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Day 1 - Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2020

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Headline Keynotes
AHUB
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Connecting the Next Billion
Digital Infrastructure Investment
Service Provider Technology
5G Africa
Mission Critical Technologies: Africa
Video Exchange Africa
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Future of Work Africa
AfricaTech Centre Stage
Artificial Intelligence Africa
Data Centres Africa
Fintech Africa
10:10 - 10:30
How big tech-telco partnerships are connecting Africa’s next billion
How big tech-telco partnerships are connecting Africa’s next billion
09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
13:10 - 14:00
Break
Break
15:20 - 15:40
Exploring the tech advances revolutionising the data centre industry
Exploring the tech advances revolutionising the data centre industry
12:05 - 12:35
Africa’s fintech revolution – collaborating to accelerate change
Africa’s fintech revolution – collaborating to accelerate change
14:40 - 15:20
Panel: Environmental aspects of data centre management
Panel: Environmental aspects of data centre management
14:20 - 15:00
Panel: Protecting profit in a landscape of changing operator models
Panel: Protecting profit in a landscape of changing operator models
09:00 - 09:05
InformaTech Welcome
InformaTech Welcome
15:40 - 15:45
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:35 - 12:55
Improving CSP operational efficiencies through AI-powered systems
Improving CSP operational efficiencies through AI-powered systems
12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: The 5G to the home opportunity; how FWA is changing the telco services landscape
Panel Discussion: The 5G to the home opportunity; how FWA is changing the telco services landscape
14:45 - 15:25
Safer, Smarter Cities: How to improve public safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
Safer, Smarter Cities: How to improve public safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
11:40 - 12:10
New models for monetisation in Africa’s content landscape
New models for monetisation in Africa’s content landscape
11:35 - 11:55
The policing innovations shaping the future of law enforcement in Africa
The policing innovations shaping the future of law enforcement in Africa
12:15 - 12:55
The role of smart technology during the COVID-19 outbreak
The role of smart technology during the COVID-19 outbreak
15:20 - 15:25
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
11:35 - 12:05
COVID-19 triggering deep digital change in African Fintech
COVID-19 triggering deep digital change in African Fintech
11:55 - 12:15
Employing a shared-infrastructure model to close Africa’s infrastructure gap
Employing a shared-infrastructure model to close Africa’s infrastructure gap
16:10 - 16:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s summary
Free
Chair’s summary
12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s summary
Free
Chair’s summary
12:00 - 12:20
Solution Provider Address: 5G Progress and Prospects in Southern Africa
Solution Provider Address: 5G Progress and Prospects in Southern Africa
15:20 - 16:20
Africa’s Space Race: Can satellite solve the connectivity conundrum?
Africa’s Space Race: Can satellite solve the connectivity conundrum?
12:10 - 12:15
Q&A
Free
Q&A
12:10 - 12:15
Q&A
Free
Q&A
11:55 - 12:15
The advances in public safety communications and the 5G potential in that space
The advances in public safety communications and the 5G potential in that space
14:00 - 15:30
Virtual Start-Up Pitches
Free
Virtual Start-Up Pitches
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: The global 5G state-of-play
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: The global 5G state-of-play
11:55 - 12:15
Rural connectivity case study: MTN Ghana & Huawei’s RuralStar deployment
Rural connectivity case study: MTN Ghana & Huawei’s RuralStar deployment
14:20 - 14:40
Fireside Chat – Regional snapshot
Fireside Chat – Regional snapshot
11:55 - 12:15
Build, Train, Deploy: Developing a AI Model for Your Business
Build, Train, Deploy: Developing a AI Model for Your Business
11:35 - 11:55
The critical role of AI in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution
The critical role of AI in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution
14:00 - 14:40
Panel: Rewriting the telco strategy handbook: What changing market conditions mean for African operators
Panel: Rewriting the telco strategy handbook: What changing market conditions mean for African operators
13:05 - 14:00
Networking Break
Networking Break
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's opening remarks
Chair's opening remarks
15:45 - 15:50
Chair’s summary
Chair’s summary
15:20 - 15:40
Solution Provider’s Address: Delivering extraordinary, powerful end-to-end networks
Solution Provider’s Address: Delivering extraordinary, powerful end-to-end networks
14:25 - 14:45
Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling - futureproofing in the digital age
Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling - futureproofing in the digital age
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The role of AI in Africa's fight against COVID-19
Panel: The role of AI in Africa's fight against COVID-19
15:50 - 16:50
Roundtable discussions
Roundtable discussions
10:30 - 10:35
