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Program

9:30 —» 10:30 / Amphitheatre

Welcome Address

Speakers

Ahmed Sameh is a Project Manager at Hivos. He has been managing the Hivos' Co-working program in MENA since 2016. Prior to working at Hivos, Ahmed spent nine years working closely with social entrepreneurs and consulting with them on their ventures in Cairo, London and San Francisco.

Arthur Steiner is an art historian working at the crossroads of contemporary arts, design, and technology. He has initiated the ‘ROOM Program’ and the 'Digital Earth' fellowship for Hivos. In his hometown, Amsterdam, Arthur is actively involved with the art space W139 and is organizing and curating exhibitions and lecture series. The most recent one will be the Vertical Atlas research series, at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

Facilitator

Azza Satti is founder and executive producer at North East Productions in Nairobi, which delivers creative production and promotion of art, film, design, and music projects. Azza has a masters in Art and Public Policy from TISCH New York Unversity and has worked at Japan Society (New York), Rashid Diab Arts Centre (Khartoum), Opening Act Theater (New York), and African Speakers + Artists (Nairobi). From 2016-2018, Azza was a NYU Critical Collaborations Fellow, where she investigated the relationship between creativity and social change.

10:30 —» 11:45 / Amphitheatre

Plenary Panel_The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Panel

George Gachara is the managing partner at HEVA Fund, a finance and business support facility for creative industries in East Africa. George has a background in Communication from Daystar University (Kenya), Conflict Prevention and Management from the International Peace and Security Institute (Italy), Design Thinking and Problem Solving from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Private Equity and Venture Capital, Strathmore Business School (Kenya). In addition to his work at HEVA, George is a member of the NEST Collective - a dynamic Nairobi-based arts company, where he is a writer, film maker and thought leader. He is also an advisor for the Africa region with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Young People, a Global Fellow for the International Youth Foundation and a recipient of the International Development Committee's Outstanding Leadership Award.

Ayman Ismail is an international expert in economic development and entrepreneurship. He is currently the Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business and the Founding Director of the AUC Venture Lab. He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT. Previously, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office in New York, a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and a co-founder and Managing Partner at Enovio Consulting. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a co-founder and board member of Nahdet el Mahrousa NGO. He is also a cofounder, angel investor, and board member in several fast-growing startups in FinTech, logistics, and digital media.

Femi Longe is a social entrepreneur, enterprise trainer, innovation consultant, and speaker with a keen interest in helping individuals and organizations be their best selves and to do their best job to enable a better world. He is currently the co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Co-Creation Hub, Nigeria’s foremost social innovation center committed to stimulating and supporting innovation for a better Nigeria. As Director of Innovation, Femi drives collaborative co-creation processes to generate innovative technology solutions for social and commercial challenges. He is keen about helping individuals find the intersection between their passion and the needs of the world. He is an avid traveler and has visited or lived in 42 countries and counting.

Oulimata Gueye is an art critic and curator. She has been studying the impact of digital technology on urban popular culture in Africa. Her fields of investigation include "Africa sf" on digital culture, science and the potential of fiction to develop critical analysis and alternative positions; "Afrocyberféminismes" which explores digital technologies and the associated stakes in contemporary Africa and its diasporas, namely by investigating the place of gender and race; and "Non Aligned Utopias," which revisits the struggle for non-aligned African positionalities under the conditions of contemporary digital practices.

Syrine Chaalala is the co-founder and chief operating officer of nextProtein, a start-up which aims to tackle land and resource scarcity using insect protein as feedstock. With more than a decade of experience in some of the world’s poorest nations with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, Syrine is passionate about addressing land, water, and resource scarcity in how we produce food.

11:45 —» 12:15

Coffee Break

12:15 —» 13:00 / Main_Lawn, Rooftop, Lobby, Projection

Visit Art Exhibition

About the Exhibitions

Karim Adduchi is an illustrator, painter, and fashion designer. Karim attended the University of Fine Arts in Barcelona and then move to Amsterdam to study fashion design at the Gerrit Rietveld School, where he graduated with the collection "She Knows Why the Caged Bird Sings" (2015). Karim draws his material from Amazigh carpets and fabrics, natural fibers, and wool hand-woven, transformed into dresses, trousers, shirts, and tunics. With this loan from his country of origin, Karim pays homage to the Amazigh woman of northern Morocco. Admiration for the courage of these women turns into divinization as suggested by his second collection, "She Has 99 Names", successfully shown in November 2017 in Amsterdam. Karim has been selected by Forbes 30 under 30, as one of the most infuential and innovative designer to follow, and awarded by the Amsterdam city with the Culture business Award for his capacity to transform culture and bring awarness and community from Morocco to the world.

Designer: Karim Adduchi

Karim Adduchi combines fabrics and social responsibility to create pieces that tell his story and the stories of the refugees who work with him using the loud voice of fashion.

Ayò Akínwándé is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Lagos. His practice involves experimentation with photography, installation, performance, video, and sound in exploring the concepts of identity, perception, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality. Ayò co-curated the 2017 Lagos Biennial and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Africa and beyond. His works and writings have been widely published. He is a 2018 ArtX Prize finalist and a 2018 ABSA L'Atelier Top10 Finalist.

Power Show II: The God-Fathers Are Not To Blame

“Power Show II: The God-Fathers Are Not To Blame” is a multi-layered exhibition of sculpture, installation, sound, video, and digital archives which examines and critiques political power – its nuances and corruptibility. The title of the exhibition is influenced by “The Gods Are Not To Blame,” a 1968 play by Ola Rotimi, and the works delve into issues of patriarchy and governance – continuing Ayo Akinwande’s ongoing interrogation into contemporary daily life.

Sarah Radi Ahmed is the co-founder and general coordinator of Lala Studio, an interdisciplinary experimental studio for alternative design, urban, and development ideas and methods. Trained as an architect, Sarah is also an active visual artist, designer, and an eternal social worker and volunteer.

Lada Hršak is a Croatian-Dutch architect and urbanist, running Amsterdam-based Bureau LADA (Landscape Architecture Design Art), a studio for architectural innovation. Over last two years, Lada has been teaching in a design studio in Cairo and setting up knowledge exchange center with two Egyptian partners, Studio Lala and CILAS.

Karim-Yassin Goessinger founded the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS) in 2013. As an educator, Karim-Yassin combines his backgrounds in philosophy and urbanism with practicing Qi Gong, serving tea, and cooking. He advocates liberal arts education and currently hosts a course on the promises and limitations of modern/colonial science at CILAS in Alexandria, Egypt. In addition, Karim-Yassin has been involved in the creation of Darb Al Labbana Lab in collaboration with Lala Studio and Bureau Lada.

Stargazing Platform, or Magic as Resistance

Stargazing Platform is a rooftop pavilion in Cairo that aims to create a safe space for observation and reflection, revitalise the tradition of storytelling, and promote social awareness on pollution. In Marrakech, we will co-create the pavilion prototype exploring performative discursive techniques dwelling on subjects of science, magic, and ecology. The skin of the pavilion will be ‘woven’ from tactile, local Atlas wool: you are all welcome to come weave-talk with us…

Selma Maaroufi is an architect and co-founder of NoRA (Network of Research & Architecture), a design practice that focuses on emerging territories. Ongoing projects include Capital Centres in Rural Africa, a research that looks at the necessity of transforming the large African hinterland into a viable economic, social, and spatial alternative to unsustainable urbanisation; and Play City, a design and build initiative that aims at multiplying programmed and inclusive open spaces in the city of Rabat. Selma holds a Master of Architecture from ENSAB, the School of Architecture of Brittany in Rennes, France. Her professional experience spans 15 years and was gained in international offices such as RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes in Olot, Spain and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and later in Doha, Qatar.

Play City

Play City is about the programming, activation, and appropriation of public space by an urban community. It proposes to recreate the bustling atmosphere of Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna square in the polished gardens of Villa Janna by installing one of the typical food and beverage stalls. Food stalls typically combine shading, presenting, seating, and lighting – four elements that are conducive to people gathering throughout the day and thereby co-creating a shared space where ideas and goods are casually exchanged. Play City experiments with these elements and activities in order to re-create a mini public space in the sheltered environment of the hotel.

Nika Jazaei is an architect and urban designer based in Amsterdam. She has worked on different scales of design from interior architecture to urban and landscape.

Learning With Tiznit: Designing a Landscape of Care

Learning With Tiznit is a program of cultural and educational engagement designed to (re-)weave water, indigenous plants, and forgotten local materials into citizens’ consciousness and urban experience. An individual and collective agency are activated as participants bring awareness, creativity, and care to spaces in the city that have been neglected, forgotten or have yet to be discovered.

