Monday, February 28, 2022
In Africa and for centuries, storytelling has been the core of knowledge transfer, inspiration and the unwavering drive for the community. Let's get back to the root on how to apply storytelling to drive investment that addresses the gaps in youth skills and entrepreneurship interventions which includes funding.
Our panelists will be sharing successes of storytelling from a personal and organisational perspective. The session promises to provide basic and practical steps successfully implemented in Africa and Nigeria, that can attract the right stakeholders and funders to increase sustainable funding for entrepreneurship interventions.
Our panelists have led organisations and built a career successfully not without storytelling as one of their vital tools in fundraising, stakeholder partnerships known across Africa. We will debate on the fails, successes of adopting foreign storytelling strategies in Africa and what matters more when financing entrepreneurship in Nigerian and Africa more broadly.
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
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a gender-based violence, a violation of the rights of women and girls, and a CRIME in Nigeria. However, people still have poor knowledge and understanding of the negative impacts it has on the lives of women and girls, are unaware of the existing laws on FGM, and reporting of FGM cases is still very low.
Our panel will highlight opportunities for the application of digital technology in creating solutions that can be utilized by individuals, FGM advocates and organizations to create more awareness on FGM, monitor and evaluate the progress of anti-FGM initiatives and commitments. The panel will also explore the potential in harnessing the power of the media in protecting women and girls from FGM, and how to better provide support for survivors and girls at risk of FGM.
Our panelists will share key insights on aspects where technology can play a key role in the fight against FGM, providing valuable information for Techsters and digital media enthusiasts in developing their own solutions. The panel will provide a starting point for the creation of interventions that can leverage on digital technology to amplify their impact
This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative
The covid 19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa's economy and growth. It has simply widened the inequality gap and exacerbated seemingly perennial dire conditions of poverty, hunger and unemployment on the continent. Africa must create jobs for her millions of unemployed youth in order to stem the growing tide of discontent especially among young people. While governments have the primary responsibility to reduce poverty and create the conducive environment for enterprise to thrive and multiply and create jobs and opportunities, it is pertinent for non state actors including private sector and the social sector (especially faith communities) to play major role in addressing some of the gaps in systems and governance that would address this.
Our session will focus on Youth, Technology, Hustle and Bustle in Africa: expanding roles for Faith communities in driving innovation and enterprise? Our panelists are people who have a good grounding in enterprise development, business governance, policy, technology innovation as well as in engagement with faith communities for development. They shall discuss how technology is reinventing the old concept of manna coming down from heaven by exploring the world of possibilities and opportunities waiting to be unlocked and unleashed through technology driven innovations and enterprise. How faith based NGOs are addressing stereotypes and dogma to promote an economy that prioritizes gender and youth inclusion.
The panel will also explore the roles of faith NGOs in addressing the issues of capacity and integrity deficit among young people which poses a hindrance to accessing credit, jobs and leverages. We shall also explore ideas and information on how government agencies and the financial sector can help young people to initiate bankable ideas, build viable enterprise and access public and private support/accelerator initiatives.
This session is hosted by Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA, Lagos)
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
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
Globally, people are solving a variety of problems using technology. One of the recent use cases of technology in problem solving is the Blockchain, creating a borderless payment solution with Bitcoin leading this, which makes a wider adoption of Bitcoin as a store of value inevitable. Given the peculiarity of the African experience, it is only right that Africans position themselves to benefit from the creation and sustainability of wealth through Bitcoin.
This session aims to educate and simplify Bitcoin as an asset for Africans as well as highlight the importance of investment strategies like Dollar Cost Averaging. The panelists will simplify Bitcoin, the Lightning Network and what its adoption means for Africans and the future of the continent.
Nationwide school closures in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of children staying at home with little or no access to ongoing learning opportunities.
Protecting and prioritizing foundational learning is key to reducing the potential damage that widespread school closures will have on children as these skills are critical to developing children’s competencies and subsequent lifelong learning opportunities.