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
09:05 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Chair’s Opening Remarks
14:00 - 14:20
Enterprise purchasing trends and revenue opportunities in the next decade
Enterprise purchasing trends and revenue opportunities in the next decade
12:55 - 14:00
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
12:55 - 14:00
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
14:45 - 15:25
Panel Discussion: How the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap
Panel Discussion: How the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap
09:10 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Address
Opening Keynote Address
15:25 - 15:30
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
15:25 - 15:30
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Network models and infrastructure of the future
Network models and infrastructure of the future
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Chair’s Opening Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
The critical role of data centres for telcos and financial services
The critical role of data centres for telcos and financial services
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Break
Networking Break
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Break
Networking Break
15:05 - 15:25
The GIG Economy as a powerful disruptor enabling work for millions
The GIG Economy as a powerful disruptor enabling work for millions
14:05 - 15:05
Beyond M-Pesa: Payments as the new frictionless mobile infrastructure
Beyond M-Pesa: Payments as the new frictionless mobile infrastructure
11:40 - 12:00
Service Provider Interview: Reviewing MTN’s experience launching the next-generation 5G network in South Africa
Service Provider Interview: Reviewing MTN’s experience launching the next-generation 5G network in South Africa
14:30 - 14:50
Solution Provider Address: Increasing network flexibility with Open RAN
Solution Provider Address: Increasing network flexibility with Open RAN
11:50 - 11:55
Q&A
Free
Q&A
11:50 - 11:55
Q&A
Free
Q&A
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s intro: Economic resilience on the path towards the 4IR
Free
Chair’s intro: Economic resilience on the path towards the 4IR
14:05 - 14:25
Wearable Technology: How to maximise the benefits of mobile technology across public safety
Wearable Technology: How to maximise the benefits of mobile technology across public safety
13:00 - 13:05
Closing remarks
Closing remarks
11:55 - 12:10
Actions for African governments: Stimulating the development of tech start-up ecosystems
Free
Actions for African governments: Stimulating the development of tech start-up ecosystems
14:20 - 15:00
Panel: Public-private partnerships can drive the digital infrastructure ecosystem
Panel: Public-private partnerships can drive the digital infrastructure ecosystem
15:00 - 15:20
Exploring Angola Telecom’s privatisation plans
Exploring Angola Telecom’s privatisation plans
14:05 - 14:25
How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption
How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption
12:50 - 13:10
Service Provider Interview: Vodacom’s 5G commercial launch
Service Provider Interview: Vodacom’s 5G commercial launch
14:00 - 14:20
Building a smart banking revolution
Building a smart banking revolution
09:30 - 10:10
Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
14:50 - 15:20
Panel Discussion: Enterprise telco services – from content to next-gen IoT and automation
Panel Discussion: Enterprise telco services – from content to next-gen IoT and automation
14:20 - 15:00
Panel: Equipping Africa’s next gen of AI Entrepreneurs
Panel: Equipping Africa’s next gen of AI Entrepreneurs
15:25 - 15:45
The cloud as the core of the fintech revolution
The cloud as the core of the fintech revolution
15:50 - 16:10
Machine Learning: the engine of Africa’s AI renaissance
Machine Learning: the engine of Africa’s AI renaissance
12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Protecting critical connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic
Protecting critical connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic
11:30 - 11:35
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
16:20 - 16:25
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
15:30 - 15:50
Manufacturing 2.0: How AI is driving efficiencies across the supply chain
Manufacturing 2.0: How AI is driving efficiencies across the supply chain
11:35 - 11:55
Developing a telco digital transformation strategy for the 4IR
Developing a telco digital transformation strategy for the 4IR
11:30 - 11:35
Chair’s opening remarks: Securing Africa’s position as the future of emerging tech
Free
Chair’s opening remarks: Securing Africa’s position as the future of emerging tech
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break
Networking Break
12:15 - 12:45
Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
Free
Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
14:00 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G
Panel Discussion: Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G
12:15 - 12:45
Investing in digital infrastructure to build resilience and drive economic recovery
Free
Investing in digital infrastructure to build resilience and drive economic recovery
12:30 - 13:00
Partnering for greater reach: where are African viewers to be found?
