International development professional Shari-Julianne Hammond unpacks the challenges and solutions…
What a year, so far.
At the start of 2020, I believed my biggest challenge would be juggling between being a first-time mum, and managing AB2020 alongside our flagship event Tech in Ghana.
How wrong I was.
In business we’re taught to expect challenges, but nothing could have prepared us for what the world has experienced and continues to ride through these past few months. I sincerely hope you’re all keeping well.
2020 was set to bring Tech in Ghana to London in June, and Accra in November. Now in its fourth year and seventh edition, the conference has organically grown to become the leading UK-Ghana platform for Ghana’s tech ecosystem, and has built a credible reputation for valuable knowledge sharing; fostering meaningful relationships; and showcasing local innovation.
After continuous monitoring of the global pandemic, we decided to cancel both live events this year. Instead, we’ve been quietly developing Tech in Ghana 2020: Virtual Edition which will excitingly bring our London and Accra events together for the first time, on 27-28th October.
In line with this year’s theme, The Power of Collaboration – Impact, Investment & Sustainability, the industry has a lot to discuss. Crises such as COVID-19 highlight the importance of collaborating for long-term success, particularly in regards to digital infrastructure and accessibility.
Founders within the tech ecosystem, government & non-governmental agencies, investors and corporates can effectively pull together with their unique, cross-functional perspectives to solve rapidly changing, complex problems within the sector.
In addition to Covid, we’ll be exploring tech’s role in Ghana’s upcoming election; the African Continental Free Trade Area (to which the country will play host secretariat), and of course developments in key sectors such as fintech, agritech, digital commerce and more.
We’re pleased to have the ongoing support of both high-level and local entities, including the Ghana Hubs Network (representing over 30 hubs across the country) as well as welcoming new participants such as Facebook, the Catalyst Fund and Ghana-France Business Club (representing a Viva Tech opportunity in Paris).
Likewise, we’re delighted to be working again with our London venue partners, award-winning law firm Addleshaw Goddard to manage the event online, and to be endorsed by our hosts in Ghana – the Accra Digital Centre.
We have a great roster of speakers and a content-rich schedule planned, and look forward to welcoming you alongside a global audience across two days. More details to follow shortly, but in the meantime put 27-28th October in your diaries.
Thanks for your continued support – it’s good to be back!
Akosua Annobil, Founder, AB2020 & Tech in Ghana