Here’s what’s free to do at AfricaCom 2017

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AfricaCom 2017: Whats free to do at AfricaCom
Whats free to do at AfricaCom 2017.

The 20th AfricaCom conference in Cape Town on 7-9 November 2017 will be tackling the hottest topics for 2017, including IoT, Big Data, FinTech, digital health, sustainable power solutions, digital education and much more. While the conference is predominately aimed at C-suite executives, AfricaCom’s exhibition halls (two of them this year), provide a host of free content that attracts a broad array of citizens, many of whom are looking to connect with like-minded companies and individuals and get a glimpse of what the next ‘big thing’ will be – digitally speaking.

By registering for a free visitor ticket, which can be done online, visitors can gain access to more than 450 exhibitors, masterclasses, plus a brand-new innovation hall packed with visionary insights on future tech trends and a vibrant showcase of the latest digital products.

Also within this new environment is the AHUB. The meeting place for Africa’s start-up community; linking business-ready entrepreneurs, developers and start-ups with accelerators, investors, VCs and business mentors. Find out why tech start-ups should partner with African MNOs at the ‘when innovation and entrepreneurship meets scale and reach’ discussion.

One of the hottest topics permeating current consciousness is Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is at the heart of modern innovation and technology and is accelerating solutions across a wide range of industries and business challenges. Visitors will be able to learn how to analyse, interpret, understand, and apply their AI data, change their understanding of and interaction with customers and learn and adapt their systems and products.

A snapshot of what else can be expected at the 20th anniversary of AfricaCom:

– Immerse in future tech trends at the brand new AfricaCom 20/20 feature: IoT, Smart Cities, AI, Drones and Robotics, Agri-tech, 3D Printing and more.

– Discuss future proofing the towerco business model with Alex Leigh, Group CCO at Helios Towers Africa and Adedoyin Adeola, Regional GM at IHS Towers Nigeria at Powering Telecoms on the Connectivity Stage.

– Find out why tech start-ups should partner with African MNOs at the ‘when innovation and entrepreneurship meets scale and reach’ discussion at the AHUB located in the brand-new Technology Arena in the extended CTICC.

– Hear from Clifford De Wit, Chief Innovation Officer – CSE Lead Africa at Microsoft at the AfricaCom 20/20 stage to find out how tech innovation is shaping Africa’s future.

– Join Tom Jackson of Disrupt Africa for a whirlwind tour of the African tech start-up funding landscape at the AHUB. Pinpoint the next big investment opportunity.

– Celebrate with the people at the forefront of digital transformation in Africa at the Technology Arena Launch Party on Tuesday afternoon.

– Visit the Digital Health Clinic to hear perspectives from eHealth News, hearX Group, Vula Mobile and JokkoSanté on how can digital is improving healthcare access and service delivery in Africa.

– Hear Facebook’s perspective on empowering the architects of Africa’s digital future: fuelling innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

– Meet 20 of the most promising digital start-ups in Africa – the World Bank’s XL Africa programme participants – at the AHUB.

– Receive feedback from Andy Volk, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Ecosystem at Google on how corporates and tech leaders are supporting African start-ups.

Registering as a paying delegate, which you can also do online, will enhance the AfricaCom experience affording network opportunities with the industry elite and learning from an all-star line-up of Africa’s thought-leaders. When you book an AfricaCom delegate pass your delegate experience will include unrivalled networking opportunities, combined with an essential learning opportunity by attending your choice of 16 conference tracks, featuring 450 world-renowned speakers tackling the hottest topics for 2017.

Staff Writer