Partnering for greater reach: where are African viewers to be found?
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The critical role of policy in creating competitive telecoms markets
Panel: The critical role of policy in creating competitive telecoms markets
14:00 - 15:30
AccelerateHER Africa Centre Stage Takeover
Free
AccelerateHER Africa Centre Stage Takeover
11:35 - 11:50
Reimagining Africa: the importance of tech innovation in a post-COVID-19 world
Free
Reimagining Africa: the importance of tech innovation in a post-COVID-19 world
11:55 - 12:35
Panel: OpenRAN: The journey from market potential to network deployment
Panel: OpenRAN: The journey from market potential to network deployment
14:00 - 14:20
What has the COVID crisis taught us about the role of data centres in Africa?
What has the COVID crisis taught us about the role of data centres in Africa?
14:40 - 15:20
Panel: Are integrated submarine-fibre-satellite strategies the future of African connectivity?
Panel: Are integrated submarine-fibre-satellite strategies the future of African connectivity?
12:35 - 12:55
Digital banking as an entry point to the 4IR
Digital banking as an entry point to the 4IR
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s opening remarks
Chair’s opening remarks
14:00 - 14:05
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
11:55 - 12:15
Remote monitoring and managing is revolutionising African data centres
Remote monitoring and managing is revolutionising African data centres
12:10 - 12:30
Streaming media on the continent
Streaming media on the continent
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: Implications of COVID-19 for African digital infrastructure investment
Panel: Implications of COVID-19 for African digital infrastructure investment
14:00 - 14:05
Chair's opening remarks
Chair's opening remarks
11:55 - 12:10
Recalibrating Africa’s workforce for the 4IR
Free
Recalibrating Africa’s workforce for the 4IR
15:00 - 15:20
Fireside chat: Building critical operator-OTT partnerships
Fireside chat: Building critical operator-OTT partnerships
12:45 - 12:55
Q&A
Free
Q&A
12:45 - 12:55
Q&A
Free
Q&A
11:35 - 11:50
Entrepreneurship as a vital engine for job creation and economic growth
Free
Entrepreneurship as a vital engine for job creation and economic growth
14:25 - 14:45
The integration of emerging tech such as AI/ML and IoT for faster access to evidence and improved decision-making
The integration of emerging tech such as AI/ML and IoT for faster access to evidence and improved decision-making
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: Edge, Cloud & Beyond: Exploring value in an African context
Panel: Edge, Cloud & Beyond: Exploring value in an African context
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Break
Free
Networking Break
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Break
Free
Networking Break
14:00 - 14:20
How realistic is a Pan-African digital investment strategy?
How realistic is a Pan-African digital investment strategy?
12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s summary
Chair’s summary
Africa Tech Festival - Headline Keynotes
09:00 - 09:05
InformaTech Welcome
09:05 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks
09:10 - 09:30
Opening Keynote Address
09:30 - 10:10
Panel: Mobilising Africa’s tech industries to fight the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Exploring how AI, IoT and other emerging technologies have helped trace, track and test across the continent
  • Looking at the privacy concerns of wide-scale data gathering and tech deployment
  • Examining the role technology has played in fighting the spread of misinformation
  • Taking lessons from countries that have performed well during the outbreak
10:10 - 10:30
How big tech-telco partnerships are connecting Africa’s next billion
  • Exploring the targets and timeline for the continent's largest connectivity projects
  • Looking at the parties involved and unpacking their roles in the projects
  • Understanding the new technologies used in, and facilitated by, these projects
  • What will the increased network capacity mean for telcos and businesses in some of newly connected countries?
10:30 - 10:35
Chair's Closing Remarks
Africa Tech Festival - AHUB
11:30 - 11:35
Free
Chair’s opening remarks: Securing Africa’s position as the future of emerging tech
11:35 - 11:50
Free
Entrepreneurship as a vital engine for job creation and economic growth
11:50 - 11:55
Free
Q&A
11:55 - 12:10
Free
Actions for African governments: Stimulating the development of tech start-up ecosystems
12:10 - 12:15
Free
Q&A
12:15 - 12:45
Free
Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • What is the ‘new normal’ for start-ups seeking investment on the continent?
