The Connecting Africa series of events team has been closely monitoring global developments, alongside those in Kenya and East Africa. As the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop, the event organizer, Informa Tech, has decided to move East Africa Com to a fully virtual event for 2020 on September 14-15.
For two days, world leaders in East African technology, media and telecommunications will meet online to map the journey towards the region's Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The two-day conference agenda covers telecommunications and digital enterprise opportunities and challenges. More than 40 expert industry speakers will be presenting from across the telco and tech space, alongside government ministers.
New sessions will explore the impact of COVID-19 on East Africa's tech ecosystems, and the opportunities and risks of Ethiopia's part-privatization of the continent's largest telecom monopoly, Ethio Telecom.
The virtual event will provide insight from industry leaders, the chance to connect with customers, prospects, partners and peers, and engage with some of the most influential companies within the region's tech and telecoms space.
Registration is now open. Tickets are available here.
Sponsorship opportunities are also now available, discover more here.
"I have been attending East Africa Com and I have gained so much. My personal profile has grown. Everyone in the ICT industry should plan to attend this." – Technology Service Providers of Kenya spokesperson.
Supported by the industry's biggest names, this is an unparalleled opportunity to be part of shaping East Africa's digital future.
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.
From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms
Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.
Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent