Women, Innovation and Enterprise take centre stage at Africa Gathering 2013

Africa-GatheringCelebrating five years of sharing positive ideas, Africa Gathering is back on 21-­22  June.  This  year’s  theme  is  ‘Hands-­‐on  technology:  Rise  of  the  makers,  the  dynamic  and the  disruptive thinkers in Africa’.

Over two days, Africa Gathering, the conference for innovators, investors, and those with a passion for our continent to learn from Africa and Africans, will feature world-­class speakers and roundtable sessions to cast a spotlight on change-­makers, many of them women.

Former UN secretary-­general, Kofi Annan, has said:

“The next generation of Africans are determined to  make  a  difference…I’m  looking  forward  to  the  next  10-­‐20  years  and  the  dynamic  Africa  we’re  going to have”.

That time has already begun, and according to co-­founder and conference curator, Marieme Jamme, the  event  will

“demonstrate  how  African  innovators  –  especially  women  –  are  taking  the  lead  in  developing  amazing  local  technological  solutions”.  She  added:    “We  also  aim  to  demystify  the relationship between investors and African entrepreneurs.”

Hosted  at  BBC  Broadcasting  House,  speakers  will  include  Dr  Maggie  Aderin-­Pocock,  UK  leading  Space Scientist, Caroline Whaley of the Nike Foundation, Caroline Kende-­Robb, Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, Ken Banks, Founder of Frontline SMS, Jamilia Abass (Kenya) and Vera Kwakofi, Current Affairs Editor at BBC Africa. Tickets are £30, and early bird ticket sales end June 10, 2013.

Africa  Gathering  is  a  movement  to  see  African  ideas  and  innovations  recognised,  used  and  celebrated. Drawing inspiration from the African Baobab tree, where people traditionally gather to share knowledge, debate issues and learn from each other, African Gathering events – from London to Washington and Nairobi – bring together African change-­‐makers and all those passionate about Africa’s  development.

For more information visit: www.africagathering.org  -­ Twitter: @africagathering – Hashtag: #AG2013

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