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Africa Tech Festival 2024 – The Home of AfricaCom, AfricaTech & AfricaIgnite
Event dates: 11-14 Nov 2024
Exhibition Opening Dates: 12 - 14 Nov 2024Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Event dates: 11-14 Nov 2024
Exhibition Opening Dates: 12 - 14 Nov 2024,
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Green ICT Champion Award

New for 2021, the Green ICT Champion of the Year Award will celebrate the individual or organisation leading on the development and integration of sustainable energy solutions.


Voting is now closed, best of luck to our finalists!

The winners will be unveiled at the exclusive drinks reception, taking place on Wednesday 9 November from 6-8pm at the CTICC.

Dr. Olufunso Somorin, African Development Bank

Dr. Olufunso Somorin is a Regional Principal Officer at the African Development Bank. He leads the Bank’s work on climate change and green growth in the 13 countries of the Bank’s East African region. 

This includes supporting countries’ access to climate finance for implementing their climate actions and mainstreaming climate change in all Bank policies and programs. He also leads policy dialogues with national/regional governments on developing policy frameworks for managing local/regional economic and social issues, climate change, renewable energy, resilience, and inclusive growth.

In the last 10 years, he has been directly involved in the design, appraisal and supervision of more than 160 development projects worth about USD 14.4 billion. Somorin holds a PhD in International Environmental Policy from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is an alumnus of executive education from Bradford, Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK. He guest lectures at King’s College London, African Leadership University (Rwanda) and Strathmore University (Kenya). Dr Somorin is an Eisenhower Fellow.

IHS Group & Huawei “Green Power” Innovation

IHS Group cooperates with Huawei in Africa to launch innovative green and low-carbon target network solutions. For example, hybrid power reconstruction greatly reduces the working time of diesel generators, and solar power access is used to reduce carbon emissions and save fuel, helping IHS continuously optimize OPEX and increase site PAV. Meet future network evolution requirements and build green and simplified sites. 

As the largest tower provider in Africa, IHS has been committed to providing stable and reliable energy for customers since its inception. In 2020, IHS has established the Net-Zero low-carbon OPEX saving strategy, focusing on improving network quality and improving site PAV. However, as a result of the global energy crisis, the fuel price continues to rise and the cost has soared, IHS is faced with serious profit erosion and huge challenges to the stability of power supply. Therefore, the traditional power supply of IHS sites is in urgent need of transformation.

As the largest partner of IHS, Huawei provides in-depth site insights based on its powerful R&D innovation and product supply capabilities. Based on future network evolution requirements, Huawei provides solutions for different scenarios with the goal of optimal ROI. In addition, Huawei provides solutions based on the annual investment budget and future development direction of HIS. Huawei provides the priority of gradually completing the "Hybrid power + Solar Access" reconstruction in batches. In addition, Huawei implements the innovative POC that covers all scenarios to further experience and appreciate the value of Huawei's solution.

With the large-scale deployment of the first batch of solar hybrid power stations, the site fuel consumption is reduced by more than 50% on average and carbon emissions are reduced by 97K Ton/year, equivalent to planting 53,000 new trees and increasing the PAV to over 99.8%, meeting 5G network evolution requirements.

Raxio Data Centres

Raxio has made remarkable efforts to use and promote sustainable energy. 

The initiatives being implementing will have a direct impact on lowering energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. By pioneering the use of ultra-efficient data centre design and operations, Raxio aim to set the benchmark for data centre performance and sustainability in Africa.

Who are Raxio?

Established in 2018, the Raxio Group is Africa's leading carrier-neutral Tier III data centre operator, delivering best-in-class colocation, cross connect, fibre and IT infrastructure services. They provide industry-standard, carrier-grade data centre facilities and services that form the foundation for Africa's digital economy. They are also building the widest footprint of green data centres in the continent.

Data consumption and mobile penetration are growing at an exponential rate across Africa. Raxio's mission is to empower this new digital economy by delivering environmentally conscious, reliable, high-performance data storage and processing environments. Following the launch of their first facility in Uganda, Raxio now has a presence in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Tanzania. They are constantly expanding their footprint and are on track to build several new facilities, which will help in establishing a network of interconnected data centres servicing the active and latent demand across the African continent.