Top African tech conferences: Going virtual

AfricaCom, the biggest tech event in sub-Saharan Africa, has gone totally virtual. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation and postponement of many of Africa's top tech conferences: Here is our updated list of major tech events in the region for this year, with scheduling changes noted.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the event business into turmoil, forcing the cancellation or postponement of most of the major tech conferences in sub-Saharan Africa, and causing many to go virtual.

The big news for African conferences is that the major IT event on the continent, AfricaCom, has gone virtual and, colocated with AfricaTech, is now part of the Virtual Africa Tech Festival in November.

"After an extensive period of review and consultation, we have decided to proactively transform our events into fully-virtual events in 2020 with AfricaCom, AfricaTech and all our co-located conferences now forming the virtual Africa Tech Festival," said Tom Cuthell, event director for Informa Tech, in a press release.

Informa's series of events include West Africa Com, East Africa Com, and NigeriaCom (see list below).

Meanwhile, many other conferences that were originally scheduled for the first half of the year have been postponed to the last half of the year or have been changed to virtual events.

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