The MIT SLOAN Africa Innovate Conference 2016: Overcoming The Ordinary

MIT Africa Innovate Conference

“There is a way to do it better – find it.” – Thomas Edison.

This man -the inventor of the phonograph, the motion picture camera and the electric light bulb definitely knew a thing or two about innovation. Even now years after he has passed his inventions and wise words are still so relevant. It is at the MIT SLOAN Africa Innovate Conference that this timeless quote will be embodied. The aim of the conference being for participants to share groundbreaking ideas and to debate issues leading to solutions that will shape Africa’s future.

1929351_1312203685461566_3067882435841554704_nThe conference is being hosted by the student-administered Africa Business Club within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A handful of the club’s objectives and major initiatives include showcasing the countless business and job opportunities that exist in Africa, profiling current business leaders shaping Africa’s future etc. It is justifiable to say that by hosting this conference with keynote speakers such as Mrs. Ibukun Awosika the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the First Bank of Nigeria, Michael Joseph a World Bank Fellow and the current Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone Group Services and Claude Grunitzky a successful social entrepreneur and the founder of TRUE Africa. Above and beyond the speaker sessions the conference will consist of a start-up showcase where enterprises offering solutions tailor made for Africa will be able to strut their stuff. Also on the itinerary is the Vision Talks which are interactive sessions with emerging entrepreneurs from the continent. This is a 3-Hour Delivery Platform that uses proprietary apps, maps and motorcycles to provide last-mile delivery to e-commerce companies and retailers in Africa.

In order to be able to sit back and truly innovate one must be able to examine which innovations worked in the past, and present thus creating a solid foundation to build innovating technology for the future. It is at events such as these that Africans in the Diaspora who long to make an impact on the motherland can network with like-minded individuals thus driving progress. Moreover, there is no better teacher than experience and with the keynote speakers in attendance there is no excuse for not finding a way to do it better.

For all those interested in attending please follow the link for more information: http://sloanafrica.scripts.mit.edu/africainnovate/agenda/

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