First-Ever Soweto Innovation Week Convenes Techies, Startups

First-Ever Soweto Innovation Week Convenes Techies, Startups

From htxt.africa. Story by Lungelo Shezi.

Historically disadvantaged South African communities, women and youth are not participating in the country’s technology industries at anywhere near the levels of other South African communities, according to Gabriel Ramokotjo, president of Internet Society Gauteng Chapter.

More than 400 tech and digital professionals, startups, business leaders and corporations are expected to gather at the first-ever Soweto Innovation Week, scheduled for April 8-10.

The Soweto Theatre, also known as the Jabulani Theatre, will play host to the event. It won’t be the first time innovators and creative thinkers converge on this Soweto landmark. Jabulani has played host to previous events such as TEDxSoweto.

The event is organised by the Internet Society Gauteng Chapter and iAfrikan in partnership with the Soweto Wireless User Group.

The three-day event will include the following agenda:
April 8 – Internet governance
April 9 – Technology for economic development
April 10 – Digital broadcasting

“The innovation economy in South Africa has emerged as one of the leading drivers for job creation, wealth creation and overall economic productivity,” Ramokotjo said. “In order for South Africa to remain a leader in the global economy it is critical that all of its citizens are effectively positioned to compete and profit.”

Registration starts the first week of March. For more information, visit the Soweto Innovation Week website.

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