The programme has been designed to ensure delegates are able to arrive on Wednesday 27th November and depart after the closing ceremony on Friday 29th November.

Building a SMART future

The future is smart. It has to be. With finite resources and overpopulated urban areas, building SMART cities, structures, systems, grids and utilities is not a nice-to-have it is a necessity. Building SMART creates efficiencies that respond to the challenges we will face in the future. It’s sustainable, encourages economic development, uses resources efficiently and ensures a better quality of life for people. There are several case studies around the world where SMART development has solved critical issues for cities grappling with a multitude of challenges born from dated and obsolete technologies. That is why whatever we build today, tomorrow or in ten years’ time, it has to be SMART. In our build sessions, join the experts to explore what a SMART future looks like and how we can build it.

Powering a Future Africa

The world’s dependency on energy is not declining and it will need a significant supply in the future. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) electricity demand is increasing about twice as fast as overall energy use and is likely to rise by more than half by 2040 [Energy Outlook 2018]. They also forecast that the bulk of global power generation will come from developing countries, with the fastest growth in Africa where generation is expected to jump by 140%. It is against this backdrop that the electrical and electronic engineering sector has an important role to play in paving the way for innovation to respond to this demand in a sustainable, resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly way. In these sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to power up on the latest trends, challenges, innovations and best practices in powering a future Africa.

Powering a Future Africa

The world’s dependency on energy is not declining and it will need a significant supply in the future. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) electricity demand is increasing about twice as fast as overall energy use and is likely to rise by more than half by 2040 [Energy Outlook 2018]. They also forecast that the bulk of global power generation will come from developing countries, with the fastest growth in Africa where generation is expected to jump by 140%. It is against this backdrop that the electrical and electronic engineering sector has an important role to play in paving the way for innovation to respond to this demand in a sustainable, resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly way. In these sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to power up on the latest trends, challenges, innovations and best practices in powering a future Africa.

Driving a Future Africa through Automation

Many experts believe that automation and new technology reforms will define transformation in the energy sector, especially as the industry works towards achieving low carbon economies. Automation and new technology is without a doubt an important enabler for industries to harness the power of data towards achieving increased productivity, integration and security. The use of robotics, artificial intelligence and data analytics are already in motion across industries with encouraging results and the promise of more innovations to come. In this automate session, join experts to learn about automation and new technology in the sector; best practices and implementation; and engagement on the benefits and challenges of driving a future Africa through automation.

Connectivity and Communication for a Future Africa

The electrical and electronic engineering sector has a proud history of connecting the world by powering networking and communication innovations like telecommunications, radar, the internet, radio and television, to name a few. The sector is constantly analysing and refining design and performance practices towards developing new and evolving networking techniques and systems. As we look towards the future, it is important to examine how the sector responds to the challenges and opportunities that the future holds. Cybersecurity, for example, continues to be a major consideration in how these systems are built. In the connectivity sessions, hear from industry experts about these challenges, opportunities and threats; and how the industry is shaping the networks and communication systems for a future Africa.

Connectivity and Communication for a Future Africa

The electrical and electronic engineering sector has a proud history of connecting the world by powering networking and communication innovations like telecommunications, radar, the internet, radio and television, to name a few. The sector is constantly analysing and refining design and performance practices towards developing new and evolving networking techniques and systems. As we look towards the future, it is important to examine how the sector responds to the challenges and opportunities that the future holds. Cybersecurity, for example, continues to be a major consideration in how these systems are built. In the connectivity sessions, hear from industry experts about these challenges, opportunities and threats; and how the industry is shaping the networks and communication systems for a future Africa.

Empower

As we head towards the 4th Industrial Revolution, the rapid evolution of technology is an exciting new frontier for the world, and especially developing continents like Africa. If leveraged effectively, new technologies, offer people living in even the remotest areas of Africa opportunities that didn’t exist before. These technologies are making the world more and more accessible for small enterprises. The time is, without a doubt, ripe for entrepreneurs to flourish. But as technologies advance and become smarter, the need for the right knowledge, skills and experience increases. We’ve known for a long time now that real economic growth and job creation lies in SMMEs. So, as the engineering sector, we have to invest in both technical and business skills development to ensure that SMMEs succeed. In our Empower track, we look at how we create people who can effectively work and function in, mainly technical teams to design, engineer, build, install, commission and maintain Smart systems..

Africa’s Change-makers

Change is often found in the unlikeliest places and in Africa it speaks to the pioneering and hopeful spirit of people on the continent. Whether born out of necessity or the need to make a difference, we have seen amazing innovations and problem-solving initiatives. Africa is home to many change-makers and social enterprises that redefine the boundaries of innovation. Change in the electrical and electronic engineering sector will not happen in isolation. Real change lies in looking outside, identifying, embracing and empowering people who are doing great things in our communities. The change stage will highlight some of the most exciting social enterprise stories Africa has to offer.

Africa’s Change-makers

Change is often found in the unlikeliest places and in Africa it speaks to the pioneering and hopeful spirit of people on the continent. Whether born out of necessity or the need to make a difference, we have seen amazing innovations and problem-solving initiatives. Africa is home to many change-makers and social enterprises that redefine the boundaries of innovation. Change in the electrical and electronic engineering sector will not happen in isolation. Real change lies in looking outside, identifying, embracing and empowering people who are doing great things in our communities. The change stage will highlight some of the most exciting social enterprise stories Africa has to offer.