Liquid Telecom to sponsor local start-ups for Africa Tech summit

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Dr George Njenga, Strathmore Business School dean and Roberts, sign an MoU during the launch of the Strathmore Africa Business Analytic Data Centre last month. Right is Dr. Vincent Ogutu, the Strathmore deputy VC for planning and development.

Liquid Telecom will join innovators and influencers from across the African ecosystem at this week’s Africa Tech Summit taking place in Kigali from February 14-15.

Africa Tech Summit Kigali brings together leaders from the African ecosystem, international players and investors who want to drive growth on the continent. According to a statement from Liquid Telecom, the summit will provide unrivalled insight, networking and business opportunities - and explore the latest trends, with 90 expert speakers from across the continent delivering keynotes, panels and breakout sessions. The firm added that it will offer free tickets for the summit (priced at $400) to Rwandan-based start-ups to “celebrate its participation in this event”.

Ben Roberts, chief technical and innovation officer for Liquid Telecom, will be participating in a panel discussion on “Connectivity – Unlocking A World Of New Opportunities” alongside Kojo Boakye from Facebook and Erik Hersman from BRCK. Roberts will be discussing why ‘Africa’s Cloud is Liquid’ and how Africa will see many ‘cloud first’ ICT systems developed for businesses just as many Africans have experienced ‘mobile first’ in connectivity, the statement noted.

Liquid Telecom’s African Innovation initiative is helping innovation hubs, startups and academic institutions on the continent to develop emerging technologies, such as cloud, data science and internet of things leveraging Liquid Telecom’s infrastructure and pan-African presence.