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2024 AGENDA

Time Topic
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration and Networking
10:15 AM – 10:20 AM
Welcome Remarks and Conference Overview
Vertex
10:25 AM – 10:40 AM
Opening Keynote: Unlocking Economic Growth: Empowering Digital Economy through Connected Africa
  • How is digital economy helping boost overall future economy and an accelerated growth agenda
  • Overview of IoT developments in the region
  • Focus touch points to be technologically advanced till 2030
  • Supporting IoT-Enabled Renewable Energy
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote: Fostering Innovation and Overcoming Policy and Regulatory Framework Challenges to Support IT Developments in West Africa
  • Update: Policy frameworks introduced to support IoT developments
  • • Data Governance and Privacy Compliance – Ensuring compliance with data protection regulations in the context of government operations
 
11:10 AM – 11:50 AM
Spotlight Session: Navigating the Digital Transformation: Embracing Digital Technologies to Modernize Utility Infrastructure and Operations
Session Leader: Folake Soetan, CEO, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company Dr. Tinuade Sanda, MD & CEO, Eko Electricity Distribution Company Christopher Ezeafulukwe , MD & CEO, Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc Ajibola Akindele, Country President West Africa, Schneider Electric

11:50 AM – 12:10 PM
Networking Break
11:10 AM – 11:50 AM
Keynote: Connecting the Unconnected: NigeriaSat’s Role in Enabling IoT for All
11:50 AM – 12:10 PM
Networking Break and Exhibition Tour
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Case Study or Panel Discussion: E-commerce Trends and Future Outlook in Nigeria: Leveraging Technology for Growth
  • Current State of E-commerce in Nigeria
  • Impact of technology on Nigerian E-commerce
  • Emerging trends in Nigerian E-commerce
  • Challenges and opportunities- The road ahead
  • Future outlook and predictions
02:35 PM – 03:15 PM
Panel Discussion: Integrating Blockchain Technology for Seamless Customer Experience – Capitalizing on Data
  • Enhancing the security and trustworthiness of IoT networks, particularly in scenarios where secure and transparent transactions are crucial
  • Establishing common standards and protocols to ensure seamless communication and interoperability among diverse IoT devices and platforms
  • Emerging technologies and Trends – Exploring the impact of emerging technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain) on enhancing the security posture of government institutions
  • Future trends in Cloud IoT cybersecurity and their implications for national security
03:25 PM – 03:40 PM
Keynote: How IoT and Digitization is Shaping the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa
03:40 PM – 03:30 PM
Day One Wrap-up and Announcements
04:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Networking Reception and Vendor Showcase
Time Topic
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration and Networking
10:15 AM – 10:25 AM
Opening Remarks and Recap of Day One
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Keynote: A Bird’s Eye View of the African Data Centers Industry And Navigating Legal and Compliance Challenges
  • The regulatory landscape of Data Centers in Africa
  • Providing insights into the regulatory frameworks governing Data Centers across different African countries, discussing compliance issues, and suggesting ways to streamline regulations
10:50 AM – 11:05 AM
Keynote: “Advancing Data Centers’ Critical Infrastructures”
  • Implementing robust cybersecurity frameworks to safeguard sensitive data and critical infrastructure
  • Addressing cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities specific to immigration, defense, and statistical agencies
11:10 AM – 11:40 AM
Panel Discussion: Tech Advancements and Design Strategies of the Data Centers in the Last Five Years and Agenda for 2030

  • IOT and Cloud Tech shaping Data Centers in Africa
  • Data Center Evolution: trends and future directions
  • Unlocking the potential of hybrid cloud strategies
  • Optimizing Data Centers for efficiency and scalability
11:40 AM – 12:00 PM
Networking Lunch Break
12:05 PM – 12:25 PM
Fireside Chat: Unlocking Innovation: Private-Public Partnerships in Data Center and Cloud Technology for Sustainable Growth

