Cape Town is set to hold the 19th annual AfricaCom, one of the largest conferences and exhibitions dedicated to telecoms and technology on the African continent.
The event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (ICC) between the 14th and 18th of November 2016, and is expected to attract over 10,000 attendees from across Africa and internationally.
Africa is often referred to as the ‘Mobile Continent’ due to the number of innovative mobile solutions that have been locally developed and implemented to deal with everyday challenges. For example, the array of mHealth initiatives and apps that have been developed to leapfrog inadequate infrastructure to deal with healthcare issues.
Through sessions, immersive satellite events and networking opportunities, AfricaCom aims to elevate Africa’s digital innovation through showcasing successes and growth, debating solutions and best practice, and enabling a more cohesive ecosystem for collaboration between private and public entities.
AfricaCom 2016 will bring together 350 speakers who will share and discuss the economic development and social empowerment of Africa through digital connectivity.
The conference agenda aims to explore everything the IC T sector has to offer the continent, from embracing IoT and Smart Cities in an African context, to the potentials of monetising data through analytics and customer insights.
On the second day of the event there will be a session dedicated to mHealth, where General Manager at MTN, Hanlie Smuts, and Director at Hello Doctor, Dr Michael Mol, will present a keynote case study on driving access to mHealth services.
The event will also serve to shine a light on greater financial inclusion through mobile innovations and digital transformation and agile IT for enterprises.
The event will also have over 375 exhibitors on display, including SAP and SES, and key speakers include CEO at Orange in the Middle East and Africa, Bruno Mettling; Secretary General of the African Telecommunication Union, Dr Abdoulkarim Soumaila; and CCO at Telkom, Brian Armstrong.