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8 - 12 November 2021
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Day 1 - Virtual Africa Tech Festival 2021

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Digital Infrastructure Investment
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Building a Better Digital World
Industry 4.0
AHUB
13:25 - 14:05
NETWORKING LUNCH
NETWORKING LUNCH
11:20 - 11:25
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
10:30 - 11:20
Panel: Decade of Diversification - New models for African telecoms
Panel: Decade of Diversification - New models for African telecoms
11:35 - 11:55
Presentation: The IoT Future – from a theoretical concept to a major priority for many companies
Presentation: The IoT Future – from a theoretical concept to a major priority for many companies
09:20 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation
Keynote Presentation
11:50 - 12:10
Talent and skills as critical enablers of Africa 4.0: Equipping Africa's workforce for tomorrow's jobs
Free
Talent and skills as critical enablers of Africa 4.0: Equipping Africa's workforce for tomorrow's jobs
09:00 - 09:05
InformaTech Welcome
InformaTech Welcome
09:40 - 10:30
Panel: Purpose-led Policy - Digital governance fit for Africa’s 4IR
Panel: Purpose-led Policy - Digital governance fit for Africa’s 4IR
11:35 - 11:55
Africa in Focus: Empowering a continent through intelligent investment
Africa in Focus: Empowering a continent through intelligent investment
15:15 - 15:40
Fireside chat: Creating cost-efficient connectivity networks with Open RAN
Fireside chat: Creating cost-efficient connectivity networks with Open RAN
14:00 - 14:20
Towards 2030: Transformative technologies shaping Africa’s next decade
Free
Towards 2030: Transformative technologies shaping Africa’s next decade
14:20 - 14:40
Technology investment and innovation at the heart of Africa’s post-Covid-19 economic bounce back
Free
Technology investment and innovation at the heart of Africa’s post-Covid-19 economic bounce back
14:05 - 14:30
Naturally Intelligent Living – Beyond Gadgets
Naturally Intelligent Living – Beyond Gadgets
09:05 - 09:20
Ministerial Keynote
Ministerial Keynote
11:30 - 15:30
AHUB: Entrepreneurship as an engine for growth
Free
AHUB: Entrepreneurship as an engine for growth
12:15 - 12:40
Fireside chat: Africa Rewired - Building a new continental subsea backbone
Fireside chat: Africa Rewired - Building a new continental subsea backbone
11:55 - 12:15
Presentation
Presentation
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch
Free
Networking Lunch
09:00 - 09:05
Informa Tech Welcome
Informa Tech Welcome
14:40 - 15:30
How can Africa’s tech community accelerate economic recovery and growth?
Free
How can Africa’s tech community accelerate economic recovery and growth?
11:30 - 11:50
Building a more inclusive and accessible digital Africa
Free
Building a more inclusive and accessible digital Africa
11:30 - 11:35
Chair Opening Remarks
Chair Opening Remarks
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch
Networking Lunch
09:25 - 09:45
Keynote Presentation
Keynote Presentation
11:25 - 11:30
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
14:40 - 15:30
Panel: IoT in Action in 2021 – Building secure, sophisticated solutions in different industries benefiting from better automation and interconnectedness
Panel: IoT in Action in 2021 – Building secure, sophisticated solutions in different industries benefiting from better automation and interconnectedness
14:20 - 14:40
Presentation
Presentation
15:30 - 15:35
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
15:40 - 15:45
Chair's Closing Remarks
Chair's Closing Remarks
12:10 - 13:00
Visions of a better digital world
Free
Visions of a better digital world
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
Chair's Opening Remarks
14:30 - 15:15
Panel: Retail Revolution - How eCommerce is revolutionising the way Africa shops
Panel: Retail Revolution - How eCommerce is revolutionising the way Africa shops
11:55 - 12:10
Presentation
Presentation
12:40 - 13:25
Panel: The $100B Gap: New investment paradigms for age-old infrastructure challenges
Panel: The $100B Gap: New investment paradigms for age-old infrastructure challenges
12:10 - 13:00
Panel: The Smart Things are getting Smarter fuelled by a Covid accelerated digital transformation
Panel: The Smart Things are getting Smarter fuelled by a Covid accelerated digital transformation
09:05 - 09:25
Ministerial Keynote
Ministerial Keynote
09:45 - 10:35
Panel: Purpose-led Policy - Digital governance fit for Africa’s 4IR
Panel: Purpose-led Policy - Digital governance fit for Africa’s 4IR
14:00 - 14:20
Presentation: The Data explosion and other IoT challenges
Presentation: The Data explosion and other IoT challenges
10:35 - 11:25
Panel: Decade of Diversification - New models for African telecoms
Panel: Decade of Diversification - New models for African telecoms
Africa Tech Festival - Headline Keynotes
09:00 - 09:05
InformaTech Welcome
09:05 - 09:20
Ministerial Keynote
09:20 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation
09:40 - 10:30
Panel: Purpose-led Policy - Digital governance fit for Africa’s 4IR
  • Market-led: designing adaptable, industry-focused, impact-led policies with fundamental targets: affordable electricity and internet, efficient agriculture, sustainable development, security, gender and financial inclusion

