Event Program

Event Program

General Program

Innovation Salon

Speakers

The presidential panel will focus on how countries are building innovation economies and how they addressing the talent, funding and technology challenges. 

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

15:00 – 16:00

General Program

This will be a dialogue between Nobel Laureates with the aim to inspire the next generation of African scientists with focus on how important inter-generational learning and role modeling is. 

Speakers

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists in the Industrialize Africa category will pitch to judges with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing manufacturing and supporting Africa’s industrialization.

16:00 – 17:00

General Program

Speakers

Innovation Salon

What are the key success factors for start-ups with the potential to be future unicorns? The NEF defines unicorns as billion dollar companies that have a significant impact on national GDP and are or are expected to have the potential to create large number of employment. The NEF has selected a few companies that will share their journeys within the NEF’s future unicorns’ framework.

The 5 finalists in the Feed Africa category will pitch to judges with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing food security and agriculture transformation in Africa.

17:00 – 18:00

General Program

In TED-like style, scientists from around the world will share the most recent breakthroughs in science and technology.

Speakers

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists in the Integrate Africa category will pitch to judges with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing regional trade integration (AfCFTA), market integration and financial integration.

Speakers

09:00 – 10:00

General Program

This session will explore new models for financing innovation and connecting ecosystems including new economic models for the digital economy, the bio-economy, the carbon economy within the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Speakers

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists from the Light & Power Africa category will pitch with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing energy scarcity in Africa and supporting the journey towards the continent’s energy independence.

Workshop led by WIPO, ARIPO and OAPI to train scientists and sciencepreneurs on Intellectual Property and how to take advantage of the tools provided by the three institutions.

10:00 – 11:00

General Program

Innovation Salon

How does Africa anticipate the possible damage the digital age is poised to inflict on Africa given the decentralized extraction of data through communication networks developed and owned by Western tech companies. How do we inform and protect African citizens?

This session will highlight African startups making their mark in Agritech.

11:00 – 12:00

Innovation Salon

The 5 finalists from the Precision and Personalized Health category will pitch with the winner announced in plenary. Startups in this category are addressing the barriers to personalized/precision healthcare particularly focused on improving health systems and digitization of the healthcare sector.

This session will how to prepare Africa’s young people to create and leverage the future of work. Will Africa become the world’s workforce? How do we revitalize the higher education system to prepare young people to transition to employment and entrepreneurship? 

Speakers

Speakers

14:00 – 15:00

General Program

AI is now an integral part of our world. This panel will explore issues around national and regional AI strategies, AI governance, building fair & diverse AI solutions and how to deploy AI solutions and protect people’s rights. The panel will also discuss Africa’s research policy readiness to AI products. 

Speakers

Innovation Salon

Led and facilitated by CcHub and iHub, investors are invited to meet with sciencepreneurs including all the Ci2i finalists.

15:00 – 16:00

General Program

Innovation Salon

This session will highlight the most prominent startups making their mark in BioTech from around the world – of highest relevance for Africa.

16:00 – 17:00

General Program

This panel will tackle the barriers stopping Africa from leveraging precision health systems and the how of leveraging precision health methods, diagnostic tools and treatment through use of cutting edge technologies. 

Speakers

Innovation Salon

The cost of failure on the continent remains relatively high amongst African innovators. This chat with seasoned entrepreneurs in Africa will explore how we can encourage entrepreneurs to innovate even after failure

In the last ten years, Africa has experienced and is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak in history. From reclaiming the discovery of the disease, confronting the need for coordinated health interventions research initiatives by African scientists, this session will discuss how Africa can be at the forefront of the end of Ebola. 

Speakers

09:00 – 10:00

Innovation Salon

Most African startups die in the Valley of Death. This session will explore how to de-risk the process from lab to market and accelerate pathways to growth.

The past decade has seen tremendous advances in fundamental sciences including gravitational waves and breakthroughs in quantum research. This panel will discuss the future of science and how Africa can be a key player on the global map. 

Speakers

10:00 – 11:00

General Program

Speakers

Innovation Salon

E-commerce brought in US$16.5 billion in 2017 in Africa and this is anticipated to go up to $75 billion by 2025. This session will explore the future of e-commerce and the challenges that need to be addressed.

Africa’s integration is heavily restricted on transport and logistics. This session will explore the innovative ways transport and logistics is being disrupted to connect Africa and to the rest of the world.

