Monday, February 28, 2022
10 years in the making ... Join us for the grandest of openings!
Having been forced to sit out 2021, we CANNOT wait to re-open our doors and welcome everyone back to our campus. This opening day is extra special because we're celebrating 10 years of being a part of Africa's tech ecosystem.
You definitely don't want to miss this session, we'll be jump-starting the week in the most awesome way possible. Be sure to arrive early.
After the opening presentation join our Executive Director Ngozi Odita, the #AFRICANXT team and special guests for lite bites, coffee, & networking
#PROTIP ... Arrive early to beat the registration and badge pick-up rush.
Please be advised as per COVID-19 Protocols, everyone will have to go through a health screening before entering the venue.
This session is hosted by AfricaNXT
The future is digital, no doubt. The COVID-19 pandemic proved it. It has further pushed digitalization and digitization across all industry sectors and blockchain is considered an innovative frontrunning technology with regards to applicability and usability in these challenging times.
In the art and creative sector, there is a massive paradigm shift with the introduction of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), as the space is acquiring a large number of artists (and non-artists) hoping to capitalize on the innovation and distribution power that blockchain technology is offering. What digitization first removed from art,
blockchain is trying to bring back; reshaping the art world with viable tools for provenance, authenticity and distribution.
The NFT space is generally murky water, especially in Africa. The identified challenges would be lack of technical know-how among the key players in the art industry, an expensive gate fee into the space, policies and legal implications. These are the major areas that will be explored in the conversation with Jumoke Sanwo, Adewale Mayowa, Ade Adekola and Seun Lari-Williams.
What does the future look like for an African Creator? What and Who is NFT for? How does one (by oneself) enter and thrive in the space? Does the government have a role to play in the space? How do they deal with policies, such as taxation, in the NFT space? These and more are some of the questions we hope to adequately answer through the panel session.
This session is hosted by Revolving Art Incubator
This session is focused on discussing the Future of Work and explores pathways to careers in the Digital Age.
According to US-based management consulting firm Korn Ferry, there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers, representing $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue. The research further shows that the United States and Russia are expected to be short of 6 million workers each, while China could face a deficit of 12 million workers. Other economies expected to be hit hardest are Brazil, Indonesia, and Japan, facing shortages of up to 18 million workers apiece.
This shortage is expected to become more acute in the coming years as technology continues to play a pivotal role across industries and every aspect of business. The demand for highly-skilled tech workers would keep increasing as there continues to be a deficit in supply.
How can young Africans tap into these opportunities of the Future of Work and how can they unlock a path to prosperity for themselves?
Our panel will deep dive into:
 Exploring opportunities across sectors and industries in the Digital Age
 Tips and tricks to choosing a career path
 The role of transferable skills in your chosen career path.
Charting your learning pathway.
 Finding tools and resources to learn online
 Taking advantage of Tech-focused student Loans to Upskill
This session is hosted by SkillUp Africa
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Africa has a target to meet Sustainable Development Goal 1 – Eradicate Poverty by 2030. In 2021, the rate of poverty in Africa climbed from 489 million in 2019, to 490 million in 2021 with a total population of 1.38 billion people. This means that Africa is not on track to meet its target.
Nigeria is part of the top 10 poorest countries on the continent and with the highest population also.
For this panel, we have gathered industry experts across pivotal sectors in the economy; ranging from AgriTech, FinTech, HealthTech and EduTech to discuss the roles that their sectors play in empowering the people to be independent.
This session is hosted by Agnes Health Limited
Society is continuously evolving at an exponential rate. Gen-Z (youth aged 9-24 years) face a lot of pressure that many parents didn't experience growing up. Some of these pressures stem from self-esteem issues, academic or professional career-path stress, bullying, depression, cyber addiction, and anxiety over friendships and relationships. As algorithms increasingly choose what we watch, listen to, or whose opinion we hear on social media and other digital platforms, the fundamental questions of ‘Who am I?’ ‘What do I want to do?’ ‘What do I stand for?’ ‘How can I contribute to something bigger than myself?’ are increasingly challenging to define. Parents of teens are often focused on kids’ academics, and general welfare while overlooking their health, social and emotional learning, creative endeavours, and transition to work. What used to work on the path towards ‘success,’ often gets imposed on our youth, without truly understanding the information, innovation, and pathways to the possibility that exist ahead of them.
