Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Venue: Metta

Panel Host/Moderator: (Nekesa Were)

Tech Hubs accelerating the digital Economy in Africa.

African iHubs, co-working spaces, smart cities, and accelerators are showing no sign of slowing down. This talk will examine the value and future growth of this end-to-end model and its impact on the future roadmap of Africa’s digital economy.

The Key takeaways include:

  • Maximizing the value of connecting aspiring entrepreneurs and like-minded innovators to Africa’s key tech hubs
  • Examining the impact of community, technical support and early equity investment in the growth of each region’s tech landscape
  • The future roadmap of building a Pan-African network of hubs across 54 countries
    Best in case examples of the role of a young, work-ready population in fuelling the technology revolution by country
Tentative Program
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm Arrival & Networking
6:15 pm – 6:25 pm Welcome remarks and introductions
6:25 pm – 7:25 pm Hub Roundtable – Tech Hubs accelerating the digital Economy in Africa
7:25 pm – 7:40 pm Q&A
7:40 pm -8:00 pm Closing note & Networking

Thursday, 18th July 2019

Venue: ALX

Panel Host/Moderator: (Annstella Mumbi)

Fostering a culture that drives agile transformation for businesses


It has been proven time and time again that culture is integral to the success of high impact startups both across the world and in Africa. Some of the most successful companies in the world such as Netflix, Amazon and Google credit their immense success to culture with their culture decks being publicly available.

Some of the most vibrant tech ecosystems in the world, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv also credit their success to their culture with key cultural concepts such as ‘Hutzpah’ taking center stage for making Tel Aviv the largest tech ecosystem outside of the US today.

Therefore, coming back to Africa, how does culture influence tech companies and the different tech ecosystems?

Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding the meaning of your culture
  • Understanding how internal company culture influences transformation, growth and success for startups
  • Understanding how culture determines investment patterns for local investors
  • Understanding the power of mindset shifts in building big African companies (tackling the side hustle mentality and fear of failure)
  • Defining what the major cultural setbacks for startups are and how to mitigate them. 
Tentative Program
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm Arrival & Networking
6:15 pm – 6:25 pm Welcome remarks and introductions
6:25 pm – 7:25 pm Leaders Roundtable – Tech and Culture: Fostering a culture that drives agile transformation for businesses
7:25 pm – 7:40 pm Q&A
7:40 pm -8:00 pm Closing note & Networking

Friday, 19th July 2019

Michael Joseph Center

Welcome guests, speakers, and attendees and give a brief AWIT introduction.

Panel Host/Moderator: Tabitha Wanyoike

Capitalizing AI and Machine Learning on real-life applications

Panel Synopsis: AI and machine learning is primed to be the driving force of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Africa, the application of AI and machine learning are still in the early stages, there is an increasing number of companies that have begun adopting AI to streamline operations and deliver exceptional service.  How can policymakers, startups, technology partners, civil society groups and stakeholders work together to promote a vibrant AI ecosystem in Africa?

Key takeaways include:

  • A clear understanding of the meaning and recent advances in AI & machine learning
  • Understand where algorithmic-based innovation can be used practically
  • Assess the present state of play and future applications across your value chain.
  • Explore why and how recent applications in AI & machine learning have succeeded in Africa and the potential to use this tech to address Africa’s challenges

Panel Host/Moderator: (Updated soon)

Leveraging New Technology to Build Solutions for Africa

Panel Synopsis: Africa has plenty of problems that need solving. With Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa among the countries taking the lead in blockchain experimentation, blockchain continues to take the centre of tech conversations across the continent.  blockchain represents a perfect decentralized and incorruptible engine that cannot be hacked. However, gaps in knowledge beg the question all the buzz around blockchain tech and its potential to bring about change in Africa is realistic or are we jumping the gun a bit?

Key takeaways include:

  • Learning about what best practice looks like when blockchain is applied to the public and private sector
  • Understanding how to tap into the potential of blockchain by identifying next steps to implement blockchain tech for your organisation
  • Getting the inside scoop from Africa’s rising blockchain startups on what not to do with blockchain
  • Taking a look at the potential of blockchain in Africa in combating corrupt political and voting systems, registering land titles, crowdfunding, smart contracts, remittances, digital identities and more

Panel Host/Moderator: Stacy Chege

Implications of AI, Machine learning on privacy, cybercrime and Security in Africa

Panel Synopsis: AI can both be weaponized as a cyber-threat and be autonomously deployed to fight back against in-progress attacks. Deep machine learning can enhance cybersecurity in many ways. How can institutions navigate the advances in AI to prevent cybercrime and enhance cybersecurity?

Key takeaways include:

  • Exploring the 2019 threat landscape in Africa
  • Understanding how AI & Blockchain can take cybersecurity to the next level – from DDos attacks, Malware, Spyware, Phishing and more
  • Gaining best practice on the tools needed for intelligence information sharing

Panel Host/Moderator: (Will be updated soon)

Closing the gender gap in Africa’s digital and tech roles

Panel Synopsis: In Africa, the digital gender gap means that the proportion of women using the internet is 25% lower than the proportion of men (International Telecommunications Union, 2019.) In light of this major social and economic issue, this session delves into the present and future role of the Government and regulators in spreading mobile connectivity rapidly and bringing more women to the next economic fold.

Key takeaways:

  • Learning about the country-specific approaches to digital transformation, automation and more
  • Come away a clear idea on the local startups that are creating business models to solve this nationwide issue

Panel Host/Moderator: Divine Muragijimana

The Role of eCommerce and Digital platforms bridging the unemployment Gap in Africa

Saturday, 20th July 2019

Michael Joseph Center

Breakfast, networking, and exhibitions

Panel Host/Moderator: Divine Muragijimana

Stepping up when opportunities arise

Panel Synopsis: From developing your confidence, taking credit for your work, to stepping up when opportunities arise, this session will share the top ways to truly own your career to ensure that your path to seniority is clearly defined, achievable, and within reach for 2019!
Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding the key characteristics of a leader: from strong communication skills, confidence, constant motivation, to being proactive in creating and seizing your own opportunities
  • Overcoming deeply-rooted patriarchal obstacles such as unconscious and conscious bias to maintain a strong mindset and have a real seat at the table
    Identifying the key skills needed for the major growth areas in tech and what to do now to ensure your skills stay relevant.

Panel Host/Moderator: (Will be updated soon)

Star Stories of Emerging women leaders in Tech

Panel Synopsis: The voice of the new generation of African women leaders is vitally important to reaching the goals of advancing Africa. The 5-on-5 series provides a platform for young leaders to share their ideas, contributions, and insights with our attendees. Similar to the Ted Talk Series (http://www.ted.com/talks), each of the 5 speakers will take centre stage for up to 9 minutes to have a one-way conversation with the audience.

They will:

  • Share ideas and passions as they relate to business and/or community, and the efforts they have put to pursue them.
  • Share the challenges faced, insights gained, and achievements obtained.  
  • Share thoughts on opportunities for economic and social development in Africa and/or within the diaspora.

Panel Host/Moderator: Davine M.

From the Cubicle to the Corner Office: Utilizing Capital of Women to advance Africa

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