Soukeina Hachem is the founder of Shape, a strategic consulting agency in global design, and of Houna, a Moroccan collaborative platform that aims at strengthening the creative economy. Houna hosted the first edition of Casablanca Design Week in October 2017. Soukeina is a multidisciplinary designer whose work in design business and culture aims to bring about social and systems change. Her diverse work portfolio includes social, spacial, furniture, textile, and graphic design, as well as video and interactive design.

Kouzina Pop-Up Store

Kouzina Store is a launchpad for new creative and unusual projects “made in Morocco” offering a rich range of unique, exclusive, quality products, and a space for customers and designers to meet and share. The store is also meant to be a platform built around a creative and innovative collaboration. Its mission is to promote design through the creation of spaces for reflection, production, and exhibition for designers.

Kampire Bahana is the co-founder of Salooni, a multidisciplinary art project that posits black hair practices as systems of knowledge. The project has traveled to several African and European exhibitions and festivals, such as La Ba Arts Festival in Uganda and Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Ghana. Kampire's writings have appeared in several magazines, including Africa's a Country, Resident Advisor, and Fields Mag. Kampire is also one of East Africa's most exciting young DJs and a core member of Kampala's Nyege Nyege collective. In 2018, her music has taken her to Burkina Faso, the Reunion Islands, and on a European tour that included the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Her mixes have been featured on Resident Advisor, Le Mellotron, Radar Radio, and Sounds of Sonar.

Darlyne Komukama is an Ugandan self-taught photographer and installation artist. She works mostly collaboratively to investigate and edify the things she cares about: femininity, blackness and connectedness. Darlyn's feminist ideals are vital to her projects and she will be found working with other women to initiate interesting projects for even more women to enjoy. Her projects include: The Salooni, a multi-media roving installation made together with three Ugandan women investigating and celebrating Black hair; Our Things, a video archive installation made with one other Ugandan woman collecting stories about similar Ugandan experiences; and Penthouse, a rage room on a rooftop in the middle of downtown Kampala where Kampalan women could safely express and manifest their rage. Her work has appeared on CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Quartz and OkayAfrica. Her work has also been shown at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the Africa Utopia Festival, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the Being Her(e) Exhibition, the Chale Wote Festival in Jamestown in Accra, the Africa Bass Cultural festival in Ouagadougou and at multiple locations in Kampala, Uganda.

The Salooni Mini

The Salooni project brings a mini version of its travelling installation for Black womxn’s hair to African Crossroads 2018. Use the space freely as a selfie booth or put your name down for an appointment to get a quick style. As usual, you are encouraged to explore and play with each other’s hair (with consent, of course) and pass on or learn some lessons about Black hair, specifically, or life, in general.

Jeremiah Ikongio is a multidisciplinary artist creating new media, performance, and interactive art projects. Based in Lagos, he deals with topics such as urban metropolis, gentrification, identity, politics and activism. His work has been shown locally and internationally, collaborating in exhibitions, such as A Visibility Matrix at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2018) in Dublin, Waiting for a Revolution at the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2018 in Durban, ‘Atimgwēyē’ - Sound Installation in the Goethe-Institut, Lagos (2017), and the 11th Bienal do MERCOSUL, in Porto Alegre. He is also a Magnum Foundation 2018 Fellow and a Digital Earth Fellow.

Mapping Asia’s Influence on Africa’s Development in the Fourth Industrial Era

This project aims to explore and document the developing economic relationship between Asia (especially China) and various African countries by visualizing, or mapping, different sets of data that illustrate China’s involvement in economic, technological, and infrastructural projects during the past decade.

13:00 —» 14:00 / Restaurant

Lunch

14:15 —» 18:30 / Restaurant

Parallel Clusters

14:15 —» 16:00 / Training_Center_West

Roundtable 1_Connecting Hubs to Value Chains

About

This roundtable discussion will bring together the managers of hubs, ecosystem actors, entrepreneurs, and more to discuss how collaborative spaces in Africa can effectively address value chain gaps with specific sectors relevant to their communities. Specifically, this roundtable will discuss whether spaces should tailor their services to specific industries or types of members, as sector-focused hubs, and how contributes to spaces’ sustainability and/ or impact on their local environments.

Moderator

Ahmed Sameh is a Project Manager at Hivos. He has been managing the Hivos' Co-working program in MENA since 2016. Prior to working at Hivos, Ahmed spent nine years working closely with social entrepreneurs and consulting with them on their ventures in Cairo, London and San Francisco.

Participants

Sherif Ashraf is the founder and human resources lead of AlMaqarr Coworking Space in Cairo. After starting his career by working in the human resource department of multinational companies, Sherif decided to focus his energy on his passion for human and business development by starting his own startup and is striving to contribute to a real impact and change in the spaces industry in Africa and the Middle East.

Dorcas Owinoh is a founding member and the director of programs at Lakehub, a technology and social innovation hub that aims to decentralize access to technology to grow entrepreneurship and social innovation. Through LakeHub, Dorcas created an open and supportive space where young and talented developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and social innovators in western Kenya meet to network, learn from each other, brainstorm, and find solutions to societal challenges.

Rachel Sibande is Profram Director at Digital Impact Alliance. She also established mHub, Malawi's first innovation hub and incubator.

Susan Long is innovation advisor at Field Ready, a humanitarian and reconstruction aid organization which aims to transform logistics through technology, design, and new ways of engaging people. Susan currently works on the role of local and distributed manufacturing in producing items needed in complex environments. Susan is a systems thinker and digital maker and is passionate about making the systems that surround us work for the people, and for the future. She has over a decade of working experience in international development, mainly in East Africa, with a focus on trade and investment.

Leila Ben-Gacem is an Ashoka Fellow, a socio-cultural entrepreneur, and the founder of Blue Fish. Through her work at Blue Fish, she designs and implements projects that improve the socio-economic dynamic of heritage, culture, and crafts in Tunisia. Leila also founded Dar el Harka, a creative industry hub, as well as Dar Ben Gacem, a boutique hotel and cultural catalyst in the medina of Tunis. She was recently elected as a city council member in her native town of Beni-Khalled. Before switching careers, Leila held various positions at multinational corporations and has a BS in Biomedical Engineering.

14:15 —» 16:00 / Training_Center_East

Workshop 1_Fostering Open, Inclusive and Collaborative Pan-African Maker Networks

About

Currently, there are over 250 innovation spaces in Africa. Although these spaces are meant to be connect innovators, there are various barriers to entry that prevent collaboration such as geographic region, language, and fragmented community networks. This participatory design workshop will begin by highlighting and reflecting on these barriers to entry and suggesting potential mitigation strategies. Next, participants will engage in an interactive workshop to brainstorm and co-design appropriate and sustainable solutions that can connect makers, drive innovation and foster collaboration and dialogue across the continent. This workshop aims to unlock the value of shared resources and knowledge that transcends beyond borders. By exploring new avenues to tap into the expansive network of African innovators, scientists and researchers, this session aims to open up knowledge silos needed for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Facilitators

Juliet Wanyiri is an engineer and designer based in Kenya and the founder of Foondi Workshops. Foondi runs collaborative workshops on design, electronics, and the internet of things in East Africa, and is aimed at growing the African skillset. Her interest in the intersection of technology and design led her to work in Kenya's Silicon Savannah at startup companies such as iHub, BRCK, FabLab Nairobi and Gearbox, in addition to international technology programs with the MIT D-Lab and Stanford University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Integrated Design and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also a Fellow at the MIT Legatum Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development. Her passion lies in using technology, design, and business to build innovative products that address opportunities and challenges on the continent.

Marian Muthui is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Research Assistant at MIT Media Lab. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. Her current research is focused on exploring creative learning in Africa. Marian is working to develop a digital, Pan-African maker network.

16:00 —» 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 —» 18:30 / Training_Center_East

Roundtable 2_Online Platforms and Hub Communities

About

In recent years, several initiatives have pioneered online platforms to connect collaborate spaces, such as hubs, coworking or creative spaces, etc.  To date, however, no one single platform has emerged as the go-to service on a global or even regional level. This roundtable will gather space managers, ecosystem enablers, entrepreneurs, creatives, community leaders, and more to discuss the potential and viability of online platforms for collaborative spaces.
Specifically, this roundtable will ask: What can we learn from other platforms, successful and otherwise, as tools and communities to connect hubs? Is it possible to get African spaces on a single platform to manage their operations, and to better communicate and learn from one another? If yes, what would this African platform look like?

