2016 is gradually coming to an end. The nation is
officially technically in a recession? You know what? Aluta Continua Victoria Acerta! Somehow, we must continue to push. Times like this, require lots of inspiration. How else can we be fired up than to network with like minds? Which are some of the best events that affords quality knowledge and networking this period that we can recommend?
Listed below in order of date (top to bottom) are a couple of them. If you know others that deserve to make the list, leave a comment and we’ll update the post. Until then, here are our must attend business and inspirational events for the rest of 2016:
Now in its 6th edition, started in 2011. The Event Show prides itself as the biggest south-south business and networking event. It provides a platform for professionals, manufacturers and suppliers in the event industry to display and exhibit their products and services. It features product exhibition, mentoring sessions, seminars/workshops and runway show.
The Event Show is designed to strengthen the event industry through collaboration and networking amongst practitioners. As a result, special networking activities are deliberately integrated into the show to facilitate strategic partnerships.
According to their website, the main objective of the project is to create a platform to equip individuals interested in starting and building businesses in the event industry with the right tools while showcasing the potentials of the sector.
Startup Port Harcourt Week is more than a conference, it’s a celebration! This annual event will bring together leading and budding founders from within and outside Port Harcourt, local leaders, innovators, thought/change leaders, and friends together over seven days to build momentum, explore opportunities, and tackle together the many challenges of the startup ecosystem in Port Harcourt. The core mission of Startup Port Harcourt Week is to celebrate outstanding entrepreneurial endeavors, develop and support the growing startup ecosystem in the city, and creating a path for startups to scale from ideas to global corporations.
Hackjos2016 is a software and apps competition designed to foster interest among young people in software development and the entire spectrum of ICT. It’s a four-day event featuring a one day conference themed ‘How ready is Nigeria for the internet of things (IOT)?’
The core objectives of HackJos 2016’ include among others: creating opportunities for young people to explore the exciting world of software/apps development; providing an inspiring common platform for young people to interact with local/global industry figures and policy makers; and opening a portfolio of opportunities in entrepreneurship for young people to self-initiate and create jobs in challenging times but with vast untapped opportunities.
This second edition already has the confirmed support of the Governments of Plateau, Benue, Nassarawa, and Bauchi states among others. Also, the event already has the confirmed participation of successful Nigerian startups with global stamp including Gigalayer, BAU Research and Development and Hotel.ng; industry players from Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital as well as professional associations.
Hackjos is a vista to identify with young entrepreneurs seeking to have a place inside education and ICT space where software applications are helping to redefine educational content and delivery.
The fourth TEDx event in Port Harcourt is themed ‘Complexity?’ According to the organisers, the theme will shed light on the challenges our country and the world at large have experienced over time till date, and how understanding complexity as a framework can provide greater insights in understanding our Ideals, Design, Politics, Education, Communication, Human Rights , Entertainment and much more.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED- like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Now in its second edition, #Startupsouth is gradually becoming the most anticipated Startup conference in the whole of south-south and south-east of Nigeria. A brain child of this blog, it was set up to give exposure to startups in the South & East of Nigeria. It’s also focused on attracting investments to these talents.
The first edition attracted the likes of Mark Essien of Hotels.ng, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji of Andela and Lexi Novitske of Singularity Invest. This edition promises to be bigger with several top startup founders and enthusiast already confirmed.
The brainchild of The Nerve Africa is aptly themed – Making Innovation Happen. The Emergent Continent Innovation Conference brings together leaders from across the world in Nigeria for Africa’s flagship conference on innovation. It features highly thematic conversations and cross-industry thought leadership sessions on Smart Payments, Smart Cities, Smart Agric, Smart Content and Smart Corporations.
Some of the Panel Themes include – “SMART CITIES: NETWORKED SOCIETIES, URBAN INNOVATION & INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE”, “SMART PAYMENTS: FINTECH, BLOCKCHAIN DEVELOPMENT & THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS IN AFRICA” etc.
The Speakers include ANNE DRISCOLL – FORMER HEAD, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS, GOOGLE, ASHLEY BENDELL –
FOUNDER AND CEO, AFRICA INVESTMENT ADVISORS LLC, NEW YORK, BOSUN TIJANI – CO-FOUNDER CO-CREATION HUB, NIGERIA, CHRIS SCHULTZ – FOUNDER, LAUNCHPAD, USA and others.