  • High-end talent: building sector-specific technical skills that drive ICT maturity and diversify digital economies: STEM skills alongside critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving

  • Leapfrogging: prioritising collaboration that forges partnerships with international government, tech leaders and innovation hubs that facilitate knowledge and innovation sharing - how far can the AfCFTA take Africa?

  • Ecosystem builders: policy to encourage entrepreneurship, retain local talent, deliver the next unicorn, and attract international investment. Are start-up acts the new norm?
10:30 - 11:20
Panel: Decade of Diversification - New models for African telecoms
  • Strategy 2.0: Declining operating profits, increased competition, and a more demanding customer base are putting the squeeze on telcos - what strategies are emerging for thriving into the next decade?

  • One-stop shop: The evolution of the African towards a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers, providing banking, ehealth, media alongside expected voice and data services

  • Partnerships: How are SPs leveraging relationships with MVNOs, media outlets, start-ups and advertisers to deal with competition and open new revenue streams?

  • Investment paradigms: Emerging growth areas demand constant streams of available capital - where are telcos investing - infrastructure, new tech, staff training, acquisitions?
11:20 - 11:25
Closing Remarks
AfricaCom - Africa Tech Festival Headline Keynote
09:00 - 09:05
Informa Tech Welcome
09:05 - 09:25
Ministerial Keynote
09:25 - 09:45
Keynote Presentation
09:45 - 10:35
Panel: Purpose-led Policy - Digital governance fit for Africa’s 4IR
  • Market-led: designing adaptable, industry-focussed, impact-led policies with fundamental targets: affordable electricity and internet, efficient agriculture, sustainable development, security, gender and financial inclusion

  • High-end talent: building sector-specific technical skills that drive ICT maturity and diversify digital economies: STEM skills alongside critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving

  • Leapfrogging: prioritising collaboration that forges partnerships with international government, tech leaders and innovation hubs that facilitate knowledge and innovation sharing - how far can the AfCFTA take Africa?

  • Ecosystem builders: policy to encourage entrepreneurship, retain local talent, deliver the next unicorn, and attract international investment. Are start-up acts the new norm?
10:35 - 11:25
Panel: Decade of Diversification - New models for African telecoms
  • Strategy 2.0: Declining operating profits, increased competition, and a more demanding customer base are putting the squeeze on telcos - what strategies are emerging for thriving into the next decade?

  • One-stop shop: The evolution of the African towards a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers, providing banking, ehealth, media alongside expected voice and data services

  • Partnerships: How are SPs leveraging relationships with MVNOs, media outlets, start-ups and advertisers to deal with competition and open new revenue streams?