The impact of not learning at an early age is far more devastating than you can imagine- the consequences of not being able to read or write affect our health and well-being, employment and economic growth opportunities and our lifespan. According to Global Citizen, this is true for 9 out of 10 children in Sub-Saharan Africa, who find themselves left behind early on, and cannot catch up without targeted interventions.
Our panel will provide insights on ways to reduce the real possibility of learning declines occurring for children through targeted interventions and solutions that will ensure children learn properly and attain foundational literacy and numeracy skills. We will explore the use of targeted SMS learning activities from customized syllabi as well as supplementary instructional books to help children improve their literacy and numeracy skills. In addition, we will also examine ways to improve the capacity of parents/caregivers to support their children’s learning using low tech options at home.
Our panelists will also share best practices on how to address learning disparities and decline in children who are receiving the necessary educational support. Attendees will leave the session realizing that the learning issues that exist in the Nigerian education system are not insurmountable, they are fixable.
This session is hosted by The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
As the energy industry balances a traditional focus with emerging technologies and solutions during its transition into a digital ecosystem, many companies are evaluating which approach to take into the future. Oil and gas companies are employing a range of enablers, ranging from increased automation, integration, and remote monitoring to newly emerging technologies.
Digital transformation in the Oil and Gas industry could unlock approximately $1.6 trillion of value for the industry, its customers and wider society.
In recent years the oil and gas industry has recovered from a downturn. There are a few new technologies that will make conditions safer in the oil and gas industry. These technologies include drones, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and electronic monitoring.
This session will expose the participants to the new frontiers in emerging technologies in Africa and will spur innovative ideas in participants.
This session is hosted by Lonadek Global Services
The importance of skills development in African growth cannot be overemphasized. More particularly, digital skills have been a driver of economic growth and development all over the world. While advanced economies have used their education system to champion digital skills development, African schools appear to be playing little or no active role in the development of their future workforce. For example, a report by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) shows that several countries in Africa have no active policy or plan to implement science, technology, and innovation into the education system.
With the COVID-19 epidemic, there has been an immediate and urgent demand for new skills, notably digital skills, in order to maintain and improve education delivery in Africa. A recent report by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Nigeria showed that in the country’s public primary schools, more than 60% of instructors lack the digital literacy needed to work effectively in an e-learning setting.
It has become crystal clear that educational technology would ultimately shape the skills development deficit we have in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the World. This session will be a solution-focused discussion on how we can collectively tackle the challenges before us.
While a range of paths is possible, we cannot forget that we already have the tools & technology to make social change happen... Let's Explore!
Topics/Questions To Be Explored:
 A retrospective approach on how learning environments have been challenged in the past 2 years.
 Teaching and learning disruptions affected the plans of education institutions and highlighted the importance of comprehensive digital strategies. How did schools, colleges and universities fare?
 What lessons should be learned from the lockdowns – in relation to connectivity, device access and online/virtual learning?
 With a view to the post-pandemic scenario, how can we craft and implement better digital skills development strategies?
 How can educational institutions ensure that technology is inclusive for everyone- educators and learners?
 How can we guarantee adequate up-skilling of the future workforce in a digital age?
 How do we make sure that the digital training contents offered are current and relevant?
 What are the hidden impacts of digital technology, how do we better understand, improve, and sustain them?
This session is hosted by OnlineHubNG
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
Young people’s access to quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information and Services is yet to be achieved; Socio-cultural, Religious and provider bias still remain some of the major hindrances to its achievement. Increase in the rate of SRH issues such as unwanted pregnancies, STIs and unsafe abortion is imminent if not matched with access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services.
Young people are digital natives who often use digital media platforms as a medium for information, education and communication. This medium is however yet to be optimized as a means for reaching young people and providing increased access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services.
A myriad of opportunities exists in digital media which can be leveraged on to create awareness on SRHR such as short movies, comedy skits, music videos, doodles and more which if maximized will result in increased awareness and access to quality SRHR information and services. For instance, digital consultation (one on one chat) with a service provider has the possibility to cut off bias and discrimination, a major issue faced by young people at a physical facility.