Moderator

Ahmed Sameh is a Project Manager at Hivos. He has been managing the Hivos' Co-working program in MENA since 2016. Prior to working at Hivos, Ahmed spent nine years working closely with social entrepreneurs and consulting with them on their ventures in Cairo, London and San Francisco.

Born in Tunisia, raised on the Internet, Skander Ben Hamda is a hacker, entrepreneur, and the founder of Anava!.

16:30 —» 18:30 / Training_Center_West

Workshop 2_Expanding Opportunities: How Cross Border Collaborations in Africa Can Open Up Opportunities for Financial Sustainability

About

The session will focus on how organizations or individuals can collaborate across borders and open up new opportunities for themselves and for their communities by tapping into wider markets or a larger number of stakeholders across the continent. It will also focus on coming up with simple but practical and creative solutions to the immense barriers that stand in the way of those who wish to collaborate.

Facilitator

Joram Mwinamo is co-founder and managing director of WYLDE International. A leadership and strategy expert with a keen interest in organisational development and entrepreneurship, Joram has worked with organisations across Africa and Asia, particularly in the tech and creative sector to help them pursue and attain the goal of sustainability.

14:15 —» 16:00 / Lounge

Roundtable_Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

About

This round table will discuss technology as a tool for creative expression and why it is the most appropriate medium for art in the 21st century. It will cover a variety of tech-related topics including X Reality, Artificial General Intelligence, Anthropology, Induction (Inductive Reasoning), Meta-Data, Meta Art, Connectivity, Feasibility, Practicality, DIY and 3D Printing.
There will also be space to talk about the relationship between creator and audience and in what ways AI and software is helping artists

Moderator

Jeremiah Ikongio is a multidisciplinary artist creating new media, performance, and interactive art projects. Based in Lagos, he deals with topics such as urban metropolis, gentrification, identity, politics and activism. His work has been shown locally and internationally, collaborating in exhibitions, such as A Visibility Matrix at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2018) in Dublin, Waiting for a Revolution at the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2018 in Durban, ‘Atimgwēyē’ - Sound Installation in the Goethe-Institut, Lagos (2017), and the 11th Bienal do MERCOSUL, in Porto Alegre. He is also a Magnum Foundation 2018 Fellow and a Digital Earth Fellow.

16:15 —» 17:45 / Office 1

Workshop 1_Electric South: Augmented Reality Story Workshop

About

This workshop by Electric South will introduce the basics of augmented reality and how it can expand our toolkit for creative expression. Through play and collaboration, using open-source software, participants will generate an interactive installation together.

Facilitators

Caitlin Robinson is a creative producer and entertainment strategist. She explores emerging technology’s influence on what stories can be told and how stories can reach audiences at Electric South, an incubator for African digital immersive content. Caitlin's work work spans critically-acclaimed documentary films, investigative journalism for TV (BBC, Al Jazeera, and DStv), branded content (Spotify, Unilever and Pepsi), and new media, including virtual reality and digital installation. In addition, Caitlin has worked on the distribution of narrative film and documentaries at the Academy Award-winning studios FilmNation and A24, directed grassroots marketing and distribution campaigns for indie films including CRONIES, executive-produced by Spike Lee, and led the distribution strategy for the Emmy-winning ZERO DAYS VR (Sundance, Tribeca 2017).

Lorna Okeng Atim is a cultural technologist and inclusive innovation scholar specifically interested in emerging tech for the future of museums, cultural spaces, and travel in Africa. She is part of the Electric South team, a company leveraging immersive tech to push the boundaries of Africa's digital storytelling.

16:15 —» 17:45 / Lounge

Presentation 2_The Anthropology Tool of the Future

About

Based on Afroroutes project: a VR experience connecting afro-diasporic narratives. I will speak about alterity and heritage transcendence within the digital era and especially the urge of reshaping the narrative of the continent, technology could be the game changer.

Facilitator

Sélim Harbi is a transmedia storyteller, director, TEDx speaker, and visual consultant. He received his Bachelors in Audiovisual Media from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, and has worked as assistant director on THE ENEMY, a journalistic VR-Experience around war and empathy. He is a multimedia grantee of World Press Photo and a passionate traveler. Focused on contemporary African and diaspora issues, with a special fair for tech-trends and experimentation, Sélim designs new media concepts and cutting-edge projects, such as Afroroutes, his first VR experience.

16:15 —» 17:45 / Office 2

Presentation 3_Low-fi Griots

About

This activity is a presentation of live film translators from Kampala, Uganda. Using a clothes peg, microphone and 2 TVs, live video translators in thousands of illegitimate cinema halls in Kampala translate pop films from Korean kung-fu punches and Nigerian high drama into the Ugandan language and popular culture with a shrewd combination of copyright infringement, critical mass of audience and content, a quick tongue, and easily available low fi technology. This example prompts us to take a look at what we value as legitimate, how we endorse, reject or subvert the value chain, and how to locate and engage audiences who are clearly eager to consume audio and visual content.

Facilitator

Nikissi Serumaga is an independent short filmmaker and program manager at 32° East, an organization for the creation and exploration of Ugandan contemporary art. In her own artistic practice, she creates bite-sized content that blurs the lines between fiction and documentary. In her work as program manager, she works with Ugandan visual artists to further their practice and to connect with new and existing audiences.

17:45 —» 18:30 / Lounge

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Playground

14:15 —» 16:15 / The Spot

Workshop_#ContentForAfrika: Redefining the African Context Online

About

This workshop will discuss the outcomes of the Africa content creators’ summit Hivos organized in Nairobi from December 4-5, 2018. The event provided an opportunity for content creators from Africa using digital platforms to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities around content creation in the continent and come up with innovative solutions that would shape the agenda for the Africa context and its subsequent growth. This session will look at next steps that are needed to counter Africa’s online narrative that has been greatly influenced by the Western world through dominance on the digital spaces.

Facilitator

Sylvia Musalagani is a social development professional interested in the intersection of technology, creativity, and data for social change. She currently leads the Hivos' Resource Of Open Minds (ROOM) project in East Africa.

16:15 —» 16:45 / The Spot

Coffee Break

16:45 —» 18:30 / The Spot

Workshop_Freedom of Speech in a Bubble

Facilitators

Mansour Aziz has worked over the years in a number of fields, including research, design, new media, and journalism. He is founder of Beirut-based tech and design studio SHFRA, and has recently been working on setting up a cultural and bookshop space, featuring both digital and physical content, called Barzakh.

Sami Ben Gharbia is a Tunisian/Dutch human rights campaigner, writer, and freedom of expression advocate. Sami is programme development manager for civic engagement for MENA at Hivos. He is also the founding director of Global Voices Advocacy and co-founder of the Tunisian award-winning collective blog Nawaat.

19:00 —» 20:00 / Restaurant

Dinner 

20:15 —» 21:00 / Amphitheatre

Performance_Motion, by Foli

About

Foli is a music and video project created by Emo de Medeiros and Maxime Pere. Motion is a video concert performance investigating the synaesthetic link between organic and digital, human and machine, body and mind, music and video, movement and rhythm.

Artists

Emo de Medeiros lives and works in Cotonou (Benin) and in Paris. His practice is built around the holistic concept of 'contexture' – it focuses on transculturalness, the circulations, interconnections, transformations and mutations of humans, forms, myths, and merchandises in a postcolonial, globalized and digitalized world, questioning notions of origin, place, identity, and culture. His works are characterized by a serial, rhythmic and participative approach and by a mix of traditional, technological, and semiological elements in transmedia forms. He uses a wide array of mediums including among others sculpture, video, electronic music, photography, performance art, electronic music, installations, painting or appliquéed textile. His work has been shown internationally, in France (Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo), Germany (MARKK Hamburg), Brazil (Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival São Paulo), United Kingdom, Japan, China, in the biennales of Marrakech, Dakar and Casablanca.

9:15 —» 9:45 / Main Lawn

Morning Gathering

Facilitator

Azza Satti is founder and executive producer at North East Productions in Nairobi, which delivers creative production and promotion of art, film, design, and music projects. Azza has a masters in Art and Public Policy from TISCH New York Unversity and has worked at Japan Society (New York), Rashid Diab Arts Centre (Khartoum), Opening Act Theater (New York), and African Speakers + Artists (Nairobi). From 2016-2018, Azza was a NYU Critical Collaborations Fellow, where she investigated the relationship between creativity and social change.