  • Investment paradigms: Emerging growth areas demand constant streams of available capital - where are telcos investing - infrastructure, new tech, staff training, acquisitions?
Neelesh Pratap Singh - Group Chief Information Officer, Airtel Africa
Dejan Kastelic - Group CTO, Vodacom
11:25 - 11:30
Closing Remarks
AfricaCom - Digital Infrastructure Investment
11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Africa in Focus: Empowering a continent through intelligent investment
Sérgio Pimenta - Regional Vice President for Africa, International Finance Corporation
11:55 - 12:15
Presentation
12:15 - 12:40
Fireside chat: Africa Rewired - Building a new continental subsea backbone
  • Major players: The biggest on-continent projects delivering >100,000km of African undersea fibre cable and the opportunity for affordable, reliable high-speed internet 

  • Last mile: Bringing connectivity to homes and businesses inland requires thousands more kms of terrestrial cable. How will this be distributed to ensure communities beyond the coastal towns and cities benefit?

  • Partners: What’s the process for initiating and delivering such complex projects? How are cross-sector stakeholders brought together, and can these projects provide a blueprint for more collaborative future approaches?

  • Tech 2.0: The network capacity and internet speed boom will drive a new age of innovation and tech adoption, from cloud computing and AI to IoT and video streaming
12:40 - 13:25
Panel: The $100B Gap: New investment paradigms for age-old infrastructure challenges
  • Infra paradox: While there is an obvious need for funding and viable projects, and investors with the required capital exist in abundance, projects aren’t making it to completion - why?  

  • Private push: Recent years have seen an increased share of private sector funded infrastructure in Africa, how can governments create fertile environments for these projects, and what will it mean for factors like return on investment, and ownership?

  • Smarter strategy: International governments, investment/pension funds present a huge resource for closing Africa’s infrastructure gap, but 80% of projects fail at feasibility. We’ll explore how smarter strategy can help improve this  

  • Modern models: Innovative approaches to closing the gap: sovereign wealth funds, relocating government financing, and infrastructure sharing partnerships
13:25 - 14:05
NETWORKING LUNCH
14:05 - 14:30
Naturally Intelligent Living – Beyond Gadgets

Gadgets must enable us, help us make intelligent decisions, help us save our time, energy and money, assist us to live better, naturally, in an intelligent way.

Smart spaces (homes, car, workplace, surrounding outdoors, public places) powered by smart infrastructure and carefully designed smart services help us achieve these objectives. Telcos have an important role in enabling such spaces, infrastructure and services. Radisys is a partner to help telcos conceptualize, design, build and offer such spaces, infra and services, enabling an entirely new set of avenues of monetization and revenue streams.

Radisys, along with Reliance Group, is working on digital platforms that enable these smart spaces, intelligent infrastructure and new digital services.

Aniel Jhingoeri - Regional Vice President EMEA Sales and Head of Embedded Platforms and Digital Endpoints, Radisys
14:30 - 15:15
Panel: Retail Revolution - How eCommerce is revolutionising the way Africa shops
  • Why wait? In the past 10 years eCommerce has exploded around the world but uptake on the continent has been slow. Why?

  • Cash conundrum: Cash-on-delivery comprises ~90% of Africa’s eCommerce payments, reasons include poor connectivity, hardware penetration & interoperability, the gig economy 

  • Security: Unpacking how fraud, theft and other digital risks are genuine obstacles to wider uptake of eCommerce – what’s being done to protect Africa’s online shoppers?

  • Disruptive tech: Exploring how innovative tech like drones, 3D printing and AI are addressing legacy road, rail and mail infrastructure challenges
Amolo Ng'weno - CEO, BFA Global
Omar Hagrass - CEO, Trella
15:15 - 15:40
Fireside chat: Creating cost-efficient connectivity networks with Open RAN
  • DisrupTech: Exploring how Open RAN can enhance continental connectivity through supply chain disruption and hardware sharing. Also facilitating 4G/5G uptake through the vendor diversification that comes with cheaper market entry

  • GreenTech: Understanding how the technology can reduce power consumption and drive infrastructure sharing to facilitate more sustainable energy models

