For those who work in the digital realm, Kigali, Rwanda is the place to be next February. The city will be hosting the 2018 Africa Tech Summit Kigali, bringing together leaders in the tech industry for networking and business collaboration opportunities. Over fifty speakers are expected to present at the summit, tackling topics such as digital marketing, African Mobility, investing in African tech, virtual reality, mHealth, banking and fintech, mCommerce, future trends and much more. These topics will be discussed using keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and multiple ecosystem and networking events. The event will bring together individuals from a variety of areas, including tech companies, mobile operators, media and pan-African start-ups, investors, governments, entrepreneurs, digital ventures, regulators, and banks.
The event is being sponsored by the Rwandan Ministry of ICT and Rwanda Air. In an address from the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT, Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana expressed his delight at the opportunity presented to Rwanda to host the summit, indicating that the nation was proud to bring together players in the pan-African tech ecosystem—some of the brightest minds in the industry—who share a common vision for supporting tech ventures on the Continent.
The event’s founder, Andrew Fassnidge, has stated that the 2018 summit presents the ideal opportunity for players in the industry to brainstorm and assess the most exciting opportunities in the African tech space moving forward. He also noted that not only would delegates to the conference have the ultimate tech networking opportunity; they would also be able to enjoy the serene Rwandan landscape.
Rwanda has, in the past, hosted important business and development summits in Africa including the African Union Summit in 2016, the inaugural YouthConnekt Africa Summit, and the Second Annual African Innovation Summit is also expected to take place there. Delegates at these conferences have the unique opportunity to enjoy the scenic scenery of lush green hills, national parks, beaches, Rwandese culture and cuisine, and much more.
Following the Kigali summit, a sister event—Africa Tech Summit London—will be held in London, England, in May.