IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 400,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration; predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and supercomputers.
Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become “smarter” as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. IBM invests more than $6 billion a year in R&D, just completing its 18th year of patent leadership. IBM Research has received recognition beyond any commercial technology research organization and is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 10 Inductees in the US Inventors Hall of Fame.
IBM was behind the inventions of the PC, SABRE travel reservation system, UPC codes, Watson, the Jeopardy!-playing computing system, and much more.
Since 2010, IBM in Africa has expanded to over 20 countries driven by the strategic outsourcing deal with Airtel in 2010, the opening of the IBM offices in Ghana, Senegal, Angola, Mauritius and Tanzania in addition to the East Africa office and the Central East and West Africa hub in Nairobi and the West Africa branch in Nigeria.
IBM also launched the first IBM Research – Africa based in Nairobi to address Africa’s grand challenges and an innovation center in Nairobi and Lagos.
THOUGHT LEADER PARTNER
Safaricom is Kenya’s leading integrated communications service provider with a customer base of over 19 million customers and a turnover of KES 124.29 billion ($1.436 Billion) as at March 2013. Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof: mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms.
Safaricom has made heavy investments in broadband capacity, giving the company a foothold in undersea cable, satellite, metro and trunk cable connectivity. It also has the widest 3G network and the most expansive WIMAX presence in Kenya. The result of this has been that over 92% of Kenyans who use the Internet regularly, access the Internet through the Safaricom network/infrastructure.
Safaricom also pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world. And thanks to a 2011 partnership with Western Union, M-PESA’s 18.2 million subscribers can now receive international money transfers from 45 countries and territories worldwide, making the partnership the largest deal of its kind in the world. M-PESA customers have over 70,000 points of contact to transact from.
EVENING RECEPTION PARTNER
AIM Group is a full service digital agency headquartered in Tanzania and with presence in Kenya. Our values are based on always doing kick ass work that demonstrates the power of digital in making your brand engaging. We are at the nexus of corporate and cool.
The apeAPP is a mobile tool initiated by the Great Ape Survival Partnership to help the public to learn about and support our closest cousins: chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos! Track your favourite species and see exclusive photos, videos and factoids. Get the newest updates from the field, and find out what you can do to help! With the help of the apeAPP, GRASP is able to bring these partners an international stage to demonstrate the steps they are taking to protect the great apes, all the while bringing the public the opportunity to watch these projects first-hand and support them when they can. www.apeapp.org
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Twinpine is a mobile advertising network reaching millions of Africans on mobile devices via the mobile web and applications. We help brands and publishers run and manage tailored mobile advertising campaigns, enabling them to connect with the right audience, increase conversion rates and, ultimately, make the most of mobile.
Twinpine launched commercially on August 1st, 2011 operating out of Lagos, Nigeria. The company has grown to become a truly African network with operations and campaigns across West, East and South Africa. Twinpine is the clear leader in mobile advertising in Africa.
In 2011, Twinpine won a grant from the Nigerian government to grow capacity and employment opportunities. Twinpine was nominated for the Meffys Award for Innovation and Growth in 2012.
Magic Software Enterprises empowers customers and partners around the globe with smarter technology that provides a multi-channel user experience of enterprise logic and data.
With 30 years of experience enabling enterprises around the world to create and integrate business applications, Magic best understands what IT needs to deliver mobile app projects quickly and cost effectively. We have expanded our offering to provide a full end-to-end solution that addresses all critical enterprise mobility requirements.
Magic simplifies multi-channel mobile app development and management while offering a seamless natural user experience and guaranteeing enterprise-grade security, scalability, and manageability.
126 offices in 86 countries – one network, one objective, one approach. The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya is part of the German Chamber Network and has a lot to offer. We officially represent the interests of the German private sector in Kenya and Tanzania.
Our primary goal is to provide the best service for strengthening bilateral business relationships between Germany and East African countries. You are most welcome to tour our website and contact us directly in case you need any further information.
