The third edition of the Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 3.0) is scheduled to be held on the 8th of November 2023 at the Providence Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, themed: “Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) in Emerging Economy”.

Similarly, voting has commenced for the Africa Tech Alliance Excellence (ATAEx) awards through the:

Today, the boundary between hardware and software is blurring. Software is infiltrating more and more technology products that used to function only by mechanical rules and analog signals.

Different models of driverless cars are navigating themselves with sensors and software. This trend is not stopping. Hardware-based technology companies often find themselves falling behind their innovative software counterparts in identifying new value for customers.

In more dramatic cases categories of hardware technology were replaced by software. No one still buys radio or CD players anymore.

Thus, software is threatening to replace hardware-based networking. The “commoditization trap” for hardware seems impossible to escape without a product strategy backed by software innovation hence over 70% of the world economy has become services, and this percentage continues to grow worldwide.

As of 2020, the United States produced 79% of its GDP in services. The majority of the companies in Africa are strategizing to compete primarily on a service basis.

This approach referred to as Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS), which is the rising future for technology sectors, will be discussed at AfriTECH 3.0.

Hosted by TechCastle Foundation in collaboration with Techeconomy and partners, AfriTECH 3.0 is a unique engagement platform for global thought leaders, regulators, and other stakeholders to discuss and collaborate on contemporary strategies for accelerating the technology ecosystem in the African continent and globally.

Key topics to be explored include TaaS-driven last mile solutions, leveraging big data and artificial intelligence, inclusive product innovation, Driving ‘TaaS’ Model through infrastructure deployment, leveraging the subscription model to survive tough economic times, cloud computing, omnichannel communications for improved CX, Consumer protection, fraud and data privacy, etc.

The past editions of AfriTECH were well attended by C-Suite executives, investors, innovators, and senior government officials from within and outside the Continent. With over 1,500 participants and feedback on the events overwhelmingly positive, the 2023 edition is much anticipated.

Overall, AfriTECH 3.0 promises to be an insightful and engaging platform for networking with a vibrant and globally diverse community and an eclectic mix of offerings to enrich participants’ in-person and/or virtual experiences.

“Africa Tech Alliance Forum Excellence Award (ATAEx Award) recognises the pivotal role of the technology ecosystem in the development of Africa’s economy. ATAEx award is merit centric for organisations and individuals that have contributed to the growth and development of the ICT industry in Africa”, Chike Onweuegbuchi, the co-founder of TechCastle Foundation said, who called on tech enthusiasts to vote through the link:

“In its 3rd edition, this edition we are introducing an online voting process for stakeholders in the sector to select who deserves to be awarded in each category”.


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