Monday, February 28, 2022
Many of the challenges outlined in Dennis Ndonga's seminal paper on eCommerce in Africa written in 2012 still exist today. African States are yet to reap the full benefits of eCommerce, as it has not penetrated the continent to the extent experienced by Western countries. The lack of adequate ICT infrastructure, lack of basic ICT knowledge, and the threat of cyber crimes have created a significant barrier to the adoption and growth of eCommerce in many African countries.
Most of these challenges can be solved with the use of modern technologies and adoption strategies, but how do micro commerce businesses access, implement and benefit from these technologies and ideas? At The Future of Commerce in Africa, we will discuss how anyone can implement some of these tools and technologies.
Other topics to be discussed:
- What is omni-commerce? How does it benefit an average merchant?
- How do we make export easy for micro-businesses?
- How do people with great products access financing without traditional bank loans?
This session is hosted by WetFire
Today the African diaspora is basically a resource for financing the needs of family back home - rarely considered beyond their ability to contribute dollars.
Yet, there is a narrative that is slowly emerging. One that sees the diaspora for its capacity to shape Africa’s future and destiny.
To refine and define what this new role of the African diaspora can be, this session will open up a conversation directly with the diaspora, as it should be.
This session is hosted by Fleri
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
The fast rise of the African digital economy serves to improve the lives of Africans and transform underserved communities. Africa has a unique opportunity to become more sustainable and create economic growth through the better use of e-commerce and social space. The growing gig economy is part of the African economy that brings people closer together, creates jobs and makes societies more efficient.
Africa has a chance to successfully bridge the knowledge gap and the impact of digital technologies to monetize their skills and enhance their entrepreneurial qualities.
Our panelists will be sharing their knowledge of digital technologies and exploring various topics such as:
1. The opportunities within the African Digital Economy
2. How to leverage your current skills and stand out in the competitive online marketplace.
3. Building a social media brand/portfolio.
4. The customer service experience and how it affects service delivery.
5. Scaling a business in the digital economy (a B2C/B2B perspective).
The Session is Hosted by Bookings 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
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
The Digital Jollof: One of the most used digital terms is “influencer”, and in the past 5years influencer marketing/content creation has grown exponentially in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. In March 2020 the pandemic hit across the world, and just like everywhere else Covid has brough changes, and impacted the influencer marketing & content creation space
Our panel will steer an engaging conversation focused on the state of influencer marketing in Nigeria, best practices, approach, new mediums & metrics POST COVID
Audience will learn and participate in all this and more from Our Panel of thought leaders.
This session is hosted by DottsMediaHouse
How has technology helped to improve work and how work will be done in the health sector?
What is the contribution of social media to this?
What is the impact on the new changes to work on mental health?
How can we manage the impact of social media exposure on mental health?
This Session is Hosted by Medbury Medical Services
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Looking at the world and different ecosystems, it is clear that no real change or value is driven or achieved by individuals alone, but instead, through teams, communities and smart collaboration. A change in mindset towards collaboration amongst businesses, government agencies and civil society in Africa is therefore essential in reimagining our approach to innovation.
Our panelists will share insights from their experiences on the fears surrounding collaboration among companies, startups, investors etc. in Africa and how they can be overcome. As stakeholders in the Startup space our discussions will touch upon the challenges and possible solutions from our informed and varied viewpoints. The session will also highlight the importance of and procedure for mergers and collaborations amongst innovators on the continent.
This session is hosted by Jackson, Etti & Edu
The 4th Industrial Revolution is taking over the world, altering lives, work and human-machine interaction. Unlike anything, the transformation is expanding, creating opportunities and improving lives in its wake. However, a substantial digital divide limits the potential of Africans to maximize these opportunities. According to CIPESA, only about 1% of all indigenous African languages are available digitally. According to the 2021 Mo Ibrahim Forum Report, 82% of Sub-Saharan Africans, the majority of youth and rural populations, have limited internet access to effectively learn, interact, and create digitally, compared to their contemporaries across the world.
Our panel will offer insights into the potential benefits of localized digital platforms to African citizens and businesses, from startups to large corporations, especially in the creative, healthcare, financial and agricultural sectors.
We will also utilize a multi-dimensional approach to explore the potentials of digitized local languages to amplify opportunities within Africa in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Furthermore, the panel will discuss why Nigeria's localized language policy is due.
Our panelists understand that diversity fosters innovation. Therefore, we will also share best practices on how young women and men can stand out and utilize their variety to stand out in the constantly expanding digital ecosystem.
This Session is Hosted by CDIAL
Digital commerce is a catalyst for an extraordinary new era of growth for brands and businesses.
Unsurprisingly, the internet has become a more vibrant and bustling marketplace. It became busier in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with lockdowns and social distancing creating an increasingly virtual world. Getting products and services to the right target online audience in a virtual sea of sellers and suppliers needs an actual know-how and some tenacity.
Most recently, the dynamics of buying and selling has advanced with innovations like the Metaverse, Web3.0 and NFTs, and it is important for brands to start engaging in these conversations and start securing their spots in the near future.
In this brief session hosted by contemporary furniture & lifestyle company, taeillo, we have a chat with industry leaders from Bamboo and Zikoko, and Creative entrepreneurs who have built digital products/services about the opportunities that exist for Africans and trends to look out for in this new era of digital commerce.