In a continent where women form a majority of the population and half of the workforce, it is an anomaly that the percentage of women working in technology is less than 15%. Technology is one of the key factors driving Africa’s projected economic rise. As such, there is enormous potential for maximizing the growth of technology through increasing the number and quality of women in technology.
That’s where AkiraChix comes in.
AkiraChix aims to be the leading women’s network impacting technology in Africa.
We plan to do this by inspiring and developing a successful force of women in technology through our key program areas of networking, mentorship and training.
The Bloggers Association of Kenya
The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is a community organization that was set up in 2011 to represent the interests of Kenyan online content creators (bloggers). BAKE exists to empower bloggers so as to enable them to create content better and more efficiently.
Through its commercial arm, Bloggers Media Limited [BML], BAKE connects bloggers with corporates by arranging advertising opportunities and organizing sit-downs with them.
Through the annual Kenyan Blog Awards (www.blogawards.co.ke), BAKE rewards and recognizes exceptional bloggers in their respective categories.
Coders4Africa is an independent nonprofit organization that provides training, education and development infrastructure, logistics and intellectual support to IT professionals in Africa. Our vision is to create and support a Pan-African community of competent, internationally certified IT professionals focused on developing the IT tools for African Agriculture, Business, Education, Health Care, Government and general Social needs. The main strategy is to leverage the rapid development and evolution of the wireless communications and Internet access platform in Africa to educate, certify and continue to support a 1000+ cadre of IT professionals.
The ICT Association of Uganda is a multi-stakeholder initiative formed by private individuals from Uganda, with the vision of providing professional guidance to individuals and organizations in the private sector as well as offering advisory services to government on policy-based issues.
The primary goal of the ICT Association of Uganda is to extend the reach and benefits of the use of ICTs to all sectors and facets of Uganda through professionalism. The Association seeks to become the foremost and largest forum for ICT practitioners, managers, researchers and policy makers to share their knowledge and experience on the technology, adoption, localization, management and policy of development informatics in Uganda.
Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers. It is part open community workspace (co- working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator.
Visit www.ihub.co.ke for more information.
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Mobile Monday Kenya
The Mobile Monday Kenya chapter (MOMOKE) started in early 2011 with a launch event at the iHub presided over by the Finnish ambassador and attended by a wide array of guests. Our objective was simple: to encourage conversation and networking amongst the developer community.
Since then, Mobile Monday Kenya has held over 20 events with more than 4000 participants, with half a dozen companies presenting and more than 40 presentations from individuals being contributed.
We believe that a stronger developer community ensures a healthy ecosystem for current and future techpreneurs, and we will do our best to ensure that Mobile Monday Kenya achieves that vision.
VC4Africa is the largest community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses on the African continent. We connect good ideas with the network, information, and capital they need to realize their potential.
We have members in 159 countries and support over 400 ventures gaining traction in over 30 African markets. We have hosted more than 35 VC4Africa meet ups around the world. Sign up for your free account at vc4africa.biz!
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THE NATION MEDIA GROUP
The Nation Media Group (NMG), founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1959, has become the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa. It has been listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange since the early 1970s.
As the leading multimedia house in the East African region, it has print as well as electronic media and the Internet, which attracts a regular readership quite unparalleled in the region.
On the financial front, the Group’s performance over the years has been outstanding, even in the leaner economic periods in the country, and shows continuous growth and profits for the company as well as the shareholders.
OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER
“From Kogelo to Kansas, you can listen live to 98.4 Capital FM on the web!”
For over 10 years, Capital FM has been offering live streaming of its radio broadcasts to Kenyans locally, and to the world, making us truly, a worldwide station.
After realizing the power of the Internet as a communication medium, Capital FM launched its Digital Media division a couple of years ago. Today, our website receives an average of 2.7 million unique visitors and over 20 million page views per month. We have website visitors from across 100 different countries, with the majority from Kenya (75%) as well as USA, UK, South Africa, Germany, Canada, Uganda, and even as far as Brazil and Australia!
