Thursday, 08 October 2020

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Drives regional and international B2B B2G 4IR trade with 45 countries

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AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE Drives regional and international B2B B2G 4IR trade with 45 countries

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE —Africa’s largest B2B / B2G artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and smart technology conference — broke new ground this year with the virtual platform drawing more than 2000 registered delegates and over 500 companies from 45 countries around the world.

This year’s two-day live edition which was allied to a 30-day on-demand show wrapped up on 3 October.  With over 82,000+ platform visits during the show, delegates were able to watch 40 hours of thought leadership talks from global and local brands, visit more than 80 sponsor booths in the virtual expo hall, and review over 30 posters at the virtual innovation wall.

Nick Bradshaw, CEO AI Media Group and co-founder of AI Expo Africa event said, “This edition of  AI Expo Africa is our largest to date and also the largest of its class to be run in the Africa region and has received very positive feedback from both local, regional, and international trade delegates, as well as speakers and sponsors.”

Bradshaw explained that the online format was chosen for this year’s edition due to restrictions around hosting face-to-face events in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “It was important to us to create a “digital twin” of our successful face-to-face format that has been hailed as world class and supported this year by the likes of SAP, Microsoft, Huawei, Oracle, ITU, Arm, Dell, Intel, UiPath and Blue Prism to name but a few.  We had a much larger contingent of international companies that were able to join us via the convenience of the virtual expo hall and our international pavilions hosted by the Dutch, Israeli, Swiss, and French Embassies in South Africa.”

Bradshaw concluded, “The AI Media Group, organisers of AI Expo Africa, would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and delegates who supported and attended the event. Without their commitment and leap of faith in these challenging times this edition would not have been possible.”

Diversity and inclusivity:

  • Delegate diversity - 32% Female, 68% Male
  • 80 speakers from 13 countries represented in the speaking programme which had 40 hours of talks (30% Female,  70% Male)
  • 34 ePosters presented for six Innovation Challenges from seven countries ( 45% Female, 55% Male)

Roy Bannister Head of Event Production at AI Media Group stated, “Overall feedback from sponsors and delegates has been amazing, the inclusion of many more exhibitors via the show’s international pavilions and online format was a big contributor to this year’s massive success.”

An initial report containing key statistics from AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE is now available here (

A delegate survey conducted by AI Media Group showed that 97% of respondents said they enjoyed themselves and learnt something new, this while 95% felt the show met all their expectations, with 98% of respondents stating they would come to AI Expo Africa 2021.

Bannister concluded, “Many companies who couldn’t have attended due to travel costs and the logistical admin associated with face-to-face events and COVID saw this as a clear advantage of the online format. The convenience of being able to watch talks with live Q&A chat and the ability to watch talks at any time was well-received and valued.  The online event experience also offers unique features and opportunities that aren’t available in traditional formats. These included real-time analytics, bespoke reporting, and a 30 day show archive.”

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About AI Expo Africa
Produced by the AI Media Group and with over 4000 community members, AI Expo Africa has now completed its third successful year and is the largest B2B B2G trade focused Artificial Intelligence, RPA & Data Science business conference in Africa. The 2020 edition of AI Expo Africa was held online between 3 September and 3 October 2020 and built upon the phenomenal success of the 2018 and 2019 events that cemented it as the largest gathering of its kind, with over 2000 registered delegates, decision makers, investors, buyers, suppliers, innovators, SMBs and global brands in the region

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Daniel Mpala
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