Review of the Tech in Ghana Conference

During the fourth week of November from 21 to 22 November 2017, Accra, Ghana was vibrant with the Tech in Ghana Conference organized by the Ministry of Communications and Africa Business 2020 (AB2020).

The Conference opened with a Keynote Speech by Ghana's Minister of Communications, Ghana - Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, and featured 8 different panel discussions. The panels discussed:

  • e-Government
  • Cybersecurity
  • Role of the media in shaping Africa’s narrative
  • Access to Fintech
  • Tech startup community
  • Who is investing in Ghana tech?
  • How is Tech Disrupting Traditional Industries
  • The Rise of AgriTech

The goal of the conference was to bring together different stakeholders - the government, private sector and technology players of every size, industry and mission - to drive collaboration, showcase local startups and innovations, and discuss ways of moving the technology industry in Ghana forward.

Legendary Ghanaian technology innovators like Thomas Mensah, who has garnered seven patents in 6 years in nanotechnology and fibre-optics, and Ehizogie Binitie, founder and CEO of Rancard and Clear Space Labs, took the stage to share lessons and highlights from their experiences over the years.

Ehizogie Binitie demonstrated a prototype of Elsie - his new Artificial Intelligence personal assistant and spoke about the four waves of technology innovation over the past and coming years.

He explained how we’ve moved from the first wave which was Internet to the second wave which is Mobile Internet. The third and fourth waves, already in progression, are the Internet of Things, and AI and Robotics, which will bring us to a time when we do not see the technology that surrounds us but it’s embedded in almost everything we’ll be using daily.

Ghana’s top startups like Asoriba, Oasis, Medpharma, TrotroTractor, Meqasa, eCampus and Ampersand were also given a chance to exhibit and demo their solutions. It was a two-day galore of smart conversations and new partnerships.

You can watch a short recap of the entire conference below, created and published by the The Tech Roundup With Bitnode.

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