The inaugural edition of AfricaBeta is scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on the 3rd of October, 2015 in partnership with WeChat.
AfricaBeta aims to explore the ideas and technologies that are shaping the future of the African continent. This will be done by showcasing the companies and individuals that are pushing the frontier, influencing how Africans experience a life in which technology has become essential.
This first edition, tagged Chat 3.0, will focus on how chat applications, and messaging are moving beyond communications into the realms of business and commerce.
In addition to robust expositions by experts in the field, one of the highlights of the event will be demonstrations of outstanding value propositions that emerge from the WeChat ideathon. The ideathon is a parallel experience within Africabeta in which startups and developers who apply stand to gain not only early deployment access to the WeChat platform but also go-to-market support for their products and services.
Speaking on the upcoming event and the partnership with TechCabal, Mr. Idemudia Dima-Okojie, WeChat’s Regional Manager for West Africa said,
WeChat is happy to be part of this event with TechCabal. TechCabal is the authoritative source for startups and technology news and analysis in Nigeria and we’re happy to collaborate with them.The future of messaging in Africa is mobile, hyperlocal and immersive; And at WeChat, we are at the forefront of this. We’re creating a platform that goes beyond messaging, a platform that provides a gamut of functionality ranging from service delivery & transactions, product discovery, customer relationship management, ecommerce, media distribution and much more. We hope startups will take advantage of the platform to turbocharge their business; And that conversation begins at Africabeta.
Bankole Oluwafemi, Editor in Chief of TechCabal also said,
Africabeta is an event aimed at unearthing and celebrating the people, technologies and companies that will define the next phase of Africa. Technology is driving a lot of change in African society in many ways – politics, commerce, urban planning, sex and relationships…Africabeta is the forum where we’ll capture those conversations.
Entry to Africabeta is free, but attendance will be secured by registration. Full event details are available at Africabeta.co.