Speaking Tracks & Online Programme Overview

The AI Expo Africa 2020 online speaking programme is split into 4 tracks.  In total over 100+ speakers and panelists will take part in the programme that broken down into 4 main themes:

  • Innovation  – New to market solutions, innovations, start-up & investor centric success stories
  • Case Studies – Real world applications and benefits of deployment in a B2B / B2C context
  • Platforms & Panels – Latest developments from global, regional & local platform providers including panel discussions
  • Technical Demonstrations – Dedicated, deeper dive technical demonstrations of B2B / B2C solutions hosted in the Expo “Demo Zone”

Innovation Wall

During AI Expo Africa 2019 our academic poster programme (Innovation wall) was a massive success – In 2020 we will also run our Innovation Wall again but on online this year because of COVID19, this is part of our drive to expose cutting edge applied R&D from African Universities & early stage entrepreneurs to a business and investor community.  This year it is linked to our innovation competition sponsored by the French Embassy in South Africa and a range of industry partners.  Learn more about the innovation wall and how you can take part here HERE

2020 Online programme Dates & Times

  • 3rd – 4th September 2020 Live B2B trade Show
  • 5th September – 2nd October 2020 Re-Live Show (Learning archive for students / African tech communities)

Confirmed talks & topics for 2020 speaking programme include;

  • Meet Robocop – Your new HR Director
  • Hyperautomation – How to Scale (Suggested – May change as event is still 10 months away)
  • The Face of the Future
  • Integrating and collating your data: the leg work made easy
  • Optimising the risk-reward trade-off in portfolio management with Reinforcement Learning
  • The AI Frontier: A Great Divider or A Solution?
  • AI for Women Development
  • Practical AI in the world of cashless payments
  • Machine Learning Wave in FinTech
  • Successful extraction of AI & RPA
  • Smart cities
  • Growing a Data Science Team, from legacy to success
  • Simplify ML for Enterprise Adoption using Azure
  • How can we build AI for Good through Global Collaboration
  • Use case for AI in health
  • Scalable OCR in 10 steps
  • Cirrus, Africa’s AI operation one year on
  • Closing the Loop: Sales Optimisation and Customer Retention Using Conversational AI
  • AI Readiness: Through a Business Lens
  • Unlocking business value using data science in financial services
  • Governance and the great RESET
  • Bias in AI – Understanding and managing the risks
  • Fuelling the Artificial Intelligence Revolution with Gaming
  • AI is changing the way we produce
  • Machine translation systems for low-resourced African languages
  • AI for Good – Time to move the needle
  • Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge-based Systems
  • Sell Faster and More to your Digital Customer
  • Africa and AI : Counting what counts
  • Experience Economy
  • Invisio AI – Innovation in breast cancer detection
  • Sorting and Categorising Email To Improve Client Service
  • Arrested by AI
  • Nedbank’s RPA Journey – Past, Present, and Future
  • Deep Tech Innovation in Africa
  • RPA: the gateway to AI
  • Quantum-Enabled Business Advantage

A look back at the AI Expo Africa 2019 Programme 

Plenary Keynotes

  • Data Science Education in Africa – The key to unlocking the 4IR opportunity for all
  • AI : The Marathon Race
  • Bootstrapping AI in Africa
  • Leveraging the power of AI in a rapidly evolving world for economic good

Track Talks – Case Studies

  • AI and Machine Learning with Amazon Web Services
  • Using AI and IoT to Make the World a Better Place
  • Artificial Intelligence to Improve Customer Experience (CX)
  • Old Mutual’s journey toward AI
  • Achieving 1-to1 Personalization at scale
  • IA for Good – Pathways forward
  • New Frontiers In Cognitive Finance
  • The Telkom turnaround and into the AI beyond
  • Achieving a single view of a customer using artificial intelligence
  • 5 easy real world machine learning examples to use in your business.
  • Machine Learning in Real Life
  • How Granadilla is using AI and ML at the core of what they do.
  • Real world applications and benefits of AI deployment in a B2B context
  • How AI can generate value for the financial-services industry
  • Machine Learning in Life Insurance
  • Do You Understand the Words that Are Coming Out of My Mouth?

Track Talks – Platforms

  • Intelligent Enterprises make the Experience Economy click for customers
  • Artificial Intelligence in South Africa: An outlook for 2019 and beyond
  • Immersive and collabortive solutions for data visualisation.
  • The worlds first IoT Point of Sale platform
  • Hybrid Quantum Machine Learning
  • The power of AI to build chatbots for Financial service providers
  • Working with the Savanna Data Platform
  • AI and distributed systems will power a paradigm shift in digital trust

Track Talks – Innovation

  • All human organisms are just algorithms: dealing with uncertainty when predicting behaviour
  • Improving computer vision algorithms using neuroscience principles
  • Mining the digital traces of our society
  • Using Genomics Cloud platform and Machine Learning for genome variant Analysis
  • Using AI for crime prediction.
  • How to use AI for social good
  • How AI can make your workforce perform better
  • Open Data for Impact – Applying AI and Machine Learning on a World of Data Challenges
  • The Cirrus Innovation Initiative for Southern Africa
  • AI In Africa – Bootcamps in Disadvantaged Communities
  • Fusing IR4.0 technology to support Africa’s smart cities initiative.
  • Implement Hand Gesture Recognition with XRDrive Sim
  • Propel: Connecting mindsets and behaviours to performance
  • Analysing the strategic role of digital revolution on South Africa’s economic transformation
  • Innovating to become a truly AI centric organisation
  • Implications of having an intelligent robotic workforce

Track Talks – Demo Zone

  • Introducing Specific AI to the Real World
  • The Rise of AI/ML Engineering
  • Let’s get Hands on with AI
  • The Platform for Intelligent Automation
  • Meet the Wellness Robot
  • You’ve Got Mail – implementing email automation using AI
  • Liability and Risk: Why Explanability & Ethical AI Should Matter to Industry
  • Techniques for enhancing trust in AI
  • How to share data and drive growth and innovation whilst staying GDPR compliant.
  • Natural Language Generation – the next giant leap for AI
  • Using AI and behavioural science to improve business and staff productivity
  • Reclaiming privacy in the age of Big Data
  • The future of advertising
  • Developing Precision Medicine using AI-centric approaches in Africa.
  • Data commons & data philanthropy in the private sector.


  • 4IR Initiatives & Investing Models
  • Ethics, Privacy & Bias in AI
  • AI and the Future of Education in Africa
  • AI 4 Good
  • Women & Youth in AI

Executive Workshops 

  • Creating an Ecosystem with open source products for behavioural predictions
  • Operationalisation of Enterprise AI

Student Workshops

  • The Robocup in Africa & Robotics World Cup.
  • The Pothole Hackathon with Zindi
  • AI & ML Deep Dive
  • AI – The future is now

Poster Presentations

  • Towards Automating Healthcare Question Answering in a Noisy Multilingual Low-Resource Setting
  • Neural Machine Translation for African Languages
  • Designing a hybrid Deep Learning DDoS attack intrusion detection system for software defined Networks
  • Automatic assignment of diagnosis codes to free-form text medical notes
  • Photovoltaic Defect Classification through Thermal Infrared Imaging using a Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning-Based Hybrid Personalised Learning Object Recommender System


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