Erik Hersman will deliver the keynote address at Africa Tech Summit London



Press Release


London, UK, September 8th, 2016


Africa Tech Summit London announces Erik Hersman as keynote speaker for 2016


Today, Africa Tech Summit London has announced its keynote address and speaker line up for the event bringing together technology leaders from across Africa and Europe, international investors, entrepreneurs and leading African start-ups.


This year’s visionary keynote address will be given by Erik Hersman, leading entrepreneur and technologist focused on advancing the use of technology in Africa.


“We are delighted and honoured to announce Erik Hersman as our keynote for his unparalleled vision, passion, and contribution to the African tech ecosystem” says Andrew Fassnidge, co-organiser of Africa Tech Summit London.


Erik is the CEO of BRCK, a rugged wireless WiFi device designed and engineered in Kenya for use throughout the emerging markets. In 2010 he founded the iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community.


He is also a co-founder of Ushahidi, the free and open source software for crowdsourcing crisis information, and also established and and is general partner in the Savannah Fund.


“Erik has been the driving force behind so many key initiatives that have put African technology on the global stage, encouraging inward investment and inspiring an ecosystem of start-ups and techies who are now building Africa’s future through technology. His passion and optimism for Africa are exactly what the Africa Tech Summit London is all about.”


This exclusive apply to attend Summit organised by, South Africa DTI and AllAmber is supported by Linklaters LLP, LeapFrog Investments, Mobi Hunter and Analyse Africa. The event will be hosted by the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the SA High Commission in London.


“The DTI is committed to promoting innovation and development across the continent of Africa, not in South Africa alone,” says Thobile Mazibuko, DTI Economic Counsellor at the South African High Commission.


“We look forward to welcoming those who wish to see Africa realise its considerable potential in the tech space”.


The event will host 20+ expert speakers including Vodafone Group, Atlas Mara, Opera Software, Nest.VC, VC4Africa, ABAN, Singularity Investments, Worldreader, Bitpesa, The Bandwidth Barn, SimbaPay, Big Cabal Media, Balancing Act, What3words, WeFarm, HotelOga, Fintech Circle Innovate and other leading ventures providing attendees with the latest insight on mobile innovation, fintech and investment opportunities across the continent.


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About the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

The South African Department of Trade and Industry based at the SA High Commission in London oversees the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the UK and South Africa. The DTI actively promotes FDI into priority sectors of the South African economy, and seeks to provide access for South African exports to the UK.



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Lyndsey Duff

DTI Inward Investment, South African High Commission UK





The internationally recognized largest women’s group in Africa, Women in Tech Africa (WITA) is organizing its annual Women in Tech Week event, this September, from 26th – 30th September. The week-long event is simultaneously taking place in 40 countries with 400 event tracks with over 40,000 participants and over 400,000 social media impressions. Sponsors include  SAP, EDEL Technology Consulting,WeCreate Kenya, ISpace Foundation, Kawa Moka


The Women in Tech Week, is a great opportunity to put your organization at the epicenter of innovators in all industries in your community and country as a whole.
The 5-day event is bringing together women all over the world to discuss and share ideas on 5 thematic areas;


• Theme:  Technology Day – DAY 1
• Theme:  Leadership Day – DAY 2
• Theme:   Entrepreneur Day – DAY 3
• Theme: Work – Life Day – DAY 4
• Theme: Talent Day – DAY 5


This year, we are giving individuals and organizations across Africa unique opportunities to promote their brands and works through our numerous international platforms with the aims of them


• Becoming visible for growth or connect with ecosystems for your company.
• Getting in front of potential new hires.
• Getting in front of potential new leads.
• Supporting the Women in Tech ecosystem.
• Positioning their organization as supporting female leadership in Africa


• Your city and logo listed on the Women In Tech Week directory on the landing page;
• Women in Tech Week logos and brand guidelines
• A digital toolkit with helpful hints and best practices on how to best organize your event.
• Your event will be promoted to our global community including email subscribers.


As an organizer, you are at will to have your own theme which will have to be defended or chose a theme around any of our thematic list above. You are also at liberty to organize more than one event.
Kindly note that, all themes and events should have a strategic bearing on women or children advocacy in all fields of endeavor especially, technology.


Please find below instructions on how to create the event, once you are done, we will publish it to help boost attendance during the day.


• All events must be created and managed via the women in tech Africa website:
• Go to to Register for an account,
• You will be approved in 24 hrs. and receive an email with login details.
• Login with the password and email go to
• Once logged in you will find on the dashboard, with the ability to add events. (
• All the events once created will go into pending approval.
• Someone from my team will approve within 5 days and people can book to attend events from the site


After you are approved and logged on:
1. Click on the events button under the dashboard
2. Click add new event
3. Fill the fields provided for the event details
4. Save for approval and publication
In case of any difficulties please send an email to or
Thank you


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