  • Case studies: Looking at some of Africa’s planned and active market deployments, and the major players - Central African Republic, South Africa
15:40 - 15:45
Chair's Closing Remarks
AfricaTech - Building a Better Digital World
11:30 - 11:50
Free
Building a more inclusive and accessible digital Africa
11:50 - 12:10
Free
Talent and skills as critical enablers of Africa 4.0: Equipping Africa's workforce for tomorrow's jobs
12:10 - 13:00
Free
Visions of a better digital world
  • How are emerging technologies making the world a better place?
  • Deploying technology solutions to tackle our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges
  • What is the size of the prize if we get technology investment, deployment, application, and access right over the next decade?
  • Prioritising digital inclusion
  • Increasing access to education
  • Technology for healthier lives and greater wellbeing
13:00 - 14:00
Free
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:20
Free
Towards 2030: Transformative technologies shaping Africa’s next decade
14:20 - 14:40
Free
Technology investment and innovation at the heart of Africa’s post-Covid-19 economic bounce back
14:40 - 15:30
Free
How can Africa’s tech community accelerate economic recovery and growth?
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa’s digital transformation roadmap
  • Increasing economic resilience for a more stable path towards the 4IR
  • Accelerating economic recovery: boosting tech investment to increase GDP growth
  • What organisations are best placed to accelerate the widespread adoption of transformative technologies?
  • The human factor: embracing technology transformation to build a more resilient, capable, and productive workforce
  • Recognising entrepreneurship as a powerful engine for future growth
AfricaTech - Industry 4.0
11:30 - 11:35
Chair Opening Remarks
11:35 - 11:55
Presentation: The IoT Future – from a theoretical concept to a major priority for many companies
  • Smarter and more secure tech bringing to life intuitive human to machine interactivity particularly in education, entertainment and healthcare
  • Maturing AI technologies mirroring IoT capabilities
  • Major cellular providers rolling out enhanced 5G networks providing fast networks
Johan Steyn - Lead Architect Automation, PWC South Africa
11:55 - 12:10
Presentation
12:10 - 13:00
Panel: The Smart Things are getting Smarter fuelled by a Covid accelerated digital transformation
  • Consumer, Commercial, Infrastructure and Industrial IOT all driving upward growth
  • Overcoming the barriers to IOT adoption – talent, staying current, security (from core to cloud) and having trusted partners
  • Designing the future factory as smart manufacturing, robotics and AI combine  (Kenya, Rwanda, SA, Mauritius and Nigeria)
  • Smartening the cities with the explosion of devices - automating, remotely controlling and gathering data through kiosks, surveillance, bike rentals and taxis
Tinashe Ruzane - CEO and Co-founder, FlexClub
Dev Govender - Director Financial Services, PWC
Kiringai Kamau - South-South Secretariat Lead, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 14:20
Presentation: The Data explosion and other IoT challenges
  • Securing and integrating the many IoT devices and networks
  • Devices generating exponentially more data in the future
  • Preventing the cyber attacks by implementing IoT security measures and safe storage solutions required for data
  • Managing and utilising the vast amount of data generated by rising innovation and increasing demand.
14:20 - 14:40
Presentation
14:40 - 15:30
Panel: IoT in Action in 2021 – Building secure, sophisticated solutions in different industries benefiting from better automation and interconnectedness
  • Health and Fitness healthcare advances include remote monitoring and telemonitoring that can significantly improve healthcare services quality, speed and footprint through Africa. IoT playing a huge role in creating monitoring hardware and applications to track patients   health.The smart clothing market growth due to increased awareness of sports and fitness needs, mainly due to Covid 19 will help this part of IoT market soar.


  • Fintech - rapid increase of innovations in fintech delivering smarter customer service, smoother interactions between finance devices, smarter ecosystems in banks. The huge rise in fintech mobility solution providers


  • AgTech increasing levels of control or livestock and crops leading to massive efficiencies of scale, cutting costs and managing precious resources such a water. Smart sensors tracking temp, precipitation, crop health and any anomalies to prevent disease and infestation
Imelda Ngunzu - Manager, Market development, Mastercard
15:30 - 15:35
Closing Remarks
AfricaTech - AHUB
11:30 - 15:30
Free
AHUB: Entrepreneurship as an engine for growth

The AHUB programme is designed to highlight the critical role of entrepreneurship in fuelling Africa’s digital economy and connect African tech start-ups and scale-ups to investors and corporate partners.

- Entrepreneurship as an engine for job creation and economic growth
- Securing investment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Attracting top talent in the African tech space

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