  • Building a better world: Increased demand for tech-enabled solutions to real world socio-economic problems
  • Gauging investor sentiment and appetite for risk
  • In which markets are we seeing the greatest opportunity?
  • Tips for navigating the post-COVID-19 investment landscape
12:45 - 12:55
Free
Q&A
12:55 - 13:00
Free
Chair’s summary
13:00 - 14:00
Free
Networking Break
14:00 - 15:30
Free
Virtual Start-Up Pitches
AfricaCom - Connecting the Next Billion
11:35 - 11:55
Protecting critical connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Understanding the vital role of internet connectivity during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Working with network providers to sustain critical services: government, e-healthcare,  financial services
  • Enhancing network resilience and additional spectrum resource
11:55 - 12:15
Rural connectivity case study: MTN Ghana & Huawei’s RuralStar deployment
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The critical role of policy in creating competitive telecoms markets
  • How are governments and regulators addressing the biggest challenges in African telecoms: infrastructure, connectivity, inclusion, security, and shifting market patterns
  • Exploring the process of how policy is created, implemented and monitored across African telecoms
  • What potential does intra-African cooperation on policy hold for the continent’s telecoms markets? Are there better ways to work together?
  • Where is the African telecoms market heading and how will this shape the next generation of policy and regulatory challenges?
14:00 - 14:40
Panel: Rewriting the telco strategy handbook: What changing market conditions mean for African operators
  • Exploring adaptive strategies for telcos adapting to shifting African market trends: voice > data,
    bespoke package demands, disruptive tech integration (5G & IoT)
  • Are non-traditional market entrants creating a saturated African telco market? How this drives
    operational excellence and diversified revenue streams
  • Exploring the journey from a product- to customer-focused model: leveraging the power of
    data-driven customer insights to build a dynamic, targeted strategy
  • Managing business operations to control capital expenditure and build ROI while building
    productive partnerships
14:40 - 15:20
Panel: Are integrated submarine-fibre-satellite strategies the future of African connectivity?
  • Creating cohesive strategy across connectivity routes to identify and meet deficits
  • What are the benefits and pitfalls of integrated connectivity strategies? Are there protocols for working across connectivity mediums?
  • Exploring case studies of successful African integrated connectivity projects
15:20 - 16:20
Africa’s Space Race: Can satellite solve the connectivity conundrum?
  • The role of satellite in reaching underserved rural areas
  • Examining what the OneWeb and Sky & Space challenges mean for satellite connectivity
  • Drawing learnings from countries with advanced satellite connectivity programmes, particularly those with traditional electricity infrastructure challenges
16:20 - 16:25
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaCom - Digital Infrastructure Investment
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Network models and infrastructure of the future
  • Improving infrastructure sharing to enhance business offerings
  • Exploring strategies for increasing 5G Infrastructure investment
11:55 - 12:15
Employing a shared-infrastructure model to close Africa’s infrastructure gap
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: Implications of COVID-19 for African digital infrastructure investment
  • Exploring the importance of digital infrastructure: improved connectivity, AI-driven public health systems, the role of IoT and big data analyses
  • Exploring mid- to long-term repercussions of the COVID outbreak: Impacts on open-access broadband investment, 4G & 5G rollouts, and the future of work
  • How are governments and regulators dealing with the threat of reduced investment and competition? Exploring the importance of PPPs in a digital infrastructure context
  • Can African infrastructure emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic?
12:55 - 14:00
NETWORKING LUNCH
14:00 - 14:20
How realistic is a Pan-African digital investment strategy?
