Africa: Global Innovators to Future-Proof Africa

SOME 25 international and local speakers will converge in Johannesburg mid-October to explore the use of technology to address the most pressing issues facing African continent.

They will present at the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2019 set for the 16th and 17th.

Now in its third year, this ground-breaking event aims to further Singularity's mission to increase the accessibility of new technologies, and help future proof Africa by bringing thought leaders from around the world together to share their expertise.

"As part of our mission to future proof Africa, we have assembled an outstanding speaker line up to address Africa's most pressing challenges and the technologies that can help address these," said Mic Mann, co-Chief Executive Officer of SingularityU South Africa.

He said innovation holds the key to the exponential solutions that can solve our education, energy, health, poverty, food and water challenges.

Among the confirmed speakers are Alix Rübsaam, the Dutch researcher in philosophy of technology, cultural analysis and post-humanism. Her talk will focus on the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the software age.

Other prominent speakers are Dr David Bray, Arturo Elizondo, Dr Habib Frost, Tilly Lockey, Rachel Sibley, Amin Toufani and Bas Verkaik.

Valter Adão, Geci Karuri-Sebina, Murendeni Mafumo, Phathizwe Malinga, Stafford Masie, (pHD) Laila Pawlak and Adam Pantanowitz are also lined up to speak.

Andres De Leon, Suzanne Gildert (pHD), Kim Hulett, Ramez Naam, Kris Østergaard SU Nordic and Sivan Ya'ari complete the lineup.

This will focus on creating a collaborative and more economically-inclusive future, whereby partnerships and deals can be conceptualised and developed across the continent.

"We believe we have the ability to unlock the potential lying in the African continent and solve some of the major issues that face us as a nation. I'm positive about South Africa's future." added Shayne Mann, co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa.

The SingularityU South Africa Summit is hosted in collaboration with the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Global Partner Deloitte, and Strategic partners MTN and Absa.

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