Our Gen-Z kids on this continent are brilliant and motivated. When our youth have ideas and are ready to work for change, how do we build their mindset, resilience, self-esteem, and habits to carry them forward? How do we empower them to speak their truth, share their voice, and contribute meaningfully to this ever-changing world? We've seen where traditional paths of success and the pressure to achieve have taken over and have left many youths more lost, dazed, and confused, than ever. If we provide them 'with the best,' that can potentially lead to entitlement, inertia, and an overall lack of direction. This podcast episode will talk about how we can support Gen-Z to build the life skills necessary to deliberately decide the impact they want to make on the world around them and to lead with courage and empathy. We will first define the challenges facing our youth and future leaders today, and then talk about nurturing self-awareness, world-awareness, and purpose-driven action - as parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, mentors, peers, and leaders.
Lumination-Z is a purpose-centric thought leadership content platform and community for adolescents on the African continent aged 13 to 19 years. We are committed to building a generation of purpose-driven leaders that will be equipped with the mindset, skill-sets, and emotional intelligence to make sure the continent of Africa prospers. Our content and experiences include social media platforms, podcasts, workshops, events, immersive experiences, and resources targeted to Gen-Z. We are building a nation of bright lights and we’re starting early!
This session is hosted by Lumination Global Network
A more productive small and medium scale enterprises (SME) ecosystem is a critical part of broad-based development in Africa. African SMEs provide about 80 percent of jobs across the continent through the 44 million micro, small, and medium enterprises, almost all of which are micro.
In Nigeria, SMEs make up 99% of businesses in the country and have contributed 49% of GDP in the last 5 years, according to data from PwC. This means any realistic approach to achieving SDG 8’s goal of promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, must necessarily include improving SME productivity on the continent.
Technology certainly offers options that enable SME productivity. This conversation will seek to help SMEs understand how an Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a service approach can help them increase brand exposure, improve business processes and customer experience and increase sales.
We want to have a simple conversation about a subject that is thought to be very complex, to help SMEs understand that they can be more and do more with the power of AI.
This session is hosted by Kliqr
Creatives often fear collaboration, worried that their ideas will be stolen or worse someone will make money off their creation or invention. Although theft of ideas and intellectual property is a potential risk, the benefits of effective collaboration far outweigh the risks.
Collaboration is one of the ways by which you can grow your brand and business, while also making an impact on society and the nation at large.
In this masterclass facilitators will walk attendees though their collaboration process, providing insights on how creatives can execute successful collaborations that yield financial returns.
This session is hosted by TheSocialmediaoga
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
This masterclass will teach early-stage African tech founders the fundamentals of public relations and communications, including how to create a communications plan, business storytelling, and media relations.
Participants will learn how to raise their startup's visibility with various stakeholders, which will lead to more potential investment, at the end of the masterclass.
The sessions will provide attendees with in-depth learning experiences in a practical format, as well as a Q&A session.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
Startup founders or marketing and communications executives from a diverse range of organizations and sectors, including health, education, finance, agriculture, and sustainability.
This session is hosted by C. Moore Media International PR
Rationality ends Where HUNGER begins, so the saying goes. The violence and looting that followed the #EndSARS nationwide protest last year is quite instructive for Nigeria. There is hunger in the land, and there is poverty occasioned by lack of jobs, social welfare and opportunities for millions of young people in Nigeria. Agriculture will help Nigeria diversify the economy and create jobs and opportunities for the mass of unemployed youth as well as address the issues of hunger and malnutrition. Agriculture is the largest employer of labour in Africa though mostly involving smallholder engagement and characterised by low tech and inadequate investment. Climate change is an additional stressor to agriculture in Africa, thus making it imperative to promote climate smart agriculture and technology driven agricultural innovations.
This session will highlight innovative ideas and advocacy efforts to make food production and distribution sustainable, profitable and efficient. In addition, discussions will focus on the role of technology, youth engagement and government's policies and programs. We'll also look at early warning systems in building a resilient and fair food production and distribution system, as well as best practice in bridging the gap in climate information services.