14:20 - 15:00
Panel: Public-private partnerships can drive the digital infrastructure ecosystem
  • The role of regulation in harmonization domestic and international policy to attract investment from transnational companies
  • Embracing strategies that drive technology leapfrogging and tackle obsolescence
  • Exploring the future of state-owned telecoms monopolies
  • Looking at the partnerships behind the Equiano and 2Africa projects
15:00 - 15:20
Exploring Angola Telecom’s privatisation plans
  • Looking at what the likely 2021 privatisation will mean for telcos and other enterprises
  • Understanding what privatisation means for Angola Telecom’s 4G roll out plans 
  • Examining the existing Angolan business ecosystem: political, regulatory, financial
15:20 - 15:25
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaCom - Service Provider Technology
09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Developing a telco digital transformation strategy for the 4IR
  • Developing a stepwise process for building and implementing a digital transformation strategy
  • Tools for predicting and working with disruptive technologies and trends
  • Understanding organisational and staffing requirements
  • Exploring novel forms of ecosystem engagement
11:55 - 12:35
Panel: OpenRAN: The journey from market potential to network deployment
  • Status check on the current position of OpenRAN tech and its likely rollout in Africa
  • Unpacking the benefits for telcos, vendors and broader mobile infrastructure
12:35 - 12:55
Improving CSP operational efficiencies through AI-powered systems
14:00 - 14:20
Enterprise purchasing trends and revenue opportunities in the next decade
  • Identifying investment planning and technology utilisation criteria
  • Understanding and enabling Africa’s new generation of young digital natives
  • Understanding and tracking plans for service provider technology deployments
14:20 - 15:00
Panel: Protecting profit in a landscape of changing operator models
  • Diversification of revenue streams in light of disruptive technologies: 5G, IoT & AI
  • Exploring digital trends: surging data use, growing video and financial service demand
  • Building multidisciplinary teams to create agile development, functionalities and working practices
  • Developing business models that consider customer XP and cost control first
15:00 - 15:20
Fireside chat: Building critical operator-OTT partnerships
  • What conditions are necessary for a partnership for a telco?
  • Exploring what the advent of 5G on the African continent means for operator-OTT partnerships?
  • Does size matter in the success of cooperative ventures?
AfricaCom - 5G Africa
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks: The global 5G state-of-play
11:40 - 12:00
Service Provider Interview: Reviewing MTN’s experience launching the next-generation 5G network in South Africa
  • How has MTN prepared for 5G
  • Why did MTN invest in the temporary spectrum and how are they using it? What to expect after the end of the temporary allocation?
  • The cloud gaming over 5G demonstration with Emerge Gaming
  • What technologies did MTN had to invest so far and what are the next ones, and why?
  • MTN’s dynamic spectrum sharing model
12:00 - 12:20
Solution Provider Address: 5G Progress and Prospects in Southern Africa
  • How to Develop 3G to 5G in Africa
  • 5G 2B Requirements and Enterprise Business
  • Key to 5G 2C: QoS and FWA
12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: The 5G to the home opportunity; how FWA is changing the telco services landscape
  • The evolution to remote working and reviewing how telcos have catered to this unprecedented market need
  • Is uncapped home broadband the commercial way forward?
  • Bundling a FWA strategy with content services
  • When will 5G substitute broadband?
12:50 - 13:10
Service Provider Interview: Vodacom’s 5G commercial launch
  • Reviewing the Liquid Telecom partnership; How can industry collaboration accelerate a nation’s digital transformation?
  • What actions has Vodacom taken to cope with the data demand during the Covid-19 lockdown? What are the key learnings?
  • What is the vision for Vodacom’s FWA services?
  • What is the consumer pick up of 5G services? Has it met expectations and what is the long-term vision for 5G services – both consumer and enterprise ones?
13:10 - 14:00
Break
14:00 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Technologies that will Transform Telecoms and 5G
  • Expectations for the 5G SA standards and when will it become a mainstream technology?
  • The role of Open Networks technologies in 5G: market appetite, expectations, timelines and requirements
  • Building technologies for specific use cases; Does one size fit all and what options are economically viable for telcos
  • AI + 5G: Innovative applications and vision
  • Deployment models and new services from commercial standalone and new core
  • Dynamic spectrum sharing to achieve faster coverage
  • The role and collaboration with hyperscalers for 5G
  • Relieving network congestion and realising low latency edge computing
14:30 - 14:50
Solution Provider Address: Increasing network flexibility with Open RAN
  • Enabling the next generation RAN architectures
  • Restructuring RAN with Cloud and disaggregating RAN systems
  • The role of policy in advancing competition and diversity in the 5G supply chain
14:50 - 15:20
Panel Discussion: Enterprise telco services – from content to next-gen IoT and automation
  • What services can Edge Computing realistically enable and by when? Are telcos ready to invest in MEC, or what’s holding them back?