9:45 —» 13:00

Parallel Clusters

9:45 —» 11:30 / Lounge

Workshop 1_A Vocabulary For Vernacular Algorithms: Beadwork to Code

About

A workshop exploring histories of mathematics in pre-colonial Africa and the potential for African beadwork and weaving to act as the mathematical basis for a uniquely African and creative encounter for techne learning and coding. Workshop is open to all coders and non coders interested in addressing the potential and consequence of ‘vernacular algorithms’ and an engagement with African knowledge systems in the age of algorithmic thinking.

Facilitators

Tegan Bristow is a South African artist and developer of interactive digital installations; Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival since 2016. In 2017 Bristow completed PhD on Decoloniality and Actional Methodologies in Art and Cultural Practices in African Cultures of Technology, which she wrote with the Planetary Collegium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University in the U.K. In 2015 curated the Post African Futures exhibition with the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, in extension of this research. Outside of her curatorial and development practices with art, culture and technology in Africa, Bristow has exhibited her own practice widely. Bristow has published her research in various journal and book chapters, most recently in Critical African Studies in 2017. Please see Bristow’s website (www.teganbristow.co.za) for more detail.

Alexandre Coelho is a Mozambican creative coder and entrepreneur. He graduated in Information Systems and Management and completed a post-graduation in Cultural Management. Since 2005, he has worked as a developer for several companies in Portugal. In 2012, after returning to Mozambique, he co-founded the creative studio ANIMA, and started researching and developing work as a creative coder. He is currently Head of Digital and Managing Partner at ANIMA.

Russel Hlongwane is a cultural producer based in Durban, South Africa. His area of interest is in heritage, tradition, and modernity in South Africa and Africa as a broader frame. His work ranges across disciplines from design, visual culture, research and creative economy in varying capacities, both regionally and internationally. Russel works with a broad range of arts organizations through his arts advocacy portfolio. These include Arterial Network, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, KZNSA Gallery, and ASSITEJ. Russel co-founded Onexus Music Business, a music business education company that teaches emerging musicians about the ever-changing music industry. He has recently established a lean consultancy, Cultural & Creative Commerce, a formal entity that allows his creative production and administrative-based work to coalesce and exist in a complementary manner.

9:45 —» 11:30 / Office 1

Workshop 2_The Hustles of a Science Fiction Creator in Africa

About

This session will discuss the history, and the contemporary scene, of creating of science fictional works by artists based on the continent. These experiences and that of other creators, will illustrate the struggles, the triumphs, and also the response of audiences both in the past and today.

Facilitator

Dilman Dila is a writer, filmmaker, digital artist, and all-round storyteller. His books include a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, A Killing in the Sun, and a novella, The Flying Man of Stone, which was nominated for Best Novella at the Nommo Awards. He was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, among other accolades. His short film, What Happened in Room 13 (2007), has attracted over seven million online views, and his first feature film, The Felistas Fable (2013), won four major awards at the Uganda Film Festival in 2014.

11:30 —» 11:45 / Lounge

Coffee Break

12:00 —» 13:00 / Lounge

Roundtable_Vernacular Knowledge Systems

About

This panel acts to bring together participants and audiences interested in the area of African knowledge systems and vernacular knowledges in contemporary digital and technological practices. The panel will explore experimental frameworks for embedded practices and developing research.

Moderator

Tegan Bristow is a South African artist and developer of interactive digital installations; Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Director of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival since 2016. In 2017 Bristow completed PhD on Decoloniality and Actional Methodologies in Art and Cultural Practices in African Cultures of Technology, which she wrote with the Planetary Collegium at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University in the U.K. In 2015 curated the Post African Futures exhibition with the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, in extension of this research. Outside of her curatorial and development practices with art, culture and technology in Africa, Bristow has exhibited her own practice widely. Bristow has published her research in various journal and book chapters, most recently in Critical African Studies in 2017. Please see Bristow’s website (www.teganbristow.co.za) for more detail.

9:45 —» 11:00 / Training_Center_West

Roundtable_The Future of Work

About

Research anticipates a future of improved productivity and endless potential of digital technologies. What does this mean for the future of work in Africa? This round table will discuss salient trends and approaches towards the future of work on the continent, including youth employment and 21st century skills, automation, digital labor and mobility.

Moderator

Ayman Ismail is an international expert in economic development and entrepreneurship. He is currently the Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business and the Founding Director of the AUC Venture Lab. He received his PhD in International Economic Development from MIT. Previously, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office in New York, a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and a co-founder and Managing Partner at Enovio Consulting. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a co-founder and board member of Nahdet el Mahrousa NGO. He is also a cofounder, angel investor, and board member in several fast-growing startups in FinTech, logistics, and digital media.

Participants

Juliet Wanyiri is an engineer and designer based in Kenya and the founder of Foondi Workshops. Foondi runs collaborative workshops on design, electronics, and the internet of things in East Africa, and is aimed at growing the African skillset. Her interest in the intersection of technology and design led her to work in Kenya's Silicon Savannah at startup companies such as iHub, BRCK, FabLab Nairobi and Gearbox, in addition to international technology programs with the MIT D-Lab and Stanford University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Integrated Design and Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also a Fellow at the MIT Legatum Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development. Her passion lies in using technology, design, and business to build innovative products that address opportunities and challenges on the continent.

Marian Muthui is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Research Assistant at MIT Media Lab. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. Her current research is focused on exploring creative learning in Africa. Marian is working to develop a digital, Pan-African maker network.

Jackie Kameel is an Egyptian civil society leader and development practitioner, specializing in bottom-up approaches to sustainable development in Egypt. Jackie is the Managing Director of Nahdet El Mahrousa (NM), an Egyptian youth-led NGO which incubates and supports early stage social enterprises. Over the past eight years, Jackie helped build NM from a small startup organization into one of Egypt’s leading civil society organizations working in areas of social entrepreneurship, employment, and youth empowerment.  NM and its incubated social enterprises impacted the lives of more than 50,000 beneficiaries every year.

11:30 —» 13:00 / Training_Center_West

Workshop 1_Designing Digital Technology That Works for Africa & Africans

About

The aim of this session is to move beyond the hype to explore how digital technology can be designed and deployed to tackle the practical challenges faced in African communities. Together, participants will determine the key drivers required to scale the design and proliferation of relevant technology solutions that add immense value within the peculiarities of the African context.

Facilitator

Femi Longe is a social entrepreneur, enterprise trainer, innovation consultant, and speaker with a keen interest in helping individuals and organizations be their best selves and to do their best job to enable a better world. He is currently the co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Co-Creation Hub, Nigeria’s foremost social innovation center committed to stimulating and supporting innovation for a better Nigeria. As Director of Innovation, Femi drives collaborative co-creation processes to generate innovative technology solutions for social and commercial challenges. He is keen about helping individuals find the intersection between their passion and the needs of the world. He is an avid traveler and has visited or lived in 42 countries and counting.

9:45 —» 11:00 / Training_Center_East

Roundtable_The Future of African Music

About

Music is Africa’s most coveted resource, largely untapped and overlooked, yet consumed in mass quantities. While business and industry interests are pumping millions into commercial pop stars, and the West still fetishises drums and “world music”, there’s an entire generation of African Artists who are using music as a means for expression and self-emancipation, fighting to not be boxed in while creating serious income opportunities along the way. The talk will explore what is the economy of the underground in Africa, what is bubbling on the continent, and how the development of music will affect the continent and the world for decades to come.

Moderator

Derek Debru is co-founder of Nyege Nyege Festival, Nyege Tapes, and Hakunakulala Record Labels, as well as of Boutiq Foundation, an artist incubation program based in Kampala, Uganda.

Participants

Emo de Medeiros lives and works in Cotonou (Benin) and in Paris. His practice is built around the holistic concept of 'contexture' – it focuses on transculturalness, the circulations, interconnections, transformations and mutations of humans, forms, myths, and merchandises in a postcolonial, globalized and digitalized world, questioning notions of origin, place, identity, and culture. His works are characterized by a serial, rhythmic and participative approach and by a mix of traditional, technological, and semiological elements in transmedia forms. He uses a wide array of mediums including among others sculpture, video, electronic music, photography, performance art, electronic music, installations, painting or appliquéed textile. His work has been shown internationally, in France (Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo), Germany (MARKK Hamburg), Brazil (Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival São Paulo), United Kingdom, Japan, China, in the biennales of Marrakech, Dakar and Casablanca.

Kampire Bahana is the co-founder of Salooni, a multidisciplinary art project that posits black hair practices as systems of knowledge. The project has traveled to several African and European exhibitions and festivals, such as La Ba Arts Festival in Uganda and Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Ghana. Kampire's writings have appeared in several magazines, including Africa's a Country, Resident Advisor, and Fields Mag. Kampire is also one of East Africa's most exciting young DJs and a core member of Kampala's Nyege Nyege collective. In 2018, her music has taken her to Burkina Faso, the Reunion Islands, and on a European tour that included the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Her mixes have been featured on Resident Advisor, Le Mellotron, Radar Radio, and Sounds of Sonar.

