Africa Tech Week is a technology conference, an exhibition and a Technology Awards Ceremony. It focuses on educating South Africa and other African countries on the challenges and opportunities to be gained by their drafting appropriate plans and policies for the 4th Industrial revolution. African Tech Week will also recognize and reward companies on the continent that have demonstrated excellence in the area of innovative product development. The speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent.
When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. The 3 day conference will consist of main sessions (Plenary) plus high-level industry sector-related breakaways and expert technical focus sessions.The Conference speakers and Exhibitors will demonstrate how the breadth and depth of Industry 4.0 heralds the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.
The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are unlimited. These possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things, autonomous vehicles, 3-d printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, crypto currencies, energy storage, quantum computing and so many other inter-related technical advances.
We currently stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be well-planned, integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders, from the public and private sectors, to academia and civil society. It is essential that Africa’s developing economies plan for the enormous effect the 4th Industrial Revolution will make to their national development plans. This conference and expo is aimed squarely at industries involved in delivering African country development goals.
Africa Tech Week consists of a technology conference & expo with high-level industry sector-related breakaways. The sector-related breakaway sessions will have a panel of world-leading authorities on the 4th Industrial Revolution’s effect on that specific industry sector. The expert panel will include policy implications, challenges and opportunities. It will also include industry’s leaders from the private sector, civil society, investors, partners, experts, academics, buyers and sellers to all with a keen interest in the future of technology on the African continent.