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, Intelligent Automation & 4IR Tech Community in Africa. With a reach to 50K+ local and regional practitioners, AI Expo Africa is now entering its 6th successful year and the team are always striving to grow the offerings, insights and opportunities for our members, delegates, sponsors and partners across the Africa region.
Back in 2017 we identified there were no business focused AI events or 4IR trade publications in Africa. Many events were either deeply technical, exclusive or just simply beyond the reach of most non-technical people because of cost, knowledge, travel or societal constraints. This lead to the creation of the AI Media Group based in South Africa who launched AI Expo Africa, Synapse Magazine & AI TV back 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. Over 5 years we have showcased; 298 exhibitors, 364 speakers, 2649 companies PLUS 5998 delegates have joined us & reported high satisfaction scores. In 2022 we then went on to launch the first comprehensive analysis of the African AI landscape with the publication of “The State of AI in Africa Report“.
AI Expo Africa 2018 – Our launch event in Cape Town, South Africa
We also believe the tech media industry is changing and traditional event model is broken. All stakeholders want value from events beyond the “selling space model” and “pay-to-play” news models of old. We are leveraging new formats and platforms to communicate the business opportunity in the African AI IA & 4IR landscape for entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and corporates. We make our content accessible across the whole of Africa by removing price barriers to content and sharing the fastest growing business opportunity across the continent via our channels, events and publications.
What we do
AI Media have four main offerings all focused on telling a positive and inclusive “good news” real world story about the 4IR in Africa. To that end we offer events, analysis, publications 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 15k+ readership and contributors alike. It is a quarterly publication and free to read on the ISSU platform.
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 4IR thought leaders and innovators driving AI & Data Science across the region, including; large companies, SMMEs, innovators, investors and community builders. We are focused on telling African good news stories about the growing interest in artificial intelligence in the Africa region.
Advisory & Co-creation
We consult and advise with other clients and communities to co-create external, public or in-house events, speaker line ups and offer advisory and media coverage on a case by case basis.
- United Nations ITU (Switzerland)
- AI 4 Good Global Summit (Switzerland)
- World Economic Forum Global Shapers (Switzerland)
- Sanlam Insurance [in-house AI event] (SA)
- African Institute Mathematics – AIMS (Ghana / SA)
- EU ACP Africa (EU)
- Deep Learning Indaba (Africa)
- Deep Learning Indaba X (KZN)
- Deep Learning Indaba X (Pretoria)
- CSIR – Launch of State of AI in Africa Report 2022 (SA)
- French Embassy in South Africa (SA)
- Swiss Embassy in South Africa (SA)
- Dutch Embassy in South Africa (SA)
- Israel Embassy in South Africa (SA)
- City of Cape Town (SA)
- Wesgro (SA)
- Tshwane Economic Development Agency – TEDA (SA)
- City of Johannesburg Tourism Company (SA)
- Tourism South Africa (SA)
- Western Cape Government Global Positioning Working Group (SA)
- Intel AI Youth Pavilion (USA)
- Africa Digital Council (SA)
- UNICRI (Netherlands)
- National AI Dialogue & 4IRSA (SA)
- Alliance 4 AI (Africa)
- Machine Intelligence Institute Africa (Africa)
- Cirrus AI (SA)
- Africa AI Accelerator (Ghana)
- University KZN (SA)
- SA Innovation Summit (SA)
- Manufacturing Indaba (SA)
- SA Trade Pavilion at Global Expo Dubai 2021 (UAE)
- AI CoP with Silicon Cape (SA)
- AI Summit (Pakistan)
- Global Black Youth Summit (USA)
- AI4Dev Summit (Kenya)
- AI Centre & SAIF (Sweden)
- Enubia (Ghana)
- EnhanceMind AI Conference (Ethiopia)
- Better Images of AI Project – Alan Turing Institute (UK)
Our vision to “Create an AI Powered Future for Africa” is centred on growing 4IR trade and innovation in Africa which aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 8, 9 & 17. We have also established a partnership with the ITU, Geneva around the AI for Good Movement to propel Africa more centrally into the mainstream global AI narrative. You can learn more about the UN SDGs we align with here.
The AI Expo Africa vision aligns with UN SDGs 8, 9 & 17
We also help business navigate the 4IR market opportunity 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”
Interviewing African AI thought leaders & companies
AI Media PTY Ltd was founded in 2017 by Dr Nick Bradshaw a 25 year tech veteran now based in South Africa. 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. Prior to building AI Media, Nick created a successful South African Microsoft Gold software business (Complexus), has advised multiple tech start-ups and clients on a range of technology based transformation projects and is now 100% focused on growing the 4IR trade community in Africa.
“We fundamentally believe that artificial intelligence and related 4IR technologies will play a significant role in commerce and society at both a local, national and global level in the coming decades. Our mission and community are focused on harnessing this opportunity and making it available to all. We hope you can join us on this journey”
Nick is supported by Mia Muylaert who heads up Sales and Event Management. Prior to her new role Mia was a function co-ordinator at one of Cape Town’s busiest food and beverage operations. She comes with extensive experience the advertising and events industry, having worked as a production manager for AdMakers International for close to five years.
AI Expo Africa is proudly partnering with AIESEC – A global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC are a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Together we are helping develop leadership and management skills for young people to progress their careers.