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 local markets and commercial districts of cities across the continent are flooded with imported goods, rather than locally produced/manufactured products. Why is this the case? As Africans, do we value goods made aboard over locally made products?
There are thousands of young entrepreneurs honing, improving, and investing in their craft and themselves - They create quality, beautiful products, and given the proper support can serve the needs of the local market and scale their business. Their sustained success leads to job creation, industry growth and economic prosperity.
This session seeks to have a frank discussion on our beliefs as Africans that imported is better. Panelists will discuss the origination of this mindset, diving deep into where it stems from, and how this thinking can be disrupted. The session will also focus on the growth and progress of the "Made in Africa" movement and the economic impact of this shift in mindset. Panelist will share strategies on incentivizing and educating consumers to shop more African-made, as well as incentivizing brands, and entrepreneurs to manufacture products locally.
This session is hosted by Fashtracker
More and More businesses in the E-commerce industry are being created in Africa, unfortunately little will succeed. This is not because the rest don't have good business ideas but because behind every number is a user/customer.
An ecommerce businesses should rely on data especially while making business decisions. How do you recognize data. What is Data to a lady selling makeup products in her dorm room? How does she recognize the use of data?
It is our hope that every business owner not only knows how to recognize data but how to use data. We want to change business by errors .
This session will create not just a more in depth knowledge of data and analytics using artificial intelligence but will also broaden the industry into overlooked data and create possible solutions and collaborations.
 The importance of data in the e-commerce industry
 How e-commerce businesses can effectively leverage data
to make better decisions, create better products and improve the the customers overall experience and journey.
 Best practices to scale your business using analytics
This session is hosted by Brand Drive
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
Join us for a live recording of 'The Class Prefects' podcast, where discuss pop culture news, personal stories and welcome audience interaction.
In this episode, we’re talking soulmates!
It’s the month of love and while some of you are reeling from your Valentine’s Day shenanigans (or lack thereof) we want to examine the concept of a soulmate.
Can a friend be your soulmate?
Can you have more than one soulmate?
We’ll discuss all this and more on this special Class Prefects episode
This session is hosted by The Class Prefects
It's a celebration! Happy #AFRICANXT!
Please join us in the Creators Hub to celebrate the opening night of #AFRICANXT 2022. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with attendees and chat with our conference speakers, event organizers and international delegates.
Complimentary small chops and drinks.
All #AFRICANXT badge holders will be admitted.
This session is hosted by AfricaNXT
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Social Media Marketing is an essential pillar to business success in this age. From SME to large enterprises, companies are investing in Social Media Marketing x10 more. This has inadvertently provided endless job opportunities for creatives & freelancers who are able to render Social Media Services for these businesses.
Our panel will offer insights on how freelancers/creatives can carve out unique niches & identify opportunities in online media marketing remotely & internationally which would help bridge the unemployment gap among young creatives.
Our discussion would extensively share information on how freelancers/creatives can start, systemise & scale their social media service business. As well, we will explore ways they can position, connect and collaborate to grow their online businesses.
This panel is perfect for Social Media Managers, Content Creators, Copywriters, Virtual Assistants, Sales Funnel Experts, Content Strategists, Graphic Designers, Email Marketing Experts, Social Media Strategists & Consultants. Etc
This session is hosted by Contently Curated
There is a need to deliberately repurpose Africa’s narrative in the imminent metaverse era.
With Internet of Things and the digital revolution, PR is taking a very disruptive form. Being a soft power, it is driving change in crafting alternative narratives, elevating social purpose, and providing the tools to navigate a social media verse that is dominated by activism.
With the imminent metaverse paradigm, where immersive interaction is spliced by augmented reality and Artificial Intelligence, how would PR shape Africa’s perceptions in this new world of alternative reality?
Evolving technology will continue to revolutionise consumer behaviour as well as democratise how people interact with and consume media. The place of PR in the metaverse era will have to push creativity and innovations beyond the realm of today’s value creation. This session is geared at interrogating how PR will influence the new normal and how young Africans can leverage these capabilities to disrupt and repurpose the African narrative.
This session is hosted by Modion Communications
Walk. Talk. Build. Connect N Trek switches up the conference vibe, bringing like-minds and future collaborators together in an unconventional and refreshing way. Let’s connect for a walk and talk around campus, that is sure to inspire. #weoutside
TOPIC: Personal Branding for Creatives
This is the Walk and Talk is an interactive session for creatives to share relatable stories and proven ways to stay heard and seen in the ever-competitive creative space. We'll talk about Maintaining Originality, Doing the Unusual, Carving a Niche and so much more
CONNECT N TREK is refreshed by #AFRICANXT … post-walk refreshments will be served in the Creators Hub
Through the years, travel within Africa has evolved from the years that only the expatriates and travelers from other continents were the ones who explored the gem. Travels in Africa by Africans is on the rise, more Africans living in Africa and Africans in diaspora are beginning to explore the motherland and we are telling our stories like no one else would have. Despite this fast growing trend, a lot of Africans are still apprehensive of exploring their own land based on what the media says.
What are we doing to change the narrative and ensure positive and in-depth stories about different destinations for explorers/travelers to consume?
Notwithstanding the exploitations and terrorism from our stories (past), How can we make Tourism the strongest pull to Africa today (present) to guarantee a boost in the National Income of African States (Future)
We will be discussing these points and more with the panelists, who are Africans living in Africa and have traveled Africa efficiently.