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Keynote: Cyber Securing National Interests: Security Concerns in the African Data Center Landscape: Safeguarding Critical Information
  • Integrating cloud solutions and cyber security strategies in Government operations
  • Case studies of successful cloud adoption in immigration, defense, and statistical bureaus
  • Examining the unique security challenges faced by Data Centers in Africa and proposing effective solutions to protect sensitive data from emerging threats
12:50 PM – 01:50 PM
Networking Break and Exhibition Tour
02:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Connectivity Across Borders: Enhancing Interconnectivity in the African Data Center Ecosystem
  • “Future of Telecom” – Tapping on the 5 G technology and Infrastructure Nerves in Africa
  • Examining the importance of cross-border connectivity in facilitating data exchange and collaboration between African countries and proposing solutions to improve interconnectivity
02:35 PM – 02:50 PM
Keynote: Infrastructure Development Challenges in African Data Centers Navigating Power and Connectivity Issues
  • Digital transformation of the utility and energy sectors in Africa
  • The role of Data Centers in driving innovation and efficiency
  • Exploring the hurdles of establishing robust Data Center infrastructure in Africa, with a focus on addressing power supply and connectivity challenges
  • Infrastructure development challenges in African Data Centers- navigating power and connectivity issues
02:55 PM – 03:15 PM
Fireside Chat: Sustainability and Green Initiatives in African Data Centers: Bridging the Gap
  • Implementing green initiatives in Data Center operations
  • Decarbonization of Data Centers
  • Renewable energy infrastructure?????
  • Managing heat generation for efficiencies
  • Improving Supply Chain management
  • Discussing the importance of sustainable practices in Data Centers across Africa and strategies for minimizing environmental impact, energy consumption, and e-waste
03:20 PM – 03:35 PM
Keynote: Edge Computing in Africa: Enhancing Data Processing at the Fringe
  • Evaluating the potential of edge computing in the African context, exploring its benefits, challenges, and its role in optimizing data processing closer to the source
03:40 PM – 03:55 PM
Keynote: Financial Models for Sustainable Growth: Overcoming Funding Challenges in African Data Centers
  • Addressing the financial barriers to the growth of Data Centers in Africa and exploring innovative funding models and investment opportunities
04:00 PM – 04:15 PM
Keynote:Cloud Architecture for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning and Safeguarding – Safeguarding Data Centers in the Face of Natural Disasters
  • Discussing the unique disaster recovery challenges in Africa and formulating strategies to ensure business continuity and data protection in the event of natural disasters
04:20 PM – 04:35 PM
Keynote: Capacity Building and Skill Development: Addressing the Talent Gap in African Data Centers
  • Assessing the shortage of skilled professionals in the African Data Center industry and discussing strategies for capacity building and talent development
04:40 PM – 05:00 PM
Conference Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
05:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Farewell Reception and Technology Showcase
Time Topic
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration and Networking
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Opening Remarks and Recap of Day 1 & 2
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Keynote: Impact Investing: Socially Responsible Tech Investments for Africa’s Future
10:50 AM – 11:05 AM
Case Study: “Migration to the Cloud: Lessons Learned and Best Practices”
  • Ensuring security and compliance in cloud environments
11:10 AM – 11:55 AM
Panel Discussion:Connected Care – Harnessing the Power of IoT for Healthcare Transformation in West Africa

  • Transformative role of the IoT in shaping the future of healthcare in West Africa
  • Improving patient outcomes to optimize healthcare delivery: Exploring the innovative applications, challenges, and opportunities of integrating IoT technologies into the region’s healthcare ecosystem
  • Enhancing access to quality healthcare services Considering Key factors and parameters of remote patient monitoring, healthcare infrastructure, data security, and the potential for IoT
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Networking Break
12:20 PM – 12:35 PM
Keynote: Banking on Connectivity – IoT Transformations in African Financial Services

  • Branchless Banking and Financial inclusion
  • Smart ATMs and self-service banking
  • Data-driven customer insights
  • Security and fraud prevention
  • Supply chain financing
  • Cross-Border Transactions and remittances
  • Regulatory landscape
  • Partnerships and collaborations
12:45 PM – 01:00 PM
Case Study: “Smart Agriculture and Sustainable Farming in Africa”
01:10 PM – 01:25 PM
Panel Discussion: Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa: Unlocking the Potential of 5G

Opportunities and Challenges for Advancing Telecommunications in Africa
01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Networking Break and Exhibition Tour
02:35 PM – 02:50 PM
Fireside Chat:IoT Innovations in Fleet Management for Efficient, Sustainable, and Secure Operations
  • Real-time Vehicle Tracking
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Fuel Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability
  • Enhanced Driver Safety
  • Cargo Monitoring and Security
  • Integration with Emerging Technologies
  • Data Security and Privacy
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
02:55 PM – 03:15 PM
Keynote: Revolutionizing Retail – Exploring the Impact of IoT on E- commerce Strategies and Customer Experiences
03:25 PM – 03:40 PM
Keynote: Revolutionizing Retail – Exploring the Impact of IoT on E- commerce Strategies and Customer Experiences
  • Dynamic intersection of the IoT and e-commerce, examining how IoT technologies are reshaping the landscape of online retail
  • From supply chain optimization to personalized customer experiences, the panel will explore the innovative applications, challenges, and future trends of integrating IoT into e-commerce strategies
  • Leveraging IoT to enhance operational efficiency, improve customer engagement, and create a seamless and connected online shopping experience
03:45 PM – 04:00 PM
Conference Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
05:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Farewell Reception and Technology Showcase

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