The opportunities and challenges facing Africa’s technology industry make for an exciting program of debates and discussions at the annual meeting of the continent’s leading technology minds in Cape Town this November. This year’s highlight is likely to be the Africa Tech Festival’s dazzling new Tech Demo Zone.
Prepare to be dazzled, as the annual event Africa Technology Festival (now in his 26th year), always packed with cutting-edge information and knowledge sharing that ensures delegates leave fully charged to meet the challenges ahead or take advantage of new opportunities, is back at the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC). in Cape Town from November 13 to 16, 2023.
This year, in addition to an exceptional program of speeches, presentations and discussions covering three flagship events: AfriqueCom, AfricaTech and the new name AfricaIgnite – organizers have added another highlight to the lineup that is sure to attract attention – a technology demonstration zone, which will be hosted in the AfricaTech arena. The new feature will provide the opportunity to test, familiarize yourself and play with all the AR/VR, AI, Web3, robotics and other technological innovations presented by a carefully selected group of technology pioneers.
“The Africa Tech Festival is well recognized for its depth of content and networking capabilities, but our new technology demonstration area will be an attraction in its own right. I’m not saying we’re going to break the Internet, but we predict that technology experts and engineers, business leaders, funders, policymakers, and investors will all be racing to get a glimpse of new technologies offered,” said James Williams, Director, Events | Connect Africa | Informa Tech.
The Festival provides industry professionals with access to the latest trends, thought leadership and industry-leading disruptive technologies, as well as strategies for their integration into African industry verticals.
For over 25 years, the Africa Tech Festival has also informed and connected technology champions, business leaders, policy makers, including a strong ministerial presence, and investors, many of whom operate at the vanguard of Africa’s digital transformation. Here is an overview of what is on offer in 2023:
Headliners – the festival is officially open Tuesday 14th November at 9:00 a.m. at CTICC 1, Auditorium Two. Following this, a series of keynote and keynote addresses, presentations, panel discussions and fireside chats will take place, throughout Wednesday and Thursday.
AfriqueCom – located on the ground floor of CTICC 1, AfricaCom forms the center of the Connectivity Hall. Telecommunications is the backbone of our technological future, and it is here that delegates can experience the latest innovations in products and services that will enable Africa and Africans to communicate. The main themes covered here are: Connecting Africa’s Next Billion, Investment in Digital Infrastructure, Telecoms of Tomorrow, Sustainability and Climate Resilience, AfricaCom 2023 Ministerial Summit and Media and Entertainment, as well as the AfricaCom Central Stage, which will host a series masterclasses and workshops.
AfricaTech – At CTICC 2, AfricaTech will stage the AfricaTech Center stage, where, like its counterpart, dynamic masterclasses, presentations and debates will entertain and inform delegates. The hall also hosts several exciting exhibitors and a series of tracks that cover:
· Pioneering technology – harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology and what it can do to accelerate Africa’s digital transformation.
· Data Centers and Cloud Flows – topics related to building a data center industry equipped to power Africa’s digital transformation journey.
· Cybersecurity Africa – the importance of building resilient technology ecosystems in an era of growing cyber threats that have the potential to derail technological and business progress, for organizations large and small.
· Fintech & MFS Africa – explores the latest trends in Africa’s most dynamic sector and one that has enormous potential to fuel economic growth, and
· AI and Big Data Africa – truly a flagship that has the potential to rapidly transform Africa into a knowledge and innovation hub by leveraging data, analytics and AI.
AfricaIgnite – Also located in CTICC 2, AfricaIgnite has expanded AHUB’s previous footprint and mission to fully embrace Africa’s future – the courageous small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs who will drive the progress and economic sustainability on the continent. Features include an exciting pitch competition with the chance to win a $1 million prize later in the year at the Startup World Cup.
As we have already noted in previous articles, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs undoubtedly play a crucial role in Africa’s inclusive socio-economic growth and, in emerging economies, they can represent around 40% of GDP, while generating at least 90% of new jobs.
Enabling SMEs to grow and compete in the value chain through digitalization of their capabilities can play a considerable role in strengthening a country’s economy, and this is the focus of the discussion by the fire entitled “Driving resilient economies through the digitalization of small and medium-sized businesses” which will take place on 14th November.
Financing Africa’s digital revolution is a complex issue that plays a direct role in shaping all aspects of a technology ecosystem, right down to international relations. The panel discussion “Financing Africa’s Digital Revolution with Modern Investment Strategies” (Auditorium 2, CTICC 1, November 15) will unveil Africa’s technology spending and reveal details of some of the biggest projects in investment, whilst exploring the need for more tailor-made, collaborative investment models for smaller projects.
The main round tableDigital Skills Africa: sparking a technological revolution with the workforce of the future» (Auditorium 2, CTICC 1, November 15, 2023, 10:20 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.) examines what is needed to build the technology workforce of the future and the importance of a mixed public-private model of educational support, while “Fostering diversity in Africa’s technology sector: there is still a long way to go» (AfricaCom Center Stage, November 15, 2023, 3:05 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.) reveals the enormous challenges still facing women in all areas of the technology industry, as well as why attracting a more diverse talent pool can be a Thu – changer for businesses.
Connectivity of townships is also essential for technological growth. An update on last year’s presentation, “Kayamandi 2023: the pioneering project bringing pay-per-use fiber to African townships» A fireside chat will take place on November 15. For Africa as a whole, delegates are referred to a conference titled “Affordable Connectivity for All Africans as a ‘Basic Necessity’ to Boost the Economy”.
Other roundtables and fireside chats include “Connecting Africa’s Next Billion”, “Meeting the Challenge of Cross-Border Payments”, “Mobile Gaming: Africa’s Potential as a Global Video Game Market”. fastest growing” and “Equipping African youth to help address the tech talent shortage“.
Keynote presentations not to be missed include “The entrepreneur’s handbook: innovative learning“, “The potential of AI for African technology start-ups »“Harnessing the artificial intelligence revolution for African businesses” And “Attracting and retaining talent in a difficult economic climate.”
Delegates to the 2023 event will benefit from exclusive, cutting-edge content delivered across six presentation stages, in addition to over 200 exhibitors at the show, ready to interact with thousands of Africa Tech gurus looking to discover the latest products and services and to connect with the brightest minds and companies in the industry.
Also worth watching is AFEST, the annual Africa Tech Festival opening night and the legendary Africa Tech Festival Awards, in a new venue this year, to add to the excitement and growth the festival has seen .
For more information, please visit the website here: Africa Tech Festival 2023 – Home of AfricaCom and AfricaTech
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