BrandArena: Geeks converge in Lagos for Tech, as MTN, Google, Squared CEOs lead charge for digital future

Friday 24 July 2015

Geeks converge in Lagos for Tech, as MTN, Google, Squared CEOs lead charge for digital future

Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, will this weekend play host to renowned names and brands in the Technology ecosystem when the pioneering edition of TECH Conference and Exhibitions gets underway at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites, Victory Island.

The two-day event which industry leaders have described as ‘historic and unprecedented’ will hold on July 24 and 25 will highlight the special appeal of technology in the daily interactions of man. It is powered by telecoms giant, MTN Communications Nigeria Limited in conjunction with several other brands in the technology ecosystem.

With the theme, “Leadership in Digital Technology” and participation from a broad range of international speakers and discussants, exhibitors, developers, policy makers, innovators, manufacturers, service providers and technology consumers, TECH will feature exhibitions, the digital school, gaming sessions, programming, plenary and break-out sessions as well as panel discussions to be led by high profile speakers drawn from local and global brands.

Notable personalities that will be sharing valuable insights on a wide variety of topics include Jim McKelvey (co-founder of Square), Wael Fakharany (Google X Middle East and Africa), Nicolas Martin, CEO, Jumia Africa and Mike Ikpoki, Managing Director, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited.

Others include Omokehinde Ojomuyide / Vice President & Area Business Head for West Africa, MasterCard, Abiola Olaniran, Founder and CEO, GAMSOLE, Don Pedro Obaseki, CEO, ACC Broadcast Multimedia Limited, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director, MNET/Africa Magic, Elo Umeh, MD of Terragon Ltd and Alabi Mako of Enplug Africa.

About the Speakers

Michael Ikpoki, the Managing Director of Nigeria’s Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria is a well-known name in the sector. A strong character and visionary leader of note, he brings to the Conference his rich bouquet of experience from driving the MTN brand along the path of market leadership. He will be speaking on Leadership in Digital Technology in the Conference welcome address.

With decades of success as an engineer and entrepreneur under his belt, Jim McKelvey will be sharing on the topic “The Shark Instinct: How Entrepreneurs Smell Opportunity” in the opening Plenary Session on day 1.  He is an astute entrepreneur who has tasted both sides of entrepreneurship; he currently sits successfully on the board of several companies some of which he co-founded among which include Square, Inc., Mira, Inc., Third Degree, LLC., Lockerdome, LLC and Kabbage, Inc. Alongside Michael Ikpoki, Managing Director, MTN Nigeria, he will also be leading a panel discussion on How Entrepreneurs Smell Opportunity.

Wael Fakharany is the Regional Business Lead Google [X] for Middle East and Africa (MEA). He is the leader of the managing team of Google X, a secret laboratory at Google saddled with the responsibility to research and develop ground-breaking new technologies that may be deployed in solving problems.

His repertoire of knowledge in managing technology business, especially in the Middle East spans over 20 years.   He will be speaking on “Product Development The Google Way” and also lead with MTN Nigeria’s Aisha Umar Mumuni the discussion panel on Product Development.

Attendees at Tech will include technology consumers, manufacturers of products, service providers across diverse segments of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and ancillary fields of human endeavor, hardware designers, manufacturers, innovators and policy makers, among others.

TECH is powered by MTN Nigeria with sponsorship from Huawei, Jumia, Coscharis Motors, Samsung, Google, Uber and Terragon Group. Partners include Enplug Africa, Atlantic Exhibition and Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA).

The exhibition featuring such industry players as Stanbic IBTC, 3 Consulting, Drone Club, CC Hub/PIN, Stampar3d, Hi-Tech Services, Image Business Solution and Tavia among others, will cover products and services in various areas such as healthcare and wellbeing, automobile, entertainment, education, computing, Smart Homes, Wearables, Security, gaming, 3D Printing, and displays, among others. 

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