This session is hosted by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre)
African Edtech has a limited voice. Despite producing great edtech innovations, like uLesson, the African perspective in this billion dollar sector is sorely lacking.
This meetup will be a discussion and networking session for African professionals in Edtech or anyone with an interest in the Edtech sector on the continent.
The session will kick off with a live episode of TwinFold with Hassa & Hussa Blake, a podcast and web series exploring all things EdTech. Specifically, The Blake twins sisters will interview seasoned African EdTech professionals on how EdTech impacts the way Africans live, work, learn and play. This special episode will be an interactive conversation with AfricaNXT attendees about EdTech that is for and by Africans.
*** This Session Will Be Virtual ***
This session is hosted by TwinFold Media
Many creators and brands want to host their podcasts but face several limitations to launching like proper ideation, production, scriptwriting and technical qualities like audio engineering and distribution. Existing alternatives such as Anchor do not provide professional and customised offerings.
This workshop focuses on how promising and amateur podcasters can take a DIY approach in planning and launching their podcasts. We will cover every step of the process (scriptwriting, recording, editing, distribution, marketing) with visual references and a live demo.
This session is hosted by Visual Audio Times
Thursday, March 3, 2022
The average customer in Africa today has ‘almost’ unrestricted access to the world’s best in class products, services and experiences. This often means that their feedback on what their experience should be is geography-agnostic as well as ‘world-class’ oriented. We believe that businesses from Africa with access to over 600m+ possible customer connections can take advantage of this huge opportunity to become world class businesses. But how?
It is no longer speculative to say that the African business community, especially the startup scene which has seen over $12B in venture capital since 2017 is growing exponentially, with more products and services springing up, however, scaling customer experiences that matter is an area that many businesses continue to struggle with. The complexities of a customer base with access to world class products will continue to overwhelm them, even worse is their inability to efficiently collect and manage usable customer feedback, uncovering them into useful insights that can drive action to deliver better product and customer experiences.
Some of the unending cardinal questions new and existing businesses will continue to ask throughout their existence are; 'Who are our customers?', 'What do they want?', 'How might we build products that they will love?' To answer these questions, this panel session will examine some of the most important issues with feedback and feedback management in Africa. Our panelists will dive into the problems; 'Feedback is scattered everywhere', 'Poor feedback culture', 'Process barriers to managing feedback' ‘Understanding customer pain points and complexities’ etc., while also exploring the opportunities for new market entrants to help build products that will solve these problems.
We will also be discussing how businesses across multifaceted industries and sectors in the world can use product and customer feedback as its most important growth ingredient to deliver world class products, services and customer experiences. We will also explore how businesses and startups particularly in the SSA region can lead the change for Africa.
This session is hosted by Spire
Different technologies have deeply impacted the creative industry. For instance, the increasing popularity of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Paramount+, Soundcloud, BET+, Amazon Prime, DIsney plus and so much more has in turn greatly influenced streaming culture in Africa, with over 5 million people subscribed to these services, the creative industry is as a result affected.
Streaming services have been really impactful for creatives, with these platforms fighting for inclusion and diversity as a way to draw large audiences, creatives are being presented with more opportunities to have their craft disseminated to a global audience. Although this poses good things for some creatives, it might not be the same for others who are still subscribed to traditional channels.
Our panelists will discuss the impact of Innovative Technologies on Africa’s Creative Industry, giving practical examples of different scenarios where innovative technology solutions such as streaming platforms, cinemas, augmented reality, virtual reality and others are shaping the creative sector.
Attendees will also learn about key steps ViacomCBS Networks Africa is taking to improve the creative space in Africa -- striving for creative excellence and cultural impact across programming, motion pictures, and digital experiences that live online, on mobile, and across multiple platforms.
For the concluding part, our panel will share meaningful steps and practical solutions that creatives across Africa can employ to help them better leverage the available Tech solutions of 2022 and beyond.
This session is hosted by ViacomCBS Networks Africa
Coming second is a compilation of stories of people that are the second to break the status quo, the second act in love, a second change in career, a second chance at freedom.
