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New Tech for New Africa

Jul 16, 2015

ICLEI Africa’s Urban Leadership for African Sustainability initiative supports dialogues on innovative and leading approaches to pioneer development in Africa. To this end, we are proud to share the invitation to the Frontier Forum: New Tech for New Africa.

People who have seen the advert on the ICLEI Africa platform please quote ‘ICLEI’ when rsvp’ing to receive a special 10% discount. This special discount will also be adjusted accordingly for those making group bookings.

How is technology changing Africa? Technology drives change – economic, political and social. Nowhere is this more evident than in the African continent. As a relatively underdeveloped region, technology in all its forms has the potential to dramatically turn around the fortunes of African economies. As Africa is opening for business and information flows more easily, local and imported technologies are changing the way Africans interact and do business. By the end of this year there will be over 1 billion Africans using mobile phones, 1/3 of which will use their phones to make and receive payments.

Register for the Frontier Forum: New Tech for New Africa, July 23. To book, click here.

P R O G R A M M E

08:30 to 09:00

Registration

09:00 to 09:10

Welcome and Context

Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory

09:10 to 09:55

How Mobile is Changing the African Consumer Landscape – The View from Facebook

Aidan Baigrie, Client Partner: sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook

09:55 to 10:55

Panel Session: Technologies from Africa for Africa: How New Tech Firms are Catering for Frontier and Emerging Markets

Brett Loubser, Head: Africa, WeChat

Aki Anastasiou, Tech Commentator

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Brett StClair, Chief Jam Creator, Money for Jam

Moderated by Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory

10:55 to 11:15

Coffee & Networking Break

11:15 to 11:45

Presentation: Media Convergence in Africa

Gareth Cliff, Founder, CliffCentral.com

11:45 to 12:25

Interactive Dialogue: Is There Angel and Venture Capital for Tech Startups in Africa?

Murray Legg, Co-founder, Webfluential

Euvin Naidoo, Head of Strategy, Barclays Africa, Regional Management

Stephan Lamprecht, Venture Solutions – Innovation Management &-Commercialisation

Moderated by Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory

12:25 to 13:25

Lunch

13:25 to 14:40

Panel Discussion: How Technology is Changing the Way Africans are Educated

Dr Solomon Assefa, Director, Research – Africa, South Africa Lab, IBM

Camille Agon, Co-founder, WeThinkCode_

Palesa-Sibeko, Co-founder, Inquisition

Moderated by Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory

14:40 to 15:25

Insight Session: Can Technology Leapfrog Africa’s Development Gaps?

Dion Chang, Founder, Flux Trends

Mark McCallum, CTO, Director & Head of Global Services Africa, Orange Business Services

Moderated by Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Advisory

15:25 to 15:40

Summary Session

New technology platforms are changing Africa and helping the rise of B2B and B2C commerce. Join us at the New Tech for New Africa forum to hear what leading companies such as Facebook, IBM, WeChat and Orange; and thought leaders Aki Anastasiou and Dion Chang are doing and saying about the latest technology trends in Africa.

Register for the Frontier Forum: New Tech for New Africa, July 23. To book, click here.

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