Hear and learn from some of the most interesting, diverse and forward-thinking people in our community.
Our hosts will be your guides through the programme over the two days of the festival.
ABOUT Abiola Babarinde
Co-founder, 2-3 degrees
ABOUT Carl Konadu
Senior 'Firestarter' Producer, BBC R&D
Keynote: Diversity and the joy of being different
In his talk, Ian will take a look at the external and internal challenges of diversity, he will put forward why it matters, show examples of progress and have the audience try practical steps during the talk.
ABOUT Ian Forrester
Public Sector Industry Consultant, Think Big Analytics
Keynote: Responsible Disruption
Africa’s potential for technological leapfrogging - the digital hubs, investors and tech practitioners - is exciting. But, even with African 'techpreneurs' in the lead, a truly equitable version of this future might not happen. Ade asks what, if any, responsibility technologists bear in shaping the technological disruption but also the systems that underpin it. She wonders what scope there is for a broader interpretation of systems thinking?
ABOUT Ade Adewunmi
'Stories dictate the medium through which they are best told', Using her voice to liberate truth and facilitate transcendence, Lula sings about a lived experience of the past, present and future. Her soulful tombra, which carries the weight of her heritage, enables intergalactic travel; with the support of cutting edge technology MiMu Gloves, she makes levitation through sound waves possible.
ABOUT Lula Mebrahtu
Workshop: An introduction to cryptocurrency
This workshop is a beginner’s introduction to the concept of cryptocurrency. We will teach you how to engage securely with the internet by using a password manager and how to send and receive crypto-tokens from your own personal private wallet
ABOUT Dre Ferdinand
This workshop is a beginner’s introduction to the concept of cryptocurrency. We will teach you how to engage securely with the internet by using a password manager and how to send and receive crypto-tokens from your own personal private wallet.
ABOUT Lynette Lalero
Creative Technologist, Comuzi
Workshop: Fake News and the Social Media Generation
The aim of this workshop is for us to discuss and reflect on how fake news is communicated and spread across through social media platforms on the internet. Social Media has its positive benefits, however to make social media beneficial for everyone without harm - reflection and consideration of potential ethical issues is key.
ABOUT Alex Fefegha
Programme Manager, Pivotal London
WORKSHOP: D&I lessons from 'The Matrix': Bridging the Awareness Gap at your Company
This workshop will break down and address common diversity and inclusion problems using 'The Matrix' as a case study. There are interesting parallels between the film and many issues employee groups/D&I teams are facing within their organisations. Initial context will be built as we share some patterns we've noticed as working to build up a D&I space at a global level within Pivotal.
ABOUT Chisa Nwabara
Senior Product Manager, Pivotal London
ABOUT Papa Akuffo
Software Developer, CodeYourFuture
Talk: CodeYourFuture: Refugees Diversifying Tech
CodeYourFuture is a volunteer-run organisation that teaches programming to refugees. This is the story of its origins, its journey so far and how it embraces diversity to create a community that transcends coding and gives a sense of hope and purpose to both students and volunteers.
ABOUT Mozafar Haider
Full Stack Developer, Financial Times
ABOUT Sentayhu M Ali
Software Engineer, Simplabs
Talk: A Glimmer of Hope - The Modern State of Web Components
The browser support of web components has been getting increasingly better over the past few years and besides other component libraries, including Polymer or X-Tag, the Ember community presents its own new library - Glimmer.js - enabling you to create easy-to-use web components today.
ABOUT Jessica Jordan
Software Engineer Apprentice, TalkTalk
Workshop: Self love with p5.js
ABOUT Perola Da Cruz
ABOUT Erica Dos Santos
Workshop: Electronic Live Performance
This workshop consists of Loraine demonstrating her live set, then thoroughly deconstructing it, going through each gear she uses, and explaining its purpose towards her live sets.
ABOUT Loraine James
Front-end Developer, BT
WORKSHOP: Intro to git and Github
A beginner's overview of how git and github work. I intend to show how to use github in the simplest use case (add, commit and push) and to show more advanced workshoppers how to use github pages.
ABOUT Olu Niyi-Awosusi
Tech Lead, Lloyds Innovation Labs
Lighting talk: The Truth About Technoculture
'The Truth About Technoculture' aims to highlight some interesting topics gleaned from ongoing research into the space where technology meets culture. Come and find out how our behaviour, lifestyle, and future may be affected by the digital landscape being built up around us.
ABOUT Ashley Patricks
ABOUT Erin Burns
Policy Advisor, Government Digital Service
Lighting talk: Data science in Government: algorithms and diversity
Around the world, governments are getting ready to use data science, AI and algorithms to support decision-making and improve efficiency. With the rise of algorithms and AI, we need diversity in the government tech industry now more than ever.
ABOUT Dawn Duhaney
Writer and Speaker
TALK: Wakanda, Africa, and alternate futures
This talk will explore: the implications of a fictional African country rapidly outstripping the West; the history of African development; where we are now and whether a real Wakanda could be possible. In essence, if colonisation and imperialism had never happened, where would we be now?