This is Session is Hosted by Taeillo
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
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
While a great idea and a talented team are necessary to a successful startup, they are not sufficient. Learn what VCs look for in a startup and in a pitch, and learn what you need to do to create and give an investor pitch that will get your startup noticed and funded.
In today’s hyperconnected world, Collaboration is the bedrock upon which great achievements are built. To unlock the gains stashed in the future for Africa, we must be deliberate in building collaboration pipelines across various verticals where we desire prosperity.
The rise of new tools and technologies has broken down barriers and turned the world into a truly global village. This year Ckay's 'Love Nwantiti' hit 15 billion streams on TikTok. Wizkid & Tems “Essence’ keeps blowing up global music charts. Burna boy won the Grammy. Nigerian Tech startups have raised billions of dollars in collaboration with both local and foreign VCs. These events underscore the importance of technology as a tool for collaboration and a compass to economic prosperity for Africa.
This session will:
 Highlight some of the ways brands are harnessing the power of Collaboration and Technology.
 Expose the various ways Africans can use technology as a tool for economic prosperity.
 Dissect the correlation between Technology, Opportunities, Collaboration and Prosperity.
 Explore new opportunities for radical collaboration.
The global success of African Music, Movies and Technology brands was made possible through innovation and strategic collaboration. This presents a template upon which various other sectors can build for rapid prosperity.
As the world evolves, collaboration and partnership are key ingredients that can unlock prosperity for the African continent. This interactive panel will discuss and highlight the various ways through which we can use technology and collaboration to achieve these goals.
This session is hosted by PODTOPIA
Friday, March 4, 2022
According to a report by Mckinsey Global Institute, progress towards gender equality has stalled, and Africa’s women lag behind their sisters in most other regions in most areas of their life. For Africa to reach its targeted potential women need to be empowered as the challenges being faced by the continent are likely to be reduced when women play an identical role in the labour market like their male counterparts.
Progress can be made but it has to be a deliberate effort from institutions, individuals, and government bodies combined, our panel session will focus on the role institutions can play to empower women, how individuals women could leverage technology, and institutional objectives to empower women of this generation and the next, and also how institutions can support through policies and laws.
In addition, we will review real-life case studies where there have been deliberate efforts towards empowering women, what have been the challenges, and the resultant outcome. Finally, we will also be sharing relevant industry knowledge on how women could get stakeholders involved in causes that empower women.
This session is hosted by Herconomy
For centuries, one narrative that has been promoted in many societies is the one about the girl child and as handheld technology increasingly becomes a regular part of children’s lives, there's no denying that social media is impacting the way young girls view themselves.
Using the platform provided by Africa NXT and inspiration from the book ‘African Power Girls', the author, Adebola Williams seeks to bring mainstream the conversation and required commitment in building our young girls to be future-ready, helping them find their superpower to become the best version of themselves.
These discussions would center around clear ways of using the power of communication and especially social media to combat narratives that entrench misogyny and chauvinism into young girls, strategically targeted at disempowering and limiting them.
The session will be divided into three parts:
The first part would be a short reading from the book, followed by a keynote address, while finally, the panel will then delve into why we must tell these stories and the scope of influence of social media and our roles as individuals in building this next generation of girls.
This Session is Hosted by RED MEDIA AFRICA
According to a new report by Briter Bridges, it revealed after analyzing the funding deals that have taken place between 2013 and 2021, that only 3% of all the billions that were invested into African startups went to female-owned startups. On the flip side, 76% of the total funding during the 8-year period went to startups led by all-male teams.
This panel of leading African tech industry experts will discuss and share their insights on how to foster a more equitable and inclusive African tech ecosystem that will benefit African female tech founders who are often under-supported and overlooked in the male-dominated tech world.
Topics to be discussed:
 Why female founders are less likely than men to seek equity for their businesses?
 In the context of fundraising in Africa, what role does gender bias play?
 The importance of more African women being educated in STEM fields.
Who Should attend:
All stakeholders in the African tech sector, including female tech founders, VCs, tech reporters, and communications executives, will benefit from this panel.
This session is hosted by C. Moore Media International PR
According to World bank data, women form nearly 50% of the population of sub Saharan Africa, however studies also show that in a country like Nigeria 70% of poor Nigerians are women. The good news is that the proliferation of technology and the opportunities that technology provides has the potential to accelerate the empowerment of women.
Over the next decade, high speed data and strategic use of digital platforms will provide many women with the right tools to connect to employment opportunities, start and grow businesses online, and possibly create value and wealth. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the paradigm of what work looks like, transforming "work" from something that takes place within an office, within certain hours and in a central location to something that happens anytime in indeterminate locations by a distributed team.
This session will explore how we can create an enabling environment to ensure women are successful in this new world of work. The discussion will focus on equitable access to technology, knowledge of how to leverage digital tools, and the ability to function effectively within the evolving paradigm of work.
Our panelists will also offer insights on, "The Future of Women and work in Africa: In the next decade" paying special attention to the challenges and opportunities presenting by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attendees will leave with:
 A better understanding of the skills needed to be an effective member of the work teams of the future.
 Greater insights on what work will look like over the next decade
 A roadmap for future success as an entrepreneur
 Practical approaches to address issues around access to digital tools
This session is hosted by Women's Technology Empowerment Centre - W.TEC