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SS2017|Towards Smart Solutions

Sahara Sparks 2017 was themed, "Towards Smart Solutions". The event explored on how smart digital solutions are improving lives. From smart urban planning, smart and clean energy, smart tech solutions, smart governance (citizen engagement), smart production (industries) and new innovative approaches of improving livelihood and tackling social challenges through innovations, digital inclusion and entrepreneurship.


The Future of Smart Cities in Africa

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Africa has experienced the highest urban growth during the last two decades at 3.5% per year and this rate of growth is expected to hold into 2050. Projections also indicate that between 2010 and 2025, some African cities will account for up to 85% of the population - AfDB. Dar es Salaam like many other African cities is on pace to be Africa's fastest growing urban center. Its total population currently about 4.1 million people is expected to expand by more than 85 percent through 2025. What should African urban planners and decision makers do to prepare with this rapid urbanization and the scrumble for resources?


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Visioning new approaches like crowdsourcing to see how we can get to the consumers and citizens is the cornerstone of this transformation.

Seedstar World|Alisee De Tonnac

IoT Africa and Smart Solutions

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It is estimated that there are more than 4 billion IoT devices today and that by 2020, tens of billions of devices will be connected to the Internet. In the first quarter of 2017, revenues generated by the IoT industry increased by 30% year on year in Africa. It’s estimated that the entire continent is likely to be home to more than a billion connected objects by 2020 - Orange. Number of startup companies and businesses are being formed around the sector globally. What is next for IoT in Africa? What innovations should we expect merging from the sectors? What are challenges and opportunities that needs to be addressed.


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We need to use IoT to address real problems in Africa and not just looking for soft solutions.

Sheilah Birgen|iHub Kenya

Attracting Investors to Africa.

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Africa’s tech revolution is picking up speed, with 2017 proving the best year on record for the continent’s tech startups as investment topped US$195 million over the course of the year. The e-commerce space grew 350% in 2016 to collect over US$16 million in investment over the course of the year - Forbes. Africa share is on the venture capital investment and overall startup investment is still relatively slow compared to other continets and individual countries such as China and India which has attracted good number of deals in recent years. What should be done to attract more investment from international and regional investors?


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African countries needs to be strategic on the way they approach global investors.

Stephane Fouche|DMM Global

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