This session will highlight the potential in technology and media that CSOs, State Ministries of Health, and program managers can leverage on to promote access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and services for young people. Panelists share insights on how to leverage digital resources to increase access to quality health for all and ensure no one is left behind. Additionally, this session will expose media and communication organizations to a new genre of content with readily available audiences to be explored.
This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative
Thursday, March 3, 2022
African businesses and industry leaders face daunting tasks to navigate a post-covid economic environment that is continuously being shaped by accelerating digitization, rising hybrid workplace, diversity, globalization and Artificial intelligence. To do nothing is dangerous to businesses and the prosperity of the African continent.
We will provide deep insights on the “Future of Work” paradigm by exploring emerging trends and drivers of the “Future of Work” and distill potential impacts on critical industries across Africa.
Our panellists will contextualize and map how critical enablers of the fourth and fifth industrial revolution will profoundly drive transformation across industries and redefine the Future of Work. The African economy can forge a different pathway from the rest of the World - if opportunities in the emerging “Future of Work” are harnessed correctly by businesses and industry leaders.
Finally panelists will share best practices and offer industry-focused considerations on how business leaders need to rethink their business models and strategies to best position themselves to leverage emerging opportunities.
This session is hosted by Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.)
To achieve universal health coverage in Africa, health system strengthening in the area of rehabilitation must become a priority. According to research published in The Lancet, one in three persons will require rehabilitative services over a lifespan and yet there is a shortage of rehabilitation professionals, services and overall lack of funding with one third of the population currently living with disabilities. This challenge can afford individuals and organizations enterprise opportunities within rehabilitation to facilitate accessible rehabilitation services.
This panel will bring together stakeholders in the rehabilitation industry in Nigeria to discuss key health system strengthening strategies that are in line with the WHO rehabilitation 2030 goal wherein key emphasis is on collaborative initiatives. By highlighting the six building blocks of health system strengthening in rehabilitation, we hope to expose participants to opportunities in health information systems, rehabilitation financing and rehabilitation services delivery.
Panelists will discuss the critical role of rehabilitation to ensure a functional healthcare system. Other topics to be explored include how collaboration with other industries facilitates community based interventions and research. Finally, panelists will give an overview of financial partnerships that can be built to ensure that every member of society has access to rehabilitative services.
This session is hosted by REHABICA
INNOVATIVE REGULATION: HOW SOUND LAWS AND STRONG BUSINESS POLICIES CAN CREATE AND SUSTAIN INNOVATION IN AFRICA
Does regulation inhibit innovation and if so, by how much? Regulation is often mentioned as a barrier to innovation in various industries across the world. Issues such as delayed market entry, licensing fees, fiscal and monetary policy, government interference and so on are some frequently mentioned barriers. How then do we foster innovation in Africa (particularly Nigeria) and what role does the government have to play in this process?
Regulations are intended to improve the efficiency of the markets in delivering goods and services. There is a growing consensus that the quality of business regulation and the institutions that enforce it are major determinants of prosperity. Regulations that show a lack of understanding of the tech and innovation ecosystem will have a negative impact on innovation and the economy at large. Nigerian regulators have on several occasions opted for bans rather than regulating around innovative processes.
Our session at this year’s Africa NXT will bring together leading experts in the legal, policy, tech and business space to discuss how overregulation and regulatory uncertainty continues to cripple startup development and innovation in Nigeria and across the continent. Our expert panel will also advise how the startups/tech space can be better regulated to boost productivity and contribution to the economy.
Our major focus will be on how reforms by Governments can be a powerful stimulus to further innovation, growth and the emergence of a new set of business leaders.
