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Get your calendars out and diarise these key dates for the most important tech conferences, expos and summits that will take place in Cape Town in 2020.

  • The Africa Energy Indaba

Delegates at the twelfth Africa Energy Indaba Conference are expected to discuss energy generation solutions in Africa. A diverse group of luminaries and high-profile speakers are expected to share their real-world insights about the changing energy landscape in Africa.

Date: 3 and 4 March
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa

  • Women in Tech Africa

With over 1200 tech leaders and professionals from across Africa, Women in Tech Africa 2020 is set to become the most progressive conference for women in technology on the continent, with game-changing sessions, inspiring speakers and cutting-edge technology all under one roof.

Whether it’s keynotes from industry heavyweights, interactive technical workshops or practical career-development advice, organisers claim the event will leave participants better prepared to take their place as a leading participant in Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Date: 18 and 19 March
Location: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, SA

  • Africa Tech Week

A tech conference, exhibition and technology awards ceremony all rolled into one, this year’s edition of Africa Tech Week will focus on educating South Africa and other African countries on the challenges and opportunities to be gained by drafting appropriate plans and policies for The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

African Tech Week will also recognise and reward companies on the continent that have demonstrated excellence in the area of innovative product development.

Date: 13 and 14 May
Location: Cape Town, SA

  • AI Expo Africa

AI Expo Africa, now entering its third year, is the largest business-focused Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Data Science B2B trade event and conference in Africa.

This year’s edition builds upon the success of the 2018 and 2019 events that were held in Cape Town, that cemented it as the largest gathering of its kind, with over 1000 registered decision-makers, investors, buyers and suppliers focusing on real-world AI and data science business applications.

Date: 3 and 4 September

Location: Cape Town, SA

  • SA Innovation Summit

The SA Innovation Summit bills itself as Africa’s biggest startup event. Last year’s edition attracted 600 companies, 1340 entrepreneurs and 150 investors. The summit’s programme includes pitching competitions, ecosystem tours and exhibitions.

Date: 16 to 18 September
Location: Cape Town, SA

  • Afri Arena

AfricArena aims to accelerate the growth of tech startups and the ecosystems in which they operate by providing a platform where they can share their business model, gain valuable networks and attain funding.

The two-day conference aims to create links and opportunities between startups, investors and established companies, but also between the African continent and the rest of the world.

Date: 9 and 10 October
Location: Cape Town, SA

  • AfricaCom

According to its organisers, whatever your focus within connectivity or enterprise digital transformation, AfricaCom is the place to meet everybody who’s anybody in African telecoms and technology.

Date: 10 to 12 November
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre, SA

  • Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

Africa’s early-stage investor community will once again come together in Cape Town for the seventh annual Africa Early Stage Investor Summit.

This exclusive investor-only event, jointly hosted by VC4A and African Business Angel Network, brings together Africa’s early-stage funding community, thought leaders and industry experts from across the continent and beyond.

Date: TBA, November

Location: Cape Town, SA

Original article compiled by Venture Burn


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