11:00 – 12:00

General Program

Innovation Salon

This session will highlight Africa’s brightest innovators & startups that are solving some of the most critical issues facing Africa today.

This session will discuss upskilling and reskilling the current workforce and opening new opportunities for those who have been left behind by the formal education system. This will be discussed within the framework of responding to downstream innovation needs.

This session organized by AWARD will bring together seasoned female researchers and young researchers to look at best practices in addressing barriers to retaining women in research and improving numbers at the leadership level. The discussion will focus on examples to scale up.

Speakers

This panel will discuss how to better align human and financial resources as well as technology to position Africa as the world’s bread basket, a continent able to feed itself and the world.

Speakers

General Program

Speakers

Innovation Salon

This session will hear from female founders currently moving their industries in Africa and around the world. They will share their journeys and the innovative solutions they are championing.

Speakers

14:00 – 15:00

General Program

Parallel Session: Who Owns Science? Reshaping the Scientific Value Chain in the 21st Century

This session will discuss the new era of scientific publishing, open access journals and ownership of scientific outputs and how to use published research to foster innovation.  

Parallel Session: The Future of Payments in Africa

Africa needs to achieve financial inclusion and accelerate the adoption of a cashless society, this panel will discuss the current technology disruptions in the financial sector and how Africa can maintain its momentum. 

Parallel Session: Leading the fight against HPV and Cervical Cancer 

Speakers

Innovation Salon

North Africa is amongst the fastest growing tech scenes in Africa raking in record high investments and hosting the fastest growing startups on the continent. This session will introduce some of these startups and discuss how they can get more connected to other regions of Africa.

Energy independence and renewable energy is a key component of the NEF innovation pathways and in this session we will hear from innovative solutions addressing this.

15:00 – 16:00

General Program

Innovation Salon

In one of the most anticipated debates of the Innovation Salon, this session will focus on why Francophone Africa has long played catch-up with the rest of the continent’s tech ecosystems, review why some have been successful and discuss a concrete way forward.

This session will explore green mobility solutions and the policies and technologies enabling sustainable mobility in Africa including the challenges to address.

16:00 – 17:00

General Program

Plenary Session: “Scaling Bio-Economies in Africa”

The transition of African nations to industrial economies that do not produce waste and pollution will help accelerate their growth. In this session, we will discuss how Africa must design its own approach to enable bio-based industries in Africa.

Speakers

Innovation Salon

This session will showcase examples of projects/startups using waste for housing. Speakers: TBD

09:00 – 10:00

Innovation Salon

This will be a quick discussion on how to connect Africa’s ecosystem and how the AfCFTA can support entrepreneurs and tech ecosystems.

Speakers

10:00 – 11:00

General Program

Parallel Session: The Question of Quality: Models to transform Africa’s education systems

This session will explore innovative education models that already producing results in Africa and around the world and how to scale them in Africa.

Parallel Session: Where It Works: Adaptation of Africa’s Agriculture and Food Systems to Climate Change

This session, will discuss how African agricultural systems are adapting to climate changes and how science and technologies is contributing to the creation of a more resilient agriculture systems using important case studies. 

Parallel Session: Building Clinical Trials Capacity in Africa

This session will discuss how to improve the continent’s clinical trials (of vaccines and drugs, devices etc.) capacity and how to design and fund a strong African pharmaceutical industry, focusing on the needs of African and global consumers.

Speakers

Innovation Salon

This session explores how to scale startups so they can create jobs for African youth, while at the same time scaling beyond their own borders.

This session will address the need for a more comprehensive private sector –academia partnerships to strengthen industrial research and accelerate the school to job/business pipeline. The session will also explore barriers to strong technology transfer and effective innovation systems in Africa.

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

General Program

Innovation Salon

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Scientific African Editorial Board Meeting

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

NEF Event: A Dialogue Between Ebola Researchers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

14:00 – 15:00

General Program

Parallel Sessions

  • Who Owns Science? Reshaping the Scientific Value Chain in the 21st Century  

 

  • The Future of Payments in Africa

 

 

  • Tackling Women’s Cancers

 

 

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

10:00 – 11:00

General Program

 

  • “The Question of Quality: Models to Transform Africa’s Education Systems”
  • “Where It Works: Adaptation of Africa’s Agriculture and Food Systems to Climate Change”
  • “Building Clinical Trials Capacity in Africa”

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Speakers

Attend the largest science and innovation gathering on the African continent.