GITEX Africa returns in 2024 with a robust range of technology topics

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  • Ready to accelerate the continent’s future digital economy

GITEX Africa The continent’s largest and most influential tech and startup event is on track to host the biggest tech conversations and collaboration projects of the year in Marrakech, Morocco.

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco, the 2nd edition of GITEX Africa will take place from May 29 to 31, 2024, under the authority of the Moroccan Ministry of Digital Transition and Administration Reform and hosted by the Digital Development Agency (ADD).

The successful second edition follows its pioneering debut in 2023, considered by the present technology community as the best technology launch event in the world. Intense global interest in exploring various technology themes is now fueling the growth of GITEX Africa, fueling the momentum of a maturing digital ecosystem while fueling a major technological rush in one of the most exciting and dynamic in the world.

GITEX Africa 2024 will host thousands of participants from across the continent for large-scale discussions and forward-looking collaborations, while accelerating massive technological advancements in various sectors, from cloud and IOT, cybersecurity, from digital health and the finance of the future, to consumer technologies and telecommunications. , and the great hype around artificial intelligence.

HE Dr Ghita Mezzour, Morocco’s Minister of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, recently met with organizers in Morocco as plans accelerate for the development of an expanded, purpose-built site to meet increased demand world of exhibitors.

“The success of the 1st edition of GITEX Afrique Maroc underlines our continent’s enthusiastic support for the digital revolution and Morocco’s commitment to strengthening South-South cooperation in the digital field, as well as its contribution to the international promotion of African continent in accordance with the High Royal Vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God help him. declared HE Dr Mezzour.

“Our ambitions are growing as we approach the 2nd edition in the beautiful city of Marrakech. We are excited to make GITEX Africa Maroc even more remarkable and look forward to welcoming a diverse and impactful African and international technology presence.

Mr. Mohammed Drissi Melyani, Director General of ADD, added: “The Kingdom of Morocco successfully hosted the first edition of GITEX Africa Morocco in 2023, which presented Africa as an emerging continent in the digital economy . The 2nd edition in 2024 is another opportunity to enhance and support the progress of Africa’s digital transformation and boost the competitiveness of the continent’s digital ecosystems.

Future Health Africa’s debut accelerates the continent’s digital health revolution

GITEX Africa is organized by KAOUN International, the foreign arm of Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), which organizes GITEX GLOBAL in the UAE, the world’s largest and most trusted technology and start-up event. The expansion of Africa’s most powerful technology showcase is amplified by the launch of the co-located World Future Health Africa, accelerating the continent’s bottom-up digital health revolution powered by technology.

World Future Health Africa takes place under the auspices of the Moroccan Ministry of Digital Transition and Public Administration Reform, the Moroccan Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Digital Development Agency.

Trixie LohMirmand, CEO of KAOUN International, organizer of GITEX Africa and World Future Health Africa, said: “This sequel to GITEX Africa this year follows the optimistic trend of technology discovery that we created last year in its inaugural edition.

“The global community is facing growing energy, curiosity and demand for digital progress from Africa that exceeds that of mature developed continents. The depth and breadth of the technology showcase, including high-profile AI in Society and Business, at GITEX Africa, will be an eye-opening experience fostering great opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaboration between the public and private sectors , and between companies around the world.

Tech titans return and intensify the transcontinental tech fight

The 2nd edition of GITEX Africa will welcome returning exhibitors after their hugely successful participation during the show’s memorable debut in 2023. Multinational majors including Epson, Honeywell, Kaspersky and Lexar are among those returning for a second round of collaboration tours towards the future, relaunching a technology – has enabled the investment race in Africa.

Neil Colquhoun, Vice President of Epson Europe and Middle East, said: “Epson is delighted to announce its participation for the second consecutive year at GITEX Africa 2024. Epson’s technology offering will primarily focus on a range sustainable, energy-efficient solutions and products that address the pressing concerns of many industrial sectors, as well as small and medium-sized businesses in the region.

UAE-headquartered Presight, the Middle East’s leading big data analytics company powered by generative AI, and part of G42, a global leader in creating visionary AI, will also be back: “Africa has been our priority; it’s the new emerging continent for digital workforce and digital transformation,” said Thomas Pramotedham, CEO of Presight.

“Presight has several digital transformation programs with several African governments, and in 2024 we aim to contribute even more to the continent’s thriving technology ecosystem. Our goal is to have a positive societal impact using our Big Data analytics capabilities powered by generative AI. With GITEX Africa playing a key role, we are excited to participate in the discussions shaping the continent’s digital transformation journey.

Bertrand Trastour, Managing Director for France and North, Central and West Africa at Kaspersky, the world leader in cybersecurity, added: “GITEX Africa is a very important platform for Kaspersky because it allows us to inform our customers and partners on our growth strategy and our potential. .

“Digitalization is a high priority in African markets, and cybersecurity is the foundation of this successful transformation. Kaspersky offers the most comprehensive cybersecurity for our customers’ business growth, regardless of their industry, scenario or assets.

Moroccan pioneers highlight groundbreaking innovations

Moroccan headliners who are advancing technology and innovation in the region are also returning to GITEX Africa 2024, including Maroc Data Centre, Zen Networks, Dataprotect and the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), the show’s official R&D partner .

“UM6P transcends traditional R&D boundaries, embodying a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship for Africa and beyond,” said Yassine Laghzioui, CEO of UM6P Ventures and Director of Entrepreneurship and Development. adventure at UM6P.

“We are excited to elevate our role within GITEX Africa, not only as a leading R&D collaborator, but also as a beacon of innovation. Our partnership with GITEX Africa underlines our commitment to driving progress in science, technology and investment.

Laghzioui added: “We aim to nurture and grow DeepTech companies across Africa through our targeted entrepreneurship and venture capital programs, beyond the borders of Morocco. GITEX Africa provides UM6P with an unprecedented opportunity to build strategic partnerships, showcasing our groundbreaking initiatives in various sectors such as HealthTech, BioTech, AgriTech and GreenTech. These efforts come from UM6P’s innovation labs and our extensive ecosystem, ready to address the continent’s pressing challenges.

Regional start-ups and venture capital investments soar at North Star Africa

GITEX Africa 2024 will feature an elevated North Star Africa start-up showcase, bringing together the largest selection of award-winning start-ups and scale-ups ever seen on the African continent. The most ambitious and forward-thinking entrepreneurs and founders will collaborate with African and global accelerators and investors to expand business opportunities in a region expected to raise $10 billion in venture capital funds by 2025.

North Star Africa is expanding its presence to all ends of the world’s second-largest continent and beyond, inspiring investors to seek out and promote the next potential unicorns that will solve Africa’s biggest challenges.

There will be other awards too, with innovative companies from around the world battling for start-up supremacy at the Supernova Challenge, Africa’s most coveted and valuable start-up pitch competition, with a prize pool of US$100,000 to be won in six categories.

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