Noria Chaal is a French-Moroccan filmmaker. She currently lives in Morocco, where she is working on a documentary about the country's emerging music scene. Noria also works as a freelancer between Morocco and Germany, where she has lived for 5 years.

Karim Mrabti is the founder of Atlas Electronic, a four-day celebration embracing music, arts, and local culture which is held in Marrakech each summer. Beyond the festival itself, Atlas Electronic also serves as a platform for local talent sparking connection and exchange. Rotterdam-born and Morocco-based, Karim aims to provoke, stimulate, and inspire a cooperative network of like-minded people.

Hibo Elmi, also known as Hibotep is a somali rtist, Dj and producer living in Kampala. Born and raised in Addis Abeba, she moved to Kampala in 2012. Hibo is well known for her DJ-sets in Uganda and abroad. She just performed for the worldwide electro platform Boiler-room at the NyegeNyege-Festival in Jinja and has been selected by mentor Holly Herndon for the Forecast-program at the House of World Cultures (HKW) in Berlin last spring for composition. She is currently producing her first EP which will be released April 2019.

Otim Alpha has been, to name a few, farmer, boxer, father, community leader and musician. In his role as musician, Otim has released on Nyege Nyege tapes and has since travelled the world with his production partner Leo P-Layeng presenting Northern Ugandan electronic music.

Producer, DJ, and pioneer of Electro Acholi music, Leo P-Layeng has been a trailblazer in his community, empowering many young people with music production skills, while also bringing the great vocalist and musican Otim Alpha to the main stage.

Arlen Dilsizian is an ethno musicologist and label boss at Nyege Nyege tapes, as well as an accomplished DJ and filmmaker.

11:00 —» 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 —» 13:00 / Training_Center_East

Workshop_The New Africa

About

The New Africa is an audio-visual experience and discussion inspired by the new wave of music, videos, and speculative fiction that is embracing African culture and changing the negative narratives and stereotypes surrounding the continent. The activity will start with a video-art piece and 360 VR videos exploring what an alternate, Africa would look like, accompanied by music that combines both traditional and modern/futuristic elements. These pieces will explore how technology and culture could combine. This is followed by a discussion on the importance of content in changing both the global narrative of the continent and the narrative we tell ourselves. The idea is to have an experience that leaves the participant thinking about the ways in which this futuristic Africa can be created.

Facilitator

Dennis Rwafa, known to many as Zyon Black, is a musician, producer, DJ, filmmaker, and the founder and creative director of Umuntu, an entertainment and youth media company. As a musician, Dennis spans diverse genres in electronic music and has been on rotation on local, regional and international radio playlists. Umuntu is a growing startup and is home to Zimbabwean creatives working towards creating African content for the digital generation.

13:00 —» 14:00 / Restaurant

Lunch

15:00 —» 17:00

Site Visits

Marrakech Creative Cluster

The Marrakech Creative Cluster is working to increase the competitiveness of artisans, entrepreneurs, and SMEs within the creative and cultural industries. Specifically, the clusters assist with bridging gaps in value chains, connecting artisans and creatives to the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and facilitating access to markets. This visit includes a presentation about the Creative Cluster initiative, a panel discussion with Marrakech-based entrepreneurs and ecosystem players on connecting clusters, hubs, and coworking spaces to value chains, and a tour of the Emerging Business Factory.

Le 18

Le 18 Derb El Ferrane is a multidisciplinary cultural riad that serves as a place of meetings, exchanges, creation, and reflection located in the Marrakesh medina (old city). Through exhibitions, artist’s residencies and other programs, Le 18  supports emerging artists and the diffusions of the work. This visit will include a tour of Le 18, presentations from their most recent exhibition “Qanat” and interactive activities.

17:00 —» 18:30

Free time in Marrakesh Medina

19:00 —» 20:00 / Restaurant

Dinner

20:00 / Main_Lawn, Rooftop, Lobby, Projection

Storytelling and Visiting Exhibitions

About the Exhibitions

Alexandre Coelho is a Mozambican creative coder and entrepreneur. He graduated in Information Systems and Management and completed a post-graduation in Cultural Management. Since 2005, he has worked as a developer for several companies in Portugal. In 2012, after returning to Mozambique, he co-founded the creative studio ANIMA, and started researching and developing work as a creative coder. He is currently Head of Digital and Managing Partner at ANIMA.

Pattern Phinda Code

Interactive creative outcomes of workshops and interactions at the intersection of beadwork and coding, by Alex Coehlo of the Vocabulary for Vernacular Algorithms project.

Karim Adduchi is an illustrator, painter, and fashion designer. Karim attended the University of Fine Arts in Barcelona and then move to Amsterdam to study fashion design at the Gerrit Rietveld School, where he graduated with the collection "She Knows Why the Caged Bird Sings" (2015). Karim draws his material from Amazigh carpets and fabrics, natural fibers, and wool hand-woven, transformed into dresses, trousers, shirts, and tunics. With this loan from his country of origin, Karim pays homage to the Amazigh woman of northern Morocco. Admiration for the courage of these women turns into divinization as suggested by his second collection, "She Has 99 Names", successfully shown in November 2017 in Amsterdam. Karim has been selected by Forbes 30 under 30, as one of the most infuential and innovative designer to follow, and awarded by the Amsterdam city with the Culture business Award for his capacity to transform culture and bring awarness and community from Morocco to the world.

Designer: Karim Adduchi

Karim Adduchi combines fabrics and social responsibility to create pieces that tell his story and the stories of the refugees who work with him using the loud voice of fashion.

Ayò Akínwándé is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Lagos. His practice involves experimentation with photography, installation, performance, video, and sound in exploring the concepts of identity, perception, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality. Ayò co-curated the 2017 Lagos Biennial and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Africa and beyond. His works and writings have been widely published. He is a 2018 ArtX Prize finalist and a 2018 ABSA L'Atelier Top10 Finalist.

Power Show II: The God-Fathers Are Not To Blame

“Power Show II: The God-Fathers Are Not To Blame” is a multi-layered exhibition of sculpture, installation, sound, video, and digital archives which examines and critiques political power – its nuances and corruptibility. The title of the exhibition is influenced by “The Gods Are Not To Blame,” a 1968 play by Ola Rotimi, and the works delve into issues of patriarchy and governance – continuing Ayo Akinwande’s ongoing interrogation into contemporary daily life.

Sarah Radi Ahmed is the co-founder and general coordinator of Lala Studio, an interdisciplinary experimental studio for alternative design, urban, and development ideas and methods. Trained as an architect, Sarah is also an active visual artist, designer, and an eternal social worker and volunteer.

Lada Hršak is a Croatian-Dutch architect and urbanist, running Amsterdam-based Bureau LADA (Landscape Architecture Design Art), a studio for architectural innovation. Over last two years, Lada has been teaching in a design studio in Cairo and setting up knowledge exchange center with two Egyptian partners, Studio Lala and CILAS.

Karim-Yassin Goessinger founded the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS) in 2013. As an educator, Karim-Yassin combines his backgrounds in philosophy and urbanism with practicing Qi Gong, serving tea, and cooking. He advocates liberal arts education and currently hosts a course on the promises and limitations of modern/colonial science at CILAS in Alexandria, Egypt. In addition, Karim-Yassin has been involved in the creation of Darb Al Labbana Lab in collaboration with Lala Studio and Bureau Lada.

Stargazing Platform, or Magic as Resistance

Stargazing Platform is a rooftop pavilion in Cairo that aims to create a safe space for observation and reflection, revitalise the tradition of storytelling, and promote social awareness on pollution. In Marrakech, we will co-create the pavilion prototype exploring performative discursive techniques dwelling on subjects of science, magic, and ecology. The skin of the pavilion will be ‘woven’ from tactile, local Atlas wool: you are all welcome to come weave-talk with us…

Selma Maaroufi is an architect and co-founder of NoRA (Network of Research & Architecture), a design practice that focuses on emerging territories. Ongoing projects include Capital Centres in Rural Africa, a research that looks at the necessity of transforming the large African hinterland into a viable economic, social, and spatial alternative to unsustainable urbanisation; and Play City, a design and build initiative that aims at multiplying programmed and inclusive open spaces in the city of Rabat. Selma holds a Master of Architecture from ENSAB, the School of Architecture of Brittany in Rennes, France. Her professional experience spans 15 years and was gained in international offices such as RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes in Olot, Spain and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and later in Doha, Qatar.

