Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Digital Inclusion

New Virtual Africa Tech Festival launched

LONDON – The world’s largest and most influential Africa-focused technology and digital connectivity events – AfricaCom and AfricaTech – will take place in 2020 as fully virtual events, under the umbrella of the new Virtual Africa Tech Festival.

The events will run simultaneously from 9-13 November, 2020. Being virtual and providing access to exceptional content for free, the events expect to welcome an even greater number and range of participants than ever before.

Announcing the news, event director and the portfolio director of Connecting Africa at Informa Tech, Tom Cuthell, said: "After an extensive period of review and consultation, we have decided to proactively transform our events into fully virtual events in 2020 with AfricaCom, AfricaTech and all our co-located conferences now forming the Virtual Africa Tech Festival."

Virtual events, usually webinar-based, have increasingly become the norm thanks to the spread of COVID-19 and resultant economic lockdowns the world over. However, the Virtual Africa Tech Festival promises to be different. Organizers have confirmed they will be making use of an advanced event platform with superior functionality to continue to deliver the incredible networking value that both events are so well known for.

Embracing technology innovation, the Virtual Africa Tech festival will offer conference delegates, expo visitors and exhibitors a best-in-class digital experience. In addition to 20 premium conference tracks with a host of visionary keynote speakers, there will be an AI-powered matchmaking engine, smart networking via integrated video chat, a virtual expo with virtual booths, more interactive sessions than ever before, intimate virtual VIP breakouts, smart lead capture and many other game-changing features.

New Features in 2020
Attendees can also look forward to exciting new features such as accelerateHER Africa, a co-located event that will champion women founders, leaders and change-makers in tech; new AfricaCom conference tracks – Digital Infrastructure Investment and Connecting the Next Billion, AfricaTech Industry Deep Dives – looking at emerging tech such as AI and IoT in a range of different business contexts; and the new 4IR Talent and Skills Summit.

Enabling and Accelerating Economic Recovery
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of tech in tackling global health crises, as well as tech's vital role as a business enabler. As such, technology is a powerful engine for economic recovery.

"We recognize that in these difficult circumstances there is an even greater need to convene Africa’s tech and business communities," commented Cuthell, who observed that conversations defining the roles of technology and telecommunications in addressing the challenges that lie ahead need to be had with some urgency.

The new Virtual Africa Tech Festival is the culmination of 23 years of connecting and informing business leaders, technology experts and policymakers on the African continent. High on this year’s agenda is the mission to equip and inspire people to design, build and run a better, more inclusive, digital world – to unify Africa’s response to the 4IR and, in doing so, accelerate socio-economic development across the continent. In a post-COVID-19 economic landscape, this is more important than ever.

Realizing the full transformative potential of technology with greater urgency will require collaboration, creativity, education and focus. At a time when physical, face-to-face contact is more difficult, Virtual Africa Tech Festival will provide a broad digital platform from which to unify and accelerate these efforts.

Going virtual in 2020 also presents an excellent opportunity to make these events infinitely more accessible both within Africa and beyond. An internet connection is now all that is required to participate and be part of a community that is actively shaping Africa’s digital future. Geographical and logistical restrictions are a thing of the past.

Virtual Africa Tech Festival will connect the dots between digital infrastructure investment, enterprise transformation, emerging tech, ICT policy and regulation, start-up investment, digital skills development and tech for good.

To register for a FREE delegate pass – click here.

For further information please visit the 2020 website.

Informa Tech

Innovation hub

Story

Liquid, Project Taara beam broadband across Congo River

Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Alphabet's Project Taara have found a way to bridge a particularly stubborn connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the DRC.

Story

Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: August 2021

By Omdia Analysts

Omdia's analysts provide context and analysis about MTN's decision to exit Syria and not bid again for an Ethiopian license, as well as 5G news from Mauritius, Ghana, Mayotte and Reunion.

Story

Research Bites: Blockchain potential for SA agriculture

By Roberto Mavilia and Roberta Pisani

This article, in collaboration with the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development explores how blockchain can be used in the agricultural sector to help improve production and distribution processes.

More Guest Perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

AfricaCom perspectives

Story

Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

Story

Accelerating women in STEM: In conversation with GirlCode's Tinyiko Simbine

GirlCode co-founder and CFO Tinyiko Simbine talks about why it's important to help girls and young women excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Story

How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Upcoming events

More Upcoming events

Flash poll

All polls

Archived webinars

Digital Skills Enhancing Human Capital

As nations begin to look beyond the crisis of COVID-19 to the new future of work, an opportunity to leverage this disruption as a powerful catalyst for positive change exists – one that could reshape the future and provide more accessible, fair, and impactful digital education and training.

In this webinar, we focus on how digital skills can enhance human capital and help realise the extraordinary potential of intelligent, 4IR-ready African workforces.

Key topics include:

  • Importance of having more than basic digital skills – upskilling & reskilling
  • Championing access to online educational resources – affordable and reliable internet, electricity and hardware
  • Future career options for industry specific roles: Cloud, AI, industrial IoT, big data analytics
  • Education 4.0: How updating educational curricula is key for growth
  • The importance of progressive, industry-driven educational policy frameworks

More Webinars

Sponsored video

More videos

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up