  • Understanding your customers: What do enterprises want and are telcos offering this? Is it 5G – or are enterprises ready to invest in 5G, and why?
  • In the era of home-working, can telcos sell online collaboration tools?
  • Taking IoT to the next level; how can telcos advance their IoT services and become enablers of digital transformation and innovation across industries?
  • Building industry collaborations to bring new profitable services to market: from gaming to factories
15:20 - 15:40
Solution Provider’s Address: Delivering extraordinary, powerful end-to-end networks
  • Choosing the right technologies to deliver 5G: from 5G SA to Cloud and Edge
  • Balancing cost control with quality and innovation; cutting deployment time, minimising operational complexity while ensuring security and network robustness.
  • Leveraging automation and AI to simplify operations
  • Reinventing broadband services in the era of Covid-19
15:50 - 16:50
Roundtable discussions

Available to all 5G Africa attendees, these informal, Chatham House Rule, interactive discussions give you the opportunity to reflect on today’s presentations and engage in conversation with peers on a given topic, moderating by leading industry analysts. Please register for the roundtable of your preference by emailing Mark.Bentley@informa.com. The roundtables are limited to 8 attendees each and slots are allocated on a first come basis.

Roundtable 1: Fixed wireless strategies, pricing and marketing

Roundtable 2: Next-generation technologies for 5G

Roundtable 3: What are the 5G based, next-generation services to enable further consumer monetisation?

AfricaCom - Mission Critical Technologies: Africa
11:30 - 11:35
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
The policing innovations shaping the future of law enforcement in Africa
11:55 - 12:15
The advances in public safety communications and the 5G potential in that space
12:15 - 12:55
The role of smart technology during the COVID-19 outbreak
12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks
14:00 - 14:05
Chairperson’ Opening Remarks
14:05 - 14:25
Wearable Technology: How to maximise the benefits of mobile technology across public safety
14:25 - 14:45
The integration of emerging tech such as AI/ML and IoT for faster access to evidence and improved decision-making
14:45 - 15:25
Safer, Smarter Cities: How to improve public safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era
15:25 - 15:30
Closing Remarks
AfricaCom - Video Exchange Africa
11:30 - 11:40
Chair’s opening remarks
Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
11:40 - 12:10
New models for monetisation in Africa’s content landscape
  • Analysing the future of advertising, subscription and FTA against production output
  • How has major production investment from global streaming giants impacted the industry?
  • Building the content economy: from premium international content to quality local productions
Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
12:10 - 12:30
Streaming media on the continent
  • Evaluating the importance of connectivity for a continent in lockdown and the impact on OTT subscription services and consumption behaviours.
  • Creating compelling and intuitive user experiences across digital products
  • Making quality of experience the next frontier for strategic differentiation
12:30 - 13:00
Partnering for greater reach: where are African viewers to be found?
  • Telco and OTT collaboration, accelerating affordable data pricing and unleashing the power of OTT
  • Analysing the role of social media for user-generated content creation and online viewing habits.
  • Understanding shifting consumer preferences through TV vs mobile viewing
Russell Southwood - CEO, Balancing Act
13:00 - 13:05
Closing remarks
13:05 - 14:00
Networking Break
AfricaTech - Future of Work Africa
14:00 - 14:05
Chair’s Opening Remarks
14:05 - 14:25
How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption

Africa has an opportunity to forge a different path than the rest of the world when it comes to the future of work. Reports show that digital technology adoption has the potential, if harnessed effectively, to transform the nature of work for all Africans.

  • Focusing on the adoption of digital technologies to help build skills not just for a privileged few, but for all workers
  • The importance of faster internet to increase jobs for all workers regardless of their education level
  • The role of policies and investment in unlocking Africa’s potential
14:25 - 14:45
Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling - futureproofing in the digital age

It’s undeniable that the way we work is undergoing significant changes, and if the way a company operates evolves to meet changing attitudes, then employees will also have to adapt. As we prepare to enter a digitally-driven world at a more rapid speed than anyone could have anticipated, job-roles and skills will need to be assessed.

  • How do you ensure employees can keep up with the shift in business and have the knowledge and skill set for it to succeed?
  • How L&D programmes have had to adapt through a crisis (sharing examples)
  • Reimagining the post-pandemic organization (Redeployment of staff and skills)
  • Reassessing skills and new competency frameworks
  • Capitalising on the rise of self-learning
14:45 - 15:25
Panel Discussion: How the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap

This session will explore the impact of Covid-19 on the way people work and how this will continue to affect our future.

  • Transition to more remote working culture: How have organisations and businesses demonstrated greater flexibility to support a broader range of work situations and scenarios for their employees?
  • Prioritising the work-life balance – will a future of more remote and flexible working challenge balancing accessibility with the pressure to be 'always on'?
  • Will we transition back to legacy ways of working? What will be the permanent changes as a consequence of living in a Covid-19 world?
  • How has productivity changed over the last 9 months?
  • How to best manage remote teams
AfricaTech - AfricaTech Centre Stage
11:30 - 11:35
Free
Chair’s intro: Economic resilience on the path towards the 4IR
11:35 - 11:50
Free
Reimagining Africa: the importance of tech innovation in a post-COVID-19 world
11:55 - 12:10
Free
Recalibrating Africa’s workforce for the 4IR
12:15 - 12:45
Free
Investing in digital infrastructure to build resilience and drive economic recovery
  • What impact is COVID-19 having on Africa’s journey towards the 4IR?
  • How can technology investment help Africa to become a more economically resilient continent?
  • Harnessing the potential of technology innovation to drive inclusive, sustainable economic growth
  • Strengthening Africa’s connectivity foundations: addressing digital infrastructure gaps with greater urgency
14:00 - 15:30
Free
AccelerateHER Africa Centre Stage Takeover
AfricaTech - Artificial Intelligence Africa
11:35 - 11:55
The critical role of AI in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • What practical application does AI have across industry and sector in the short- and medium-term?
  • How are governments, regulators, and civil societies on the continent developing AI ecosystems in a secure and sustainable way
11:55 - 12:15
Build, Train, Deploy: Developing a AI Model for Your Business
  • Understanding the process of creating a machine learning model – from identifying the gap to training algorithms
  • Exploring the resources available to African AI-ready businesses: open source software & public data sets
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: The role of AI in Africa's fight against COVID-19
  • Examining how telcos and intergovernmental organisations have been partnering to gather user-generated data to examine transmission trends of the disease
  • Provision of enhanced connectivity, healthcare, and social benefits to disease ‘hotspots’ identified with AI technology
  • Identifying the most important AI-driven projects in the battle against COVID, Africa Communications Intelligence Platform, as well as existing gaps
14:00 - 14:20
Building a smart banking revolution
  • Exploring how AI-enabled virtual banking, robo-advisors, machine learning and big data analysis offer intelligent financial services to African consumers
  • Examining the disruption of the sector by AI-enabled fintech start-ups
  • Blockchain: examining how novel software and deep learning algorithms are powering cryptocurrencies that could mean cheaper, more secure banking
14:20 - 15:00
Panel: Equipping Africa’s next gen of AI Entrepreneurs
  • Leveraging Africa’s wealth of young tech-savvy entrepreneurs to increase its voice in the global AI research community
  • PPPs: How are private tech companies partnering with public research institutes to build AI-enabled societies?
  • Exploring the role of progressive policy and regulation in Africa’s AI revolution
  • Creating a coordinated, pan-African AI development strategy
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break
15:30 - 15:50
Manufacturing 2.0: How AI is driving efficiencies across the supply chain
  • Unpacking the critical role of AI in optimizing systems across the entire supply chain
  • Smart Factories: transport streamlining, production bottleneck & wastage negation, staffing and inventory management, autonomous warehouses, IoT analytics
  • Big data: intelligent forecasting that analyses market conditions to predict supply and demand fluctuations
15:50 - 16:10
Machine Learning: the engine of Africa’s AI renaissance
  • Machine learning in Africa’s AI journey – understanding the process of creating outcomes from calculations and algorithms
  • Exploring how real-world machine learning applications are improving efficiencies across sector: finance, education, retail, healthcare, conservation
  • Examining the data requirements for effective machine learning technology
16:10 - 16:15
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaTech - Data Centres Africa
11:35 - 11:55
The critical role of data centres for telcos and financial services
  • What role are data centres playing in Africa’s FinTech revolution?
