Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, automated vehicles, Block chain technology, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as well as 3D Printing are being seen as the most influential technologies to power humanity into the next decade. However, for various communities to realize the full potential of these technologies, locally appropriate context needs to be applied by those leading at policy and implementation level. This track will seek to answer some of the most critical questions on emerging technologies like:

  • How can we foster usability by design and what are some examples of success or failure for any technologies that are on the market?
  • Healthcare is a complex and highly regulated service sector yet very ripe for disruption. How have the emerging technologies been applied thus far to develop locally appropriate solutions in Africa?
  • Do innovators know about Intellectual Property (IP) rights? Are academic programs aligning curricula to include such topics? How well are the architects of IP rights aware of the fast changing environment and how can they keep pace?
  • ‘Data is the new oil’ and the other numerous trendy words thrown around with careless abandon: what opportunities actually exist for bioinformatics in Africa? How can we harness data for the good of ‘everyone’ and not just a few elite?

The track will also address how end-user experience can affect uptake and adoption of new technologies; what is being tested and has been proven among emerging technologies for building healthcare systems in Africa and elsewhere; the landscape for intellectual property rights among in the local innovation ecosystem and what opportunities exist for bioinformatics and data for equitable good.