We are a living example that shows digital media is an effective media, especially if combined with a traditional media (radio).
ONLINE MEDIA PARTNER
Bizcommunity.com is South Africa and Africa’s leading B2B website, with a focus on the nation’s advertising, marketing, media, retail and associated sectors. A daily mix of original and quality news coverage has made bizcommunity.com the vehicle of choice for a diverse online audience. Our portal dedicated to Advertising, Marketing & Media is the key influencer in these sectors in Africa and has become the go-to hub for business drivers, opinion makers and recruiters. We are dedicated to building, showcasing and servicing online business communities in our region.
The AIM Group is a global consulting company specializing in classified advertising and interactive media. The company publishes the Classified Intelligence Report, which has been called the “bible of the classified advertising industry.” The AIM Group consults with its clients on revenue growth, best practices, and strategies and tactics for traditional and interactive-media publishers. It was founded in 1997 by Peter M. Zollman, and now has clients, writers and analysts throughout the world.
AppsAfrica.com is a dedicated portal for mobile app developers, start-ups and techies across Africa. We provide the latest news, reviews and events for the mobile and tech communities across Africa. We also showcase the latest apps from all over Africa, so get in touch and send us your latest innovation.
Based in London, Balancing Act combines online publishing with consultancy work. With 10,000 readers across the continent and outside, the English and French speaking newsletters have already become a “must read” among decision-makers in the fast growing telecommunications and ICT sectors. Through its pay-for reports, Balancing Act has built a catalogue of publications that provides in-depth knowledge on the state of the telecommunications and Internet markets, both sectorally and on a country-by-country basis in Africa. Balancing Act also offers industry-focused consultancy services for public and private sector clients. For further information visit our website at www.balancingact-africa.com
BizTechAfrica.com is the authentic voice of Africa’s ICT sector, providing a comprehensive overview of the ICT business of Africa, with up-to-date news, views and interaction for ICT players across the continent. BizTechafrica.com has around 250,000 unique users – across the continent and around the world.
With a team of seasoned ICT journalists in key African growth markets, BizTechAfrica.com supplies Africa’s CEOs, CIOs, IT managers, vendors, other ICT professionals and businesses with all the news they need to know in a way that is relevant to them, while also showcasing African business and ICT achievement to the rest of the world, with a view to attracting investment and business for African players.
BizTechAfrica.com is the single, authoritative source of news and information about the ICT industry throughout Africa, through our news, features, archives and surveys. Providing a little light relief is our homegrown cartoon strip, TiTi-co (which we believe to be Africa’s first localised ICT industry cartoon), which highlights the unique challenges of doing ICT business in Africa.
CIO EAST AFRICA
CIO East Africa is the leading magazine for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in East Africa, published by Kommunication Ultimate Limited (KUL) in conjunction with the International Data Group (IDG), a world-renowned publisher of legendary brands.
The publication highlights ICT investment opportunities, innovation, intellectual property and trends of the converging technologies. Through such authoritative information, the investors get business leads and end-users make informed choices. In 2010, CIO East Africa launched two successful products, the CIO Executive Breakfast Series and the CIO 100 Awards and Symposium. The two products provide for an interactive platform where the sector leaders from both the supply and demand side can meet and interact. More than ever before, ICT has become an integral part of a company’s business strategy. Therefore, the CIO editions make it possible for companies to tap into new business segments and optimize on processes shared in the publication.
Since its inception about two years ago, the magazine and its other products have proved to be a valuable platform for the Industry to congregate and share, network and learn. CIO East Africa is focused on delivering timely and accurate information about the trends and development of the sector to enable our audience to make informed technology investment decisions.
