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AfricaCom: Pushing The Boundaries Of Mobile Connectivity

According to the organisers, AfricaCom is the place to meet everybody who’s anybody in African telecoms and technology; bringing together 15 000 attendees, 450 speakers and 500 exhibitors. 

The event will cover topics suited to everyone’s field of expertise; from connectivity infrastructure and disruptive technologies to digital services and ICT strategy.

“This is the place to network, learn and get deals done.”

AfricaCom: When and where

The event takes place from 12 to 14 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 1 Lower Long Street in Cape Town.

AfricaCom is co-located with Mission Critical Technologies Africa, “an event dedicated to critical connectivity”, as well as Video Exchange Africa, “an event focused on video distribution and content strategy”.

In attendance at AfricaCom

Be inspired by Africa’s most prominent ICT thought-leaders. The list includes MTN CEO Rob Shuter, as well as the minister of communications Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams.

In addition, the provincial minister of education in the Western Cape, Debbie Shafer, will also be in attendance, along with Grindrod Bank chief technology officer, Unathi Mtya.

“5G is a software game…less so about the network”.

 MTN Group CFO Charles Molapisi defining the importance of 5G

AfricaCom: Women in Tech

Women in Tech Centre Stage Takeover will showcase and celebrate women “at the forefront of Africa’s digital transformation”. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 November, at the CTICC.

Attendees can look forward to presentations and discussions from tech superstars. The organisers explain:

“This session will look at issues of diversity, inclusivity, and the essential role women are playing in Africa’s growth through technology. The future is female… the future is here, at AfricaCom”.

Topics and themes include:

  • Embracing gender difference and celebrating the power of women
  • Understanding and overcoming barriers to entry
  • Upskilling to climb the corporate ladder
  • Why we need women in AI (artificial intelligence)
  • Ensuring a diverse talent pipeline
  • Driving change at scale within organisations

Women in Tech speakers:

  • Shivani Pillay, Uber operations analyst
  • Elisabeth Medou Badang, senior vice president at Orange
  • Lorraine Steyn, Khanyisa Real Systems CEO
  • Louise De Beer, head of business intelligence and data science at LeadHome
  • Baratang Miya, founder and CEO of GirlHype
  • Cassandra Enyan, head of Android Platform Partnerships at Google
  • Kutlwano Mfolo, brand and communications analyst at Tech Savvy Kids
  • Desere Orrill, executive chair at Ole! Media Group.

Backed by the best

AfricaCom is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Google, Huawei, Facebook, SAP, Uber, Barckleys, Vodafone, MTN and Avant.

Written by AN

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