A bridge across the high tech opportunity gap reopens Tuesday as AfricaCom 2019 kicks off in Cape Town South Africa.
More than 15,000 leaders, business executives, and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the conference that features 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors. It is the world’s largest Africa-focused technology, telecommunications, and media event in Africa. The 3-day conference will also feature several workshops and unique panel discussions on industry trends such as connectivity infrastructure, disruptive technologies, digital services, ICT strategy, and more.
Running alongside AfricaCom 2019 is AfricaTech, a tech exhibition showcasing the latest developments in areas such as AI, Fintech, Blockchain, IoT and data centers. This mini-event aims to help attendees successfully navigate the digital transformation created by these technologies. It will feature, among other things, a zoned exhibition area, keynotes speeches, conference and panel discussions as well as a meet-up of tech startups, corporates and investors.
On the area of blockchain, the following topics will be discussed:
- Why Africa is an ideal launchpad for blockchain technology
- How will blockchain transfer and elevate Sub-Saharan African economies?
- Blockchain for business: exploring the enterprise opportunity
- Use cases: how will blockchain shape the world around you?
- Addressing blockchain adoption and implementation challenges
- How are policymakers and regulators responding to the blockchain opportunity?
In one keynote speech focused on blockchain and fourth industrial revolution, Monica Singer of ConsenSys will discuss blockchain and its relationship to artificial intelligence. Ray Youssef, CEO and Co-founder of Paxful, will bitcoin opportunities for Africa, in another keynote speech.
The AfricaCom Awards 2019
The AfricaCom Awards seeks to recognise the achievements of the best companies, solutions, products, and individuals improving connectivity and driving Africa towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The awards are in 14 categories, including Connecting the Continent Award, Delivering Excellence in Customer Service, Changing Lives Award, Best Innovation for Enterprise, Female Innovator of the Year, among others.
Telecom giant Safaricom has been shortlisted under the “Most Innovative Service – The Business of Tomorrow” category alongside Huawei. The list also features Tramigo, KaiOS Technologies, Cassava Smartech and Comviva Technologies Ltd, World Telecom Labs and iPlans, and BRCK. The AfricaCom Awards 2019 will be presented by PCCW Global on 13 November 2019 at The Lookout in Granger Bay, Cape Town.
AfricaCom will also feature networking and recruiting events for high demand candidates. This year, AfricaCom has organised networking parties, a music concert, drink receptions, and the AfricaCom Awards Ceremony.
AfricaCom 2019 runs from Tuesday to Thursday at the Cape Town International Convention Center, South Africa.