Play City

Play City is about the programming, activation, and appropriation of public space by an urban community. It proposes to recreate the bustling atmosphere of Marrakech’s Jemaa el Fna square in the polished gardens of Villa Janna by installing one of the typical food and beverage stalls. Food stalls typically combine shading, presenting, seating, and lighting – four elements that are conducive to people gathering throughout the day and thereby co-creating a shared space where ideas and goods are casually exchanged. Play City experiments with these elements and activities in order to re-create a mini public space in the sheltered environment of the hotel.

Nika Jazaei is an architect and urban designer based in Amsterdam. She has worked on different scales of design from interior architecture to urban and landscape.

Learning With Tiznit: Designing a Landscape of Care

Learning With Tiznit is a program of cultural and educational engagement designed to (re-)weave water, indigenous plants, and forgotten local materials into citizens’ consciousness and urban experience. An individual and collective agency are activated as participants bring awareness, creativity, and care to spaces in the city that have been neglected, forgotten or have yet to be discovered.

Soukeina Hachem is the founder of Shape, a strategic consulting agency in global design, and of Houna, a Moroccan collaborative platform that aims at strengthening the creative economy. Houna hosted the first edition of Casablanca Design Week in October 2017. Soukeina is a multidisciplinary designer whose work in design business and culture aims to bring about social and systems change. Her diverse work portfolio includes social, spacial, furniture, textile, and graphic design, as well as video and interactive design.

Kouzina Pop-Up Store

Kouzina Store is a launchpad for new creative and unusual projects “made in Morocco” offering a rich range of unique, exclusive, quality products, and a space for customers and designers to meet and share. The store is also meant to be a platform built around a creative and innovative collaboration. Its mission is to promote design through the creation of spaces for reflection, production, and exhibition for designers.

Kampire Bahana is the co-founder of Salooni, a multidisciplinary art project that posits black hair practices as systems of knowledge. The project has traveled to several African and European exhibitions and festivals, such as La Ba Arts Festival in Uganda and Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Ghana. Kampire's writings have appeared in several magazines, including Africa's a Country, Resident Advisor, and Fields Mag. Kampire is also one of East Africa's most exciting young DJs and a core member of Kampala's Nyege Nyege collective. In 2018, her music has taken her to Burkina Faso, the Reunion Islands, and on a European tour that included the Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Her mixes have been featured on Resident Advisor, Le Mellotron, Radar Radio, and Sounds of Sonar.

Darlyne Komukama is an Ugandan self-taught photographer and installation artist. She works mostly collaboratively to investigate and edify the things she cares about: femininity, blackness and connectedness. Darlyn's feminist ideals are vital to her projects and she will be found working with other women to initiate interesting projects for even more women to enjoy. Her projects include: The Salooni, a multi-media roving installation made together with three Ugandan women investigating and celebrating Black hair; Our Things, a video archive installation made with one other Ugandan woman collecting stories about similar Ugandan experiences; and Penthouse, a rage room on a rooftop in the middle of downtown Kampala where Kampalan women could safely express and manifest their rage. Her work has appeared on CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Quartz and OkayAfrica. Her work has also been shown at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the Africa Utopia Festival, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg as part of the Being Her(e) Exhibition, the Chale Wote Festival in Jamestown in Accra, the Africa Bass Cultural festival in Ouagadougou and at multiple locations in Kampala, Uganda.

The Salooni Mini

The Salooni project brings a mini version of its travelling installation for Black womxn’s hair to African Crossroads 2018. Use the space freely as a selfie booth or put your name down for an appointment to get a quick style. As usual, you are encouraged to explore and play with each other’s hair (with consent, of course) and pass on or learn some lessons about Black hair, specifically, or life, in general.

Jeremiah Ikongio is a multidisciplinary artist creating new media, performance, and interactive art projects. Based in Lagos, he deals with topics such as urban metropolis, gentrification, identity, politics and activism. His work has been shown locally and internationally, collaborating in exhibitions, such as A Visibility Matrix at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2018) in Dublin, Waiting for a Revolution at the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2018 in Durban, ‘Atimgwēyē’ - Sound Installation in the Goethe-Institut, Lagos (2017), and the 11th Bienal do MERCOSUL, in Porto Alegre. He is also a Magnum Foundation 2018 Fellow and a Digital Earth Fellow.

Mapping Asia’s Influence on Africa’s Development in the Fourth Industrial Era

This project aims to explore and document the developing economic relationship between Asia (especially China) and various African countries by visualizing, or mapping, different sets of data that illustrate China’s involvement in economic, technological, and infrastructural projects during the past decade.

9:15 —» 9:40 / Main_Lawn

Morning Activity

Facilitator

Azza Satti is founder and executive producer at North East Productions in Nairobi, which delivers creative production and promotion of art, film, design, and music projects. Azza has a masters in Art and Public Policy from TISCH New York Unversity and has worked at Japan Society (New York), Rashid Diab Arts Centre (Khartoum), Opening Act Theater (New York), and African Speakers + Artists (Nairobi). From 2016-2018, Azza was a NYU Critical Collaborations Fellow, where she investigated the relationship between creativity and social change.

9:45 —» 13:00

Cluster

9:45 —» 11:00 / The Spot

Workshop 1_Hypergender

About

All over the world, the #metoo movement has been challenging the narrative around gender and power dynamics. As the campaign spread, some African women also joined in, but not all African countries took part. To date, there has been little detailed analysis of #MeToo’s impact on the African continent or how Africans relate to it. This leads to question how we can tell more the stories our continent, and how can to explore the topics of our gender identity, power abuse, and sexuality. The Hyper-Gender workshop aims at creating a space for a collective exploration on these topics, and of how we experience, embody and envision gender dynamics beyond stereotypes and labels within our personal context. Hyper-Gender is a movement exploring the paradigm shift happening in gender, identity, and social interactions in the 21st century: going beyond the masculine / feminine binary, leadership in the new economy, identity fluidity, new relationship frameworks, and changing the narrative about sexuality.

Facilitator

Asmaa Guedira is a catalyst juggling different roles: gender advocate, new economy consultant, speaker, writer, and facilitator. A Moroccan-French nomad, she thrives to build bridges between different cultures. Asmaa has spent the last 5 years consulting on various projects, mainly exploring the links between gender, social innovation, digital transformation, and collective intelligence. She leads an innovative edutainment program in the MENA region for the Womanity Foundation, founded the Hyper-Gender project, and is involved in various global networks like OuiShare, Amanitas, Global Innovation Gathering, The Crazy Toads and Emerging Leaders OCP. She also consults for the UNDP, UN Women, MitOst, and the EU, and has co-authored two books in French, Société Collaborative and Le Manifeste des Crapauds Fous. Asmaa grew up in Rabat, Morocco and has a degree in management from EM Lyon and in international relations from Koç University. She started her career as a business consultant for PwC Paris before deciding to prototype her life as a laboratory beyond borders.

9:45 —» 11:00 / Training Center West

Workshop 2_Design Thinking Session on Addressing Gender Barriers to Entrepreneurship; Understanding Problems and Applying Creative Solutions

About

This session will explore multiple possibilities of addressing gender barriers to entrepreneurship, giving participants confidence to experiment, take risks and learn from failures. The session will encourage self assessment, allowing designers to assess themselves by tracking the extent to which their designs solved the initial problem, then adapt their approach accordingly. The overall goal of this session is to find collaborative and creative ways of inspiring critical thinking on gender barriers to entrepreneurship from an empowerment and rights based perspective. Target audience includes, women entrepreneurs, ecosystem enablers, regulators, gender activists, co-working staff, program design managers, mentors and creative thinkers.

Facilitator

Nambula Kachumi is the executive director of WECREATE, a women’s entrepreneurship center focused on addressing gender barriers in entrepreneurship, increasing women’s access to economically empowering tools and resources, and supporting women's transitions from the informal to the formal sector. With over 12 years of experience as a private enterprise development professional, Nambula has worked within the Zambian entrepreneurial ecosystem and across the region to influence policy around financial inclusion, business leadership, private enterprise development, and women’s participation and access to quality education and integrated life skills.

11:00 —» 11:30 / Lounge

11:30 —» 13:00 / Training Center West

Roundtable_Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Workforce 

About

Are tech companies building diverse and inclusive workforces? While many companies try to hire their way out of the diversity gap, many women are also leaving the tech industry and the “pipeline problem” represents more of a symptom than a cause. Moreover, women are not the only group that face difficulty in tech and other workplace environment, even as awareness of diversity in the workplace and the presence of corresponding initiatives continues to increase. This roundtable will examine the necessary actions needed to construct an environment that retains top talent through inclusivity and collaboration, and real, measurable steps to do so. In particular, what steps or measures can we advocate for companies to ensure an inclusive workforces, especially for women, and what can we all do to move the needle?

