The second-ever AI Expo Africa, the largest B2B AI trade show on the continent, took place at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town on 4 and 5 September. Showcasing all the tech involved in the fourth industrial revolution, the AI Expos Africa focuses on the latest technology and how it can be used in the real world and by businesses and organisations.

On its website, AI Africa Expo is described as focusing on “the disruptive nature of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep learning (DL), Data Analytics, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), AI cloud platforms, hardware, devices and Internet of Things (IoT) in the real world environment of business TODAY”.

The two-day event featured speakers and leading tech companies from all over the world, and comprised 68 talks and panels, broken down into four main themes: Innovation, Case Studies Platforms & Panels and Technical Demonstrations. Skills workshops, among them, workshops for young students, entrepreneurs and engineers were also prevented at AI Expo Africa.

The expo taps into the already lively conversation around technology and its place in the current South African society, but cofounder of the AI Media Group, Roy Bannister said that the event isn’t all jargon and no practicality.

“As the buzzwords ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ become an ever-increasing part of our daily lives, many business and government leaders still admit that they don’t really understand what it means, and what the real-world application of AI entails.

“AI Expo Africa cuts through the hype around AI, and the event – now in its second year – showcases the real-world applications of AI available to businesses,” Bannister said.

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