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HOW YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE IS USING TECH INNOVATION TO REDUCE SOUTH AFRICA’S YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS

We caught up with their CEO, Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, to chat about the importance of digitisation disrupting conventional training, using tech to reach youth during COVID-19, and building digital spaces to prepare the workforce of the future. Read the conversation here.

Connecting The Dots: 2021 Top Trends Report

COVID-19 has had a huge knock-on effect to the TMT community. The tech world of 2021 will be marked by the acceleration of key shifts in business models and investment in the aftermath of the pandemic. But where will your biggest opportunities lie in 2021? Gain a global perspective on key shifts in business models and investment in tech and telecommunications.

BLOG: CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED, ONE BY ONE, FOR AND WITH THE CONTINENT

Siya Kolisi, known as the People’s Captain, cofounded The Kolisi Foundation in March 2020. As the country faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Siya and Rachel Kolisi recognized the threat this crisis posed to many in South Africa’s most vulnerable communities. They could not stand by and do nothing and so launched The Kolisi Foundation to respond to these challenges.

Members of the Kolisi Foundation's team presented during the virtual Africa Tech Festival, sharing insight into the role of technology to support their efforts.

In this blog, Sophie Whitehead, Informa Tech Graduate Fellow, offers a breakdown of the panel discussion.


Robots, Risk, Creativity: How to build the workforce of the future


Worried about robots putting jobs at risk? Unsure how to re-train your staff following the pandemic?

In this exclusive interview for Africa Tech Festival, Sterling Bank's William Anwana shares his top tips to help you.

Connecting the Next Billion: Interview with MTN Sudan's CEO, Malik Melamu.


Find out how MTN Sudan is bridging the digital divide to enable everybody to participate in Africa’s thriving digital economy. 

Also, hear from Malik on the journey to his career, challenges of network connectivity in Sudan, and the books he recommends for other tech and telco leaders in 2020.

Uniting Tech and Talent for Socio-Economic Impact


"Evolve or die, right? Telcos don't have a choice - we all have to evolve".

Watch highlights from 10th November, covering the emerging technologies across Africa. Hear from Safaricom, Microsoft, and more.

2020 POST SHOW REPORT

Download the report to discover:

  • An overview of the event
  • A breakdown of our attendees
  • Key highlights
  • Content covered
  • Upcoming opportunities

Lillian Barnard

Managing Director

Microsoft

COVID-19 accelerated two years of digital transformation in two months.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM AFRICA TECH FESTIVAL


The theme for Africa Tech Festival 2020 was resilience and growth, uniting tech and talent for socio-economic impact. Watch event highlights featuring The Kolisi Foundation, the US Department of State and Twitter.


Africa Tech Festival 2020 - CNBC Africa
Africa Tech Festival 2020 - CNBC Africa

"Featuring Africa’s most prominent digital thought-leaders from organisations including Safaricom, MTN,International Trade Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africaand more, the Africa Tech Festival Headliners will share their insights on the most important topics in African technology, telecommunications and innovation."


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Africa Tech Festival sets the Agenda for Africa’s digital decade ahead
Africa Tech Festival sets the Agenda for Africa’s digital decade ahead

"The first virtual Africa Tech Festival actualized a renewed energy and commitment from all involved, to Africa’s economic resilience and growth".

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Blockchain will define next decade for Africa: Jimmy Nguyen at Africa Tech Festival
Blockchain will define next decade for Africa: Jimmy Nguyen at Africa Tech Festival

The Founding President of Bitcoin Association spoke about how Bitcoin SV is enabling fast and cheap remittances for Africans, how the BSV blockchain can end corruption and why BSV is more than just a digital currency.

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AfricaCom Awards 2020 announces winners
AfricaCom Awards 2020 announces winners

The winners of the AfricaCom Awards 2020 were virtually announced on 9 November. The annual awards acknowledge those that are leading the way in the telecommunications and technology sectors in Africa.

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Infrastructure and Internet connectivity key to digital health in Africa
Infrastructure and Internet connectivity key to digital health in Africa

The African technology landscape is changing, with increased ICT infrastructure and more Internet connectivity creating a situation that is ripe for the adoption of healthcare tech, delegates heard at the Africa Tech Festival’s “Industry Deep Dives- Healthcare.”

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AfricaCom and AfricaTech become virtual events as part of new Virtual Africa Tech Festival
AfricaCom and AfricaTech become virtual events as part of new Virtual Africa Tech Festival

Industry trade events AfricaCom and AfricaTech will move forward as fully events in 2020 as a part of a newly created Virtual Africa Tech Festival

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Key takeaways from 2020

Webber Wentzel was invited to speak at Africa Tech Festival. Here are some of their key takeaways:

KEY MESSAGE 

Africa represents the greatest opportunity for exponential tech growth, and the global COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both the need for tech adoption and the opportunity for investment. What is needed is a concerted & collaborative effort by all players to remove some of the main digital inclusivity barriers facing Africans, in order to unleash Africa’s potential to become a leader in the 4IR. 

KEY DRIVERS FOR ACCELERATING AFRICA’S DIGITAL FUTURE 

1 Improve infrastructure: broadband & fibre connectivity; access to and affordability of mobile devices.

2 Increase connectivity: speed, quality & cost of data & internet connection; improve digital literacy. [Africa has the highest growth rates globally in mobile & data traffic – Ericson Mobility Report] 

3 Improve policy & regulatory environment: key to attract investment and encourage market development through innovation, partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation & knowledge sharing. 

“350m internet users in Africa in 2019, which is more than 20 times that of 2005, however, digital inclusion remains a key barrier in Africa.” Alioune Ndiaye, CEO – Middle East and Africa of Orange

#StudentNight: Virtual Africa Tech Festival

Hear from Africa Tech Festival Portfolio Director, Tom Cuthell, about the upcoming Africa Tech Festival - the largest tech and digital connectivity conference and exhibition in Africa.

WATCH THE CONTENT ON-DEMAND

Your virtual on demand ticket gives access to the entire online event including both the AfricaCom and the AfricaTech exhibitions and the AHUB start-up zone.