Moderator

Linda Kamau is the co-founder and COO of AkiraChix, an organization that provides training and mentorship to increase the number of skilled women in technology and positively impact the community. Linda strives for a society where women are the drivers, creators, consumers, decision makers, and leaders in the field of ICT.

Participants

Asmaa Guedira is a catalyst juggling different roles: gender advocate, new economy consultant, speaker, writer, and facilitator. A Moroccan-French nomad, she thrives to build bridges between different cultures. Asmaa has spent the last 5 years consulting on various projects, mainly exploring the links between gender, social innovation, digital transformation, and collective intelligence. She leads an innovative edutainment program in the MENA region for the Womanity Foundation, founded the Hyper-Gender project, and is involved in various global networks like OuiShare, Amanitas, Global Innovation Gathering, The Crazy Toads and Emerging Leaders OCP. She also consults for the UNDP, UN Women, MitOst, and the EU, and has co-authored two books in French, Société Collaborative and Le Manifeste des Crapauds Fous. Asmaa grew up in Rabat, Morocco and has a degree in management from EM Lyon and in international relations from Koç University. She started her career as a business consultant for PwC Paris before deciding to prototype her life as a laboratory beyond borders.

Samar Abdel Fattah is the founder of the first Hyperloop team in the Middle East and is currently the Hyperloop project director at Sypron Solutions. Samar is an aerospace engineer who believes in humanity, science, technology, and education. She has received awards from the British Interplanetary Society, SpaceX, Dubai Government and ASME for advanced space and mobility projects.

Nambula Kachumi is the executive director of WECREATE, a women’s entrepreneurship center focused on addressing gender barriers in entrepreneurship, increasing women’s access to economically empowering tools and resources, and supporting women's transitions from the informal to the formal sector. With over 12 years of experience as a private enterprise development professional, Nambula has worked within the Zambian entrepreneurial ecosystem and across the region to influence policy around financial inclusion, business leadership, private enterprise development, and women’s participation and access to quality education and integrated life skills.

Oulimata Gueye is an art critic and curator. She has been studying the impact of digital technology on urban popular culture in Africa. Her fields of investigation include "Africa sf" on digital culture, science and the potential of fiction to develop critical analysis and alternative positions; "Afrocyberféminismes" which explores digital technologies and the associated stakes in contemporary Africa and its diasporas, namely by investigating the place of gender and race; and "Non Aligned Utopias," which revisits the struggle for non-aligned African positionalities under the conditions of contemporary digital practices.

9:45 —» 11:00

Rising Industry

9:45 —» 11:00 / Training_Center_West

Panel 1_Heritage and Design

Panelists

Sunny Dolat is a Kenyan creative director and production designer. In 2012, he co-founded The Nest Collective, a multidisciplinary arts collective working with film, fashion, visual arts, and music.

Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera is a Mexican-Dutch designer and head of creative projects and senior designer at Vlisco in the Netherlands. Gabriela leads Vlisco&co, a young collaborative initiative between the creative team from Vlisco and upcoming young West African talents in which all individuals share their strongest skills, as well as their personal visions, specific to everyone own’s context. Unitedly, they re-think the future of Vlisco prints and the local creative industries under an experimental methodology of work.

Karim Adduchi is an illustrator, painter, and fashion designer. Karim attended the University of Fine Arts in Barcelona and then move to Amsterdam to study fashion design at the Gerrit Rietveld School, where he graduated with the collection "She Knows Why the Caged Bird Sings" (2015). Karim draws his material from Amazigh carpets and fabrics, natural fibers, and wool hand-woven, transformed into dresses, trousers, shirts, and tunics. With this loan from his country of origin, Karim pays homage to the Amazigh woman of northern Morocco. Admiration for the courage of these women turns into divinization as suggested by his second collection, "She Has 99 Names", successfully shown in November 2017 in Amsterdam. Karim has been selected by Forbes 30 under 30, as one of the most infuential and innovative designer to follow, and awarded by the Amsterdam city with the Culture business Award for his capacity to transform culture and bring awarness and community from Morocco to the world.

9:45 —» 11:00 / Training_Center_East

Panel 2_Innovations in Food and Energy in Africa

About

This panel will examine innovations within the fields of energy and food in Africa, including renewable energy, urban farming, alternative sources of animal feed, new beverage products, and access to resources.

Panelists

Mendi Njonjo is an international development and philanthropy strategist and practitioner. She has over 20 years’ experience working with civil society and philanthropic organizations on policy analysis, strategic planning, and international grant making. Her focus has been on social and environmental justice with particular attention to anti-corruption and female citizenship. This includes work in the USA, West, Southern and East Africa on promotion and adoption of civic technology to support good governance & prevent conflict. She is active in promoting women’s right to bodily autonomy and economic justice, as well as sustainable agriculture and renewable energy, with a focus on the gendered impact of these programs on African women. She currently serves as the Regional Director for Hivos Foundation an environmental and social justice organization that promotes innovative and at-scale solutions for endemic and systemic problems in the East Africa region.

Ayò Akínwándé is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Lagos. His practice involves experimentation with photography, installation, performance, video, and sound in exploring the concepts of identity, perception, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality. Ayò co-curated the 2017 Lagos Biennial and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Africa and beyond. His works and writings have been widely published. He is a 2018 ArtX Prize finalist and a 2018 ABSA L'Atelier Top10 Finalist.

Lola Pedro is the regional director of TrendWatching, a global consumer trend firm, and a co-founder of Pedro's, Nigeria's first craft spirit brand. Indulging in her curiosity regarding the future of global business, Lola began her career working in New York and then Japan for over 4 years before returning to the UK. Since then, she has been engaged in industries as diverse as magazine publishing, events production, consumer research, virtual reality, and corporate film, whilst working on projects for brands such as Trace, the European Space Agency, Abu Dhabi TV, and Sony. She has been featured on CNN and her trend thinking can be seen in publications such as the Telegraph online and Conde Nast Traveller. Lola holds a BSc in Multimedia Technology and Management Systems and an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship from University College London and currently lives in Lagos.

Syrine Chaalala is the co-founder and chief operating officer of nextProtein, a start-up which aims to tackle land and resource scarcity using insect protein as feedstock. With more than a decade of experience in some of the world’s poorest nations with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, Syrine is passionate about addressing land, water, and resource scarcity in how we produce food.

11:30 —» 13:00

Arts Lectures

11:30 —» 13:00 / Lounge

 In Conversation: Arthur Steiner with Jeremiah Ikongio and Ayọ̀
Akínwándé

About

This session explores different ways of mapping cultural, political and economic systems that are influencing present day Africa.

Jeremiah Ikongio

As a multidisciplinary artist Jeremiah Ikongio creates new media, performance and
interactive art projects. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, he deals with topics such as the urban metropolis, gentrification, identity, politics and activism. His work has been shown locally and internationally, collaborating in exhibitions, such as A Visibility Matrix at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2018) in Dublin, Waiting for a Revolution at the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art / International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2018 in Durban, and ‘Atimgwēyē’ – Sound Installation at the Goethe-Institut, Lagos (2017) / 11th Bienal do Mercosul, in Porto Alegre. He is also a Magnum Foundation 2018 Fellow.

 

Mapping Asia’s Influence on Africa’s Development in the Fourth Industrial Era

This project aims to explore and document the developing economic relationship between Asia (especially China) and various African countries by visualizing, or mapping, different sets of data that illustrate China’s involvement in economic, technological, and infrastructural projects during the past decade.

 

Ayo Akinwande

Ayò Akínwándé is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Lagos. His practice involves
experimentation with photography, installation, performance, video, and sound in exploring the concepts of identity, perception, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality. Ayò co-curated the 2017 Lagos Biennial and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Africa and beyond. His works and writings have been widely published. He is a 2018 ArtX Prize finalist and a 2018 ABSA L’Atelier Top10 Finalist.

 

Power Show II: The God-Fathers Are Not To Blame

“Power Show II: The God-Fathers Are Not To Blame” is a multi-layered exhibition of sculpture, installation, sound, video, and digital archives which examines and critiques political power – its nuances and corruptibility. The title of the exhibition is influenced by “The Gods Are Not To Blame,” a 1968 play by Ola Rotimi, and the works delve into issues of patriarchy and governance – continuing Ayo Akinwande’s ongoing interrogation into contemporary daily life.