  • How can African data centres help enterprises address the increased challenges of regulatory compliance, shifting customer demands, data privacy and security?
  • Understanding the role of data centres in modernisation and efficient streamlining of operations
11:55 - 12:15
Remote monitoring and managing is revolutionising African data centres
  • Exploring how increasingly sophisticated remote monitoring is improving efficiency and cost management
  • Examining the technology and systems used to monitor data centres
  • What operational changes will the COVID-19 outbreak bring for African data centres?
  • Which trends are influencing data centre monitoring: security, cloud, analytics, machine learning and automation?
12:15 - 12:55
Panel: Edge, Cloud & Beyond: Exploring value in an African context
  • Understanding the key drivers behind the edge boom: 5G, AI & IoT adoption by enterprise, as well as data demands and cost management
  • Mitigating the issue of latency through facilitation of localised data centres
  • Examining ‘cloud-readiness’ across African nations, and understanding challenges to uptake: namely infrastructure, and fast, reliable broadband connectivity
14:00 - 14:20
What has the COVID crisis taught us about the role of data centres in Africa?
  • How has the industry stepped up in Africa’s battle with COVID-19?
  • What does the shift to remote working mean for data centres on the continent? Changing capacity demands, increased security risks, and migration to cloud?
14:20 - 14:40
Fireside Chat – Regional snapshot
14:40 - 15:20
Panel: Environmental aspects of data centre management
  • How can environmentally focussed technological advances manage and reduce data centre carbon emissions, given the burgeoning demand?
  • Examining renewable energy (microgrids), virtualisation of power, and efficiency
  • Examining government policy and incentives for greener data centres
15:20 - 15:40
Exploring the tech advances revolutionising the data centre industry
15:40 - 15:45
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaTech - Fintech Africa
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's opening remarks
11:35 - 12:05
COVID-19 triggering deep digital change in African Fintech
  • Digitization as a survival game changer
  • Accelerating product development
  • Facilitating increased cashless transactions
  • Leapfrogging obsolete technologies
Wasim Tahir - Sector Strategist- financial institutions, CDC Group
Hanlie Smuts - CEO, University of Pretoria
Daniel Goldfarb - CEO and Co Founder, Lendable
12:05 - 12:35
Africa’s fintech revolution – collaborating to accelerate change
  • The adoption of banks, financial institutions and merchants to a new payments landscape
  • Innovating to offer alternative channels and platform to connect merchants to suppliers and customers
  • Aligning the role of regulators, incumbent banks, fintech innovators, investors, MNOs and private sector
  • Reducing transaction costs and increasing customer convenience
Meryem Habibi - CRO, AZA
Tauriq Keraan - CEO, TymeBank
12:35 - 12:55
Digital banking as an entry point to the 4IR
  • Offering simplicity, transparency and affordability to more
  • Taking a quantum leap into the future
  • Online banking fueling innovation
  • Young leading the digitization movement
12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s summary
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Break
14:00 - 14:05
Chair's opening remarks
14:05 - 15:05
Beyond M-Pesa: Payments as the new frictionless mobile infrastructure
  • Creating new payment gateways and rewards programmes
  • Harnessing fintechs' reputation for innovation
  • Attracting investor with scalability of products
  • Widening opportunity for small merchants
Eric Muli - CEO, Odyssey Africa Capital
15:05 - 15:25
The GIG Economy as a powerful disruptor enabling work for millions
  • Unlocking the potential of the informal sector and human capital
  • Bringing e commerce to the offline customer
  • Attracting capital and expanding into new markets
  • Future focused, tech enabled companies driving opportunity
Desne Masie - Cheif Strategist, IC Publications
15:25 - 15:45
The cloud as the core of the fintech revolution
  • Facilitating core services – credit scoring, payments and billings
  • Allowing scalability and agility through cloud native fintechs
  • Innovating speedily and offering customer – centred services
15:45 - 15:50
Chair’s summary
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