Our first ‘Africa China Tech for Social Impact’ (ACT SI) event series kicked off on Thursday 22nd November at Innoway, an incubator located in China’s hub for tech innovation: Zhongguancun. The event gathered over 80 passionate entrepreneurs and professionals keen to learn about Africa’s tech scene and opportunities for partnership.
Co-held by Kente & Silk and Startup Grind, ACT SI featured two guest speakers: Lina Ayenew (founder of Education for Ethiopia – a social enterprise leveraging technology to increase access to education) and Hannah Ryder (CEO of Development Reimagined a think-tank and consultancy hybrid that aims to use innovation to tackle development challenges). Both speakers shared their insights on how Africa, the continent with the youngest population, is producing tech innovations and trends to look out for.
The inaugural ACT SI event provided a platform for attendees to explore the opportunities that exist in technological collaborations between Africa & China and to network with potential partners.
African China Tech for Social Impact is so meaningful the event that lets people from all over the world know the technology disruption wave make African become better and better. The speakers are amazing!
From this exchange I have gained a new perspective on modern Africa. It filters out a lot of valuable information and resources for me, also lets me see the potential opportunity and hope. Activities also contribute to the presentation of the team’s style and appearance. The keynote and nature of the team, the way of realization and the economic linkage of the two countries are clearly stated, At the same time, it also has an all-round cognition and recognition to the passion and wisdom of the creators
This kind of activity is conducive to strengthening the exchanges and cooperation between the youth and entrepreneurs of Central Africa and to showing China and the world the new economy, new technologies and outstanding teams in Africa. Also let the Chinese entrepreneurs who want to go to Africa have a more comprehensive understanding of Africa and push China-Africa civil cooperation to a new level
ACT SI was an amazing event-very informative, inspiring and of course a great opportunity to network. What stood out for me in the many things I learnt was that, I cannot do everything myself- I must focus on something and get better at it. I came to learn more and to get to know more people. I liked the 6-7pm registering time. I believe it made room for those that happened to be late as well