Standard Bank to host Africa’s first-ever advanced tech summit

Singularity University (SU) has announced its first international summit on the African Continent.

The summit, taking place in Johannesburg from 23 and 24 August, will present a display of advanced technologies, extensive debate, and collaborative discussions, offering an exchange of ideas and existing best practices in the fields of healthcare, cyberspace, AI, robotics, big data, finance, and design.

In addition to expert presentations, participants will explore questions ranging from trending technological changes across the globe, to their impact on industry growth and region-specific challenges.

“For some time now, we’ve anticipated a very near future where smart automation will be the new operational advantage and, while there is a clear rise in consumer demand, banks will need to build things people want,” said Bellinda Carreira, Head of Interactive Marketing at Standard Bank.

According to Carreira, the Singularity University Summit will be a two-day international event set to highlight the impact of AI, robotics, blockchain and other exponential technologies not only in finance, but in the similarly critical sectors of security, healthcare and design.

Summit speakers include Ramez Naam, computer scientist and award-winning author; Raymond (Ray) McCauley, scientist, engineer and entrepreneur; Adetayo Bamiduro, co-founder and CEO of a crowdsourcing mobility platform for motorcycle taxis in Africa; and Dan Barry, former NASA astronaut.

“Singularity University is proud to be working with Standard Bank and Mann Made Media to host this first-ever SingularityU South Africa Summit, and to connect with Africa’s leaders and organizations shaping the future,” said Rob Nail, Associate Founder and CEO of Singularity University.

“South Africa represents a microcosm of the challenges facing humanity worldwide and is fast gaining a solid reputation as a global centre. Through this Summit, we hope to connect and inspire leaders in the region to effect global impact.”

For more information, visit the SingularityU South Africa Summit website.


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