This session is hosted by Olisa Agbakoba Legal
HACKING THE LAST MILE: DEMOCRATIZING ACCESS TO HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION USING OPEN DIGITAL TOOLS
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a fundamental global transformation towards new digital and artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies in healthcare. Over the past year, we have seen that in response to the current global public health crisis, the use of new digital tools and AI for tasks ranging from outreach and mapping to contact tracing or diagnostics has been rapidly expanding in many countries.
However globally, more than half the world’s population already lacked access to essential health services before the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of these deprived people in Africa still cannot have basic information and knowledge that is to motivate and give them a foundation to be seeking and utilizing available health and development services for fulfilled and sustainable living. Digital tools can overcome this gap but often lack adequacy to meet the need of the communities where health services are already scarce. Barriers like lacking ICT infrastructure, weak or no education, the digital skills gap, bias on the internet colonialistic tools, languages and content that dominate the Internet, and economic hardship need to be overcome to ensure that no one is left behind.
In this panel, we will discuss the above and some of the other challenges and opportunities of democratizing the digital transformation to allow for adequate and appropriate solution finding in health and development services. Further, we will show-case two promising new initiatives from the field – the localization process of Wikipedia as well as the implementation of Audiopedia – an open-source solution fostering digital outreach especially targeting marginalized populations.
This session is hosted by RedAid Nigeria
Many African Businesses/organizations see and use the visual capabilities of designers but are unaware of how to tap into the power of design and how designers can apply these principles in helping solve business problems. This often results in designers being unable to effect real change in the system either as individuals or as a collective.
Our panel will offer insights on design thinking and design maturity, and how design-based solutions can be used to create solutions to African problems both in the corporate space & society. It will also highlight why African designers need to move from a mindset of “pushing pixels” to “selling thinking”, and explore how designers & companies can harness these tools for strategic solutions.
This conversation is not just for designers, but all stakeholders in the creative and corporate spaces (CEOs, digital marketers, creatives e.t.c.). Our panel members are diverse and bring unique perspectives which should spark further conversation and hopefully inspire an Africa where design thinking is applied in boardrooms & designers are leading the conversation.
This session is hosted by The Awesome Brief
Youth in Africa are isolated and underrepresented in governance across the continent. This is often the case in most parts of the world, but the ratio of under-representation of youth in Africa is alarmingly high. They are left out from key decision making processes. In many cases, the younger generation is more knowledgeable, equipped, and prepared to address the fast-moving issues of today than the establishment leadership.
With 60 percent of its 1.25 billion people under the age of 25 years old, Africa has the youngest population in the world. But this young majority is not being represented in government. This fundamental disconnect between policymakers and youth amplifies problems and causes African society in general to digress and feel dated.
The cries for change from Africa’s youth have mostly been ignored. Policymakers pay lip service to the issue, but rarely do anything to correct it. There is no awareness of youth inclusion in the electoral or administrative process. Sadly, this leaves us with old leadership and institutions that are unable to take any meaningful action to address the issues most relevant to young people. If instead governments focused on inclusion, the youth could have tremendous potential to positively effect change and economic growth.
This session focuses on; Senior leadership, the aspirations of the youth, cultural invasion and, imperialist influence.
Youth are the most important human capital of any economy. Not only are they agile, adaptable, and receptive, but the modern youth also understand employment in the millennial age. They are tuned in to opportunities of the gig economy, constantly aware of and ready to seize upon the newest and latest trends.
This session is hosted by Teennation
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
In a report by the World Bank and UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics “Learning Poverty” is measured by the number of 10-year old children who cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school. In low- and middle-income countries “learning poverty” stands at 53%, while for the poorest countries, this is 80% on average.
Our discussion will focus on how we collaboratively can develop approaches to address "Learning Poverty." Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating scalable, affordable digital learning environments and also provide insights on effective digital learning tools that solve real-world problems.
We will explore the strategies that ensure we take advantage of the right collaborations so as to close the digital divides in Education and leverage the power of technology to accelerate learning, reduce learning poverty, and support skills development
We also plan to provide insights into the role of public, private, youth partnerships in driving innovation in education for the next generation to ensure we build a more resilient and equitable future