Were there pressures to supersede the first? Did you have to scale through difficult embargoes to succeed because the first to break the status quo messed up? What have you learnt from coming second?
This live episode of 'Coming Second' will be an authentic and healing ground that will shine a light on stories of coming second - Not first. Guests will include awesome individuals that weren't the first to bring home the achievement or to walk through a door, yet making giant strides Coming Second!
This session is hosted by The Lifetime Show with Shirley
Advancements in technological innovations are increasingly disrupting democracies across Africa, with the emergence of an empowered electorate and decentralized access to governance. We’ve seen this play out at different levels, through citizen-led social movements such as Nigeria’s #EnoughisEnough and #EndSARS protests; Ghanaians’ clamor to #FixTheCountry; and the world turning #BlueForSudan.
Now more than ever, social media has the power to change not just the message, but the dynamics of nation building. Through the use of social media in elections and governance, political participation has become less private and more susceptive to public perception. How do we channel this social consciousness from online to offline citizen engagement, with the objective of influencing electoral processes that truly represent the voice of the people?
Ultimately, the session will aim to broker a stakeholder centric solution to a pressing challenge, leveraging the Africa NXT platform and StateCraft Inc.’s experience in driving good governance and sustainable citizen participation programmes.
This session is hosted by StateCraft Inc
This session wishes to address the challenges of abuse, violence and stigma of people with mental health conditions and the broader stereotypes faced in accessing mental healthcare in Nigeria. Looking at Nigeria's current laws and policies affecting mental health, we look at the opportunity of "Nothing About Us Without Us" - the mantra of the global disabilities movement.
How can we begin to ensure that people with lived experience lead, champion, consult and reclaim their space on issues that affect them? How can we leverage the psychosocial model of disability to advocate for systemic changes in mental health in Nigeria?
We will learn the human rights approach to mental health, what Nigeria is lacking and how we can bridge the gap to ensure the fundamental freedoms of all people including people with mental health conditions.
This session is hosted by She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative
Friday, March 4, 2022
Largely across Africa inclusivity is not a priority, often entire communities are marginalized and discriminated against based on their tribe, gender, disability, age, and economic status. Today, the world has realised the importance of inclusion in the workplace and the community at large. However, Africa is still lagging behind in inclusive practices. The panel discussion will look at the use of technology to close the gap.
Our discussion will focus on:
 The use of technology in the workplace to ensure that everyone has carried along especially the disability community
 The use of digital tools in education to reach a larger number of unschooled children and aid learning for students with disability
 The use of digital tools to tell inclusive African stories to foster an inclusive community
At the end of the discussion:
 CEOs and Human Resources Managers will discover different digital tools to foster inclusion in the work place.
 Technology innovators will see opportunities in creating digital tools to promote inclusive learning.
 Creatives will understand the importance and benefits of telling inclusive stories.
This session is hosted by P4:13 Foundation
The Continent continues to face challenges with misrepresentation on the global stage. This discussion will focus on how we can leverage strategic communication and the power of collective creativity to change the narrative and drive prosperity, both of which can have positive economic impact across industries and communities.
Guiding our conversation is the assertion that "One of the continent's greatest assets is the diversity of its people." Our discussions will centre on the importance of inclusive creativity. Our panelists will also share a range of perspectives and insights on how the combination of effective strategic communications, creative activities, and social media provide Africans with the tools to tell stories that impact global culture and drive trends. We will also look at how we can harness the power of collective and inclusive creativity to promote and grow local industries, ultimately propelling the African economy to a more sustainable and prosperous future.
This session is hosted by Chenist Consulting Limited
Did you know that for every 5 thriving startups, more than double have failed due to lack of branding? More specifically to women, research has shown that 40% of female owned businesses say that marketing skills are absent from their businesses and this in turn limits their visibility to customers as well as investors.
With these stats, it is clear that access to wealth, business opportunities and funding is heavily dependent on effectively building a profitable brand - not just a business.
The goal of this masterclass is to share practical ways in which female entrepreneurs can start creating more wealth by harnessing the power of branding because with effective branding, more female-led startups will further become visible to the investors and other stakeholders and become valued firms.
This session is hosted by Disruptiv by Design (DBD AFRICA)
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