ABOUT Helen Gould
Data Scientist, Qbiz UK
Talk: The Good and Evils of Machine Learning
There has been some discussion in the media recently about bias or deficiencies in machine learning algorithms. For example, facial recognition software being unable to process darker skin tones or chatbots which can be trained to spout racist tweets (Microsoft’s Tay). This talk discusses, in beginner-friendly terms, why this is occurring and in particular how biased algorithms can have a negative impact on the quality of life for people of colour.
ABOUT Brian Akperi
Game Production Manager, Azoomee
PANEL: DIVERSITY IN GAMES
Afrotech Fest offers BAME in Games a vital opportunity to engage with the black African and Caribbean community directly and hopefully build relationships with organisations and people beyond the games industry to encourage inclusivity. Games are an exciting medium that offer new ways to tell stories and the panel explores ways people can get involved and may even inspire them to make their own games.
ABOUT Adam Campbell
QA Lead/Produce, ustwo Games
ABOUT Michael Anderson
Freelance Video Games Journalist
ABOUT Chella Ramanan
Founder, Marshall Media
ABOUT Albert Marshall
Art Director and Game Designer
ABOUT Momo Pixel
Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft
Talk: What does Open Source at Microsoft Look like?
In recent years Microsoft has become a strong contributor to open source. They've integrated open source into projects, while also collaborating on open source projects and initiatives. In this talk we're going to show you some of the areas how embracing open source has changed the way we build products and engage with the community.
ABOUT Jasmine Greenaway
ABOUT Cecil Philip
Product Manager, World First
PANEL: YSYS Founders Stories
A panel on using technology to drive inclusion and diversity in today's fragmented communities: Hear from members of YSYS on how they are building tech startups to empower their communities, and the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people.
ABOUT Andy Ayim
ABOUT Urenna Okonkwo
ABOUT Dayo Akinrinade
ABOUT Darren Tenkorang
Partner, Rareseed Capital
TALK: Democratizing Venture Capital
This talk examines how Block chain technology and the rise of ICO's presents a significant opportunity to disrupt traditional VC models and present a more inclusive, democratized model for financing startups within the community.
ABOUT Paris Petgrave
Channel Marketing Manager, Mozilla
Talk: Privacy Not Included: Marketing a Consumer Demand for Online Privacy & Security
'Privacy Not Included' is the latest campaign from Mozilla's Advocacy team in which a buyer's guide for connected devices was produced, based on their privacy and security. In this talk, Temi discusses how it's vitally important to educate and inform the general public, in order to drive demand for change by manufacturers, so that privacy is the new default in technology.
ABOUT Temi Lasade-Anderson
Software Developer, Avvo
Lighting talk:: Tinker Tailor Coder Spy - Breaking the dev down into... less pretentious roles
In this talk, Wales uses code samples and other content to help listeners identify where they’re plumbers, first responders, legislators, and repair-people. This way they can approach programming with more humility and/or few feelings of intimidation!
ABOUT Wale Ogundipe
Co-founder, Community Growth Ventures (CGV)
Consenting to what? And how much is it worth?
This talk will be a short introduction into the ethical issue surrounding giving permission to your personal data and where it goes and for how long. It also proposes whether we should consider personal data boundary and where should it start or end.
ABOUT Abi Mohamed
Writer, Terra Crioula
Talk: Literary Activisim: Archiving for the future
This talk centres on the topic of digital activism as seen through digital African literary magazines. These digital magazines are documenting our times, an essential task that might determine the future.
ABOUT Yovanka Paquete Perdigao
Lead Developer, Assenty
Workshop: New to Functional Programming? Meet Elixir!
A short workshop introducing Elixir, the functional language that's taking the programming world by storm. Learn how to get started with thinking in terms of functions, and find out why Elixir is used by a growing number of companies around the world to build scalable, fault tolerant and concurrent web and mobile apps.
ABOUT Chi-chi Ekweozor
Software engineer, FutureLearn
Lighting talk: Junior.next()
Life as a “junior” developer can be intense, overwhelming, but rewarding. How can juniors move on to the next level? And, what can employers, mentors and communities do to support the next generation of developers?
ABOUT Tara Ojo
Art Lead, Runaway
Talk: Jack of all trades, Master of diversity
This talk discusses the benefits of being 'a Jack (or Jill) of all trades' and how it naturally drives diversity in the creative industry.
ABOUT Clàudia T. Lopes
Workshop: Untold histories and empty pages in black history on Wikipedia
This workshop explores how to become a wikipedia editor. It explains and discusses the impact of Wikimedia and suggests projects you might like to join as an editor.
ABOUT Kelly Foster
Corporate Partnerships Officer, Amref Health Africa
Talk: How simple technology can deliver life-changing solutions
This talk will look at how simple technology, used in a very specific context, can deliver life-changing solutions to millions of people. We’ll also look at the ways in which we are cultivating and supporting African tech talent from education to seed funding and commercial support.
ABOUT Joseph Nwosu
More participants to be announced.
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