AI Media – Building an AI Powered Future For Africa

AI Media PTY Ltd are the curators of AI Expo Africa, the largest B2B trade focused Artificial Intelligence & Data Science Community in Africa.   With 3000+ members, AI Expo Africa is now entering its 3rd successful year and the team have been working hard to grow the offerings for members, delegates, sponsors and partners in 2020 and beyond.

Why ?

Back in 2017 we identified there were no business focused AI events in Africa.  Many events were either deeply technical, exclusive or just simply beyond the reach of most non-technical people because of cost, knowledge or societal constraints. This lead to the creation of AI Expo Africa that was first run in 2018.  The event model we created was a massive success and helped us identify some of the key challenges and needs of the 4IR community in Africa.

We also believe the tech media industry is changing and traditional event model is broken. All stakeholders want value from events beyond the just selling space model of old. We are leveraging new formats and platforms to communicate the business opportunity in the African AI & Data Science landscape for entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and corporates. We make our content accessible across the whole of Africa by removing price and knowledge barriers to content, creating new event formats and sharing the fastest growing business opportunity across the continent with our community.

What we do

AI Media have four main offerings all focused on telling a positive and inclusive “good news” real world business story about the 4IR in Africa.  To that end we offer events, analysis, publications (Synapse Magazine & AI TV) and are actively building the Artificial Intelligence business community in Africa.  These activities also form part of our wider vision to create an “AI Economic Pipeline” in Africa, a coherent series of stepping stones for society, business and Governments to join, take part and benefit from the 4IR in Africa.

AI Expo Africa Main Event Showreel

Synapse magazine chronicles the 4th industrial Revolution as it unfolds in Africa, and plays a vital part in connecting the members of this growing community across the region affording FREE insights to our readership and contributors alike.  It is a quarterly publication and free to read on the ISSU platform.

synapse magazine the voice of african ai and data science

Synapse Magazine – The voice of African AI & Data Science

AI TV is a streaming channel that forms part of our wider vision to create an AI Powered Future for Africa.  Our goal is to inform people about what to expect as we embrace the fourth industrial revolution in Africa for social and economic benefit. We interview thought leaders and innovators driving AI & Data Science across the region.  We interview African AI / Data Science thought leaders, companies, innovators, investors and community builders and the platform also serves as medium for show coverage.  Our latest offering “AI Stories” is focused on telling African good news stories about the growing interest in artificial intelligence in Africa.

AI TV streaming channel

AI TV streaming channel

The AI TV Africa Podcast, hosted on the Spreaker platform and is globally syndicated.  It reflects the interviews we broadcast on the AI TV and Live Streams exploring the business opportunity in the African AI & Data Science landscape for entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and corporates.

Spreaker AI TV Podcast

Spreaker AI TV Podcast

We help business navigate the 4IR in Africa and can offer detailed insights to businesses, investors, governments and entrepreneurs, joining up the dots in the African IR4.0 landscape via either free or paid for assignments.

We found immense value from AI Media helping us navigate the new and expanding AI ecosystem in Africa – large corporates can find numerous partnering, product and service offerings from the innovators showcased at Africa’s largest Business focused community event  Zimkhita Buwa, Chief Operating Officer at Britehouse a Dimension Data company 

Key statistics

Community & media reach

  • 3055 members (160% growth)
  • 1027 registered delegates (42% growth)
  • 106 speakers  (53% growth)
  • 55 sponsors (27% growth)
  • Synapse magazine – 6 quarterly publications
  • AI TV – 122 videos

Demographics

  • 372 companies (35% growth)
    • International 34
    • African 338
  • Delegates Male 73%
  • Delegates Female 27%
    • Female engineers at talent workshops 70 (34% growth)

Interviewing African AI thought leaders & companies

Team

AI Media PTY Ltd was founded in 2017 by Dr Nick Bradshaw and Roy Bannister, with a collective 40+ year track record of technology and journalistic reporting, publications, events and community building. Nick

Nick is a South African based Entrepreneur helping clients understand the value of Artificial Intelligence powered technologies.  Nick hails from the world of Enterprise collaboration software & cloud platforms and has worked in Europe, North America & Africa with a diverse set of Multi $bn global clients. He Co-Founded and exited a successful South African Microsoft Gold software business (Complexus) and has consulted with multiple tech start-ups and clients on a range of technology based transformation projects.

Roy is Publisher & Editor of Africa’s Only B2B Gambling & Integrated Resorts Industry Trade Publication and serves as African Industry Consultant for Clarion – The world’s largest Gaming Trade Event Organiser where he is an ambassador for ICE Africa – Africa’s largest Gaming Trade Event.  A former journalist Roy also was Co-Founder and COO of Africa’s first dedicated Legal Gambling Trade Show, that drew together Government Regulators and Industry Experts from across the African continent.

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