AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE, Africa’s largest B2B / B2G artificial intelligence & smart technology trade show, took place 3rd September – 3rd October 2020 with both a Live and OnDemand show.   The event was the largest of its class run in the region to date, with very positive feedback from both local, regional and international trade delegates, speakers & sponsors.

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Lobby Design

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE – Conference lobby & headline sponsors

The online format was chosen for this edition of AI Expo Africa 2020 due to the restrictions around hosting face-2-face events in light of the COVID pandemic.  We would like to thank all sponsors, speakers and delegates who supported and attended the event.  Without your commitment and “leap of faith” in these challenging times this edition would not have been possible.

Attendance & ratings

Overall the feedback was very positive with supportive comments from delegates, sponsors and speakers about the new online format, headline numbers are as follows;

  • 2112 Registered Delegates at Live Show (2413 including OnDemand show)
  • 1356 Unique visitors at Live Show (1505 including OnDemand show)
  • 77,557 Platform visits at Live Show (82,388 including OnDemand show)
  • 502 unique companies attended the event

Diversity & inclusivity

  • Delegate diversity 32% Female 68% Male 
  • 80 speakers from 13 countries represented in the speaking programme (30% Female 70% Male)
  • 34 ePosters presented for 6x Innovation Challenges from 7 countries (45% Female 55% Male)
  • A total of 45 countries were represented at the show over the 2 days

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Speakers

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Speakers

Media & Press coverage

Pre-event coverage was solid given the pandemic with both TV news, Radio and online news articles being published by multiple platforms.

  • 102 indexable media releases and press articles were published online by multiple outlets.
  • 53 indexable blog / news posts were uploaded to our own event news website
  • Traffic to 2,627,418 website hits with 54,613 unique visitors Jan 2020 – Sept 2020
  • 37 AI TV interviews were conducted for the show with numerous brands and speakers
  • 9th Edition Synapse Magazine (Show Edition 124 pages) contained 47 stories & 35 A4 ads placed for brands
Synapse Magazine readership

Synapse magazine readership (2020 show edition)

Sponsor & Exhibitor feedback

  • This was an amazing event with an incredible roster of speakers and talents!  ARM, UK
  • Great event Oracle, SA
  • Very well organised and usually with international speakers in the line up” Microsoft, SA
  • “Throughly enjoyed the talks” Intel, USA
  • Amidst load shedding….. the show went on. Well done Nick Bradshaw & teamUiPath, SA
  • “We didn’t think it was possible to hold a virtual conference of this magnitude. Amathuba AI, SA
  • “Virtual is very difficult but conference was good under the circumstances” Predictive Insights, SA
  • I’m blown away by the talent and breadth of AI projects in South Africa” Ubiquity AI, USA
  • The experience was good and refreshing” Ashanti AI, Ghana
  • “I think this was a great trial of a virtual conferencing platform” WESGRO, SA
  • “Huge congratulations on a successful online event” ZINDI, SA
  • “World class experience” Enlabeler, SA
AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Booth Examples

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Booth Examples

Delegate & Speaker feedback

  • Enjoyed the consistent ethical discussion around impact of AI to progress our society” Capitec Bank, SA
  • Amazed at the local talent and resources available” OUTsurance, SA
  • “We are super proud of being part of this”  INTERPOL, Netherlands
  • “As an online event, it was very good” ABSA, SA
  • “Enjoying my first virtual conference from my office at home” Data Dialect, SA
  • “Congratulations Dr Nick Bradshaw and Roy Bannister with going online. Well done!” SAIS, SA
  • “I am excited to have been featured in Synapse Magazine” RPA Nuggets, SA
  • “So so so proud of my team at LUMA Law thank you to AI Expo Africa” LUMA Law, SA
  • “Very diverse themes addressing important issues” AIMS, Ghana
  • Well worth a visit to this awesome online venue! Kudos! Nvidia, UK
  • Microsoft Labs were flippin awesome!” Drone Eye Technology, SA
  • The Microsoft AI Lab was informative” University of JHB, SA
  • Great job” Allan Gray, SA
  • Congrats for putting such a great event” UN Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Switzerland
  • “My first fully digital conference was amazing” Kudoti, SA
  • “Well done on another cracking event” Ocular Technologies, SA
  • “Very informative, exciting times ahead” Redflank Consulting, SA
  • “Awesome virtual expo! Thank you for bringing Analytics & 4IR minds together”  Liberty Group, SA
  • I was impressed with what you have accomplished. Well done!” Stellenbosch University, SA
  • AI Expo Africa bar none, is one of the best online conference experiences I have had!” TIES, USA
  • AI Expo Africa was amazing!” UNESCO, Switzerland
  • Thanks for hosting such an amazing conference, showcasing pure African talent” AfricaNova Solutions, SA
  • “It was above my expectations” Social Lab, Germany
  • “Superb event, with great interaction and engagement. Excellent agenda and networking opportunities” SAP, SA
  • “Amazing event. Thanks Nick and Roy. This is great for Africa” Afya Rekod, Kenya
  • “I would like to commend you and your team on a wonderful Expo.” Engineering Human Performance, SA
AI Expo Africa 2020 - Interactive Programme

AI Expo Africa 2020 – Interactive Programme with 40 hours of talks

Initial Conclusions

Although still early day, these are some of the initial conclusions we have formulated from AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE

  • The overall feedback has been very positive – the inclusion of 40+ more exhibitors via our international pavilions and online format was a massive success.
  • Many companies who would not have attended due to travel costs & logistical admin of traditional face-to-face events saw this as a clear advantage of the online format.
  • The convenience of being able to watch talks with live Q&A / chat and the ability to watch talks at any time was well received and valued.
  • A show of this scale also offered us some unique features and opportunities not available in traditional formats like real time analytics, bespoke reporting and a 30 day show archive.
  • 97% survey respondents said they enjoyed themselves & learned something new
  • 95% survey respondents said we met all their expectations
  • 98% survey respondents said they would come to AI Expo Africa 2021

Survey Feedback (Charts)

AI Expo Africa 2020 - Logistics feedback

AI Expo Africa 2020 – Logistics feedback

AI Expo Africa 2020 - Content & Platform feedback

AI Expo Africa 2020 – Content & Platform feedback

AI Expo Africa 2020 - Value feedback

AI Expo Africa 2020 – Value feedback

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