BlueprintAfric and Kudibar Partner with Spark Africa to Host the 2023 Africa Tech Expo in Abuja
The Africa Tech Expo held its Abuja edition on the 27th and 28th of January 2023. Organized by the CEO of Spark Africa, Nnaemeka Clinton, the 2-day event was aimed at gathering some of the most influential tech experts in Nigeria to share insights with tech enthusiasts and, ultimately, help promote tech education in Africa. For the Abuja edition of the Africa Tech Expo, there was a massive turnout of tech enthusiasts, founders, VCs, innovative hubs, investors, and numerous exhibiting companies making it one of the biggest tech events in Abuja.
The Tech event, which was held at the NAF Conference Centre in Kado, Abuja, focused on illuminating local African innovative ventures and promoting collaboration within the tech ecosystem.
The event had a wide range of seasoned speakers in attendance, from accomplished founders to angel investors and government officials. All the panel sessions were interactive, insightful, and geared towards breaking tech myths and educating attendees about the tech industry. Some of the notable speakers at the event included Isa Ali Pantami, the Federal Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Chris Ani, Serial Founder and CEO of Digital Abundance Business Academy; Koromone Koroye, Managing Editor at Tech Cabal; and a host of other prominent names in the tech space.
The event also had a significant number of sponsoring companies and exhibitors and, amidst those sponsors include BlueprintAfric, a notable media company in Nigeria that is dedicated to telling African stories, and Kudibar, a newly launched ticketing platform that oversaw the event’s ticketing processes.
Some of the speakers at the event urged youths to try to think outside the box and continuously embrace innovation, as tech is all about providing viable solutions to human problems. Some other conversations brought up during the panel sessions include the importance of structure and processes in new startups as it is not enough to just have a good idea but to also have a good structure and system that will guarantee and set the company up for success, as well as its importance in investor relations, as most investors want to see how a company can be beneficial to them, which positions the lack of structure as a hindrance to getting investors to invest.
Another key takeaway from the event was its aim to support the Nigerian Startup Act and promote gender inclusiveness in the tech space. By bringing in some tech giants to the country, the event sought to bridge the knowledge gap that might exist within the tech space.
Some other notable guests in attendance were Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Aronu Ugochukwu, Oyin Solebo, Ihenacho Ikechukwu, the Creative Director of the two sponsoring companies, Kudibar and Blueprint Afric; and several other notable guests.
The two-day event wrapped up on a high note, creating a memorable experience for the participants and the Abuja tech community at large, leaving an imprint of knowledge and impact on each person in attendance.
Rosemary Kasiobi Nwadike
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