This session is hosted by The Smiley’s Place Travels
*** THIS SESSION IS BY INVITATION. FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN ONLY ***
This will be a creative writing workshop aimed at children. We are specifically looking to address the lack of African authors and stories out there and accessibility to those stories.
Sharing our unique stories and seeing others who look like us in the media fosters a sense of belonging and connection that’s vital for us to feel included, appreciated and validated.
Right now we are looking at an African creative renaissance and it is important that we do not leave the children, our future, out of the movement. By sharing with them the skills and techniques of creative writing, we give birth to more thought narrative in this direction. We are empowering the next generation to dream about possibilities they may not have entertained or felt entitled to.
To grow this industry, we need more people with the skills. Let's lay the strong foundation now. It is time.
This session is hosted by TEEOF Media / Simone's Oasis
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
You have built an awesome brand visually or maybe from a product delivery standpoint but does this guarantee success and brand growth? The answer is possibly, No.
In this session, we will discuss interpreting cultural data and audience insight. We will seek how to drive productivity and growth by looking at the patterns. These patterns lead us to an intersect where failure or growth are the only two outcome.
How do we keep up with these patterns to ensure we create profitable business which in turn create employment and best economy benefit for the nation?
This session is hosted by Algorithm 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
What makes a great product? What drives the success of a product? How do tech entreprenuers access the funds to launch a great product? How do they get these products to those who need them? These are the questions we want to answer during this session. Creating a product that works is just the beginning of the journey, getting it to the market is a different ball game entirely. We have prepared a session showcasing:
1. Real life case studies.
2. Data driven solutions.
3. Marketing strategies that work.
This is a practical session teaching entrepreneurs how to make their market entry all taught in a fun and creative manner.
This session is hosted by Brandable Sketches
There are various pillars of Digital Economy Readiness - Infrastructure - Enabling Policies - Supporting Legal Frameworks and of course a sustainable Technology Talent Value Chain.
With a growing youth population and unemployment rates over 30% in many countries across the continent the question that should be top of the mind is - are we as Africans sufficiently investing in the future of our human capital on the continent?
Global research data shows that 60% of children under 12 today, will grow up to work in jobs that don’t exist yet. Furthermore an extensive new Korn Ferry report finds that by 2030, more than 85 million jobs globally could go unfilled because there aren’t enough skilled people to take them - this presents an $8.5Trn opportunity for the taking.
Governments and organizations across the continent must make talent development strategies a key priority and take steps to educate, train, and upskill the youth in order to tap into the human capital opportunities of the Digital Economy and drive socio economic development and growth.
This panel will look at how we can close the skills gap, while building a globally accessible pool of talent and ensuring that the continent can fully participate in the Digital Economy. We will also explore opportunities and sustainable models of building and expanding the African Technology Talent Value Chain
This session is hosted by Future Software Resources Limited
Over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced the highest proportion of violent demonstrations globally, with civil unrest growing by almost ten times. Our traditional governance models are not adapted to contemporary challenges. However, the pandemic gave us a new sense of urgency in reflecting global strategies to tackle structural vulnerabilities and create a blueprint to anticipate and address crises collectively.
Sharing insights from the field, this session will take a deep dive in to practical ways to mitigate crisis. In addition, contemporary and historical examples will be used as case studies to help understand the influence of media coverage in risk and crisis management.
The main takeaways of the session would be a better understanding of system-thinking approaches in risk assessments and preventative frameworks to help anticipate future crisis. The interrelations between risk drivers and the growing influence of various actor groups, including media, private and public sectors, international communities, citizens and marginalized groups, would also be explained to help shift narratives from a continent permanently at war with itself to one that can pioneer innovative approaches to governance.
This session is hosted by Axle International
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
The global animation industry is a multi-million dollar industry and is fast growing. We are seeing an upsurge in the demand for true authentic African stories and this has created great opportunities for us to tell our own stories ourselves through the medium of animation. While Nigeria is the creative content hub for Africa, our animation industry is still at its infancy and we have few animators.
This training is part of an effort to increase the number of animators we have on the African continent. With this training, we will familiarize trainees with Adobe After Effects which is an industry-standard software that is used for animation. The trainees will be walked through how to create and animate a simple animated character. With this, I will show the trainees that animation can be fun and rewarding. Animation is a beautiful medium for telling stories and passing information. There are great opportunities for employment and creative expression that is yet to be tapped and that is why I would like as many as possible to Animate Now.
This session is hosted by Schucks Media
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
It's the age of the craftsman, the maker, the innovator. In most recent years, creative economy players have significantly participated in and influenced the world economy. They have given rise to the new world of business which has impacted nations and the world at large. The impact of the creative economy has changed the world of work, the dynamics of professions and the number of income streams available to the average working-class individual. While this has prospered creatives from most parts of the world, a majority of Africa's creative industry players appear to benefit the least when compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world. Why is this the case? How can you (the creative reading this) experience overall improvement and growth in your craft?
In this session, we look to highlight key challenges peculiar to creatives within the African creative ecosystem and will also share specific approaches to circumventing them. We'll also share best practices and innovative frameworks employed by creative industry participants in other parts of the world which has enabled them to attract resources, navigate tough business challenges and scale their craft exponentially by selling to a global audience successfully.
 Share new approaches and work with attendees to develop an action plan to secure and retain their next 1,000 users.
 Participants will leave the session empowered and eager to deploy learned systems for better business results.
This is Session is Hosted by Hifive.ng
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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