To celebrate its 20th anniversary, AfricaCom, the continent’s largest and most influential technology, media and telecoms (TMT) event is launching a brand-new technology arena. Located in the recently expanded and soon to be opened, CTICC wing, this entire exhibition hall will be dedicated to tech innovation and Africa’s journey towards the fourth industrial revolution.
Incorporated into this bustling zone between 7th and 9th November 2017, will be an Innovation Stage featuring visionary insights on future tech trends that also includes energetic discussions on the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, Big Data, Fintech, Blockchain, E-Health and Artificial Intelligence. Add in wearable tech, drones, a host of augmented and virtual reality gadgets, games and applications, all housed in one comprehensive really smart space.
This buzzing hive of activity will be home to more than 100 technology focused exhibitors as well as the centrepiece of the arena, AfricaCom 20/20. As the centrepiece of the Technology Arena, AfricaCom 20/20 will host the Technology Arena Launch Party to kick off the 20th-anniversary celebrations on Monday evening 6th November 2017, as well as acting as the base for all other 20th anniversary celebrations. Providing clarity of vision for future tech trends at AfricaCom 2017 – Microsoft signs on as lead sponsor of AfricaCom 20/20.
Asif Valley, Cloud Development Lead – Microsoft South Africa, commented on the company’s involvement in this year’s event saying: “Digital transformation is critically important to the success of businesses across Africa, and Microsoft is focused on helping our customers successfully achieve their digital business transformation.
“AfricaCom has always been the event to come to future proof one’s business, getting the inside track on systems that will affect growth and development as well as the opportunity of meeting other like-minded and complementary businesses involved in the sector.
“It has evolved over the years from being a purely telecommunications based event, to one where technology commands the stage. As it underpins everything, it seemed only fitting that we create an exhibit in which, to centrally house some of the most exciting tech and ideas that will impact on Africa’s digital advancement,” commented Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director at KNect365.