The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the backdrop for Africa Tech Week 2019

The inaugural Africa Tech Week was held in Century City, Cape Town, on 4 and 5 March 2019. Under the theme “How to create a world-class culture of innovation to dominate your industry”, 350 delegates had the chance to listen to 30 speakers discuss the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how digital disruption will come into play to facilitate solutions and business strategies that respond to a changing tech landscape.

The City of Cape Town and the Department of Science and Technology came together for the event, in order to highlight a disruptive mindset as a driver for digital growth on the African continent.

The event was hosted by Smile 90.4FM presenter Bobby Brown, and the line-up for Africa Tech Week included Craig Lubbe (CEO of,
Fola Olatunji-David (Head of Startup Success and Launchpad Africa at Google Nigeria) and Naomi Snyman (Blockchain Lead at the Standard Bank Group), with the keynote address given by the co-founder of Singularity University, Salim Ismael.

The Africa Tech Week website describes Ismael as “a prolific speaker, having given more than 150 talks in 2017 and 2018 to audiences of all sizes in 12 different countries. He has been profiled across a vast array of media outlets, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC”.

To read more about everything that happened at Africa Tech Week, and to find out about how the experts believe connecting the private sector, public sector and the tech industry can foster digital transformation, keep an eye on the Smartcom blog.

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