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Nairobi to host Africa Tech summit for innovators

Microsoft Regional Chief Executive Kunle Awosika says the NextGen Africa 2017 theme is Building for Africa as African entrepreneurs seek to solve business and market-related challenges.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – Global technology and business leaders will converge in Nairobi next month for the NextTech Africa 2017.

The event will connect technology leaders with local developers and entrepreneurs in an effort to engage and collaborate on developing more locally relevant technology.

Microsoft Regional Chief Executive Kunle Awosika says the NextTech Africa 2017 theme is Building for Africa as African entrepreneurs seek to solve business and market-related challenges.

“We believe in the power of the emerging technologies to connect people to key services and boost productivity, while utilizing unique and differentiated business models. Our goal with this event is to bring various players together and collaborate, so that we can build and equip our innovators with the right technology based tools and infrastructure, helping them create and scale more of these solutions,” Awosika noted.

The two-day lineup set for second and third of February will include a series of talks, sessions and forums on topics including cloud, big data, machine learning, the internet of things, digital transformation and technology in emerging markets.

Technology is seen a major player in 2017 growth with prospects of an increase in its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Awosika says disruptive technology will dominate in 2017 especially in the retail sector.

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