TechCabal is a pan-African publication chronicling innovation and technology developments across the continent.
On February 28, 2020, TC Townhall: Emerging Tech will convene entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and corporate organizations including telcos and financial institutions to examine how businesses, individuals and countries across the continent can maximize the benefits of emerging technologies, specifically AI and Blockchain. There will be a session dedicated to VR/AR, 5G, Big Data and other emerging technologies asides AI & Blockchain.
TC Townhall: Emerging Tech – AI & Blockchain, the sixth in a series of sector-focused events organized by TechCabal, will answer the key questions that businesses, big corporations, and policymakers have about Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. It will address the implications for businesses, enterprises and will help policymakers develop a roadmap for supporting these technologies.
The event will feature panel sessions, interactive workshops, product demos as well as a closed-door policy roundtable that will help policymakers engage founders and other stakeholders in the digital economy.
Confirmed speakers for the event include Uzoma, Nwagba, COO, GEEP by BOI, Yele, Bademosi, Director, Binance Labs, Timi Ajiboye, CEO, Buycoins Africa; Judith Okonkwo, Founder, Imisi 3D; Basil Udotai Esq, Managing Partner, Technology Advisors LLP and Chimezie Chuta, Founder/ Coordinator, Blockchain Nigeria User Group. More speakers will be announced over the next few days.
Emerging Technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are changing how Africans live and do business. For example, African banks and businesses are now leveraging AI-driven chatbots. We are seeing entrepreneurs leveraging AI across different sectors including agriculture and e-commerce.
Across the continent, there’s an increasing number of blockchain use-cases, especially in financial services. Organizations such as Binance Labs and Blockchain Nigeria User Group are investing in and seeking to help the entrepreneurs building them to succeed.
In the past few years, big tech companies including IBM and Google have begun recognizing Africa as the future of emerging tech. However, government regulation is falling far behind the pace of emerging tech innovation.
“We have begun to see a rise of use-cases across industries for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. For blockchain, it is gaining traction in the financial services sector especially for cross border payments. However, what we found is that organizations and policymakers still have many questions about these technologies,” said Victor Ekwealor, Managing Editor at TechCabal, a publication owned by Big Cabal Media focused on African innovation and technology. “Our objective with this event is to completely demystify AI and Blockchain for businesses and policymakers ” he added.
The TC Townhall event series has convened the most influential leaders in a number sectors since the first TC Townhall on Fintech held in partnership with Softcom in November 2018. The other sectors covered include Health Tech, Renewable Energy, Mobility and Education Technology
Why you should attend
- The event will offer newcomers to these technologies insight into what the most influential innovators & startups are doing.
- Smaller startups in this space will get to hear the biggest investors speak about what they value or look for as they make their investment decisions.
- Investors will connect with the startups and people who are using these technologies and are at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.
- Corporate organizations and entrepreneurs across key sectors will understand how they can take advantage of these technologies and avoid/mitigate the disruption they will bring.
- For regulators, they will engage the innovation community about how they can support them and create economic prosperity for their nations. They will speak with the biggest players and investors, directly sharing knowledge about their concerns, what they need for success.