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Choosing Cape Town as the host city for the inaugural Africa Tech Week was a no-brainer, says Ralph Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media and organiser of what’s set to become the largest annual tech conference on the continent.

“The Cape Town tech ecosystem is the biggest in Africa. We wanted an environment that is pleasant,” says Fletcher. “Cape Town offers so much in terms of a community that doesn’t have to be in the office. It is a desirable place for anyone in world to do business. The city is blessed with great academic institutions, world-class infrastructure and natural beauty.”

Africa Tech Week takes place at the Century City Conference Centre from 4 to 5 March 2019 under the theme “How to create a world-class culture of innovation to dominate your industry”.

Hosted in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the City of Cape Town, the conference will introduce Africa to exponential thinking, the disruptive mindset needed to develop the culture that enterprises need to get on the winning side of digital disruption.

“People are really going to get wowed,” says Fletcher. “The conference is about shifting people’s thinking. Delegates will hear from the world’s best. ICT is becoming a key driver of Africa’s growth prospects. Africa Tech Week is a timely forum for industry leaders and specialists from around the world to gather here and set a collective manifesto for the continent’s technological destiny.”

Founding executive director of Singularity University and chairman of ExO Works, Salim Ismail, will deliver the keynote address, titled “If you don’t change, you die”. Ismail is the author of Exponential Organizations, which reached no. 1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers in Business Management. He is also the founder of tech companies Confabb, PubSub Concepts and Ångströ (acquired by Google in 2010).

Other speakers include the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos;  Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General for the Department of Science and Technology; and Dr Clarence Tan, futurist and ExO Works and Open ExO ambassador.

For more information about the event, visit Africa Tech Week.

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