AfricaCom Launch 2016

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AfricaCom is the technology and telecommunications event which has been a fixture of the African digital landscape for the past 19 years. In that time, it has risen to become a powerhouse in the African tech and ICT sectors.

This year, AfricaCom seeks to elevate itself to become a powerful catalyst for digital transformation, economic development and social empowerment, which reaches far beyond the event itself.

To this end, KNect 365 TMT (an Informa business) – organisers of the annual AfricaCom event – officially launched the bigger, bettter bolder 2016 event in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Thursday 14th July. The event saw some of AfricaCom’s most important community members come together to discuss digital connectivity across the continent, including a panel discussion themed: “Connecting Africa: Economic development and social empowerment through digital connectivity”.

This year, the event has been revolutionised into a week-long festival of activities. The conference and exhibition will still take place over 3 days (15-17 November), but with the expanded networking features, the event will span the entire week. The event has evolved, bringing the entire digital ecosystem together and making it into a 365, year-round community.

Some of the new features for 2016 include: LeadersIn Africa Headliners (visionary keynotes at the end of each day), the Afest (a music festival at the Shimmy Beach Club), Astars (a leaders under 30 programme), the Takeover (a bar crawl), Telco Big Data, IoT and Smart Cities, Mobile Finance and Commerce conference streams, as well as a whole host of VIP experiences.

AfricaCom is also welcoming back all of the favourite aspects of the event, for example the AHUB – powered by Ericsson, LTE Africa, Digital Entertainment and TV Connect, to name just a few.

AfricaCom will be taking place in November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.
Festival: 14-18 November 2016
Exhibition: 15-17 November 2016

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