DevelopingTelecoms is the on-line information portal for communications in developing and emerging markets. Providing daily news updates, reviews and analysis of mobile and fixed-wire markets, technology and products DevelopingTelecoms is the leading information source for communications professionals focused on emerging markets. And with 500,000 hits per month, DevelopingTelecoms is a powerful communications channel for businesses wanting to advertise.
Visit www.developingtelecoms.com now and keep up-to-date with ICT in emerging markets. Follow us on Twitter, RSS and sign-up for our free e-newsletter.
HumanIPO is a top pan-African technology news site, with journalists based in all the major hubs covering the growing sector on the continent. Whether it is startups, innovations or big tech business, HumanIPO truly is the home to African tech.
IT NEWS AFRICA
IT News Africa was established in May 2007 and is Africa’s premier ICT news and information website. Our mission is to promote the abundant opportunities for Africans in the ICT sector and to encourage investment by government agencies and the private sector.
IT News Africa is a highly regarded international media partner, co-sponsoring such prestigious international conferences as the ITU Telecom World Conference, AfricaCom, GITEX, Commonwealth Telecoms Summit and the IDC CIO Summit, amongst others. We have a solid track record of maximizing advertiser ROI and our editorial team is made up of a select network of passionate content contributors & journalists stationed around the African continent.
IT News Africa hosts a number of industry leading events, including the bimonthly ITNewsAfrica Innovation Dinner Series, the ICT Business Breakfast, Tech Demo Africa and the IT News Africa Enterprise Summit. These events attract IT professionals and business leaders, and provide a great platform for learning, networking and strategic planning. IT News Africa is also the proud publisher of the quarterly publication African Innovator Magazine (AIM). AIM meets a growing demand for news and information on Africa’s burgeoning ICT sector. This business publication profiles IT business leaders and showcases innovative solutions to business challenges within the ICT sector in Africa.
ITWeb Africa provides daily news, analysis, features and insights into Africa’s rapidly changing ICT sector.
Decision-makers, investors, analysts and others with vested interests in Africa’s ICT sector are ITWeb Africa’s target audience. To cater to this audience, sections on the website cover telecoms, security, business intelligence, enterprise solutions, networks, ICT and governance, mobile and telecoms in Africa. Additional sections on the website include ‘Talk from the Top’ and ‘Movers and Shakers’: two portals that are dedicated to interviewing the continent’s C-level technology enterprise personalities and those behind Africa’s top startups.
All content is provided with the necessary local perspective required to understand what is happening on the ground as ITWeb Africa posts daily news written by editors in South Africa and correspondents in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana and Botswana.
mobiThinking from dotMobi provides everything marketers need to know to help take their brand mobile. The site is packed with practical advice and insight on mobile web and mobile marketing from the world’s top practitioners, plus insight into what the future will hold. With practical guides, briefings, interviews, showcase sites, videos, case studies and essential tools all available for free, mobiThinking is the essential resource for mobile marketing novices and experts alike.
Find out more at mobithinking.com
OTEKBITS is a leading media company dedicated to providing daily coverage of everything happening within the Nigerian and Sub-Saharan Africa Business, Start-up, Social Media, Entertainment, Technology and Developer ecosystem. We provide product and service reviews and in-depth analysis of technology trends within Sub-Saharan Africa. We also run technology commentaries on industry events and happenings.
Learn more at www.otekbits.com
Oxford Business Group
Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.
OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.
Learn more at www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com
SMART MONKEY TV
Smart Monkey TV is a web TV channel that provides interesting interviews with people who know what they’re talking about and have something to say for those who are curious. Topics covered include: Emerging Business; Emerging Media; Emerging Cultures; Emerging History; and Development 2.0.
Learn more at www.smartmonkeytv.com
TechMoran is the leading destination for breaking news from Africa’s disruptive technology companies. Young innovative startup entrepreneurs launching innovative web, mobile and hardware startups are our bias. Our main mission is to stir tech innovation and a culture of entrepreneurship on the continent.
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