GSMA Mobile 360 Series - Event Agenda

Event Agenda


Day One – Tuesday 16 April 2019

Rise of the Digital Citizen
Building a Digital World for Citizens of Today and Tomorrow
08:30 Registration and Coffee
09:30 – 10:45

Session 1: An Age of Opportunity or a Game of Thrones?

The stage is set; it is the time to ask if mobile infrastructure and digital policies are fit for purpose? Where is the balance between enforcing regulation to prevent monopolies and keeping the interest of operators and Towercos? As advancements in connectivity are made, are the incentives to connecting the unconnected apparent?

Join us for the opening session of our yearlong theme ‘Rise of the Digital Citizen’ as we welcome Policy Makers, Regulators and Change Makers to our stage.

Attend the Session if you are committed to creating and contributing to digital policy that connects the unconnected and fosters innovation

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Address
09:40 – 10:00 Opening Keynote
10:00 – 10:15 Presentation 1
10:15 – 10:30 Presentation 2
10:30 – 10:40 Presentation 3
10:40 – 10:45 Session Summary

10:45 – 11:25 Coffee Break and Networking
11:25 – 12:40

Session 2: Why we need to imagine different Connected Futures

93% of Africans today have access to a mobile phone service, but less than two thirds have access to piped water. We have digital solutions to change these statistics, this is where policy meets grass root action to solve some of the most difficult challenges facing our region.

Join us as we discuss the wealth of connected tools and channels at our fingertips in this forth industrial revolution; IoT, AI, M2M, 5G, Big Data, all to ultimately answer the question ‘How do we build a connected Africa that leaves no one behind?’

Attend the Session if you are committed to creating intelligent connectivity across Sub-Saharan Africa

11:25 – 11:30 Start-up Ignite
11:30 – 11:45 Keynote Presentation: Digital Leadership in an era of Global uncertainty
11:45 – 12:15 Panel Discussion
12:15 – 12:30 Presentation
12:30 – 12:35 Start-up Ignite
12:35 – 12:40 Session Summary

12:40 – 14:10 Lunch Break
14:10 – 15:25

Session 3: What we can do to stop Technology losing Societies Trust

Trust takes a lifetime to build and just one meme to destroy. We, the mobile ecosystem, need to discuss accountability, privacy and solutions. There are many ways to describe the dynamics between technology and society, but it is unanimously agreed that the relationship is under scrutiny; from combating fake news with fact checking, social media and elections, digital authentication integrations and blockchain for public services.

In this session, we take a different approach, we invite leaders from across the tech sphere to come and discuss the barriers they see to harmony between digital technology and society. Maybe it is a buzzword the industry needs to move on from, or a technology that we’ve outgrown, or a policy that limits development. Come join us as our speakers try to persuade the host and you the audience to consign those barriers to hypothetical oblivion for the good of Digital Technology and Society.

Attend the Session if you are committed to creating a responsible and secure ecosystem for the digital citizen

14:10 – 14:15 Start-up Ignite
14:15 – 15:15 Room 101
15:15 – 15:20 Start-up Ignite
15:20 – 15:25 Session Summary

15:25 – 16:05 Coffee Break and Networking
16:05 – 17:20

Session 4: How Young People are changing the Face of Africa

Africa is a juxtaposition, the oldest continent and yet home to the youngest population on the planet. 60% of the entire continent’s population is below 25 years old; their roots sunk deep in a wealth of culture and tradition, and their wings spread strong for exploration and innovation. These are the leaders of tomorrow. But today it is our job to prepare them, teach them and tool them.

So what do we do? In a spikey panel discussion, we explore the rising start-up community and how to attract more investment; we look at digital literacy skills and the politically charged topic of job creation. Moreover, on a continent where in 11 countries women hold close to one-third of parliamentary seats, we explore how this degree of success in empowerment can be replicated and even surpassed across the STEM sectors. Warning: we will be talking about CHANGE.

Attend the Session if you are committed to creating an environment for youth to thrive in the digital age

16:05 – 16:10 Start-up Ignite
16:10 – 16:20 Presentation
16:20 – 17:00 Panel Discussion
17:00 – 17:05 Start-up Ignite
17:05 – 17:15 What is Next?
17:15 – 17:20 Session Summary and Call to Action

17:20 Close of Day and Drinks Reception