Eight Conferences and Summits you should consider attending in 2019

Eight Conferences and Summits you should consider attending in 2019

Get your calendars out and diarise these key dates for the most important tech conferences and summits taking place in Africa in 2019.

Africa Tech Summit Kigali

This two-day summit will feature over 50 speakers from telcos, tech companies, banks, startups, digital ventures and regulators. Key themes to be discussed include connectivity, African mobility, the cloud and the Internet of Things, investing in African tech, future trends, payments, banking and fintech, mhealth, edtech, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, and mcommerce.

Date: 14 to 15 February
Location: Marriott Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda

Africa Energy Indaba

Want to meet the top experts in the African energy sector? Why not attend the Africa Energy Indaba? With an anticipated attendance of over 600 high profile delegates from 30 African countries as well as regional and international CEOs, this is one place you definitely want to exhibit at if you’re in the energy sector. Side events include the Women in Energy Conference and the fifth Independent Power Producers and Power Purchase Agreements Conference (IPP & PPA Conference). You might also want to check out the summit’s Business Matchmaking Programme to get the best out of the two-day conference.

Date: 20 to 21 February
Location: Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa

Innovation Summit Africa

Keen on exploring opportunities and challenges of digital transformation in Africa? Or are you looking to network with business leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers? Then you’ll want to attend The Economist’s Innovation Summit Africa in Nairobi.

Date: 6 March
Location: Radisson Blu Nairobi, Elgon Road, Nairobi

FT Africa Payments Innovation Summit

Want to learn more about how Africa is driving innovation towards financial inclusion? Join key players from across the fintech, telecoms and the financial sector as they debate the challenges and opportunities around payment solutions. Speakers include central bank governors Patrick Njoroge and Milton Weeks, iHub CEO Mary Gicharu and M-Kopa co-founder Jesse Moore.

Date: 7 March
Location: Radisson Blu Nairobi, Elgon Road, Nairobi

Blockchain Africa Conference

Curious about blockchain use cases, how blockchain can change the regulatory environment and how to best implement blockchain systems? Then make sure you attend the fourth annual Blockchain Africa Conference. The conference organisers have secured a host of international and local speakers including BitPesa CEO Elizabeth Rossiello, ConsenSys head of global business development and co-founder of ConsenSys Capital Andrew Keys, Hyperledger ecosystem director Marta Piekarska, and IXO Foundation CEO Anne Connelly.

Date: 8 to 9 March
Location: Johannesburg

IoT Forum Africa (IoTFA)

Have you thought of how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact your industry this year? This forum will help you navigate the IoT ecosystem through break-away sessions that will focus on manufacturing, energy, finance, transportation, retail, security, mining, the government, and public sector.

Date: 14 to 15 March
Location: Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

IT Leaders Africa

Is your startup involved in IoT, AI and machine learning or even cyber security? Then this one is for you, IT Leaders Africa is a great opportunity to meet IT executives and brush up on the latest trends in the IT sector. The summit will feature panel discussions and workshops worth attending.

Date: 9 to 10 May
Location: Cape Town International Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

Africa Health 

Looking for a platform to showcase your healthtech solutions to a targeted audience of healthcare professionals? Africa Health is a great place to start, this exhibition pulls in potential buyers, dealers and suppliers from around the world. Organisers expect this year’s exhibition will attract more than 10 000 healthcare professionals and over 500 international suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.


Sujatha was named one of the Top 100 Influencers In Social Media (#41) by Social Technology Review. She is currently a senior creative content strategist at Oracle Marketing Cloud. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing. She provided informative articles on various topics like Business, Marketing & Advertising, Conference & Summits, Finance, and Investment & Insurance

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