Programme Overview

The AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE follows the same format of our successful 2018 / 19 shows with the following components all housed in our secure online eConference platform.

The 2 Day Live Online Programme at a glance (3rd -4th Sept)

  • 4 track speaking programme – 80+ speakers with 40 hours of talks covering business case studies, innovation, tech demos & platforms with live Q&A
  • Virtual Expo hall – Housing 80+ e-Booths with vendors showcasing their 4IR products & services with live vendor interaction / demos
  • International ePavilions – Showcasing international vendors & trade programmes from France, Netherlands, Switzerland & Israel
  • Innovation Wall – 30+ posters showcasing applied R&D applicable to industry or investment ready from African Universities
  • Live Networking Zone – Public and private live meeting spaces to meet specific people you want to talk to / trade with
  • Live speaker lounge – Post talk live networking area to meet speakers and hold deeper dive discussions with thought leaders
  • Youth in AI Zone – Fostering greater engagement with young engineers
  • Registration & Help Desk – Just like a real world event, AI Expo Africa 2020 online has a fully staffed help desk / support function manned by “real people”

PLUS (5th Sept – 3rd October)

  • 30 Day Archive – The Re-Live Show (Learning archive for students / African tech communities & entrepreneurs)

Confirmed programme deeper dive

This follows 4 key themes and all talks at our virtual event feature live Q&A with speakers and follow up networking in the VIP Speaker Lounge.  From Ministers and Ambassadors to thought leaders and real world business practitioners, our line up aims to cover a multitude of topics for the end user, ranging from ethics, fraud, SDLC, healthcare, banking to smart cities, RPA, Government policy, talent acquisition, quantum computing, chatbots and customer service to name but a few.  Check out the full 2020 programme listing HERE.

  • 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
AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Speakers

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Speakers

Opening – Welcome address & plenary sessions 

  • Hon Minister Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams – Dept Communications, Telecommunications & Postal Services, South Africa
  • Hon Minister David Maynier – Western Cape Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, South Africa
  • Ambassador – French Embassy in South Africa
  • Ambassador – Swiss Embassy in South Africa
  • Ambassador – Netherlands Embassy in South Africa
  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg & Deputy Chair Presidential 4IR Commission, South Africa


  • Olubayo Adekanmbi – CTO MTN Nigeria & Founder Data Science Nigeria – Africa and AI : Counting what counts
  • Rudeon Snell – Senior Director – Intelligent Enterprise Solutions, SAP – Bias in AI – Understanding and managing the risks
  • Kay Firth Butterfield – Head of AI, World Economic Forum – Governance and the great RESET
  • Michael Langeveld – Vice President Europe, Huawei – Building Inclusive AI
AI Expo Africa 2020 - Interactive Programme

AI Expo Africa 2020 – Interactive Programme

Main speaking programme – Case Studies Track

  • Growing a Data Science Team, from legacy to success
  • Unlocking business value using data science in financial services
  • Competitive Data Science
  • Practical AI in the world of cashless payments
  • AI is changing the way we produce
  • Nedbank’s RPA Journey – Past, Present, and Future
  • Nurturing AI to Adulthood and Self-Learning: A Case Study in the SA Media Industry
  • The A.I. powered, insights driven AutomatedFarm
  • AI 4 Good – Mapping Data AI in Agriculture
  • Closing the Loop: Sales Optimisation and Customer Retention Using Conversational AI
  • How FNB is leveraging AI to redefine risk management and ways of working
  • AI Readiness: Through a Business Lens
  • AI in Government : Perception and case studies
  • How can we build AI for Good through Global Collaboration
  • AI for Good – Time to move the needle
  • Successful extraction of AI & RPA
  • Talent Sourcing in AI / Data Science

Main speaking programme – Technology Demos Track

  • Knowledge Mining
  • A New Era of Ultra-low Power ML at the Edge with TinyML
  • Scalable Inference Serving on the Cloud with TensorFlow Serving and Kubeflow
  • Create, deploy, and manage models at scale – The reason why your snowflake AI projects will fail!
  • Sell Faster and More to your Digital Customer
  • How To Provide Cybersecurity and Racial Equality in Biometric Technology
  • Machine translation systems for low-resourced African languages
  • Simplify ML for Enterprise Adoption using Azure
  • Credit Risk Management reimagined through the embedding of analytical models in end-to-end solutions.
  • Building blocks for Intelligent Software Engineering – AI Enabled SDLC
  • Water leakage detection using deep learning technology: A case study for Johannesburg Water
  • Experience Economy
  • Practical IIoT: How sensors and machine learning algorithms help maintenance engineers to work better, safer, and smarter.
  • Enabling access to justice through AI
  • How Ai is disrupting agriculture
  • Towards Corporate Inbox Zero @Nedbank
  • Nebula: The Artificial Intelligence with Feelings

