to the field or looking to broaden your technical skills? Azure Certifications are a great way to focus your learning and verify your knowledge. In this session, I will guide you through: 🚵‍♂️ My certification journey as a Microsoft Certified Trainer 📝 The different certification paths for Azure 🧑‍⚕️ The anatomy of an Azure exam 🕑 How to keep yourself up to date 💪 How to prepare for your next certification Ready to ace your next Azure certification? Join my session!

Stan Ionițoiu-Janssen
12:25 pm – 1:15 pm Room 5 ( App & Innovation)

Crafting AI-Driven Applications with .NET: A Journey with C# and Azure AI

Embark on a journey into the realm of AI-powered applications in this in-depth session. I’ll be your guide, showing you how to harness the power of C# and Microsoft’s AI libraries to develop intelligent, dynamic software solutions. This presentation will offer a thorough exploration of integrating AI capabilities into your .NET applications, highlighted by a live demonstration. Witness firsthand the creation of an AI-driven application using C# and the Azure AI SDK. This session promises to provide practical insights for leveraging AI in your development projects, empowering you to transform your ideas into reality. Join me to discover the transformative potential of AI in software development.

Saurabh Mhaisekar
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm Room 5 (App & Innovation)

Building Intelligent Apps on Azure Kubernetes Service

In this session, we will explore deploying a multi-container application, incorporating Golang with Gin, Rust with Actix-Web, JavaScript with Vue.js and Fastify, and Python with FastAPI, onto Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). As we familiarize ourselves with its functionalities, we’ll enrich it with AI capabilities to unlock its full potential. Using the Azure Developer CLI, we’ll smoothly deploy our enhanced app onto AKS, ensuring seamless operation in the cloud. To further enhance our efficiency in cloud operations, we’ll leverage the prowess of Microsoft Copilot for Azure, providing us with intelligent insights at every step.

Brenda Chiteri
3:20 pm – 4:00 pm Room 5 (App & Innovation)

Unveiling the Power of Microsoft Purview for Data Security

In this session, we delve into the world of data security through the lens of Microsoft Purview by exploring the core features of Microsoft Purview, including its ability to automate data discovery, classification , encryption and DLP across a wide range of data sources Key Takeaways: -Understand the core features and capabilities of Microsoft Purview. -Learn how to automate data discovery, classification and encryption -Explore real-world use cases of Microsoft Purview in enhancing data security. -Gain insights into complying with data privacy regulations such as GDPR & Kenya DPA using Microsoft Purview. -Opportunity to clarify doubts during the Q&A session.

Kelvin Ngware