SingularityU South Africa Summit aims to #FutureproofAfrica
Singularity University South Africa Summit – in collaboration with Standard Bank, global partners Deloitte and strategic partners MTN and SAP – hosted the SingularityU Insider Insights Session at MESH Club, Rosebank. The summit, which is being proudly produced by Mann Made Media, will be held at Kyalami Grand Prix and International Conference Centre on 23-24 August 2017. While there are 12 annual SingularityU summits that happen around the world, this will be the first for Africa.
Singularity University's mission is to educate, inspire and empower leaders and citizens to apply exponential technologies on a daily basis in an effort to help solve global challenges. SingularityU summits bring together thought leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs and citizens to explore the potential of exponential technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, cryptocurrency, neuroscience and nanotechnology among others.
“It’s our responsibility to re-engineer the South African and African mindset,” said Mic Mann, Executive Creative Producer of Mann Made Media which is hosting the summit, in his opening address. Mann is also the SingularityU Global Impact Challenge organiser for Johannesburg. “We need to leverage exponential technologies that will shape our growth and economic health,” he continued.
Carlo van de Weijer, from the SingularityU Netherlands faculty of mobility and automotive, presented his keynote address via live stream. He emphasised that exponenetial technologies need to democratised and digitised if they are to be effective in helping to futureproof Africa and the world.
The closing panel discussion, which was chaired by Ex-702 radio presenter Redi Tlhabi, included: Bellinda Carreira, Executive Head of Interactive Marketing at Standard Bank; Valter Adao, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at Deloitte Africa; Stephen Van Coller, VP: Digital Services, Data Analytics, Business Development at MTN; Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Officer at SAP South Africa; and Mic Mann.
Panelists agreed that both government and big business need to leverage exponential technologies across all sectors and industries from education and healthcare to manufacturing. “The reskilling of the labour force for a digital age needs to be done in a responsible manner from both the private sector and government,” said Adao. “Such technologies will drastically change the job landscape and if we don’t digitise our factories and manufacturing processes we will not be globally competitive.” The SingularityU South Africa summit will help Africans understand and utilise the potential uses of exponential technologies to become disruptors rather than be disrupted.
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