Curating a World class programme from global & local thought leaders

Every year we strive to curate a cutting edge programme packed with the latest trends, innovations, case studies and demos of 4IR technology impacting business and society TODAY.  Over the last 3 years we have assembled 200+ World class speakers and 200+ vendors from the largest corporates to the smallest start-ups, fusing them together in a highly rated 4 track speaking programme, expo and poster session coupled to value added networking and social programme.

AI Expo Africa programmes

AI Expo Africa – 3 years of leading global & local thought leadership

Excellence & quality assured

Feedback from our sponsors, delegates, speakers and community members is overwhelmingly positive with a 4.9 / 5 star Google Business rating from our delegates, speakers and sponsors – Click on our Google Business listing and read the reviews HERE.

Take a deeper dive and review our buyer community 2020 feedback & testimony HERE

This was an amazing event with an incredible roster of speakers and talents! ”


Great event

Oracle, SA

Very well organised and usually with international speakers in the line up 

Microsoft, SA

“Throughly enjoyed the talks”

Intel, USA

2021 Programme Overview

AI Expo Africa 2021 ONLINE will follow the same successful format of our 2018, 2019 & 2020 shows with the following components all housed in our secure online eConference platform. **NEW** for 2021 we are including an extra day allowing delegates to visit the exhibition hall on Day 1, meet vendors, view posters and build your own bespoke agenda.  This orientation and vendor networking day will really help visitors fully immerse themselves with the wide range of live content, vendors and agenda we have lined up so you can optimise your time and maximise your learning / networking experience.

Day 1 – 7th Sept 2021 – LIVE Online Programme at a glance (09:00 – 17:00)

  • Show opening – Welcome pack & orientation – Take your time, visit the show, orientate yourself and build your bespoke programme
  • Registration & Help Desk open – Just like a real world event, AI Expo Africa 2021 has a fully staffed help desk manned by “real people”
  • Virtual Trade Expo opens – Visit vendor e-Booths showcasing 4IR products & services with live vendor interaction, demos & meetings
  • Build your bespoke agenda  – Choose from 80+ speakers / 40 hours of talks from 4 tracks. Add to your personal agenda so you don’t miss a talk
  • Start networking  – Meet vendors in the expo hall, see who is at the show, book meetings, chat in the virtual networking areas
  • Day 1 Social programme 18:00  – Join the social programme and take part in some unique online experiences.

Day 2 & Day 3 – 8th-9th Sept 2021 – LIVE Online Programme at a glance (09:00 – 17:00)

  • Synthetic Host – A first for Africa, we are using an AI generated host to welcome you, our speakers & vendors to the show
  • 4 track speaking programme opens – Welcome & Plenary keynotes commence followed by 40 hours of talks with live Q&A
  • Virtual Expo hall – Continue to meet the vendors showcasing 4IR products & services with live interaction, demos & meetings
  • International ePavilions – Showcasing international 4IR vendors & trade missions from countries around the world.
  • Showcase ePavilions – Vendor specific zones showcasing their own products, services and partner ecosystems.
  • Innovation Wall – Posters showcasing applied R&D applicable to industry or investment ready from African Universities
  • Live Networking lounge – 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, entrepreneurs & communities
  • AI4Good Zone – Leveraging 4IR technology for societal applications and UN SDGs
  • Women in AI Zone – Fostering greater engagement with female engineers, entrepreneurs & communities
  • Day 2 Social programme 18:00  – Join the social programme and take part in some unique online experiences.

30 Day On-Demand Show – 10th Sept – 8th Oct 2021 (24/7)

  • 30 Day Show Archive Opens – Never miss a talk, poster or vendor booth.  Simply join the On-demand show archive that will also serve as a learning platform for delegates, students, African tech communities, incubators, accelerators, investors & entrepreneurs.  Its open for you to join 24/7 from 10th Sept – 8th Oct 2021.  You can log in as many times as you like and take your time exploring and learning at a pace that suits you.

Review the AI Expo Africa 2021 Online Programme

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Speakers

The AI Expo Africa speaker line-up of local, regional & global thought leaders

Welcome address & plenary sessions 

  • Hon Minister Thembisile Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams – Dept Communications, Telecommunications & Postal Services, South Africa
  • Ambassador – Swiss Embassy in South Africa
  • Prof Zeblon Vilakazi – Vice-Chancellor University of Wits, South Africa
  • More to be announced soon

2021 Keynotes 

  • Stephen Ibaraki – Managing partner, REDDS, Co-Chairman ACM Practitioner Board, Chairman of the AI for Good Outreach Committee at the AI for Good Global Summit, Switzerland.
  • Intel – Speaker to be announced
  • More to be announced soon
AI Expo Africa 2020 - Interactive Programme

AI Expo Africa 2021 Interactive Programme – Build your own agenda and never miss a talk

  • AI Enablement through an Open Source Platform: An Absa Case Study
  • Unbiased Algorithms Matter
  • Practical application of Artificial Intelligence in HR – 4 Case Studies
  • Real-time prediction capabilities: how a large telecommunications company deploy predictors
  • Conversational AI; the state-of-the-art now and looking forwards through 40 years of experiences
  • Data literacy skills: An important skill for the promotion of market win in the African continental free trade agreement
  • Robust MLOps a Key Driver for Business Success
  • Unplugged Coding – the answer for coding and robotics in South African schools
  • Preparing Youth for the Future of Work in a Developing Country
  • Application of AI in B2B Retention Strategy
  • Brazilian AI Strategy
  • More to be announced soon 
  • 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
  • More to be announced soon 
  • From Infancy to Race Leaders: How your business can embrace Intelligent Automation to stay the course
  • AI Africa Consortium
  • Using Artificial Intelligence for Financial Inclusion in South Africa
  • Which comes first, AI or the Customer Experience?
  • roboMUA (robo – makeup artist) : Building a digital makeup artist
  • Intelligent Document Processing – the automation accelerator.
  • How the African Consumer Market Dictates Global Innovation
  • Quantum Computing for Sustainable Development
  • 5th Machine Age Driving Digital Reshaping
  • The Future of Software Testing using Machine Learning and AI
  • AI for social good: creating the future!
  • More to be announced soon 
  • Effective MLOps on GCP
  • New Era of “AI-Enabling” in Manufacturing Sector: AutoML & No Coding
  • From Data to AI
  • MLCube: Towards Portable & Reproducible ML
  • RPA –  Hard Learned Lessons From The Trenches
  • More to be announced soon 
AI Expo Africa Networking Lounge

AI Expo Africa – Networking & Speaker Lounges – Meet the people YOU want to meet

2021 Innovation Wall – Academic Poster Presentation

During AI Expo Africa 2019 & 2020 our academic poster programme (Innovation wall) was a massive success – In 2020 34 posters were presented from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia plus countries from outside the region such as Russia, Iran and India listed below. Our 2021 poster line up will be announced soon 

  • 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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