Microsoft and local businesses leaders will be exploring ways to build technology that best supports African creators, as well as how companies can start breeding a data culture for success at NexTech Africa 2017.
NexTech Africa is Microsoft’s new flagship Africa technology event taking place on 2 and 3 February 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The event will connect technology & business leaders, Microsoft engineers, local developers and entrepreneurs, in an effort to listen, engage and collaborate on developing more locally relevant technology.
Kunle Awosika, country manager, Microsoft Kenya, noted that African entrepreneurs seek to solve business and market related challenges, and developers play a critical role in developing locally relevant solutions across various sectors from healthcare to fintech.
“We believe in the power of the emerging technologies to connect people to key services and boost productivity, while utilizing unique and differentiated business models. Our goal with this event is to bring various players together and collaborate, so that we can equip our innovators with the right technology-based tools and infrastructure, helping them create and scale more of these solutions,” he said.
Also speaking, Amrote Abdella, regional director of Microsoft 4Afrika, stated that Microsoft, through initiatives like 4Afrika, has been doing a lot of work on the ground supporting and developing local innovation.
According to him, “Through this work, we’re seeing first-hand how mobile and cloud technology is accelerating growth for Africa, but also how our innovators are using these platforms to accelerate technology for the world. NexTech Africa is an opportunity to fast-track the application of products and services, tailored to meet our needs in Africa. Similarly, NexTech will also showcase world-class African solutions that are ready to go global.”
The event which runs under the theme: Building for Africa will feature external speakers such as JosephMucheru, Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan ICT Ministry; Ranjith Cherickel, CEO of icolo.co; Regina Honu, CEO of Soronko Solutions; and Andreas Fruhen, CIO of M-KOPA Solar, Toni Townes-Whitley, Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft; T.K Rengarajan, Corporate VP of AI & Research; Hoop Somuah, Technical Advisor to the Microsoft CEO and Kunle Awosika, Country Manager for Microsoft in Kenya.
The two-day line-up will include a series of talks, sessions and forums on topics including cloud, big data, machine learning, the Internet of Things, digital transformation and technology in emerging markets.
In addition, attending entrepreneurs and developers will have the opportunity to engage with Microsoft engineers on a 1:1 basis.
Registrations for the event are currently open.