Main speaking programme – Innovation Track

  • Use case for AI in health
  • Machine Learning Model Velocity at Scale
  • Unlocking cheaper access to essential services through AI
  • Cirrus, Africa’s AI operation one year on
  • Cyber AI
  • Artificial Intelligence Social Influence Model and Migration Paths: Implications to Institutions, Government and Businesses
  • Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge-based Systems
  • Building inclusive AI
  • Deep Tech Innovation in Africa
  • karaAgro AI: Precision Agriculture for Africa
  • Machine Learning Wave in FinTech
  • Eye brain gym next level visual intelligence and literacy development
  • Invisio AI – Innovation in breast cancer detection
  • Africa and AI : Counting what counts
  • Fuelling the Artificial Intelligence Revolution with Gaming
  • Optimising the risk-reward trade-off in portfolio management with Reinforcement Learning
  • AI in Switzerland – A high-quality Ecosystem for your Growth
  • Data Science on Demand – Is it a Thing?
  • The Face of the Future
  • The AI Frontier: A Great Divider or A Solution?

Main speaking programme – Platforms Track

  • Tackling bias in AI – The key to unlocking trillion dollars in value
  • Governance and the great RESET
  • Africa’s first AI powered Influencer Marketing platform
  • Arrested by AI
  • Cloud & AI infrastructure and Solutions in the Post Pandemic Era
  • Chatbots for Tunisian Government Services
  • Empowering youth in AI using the Intel Ecosystem
  • Smart cities
  • AWS ML – The “Swiss Army Knife” ML Ops Platform
  • Waste Management Intelligence as a service: Building a circular waste economy through data
  • Bridging the Last-Mile Deployment Problem With MLOps
  • Sell more by leveraging the Microsoft Power Platform with Ai
  • Meet Robocop – Your new HR Director
  • The Intersection of AI and Space
  • Quantum-Enabled Business Advantage
  • Customer Service in the Age of AI
  • Scalable OCR in 10 steps
  • Integrating and collating your data: the leg work made easy
  • Create AI Videos by Typing in Text: Next-Gen Scaleable Video Production for Corporate Communications
  • RPA: the gateway to AI
  • The Hiring Game: How to find the best data science talent for your company

Innovation Wall – Poster Presentation 

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.  Learn more HERE.

As a result we are delighted to present 34 posters this year from innovators from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia plus countries from outside the region such as Russia, Iran and India – all working on Innovations that have direct impact on problems and solutions for Africa.  The 6 challenge categories are as follows
  • Challenge #1 – The Ocean Hub Fishing Challenge – Using AI to prevent breaches of fishing regulations / illegal fishing.
  • Challenge #2 – The 4IR Incubator Social Challenge – Using AI to help improve service and health delivery in disadvantaged communities
  • Challenge #3 – The FSAT labs UX Challenge – Using AI to improve customer service experience & satisfaction for industry / government
  • Challenge #4 – The Engie Energy Challenge – Using AI to map urban / unconnected areas & informal settlements for essential service delivery 
  • Challenge #5 – The EDF / Dassault Systèmes Challenge – Using Artificial Intelligence to improve Energy Efficiency
  • Challenge #6 – The Africa 4IR Open Challenge – Open to start-ups / academics to showcase any AI related product, service or applied research

The posters lined up are as follows

  • DigiFood
  • Research on Intrusion Detection based on Reinforcement Learning (RL) for Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Ocean protection made easy using drones
  • Integrating Magnetic Resonance Coupling with Radio Frequency Energy to Wirelessly Charge Mobile Device Batteries
  • Investigation of Business Incubation Programs and it Effect on Entrepreneurs
  • Enlabeler – for an AI ready Africa
  • Serve2save life initiative
  • Voice Recognition Elevators
  • Africa Farming Lab/Ecosystem
  • A 4IR Solution to Increase Access to Drinkable Water in Vulnerable Regions
  • 3ziza: The Tunisian Chatbot Answering Covid-19 Questions
  • Machine translation systems for low-resourced African languages
  • Re-imagined access to justice.
  • Connected Knee
  • Explosives ICT Control System
  • Vula Vala taxi App
  • Ujenzi
  • Sawubona Mycelium Biotechnology Product Development Bot
  • Guarding
  • Digital Transformation as a tool to prevent theft and vandalism Rail Industry.
  • Bringing clean water closer to areas in need
  • creating OPEN eco-system for financial inclusion
  • Targeted support
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Water Sector
  • Smart Remote Healthcare System (SRHS) for remote monitoring of multiple Covid 19 patients
  • COVID-19 demographic information dashboard
  • Suzy says ScreenYoself
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for
  • targeted energy storage solutions
  • Identification & Prediction of Pneumonia from CXR Images using Deep Learning
  • Redefining access to women’s sexual and reproductive health services.


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