Moderator

Arthur Steiner is an art historian working at the crossroads of contemporary arts, design, and technology. He has initiated the ‘ROOM Program’ and the 'Digital Earth' fellowship for Hivos. In his hometown, Amsterdam, Arthur is actively involved with the art space W139 and is organizing and curating exhibitions and lecture series. The most recent one will be the Vertical Atlas research series, at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.

Speakers

Ayò Akínwándé is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Lagos. His practice involves experimentation with photography, installation, performance, video, and sound in exploring the concepts of identity, perception, duality and the multi-faceted layers of the human reality. Ayò co-curated the 2017 Lagos Biennial and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Africa and beyond. His works and writings have been widely published. He is a 2018 ArtX Prize finalist and a 2018 ABSA L'Atelier Top10 Finalist.

Jeremiah Ikongio is a multidisciplinary artist creating new media, performance, and interactive art projects. Based in Lagos, he deals with topics such as urban metropolis, gentrification, identity, politics and activism. His work has been shown locally and internationally, collaborating in exhibitions, such as A Visibility Matrix at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (2018) in Dublin, Waiting for a Revolution at the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2018 in Durban, ‘Atimgwēyē’ - Sound Installation in the Goethe-Institut, Lagos (2017), and the 11th Bienal do MERCOSUL, in Porto Alegre. He is also a Magnum Foundation 2018 Fellow and a Digital Earth Fellow.

11:30 —» 13:00 / Training_Center_East

Performance Lecture_Welcome to Johannesburg

About

Welcome to Johannesburg is a performance lecture delivered by Zahira Asmal. Johannesburg, the largest city of South Africa, is in many ways a fragmented layered city, its diverse history is crystallized in architecture full of contrast. Generally, African nationals are subjected to poor and violent conditions in South African cities. To unravel that harsh division requires a radical change in the conceptual operating mode, and involves creating new overlaps by an integrative project that will re-script the city, play with it and build it to tell a story that defines the city’s identity. In 2011, Zahira Asmal initiated a place-making project at Johannesburg’s prominent Park Station in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg. Every day, one million people from various parts of the country and the continent use the station for their commute and transfer. As an urbanist, Zahira grasped the opportunity to reimagine underutilized spaces and to mark a cultural and symbolic “welcome” to the city and the entire country. As an important gesture, Zahira commissioned the celebrated Ghanaian-British architect, Sir David Adjaye to design a pavilion to be placed at a prominent site at the precinct. Zahira’s performance lecture highlights the milestones in the development of the project and emphasizes challenges faced by black women making place in South African cities.

Speaker

Zahira Asmal is the founder and director of The City, a research, publishing and place-making agency. In her projects she seeks to create knowledgeable urban citizens and to enhance the making of public places and spaces in South African cities through engagement and collaboration with governments, cultural institutions, architects, academia, and the public. Her books, Reflections & Opportunities, and Movement, examine sociopolitical, economic, and cultural environments shaping South Africa’s big cities. Her current project, See, explores contested urban histories, equal representation in the memorialization of history, and the construction of resilient postcolonial urban identities. Zahira served as advisor to the Africa Architecture Awards in 2017 and is serving on the Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture.

13:00 —» 14:00 / Restaurant

Lunch

14:15 — 15:15 / Amphitheatre

The Future of African Crossroads

About

What’s next? Where’s next? How to profile the African Crossroads 2019 beyond the Moroccan horizon? How to spread the knowledge and outcomes generated in Marrakech? How to maintain dynamic connections after the gathering? We’ll ask you to share your reflections and experiences to sketch the first lines of the upcoming edition together.

Facilitators

Julia Hoffman works at the intersections of human rights, media, technology, and conviviality. She currently leads Hivos' Innovation and Learning Team, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Julia is trained in international public law and communication science and focused her PhD research on the impact of EU integration on citizen’s communication rights, including the access to information and freedom of expression. In a previous life as academic, she worked on these issues in Central America and Central Africa and held teaching positions at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica).

Didier Lebon has played a manager role in numerous international cultural institutions. He was delegate general of a musical European network, developer of the global branding strategy for the Institut Français, production director of the Festival d’Automne à Paris. He founded The Archipel, a consulting company focusing on unconventional collaborations to achieve social changes. He is currently the Creative Lead of the “What if?” project, piloting the integration of creative industries into the development of the programs of Hivos, The Hague, The Netherlands.

15:30 —» 18:30

Parallel Clusters

15:30 —» 16:30 / Training Room West

Round Table_The Future of Gaming in Africa

About

Home to the fastest growing gaming market in the world, African market realities may sound like a mobile game developer’s dream. A continent where two-thirds of the population are under the age of 24 and where smartphones are dominating as the most popular internet access platform. It is a place of unprecedented creative freedom due to a vacuum in competitive gaming companies on the market and low production costs compared to foreign countries. This round table will discuss the trends and future directions of the gaming and e-sports markets.

Moderator

George Gachara is the managing partner at HEVA Fund, a finance and business support facility for creative industries in East Africa. George has a background in Communication from Daystar University (Kenya), Conflict Prevention and Management from the International Peace and Security Institute (Italy), Design Thinking and Problem Solving from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Private Equity and Venture Capital, Strathmore Business School (Kenya). In addition to his work at HEVA, George is a member of the NEST Collective - a dynamic Nairobi-based arts company, where he is a writer, film maker and thought leader. He is also an advisor for the Africa region with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Young People, a Global Fellow for the International Youth Foundation and a recipient of the International Development Committee's Outstanding Leadership Award.

Panelists

David Kamunyu is an independent, self-taught video game developer and the owner of the Kenya based Broken Helmet Entertainment studio. He is currently working on his first title, The Orchard, a PC-exclusive game. For this project he is covering various roles, including 3D modeler, sound editor, environment artist, and story writer, to name a few. The Orchard has been featured in the Nairobi Comic Convention, made the official list of the games featured in AMAZE Johannesburg 2017, was part of the Game Mixer South Africa program sponsored by the Goethe Institute and was a finalists at the Digital Lab Africa Competition.

A video game enthusiast and pioneer, Walid Sultan Midani is the founder and CEO of DigitalMania Studio, the first video game development studio in Tunisia. The company is now moving beyond 2D gaming and develops video games using VR and AR technologies. Walid also mentors other entrepreneurs who are working to establish their startups and raise funds, and is working on the launch of a startup accelerator in Tunisia. Outside of gaming, Walid collaborates with NGOs advocating freedom of speech in the region. Walid graduated in 2008 from ESPRIT-Tunsia with a degree in IT engineering.

Rami Ismail is responsible for business and development at Vlambeer, a Dutch independent game studio known best for Nuclear Throne and Ridiculous Fishing. In order to help other independent game developers with questions around marketing and business, Rami created the free presskit-creation tool presskit() and is working on releasing its first add-on, distribute(). Believing sharing knowledge openly is the cornerstone of independent development, Rami has spoken on a variety of subjects at dozens of game events around the world, ranging from the Game Developers Conference to Fantastic Arcade and from University seminars to incubator mentorship. Rami travels around the world trying to find game development communities everywhere, and tries to connect them to help enable anyone around the world to make games.

13:00 —» 14:00 / Restaurant

Coffee Break

16:45 —» 17:45 / Training Room West

Presentation_Gaming Trends in Africa

Speaker

Rami Ismail is responsible for business and development at Vlambeer, a Dutch independent game studio known best for Nuclear Throne and Ridiculous Fishing. In order to help other independent game developers with questions around marketing and business, Rami created the free presskit-creation tool presskit() and is working on releasing its first add-on, distribute(). Believing sharing knowledge openly is the cornerstone of independent development, Rami has spoken on a variety of subjects at dozens of game events around the world, ranging from the Game Developers Conference to Fantastic Arcade and from University seminars to incubator mentorship. Rami travels around the world trying to find game development communities everywhere, and tries to connect them to help enable anyone around the world to make games.

17:45 —» 18:30 / Training_Room_West

Game Demonstrations

15:30 —» 17:00 / Lounge

Roundtable_Expats and Repats in Africa

About

This round table discussion will discuss how expats and repats in Africa are working with professionals on the ground to grow businesses across the continent

Moderator

Stéphanie Asare is the secretary general of Welcoming Diasporas, a startup that mobilizes a local and international solidarity network to synergize skills and initiatives in the service of employment and entrepreneurship for Africa. Stéphanie graduated with a degree in Political Science and African Studies from l’Université de la Sorbonne. She is a specialist in international mobility and has worked for many years with various French multinationals in the management of their mobility policy and in support of talent. She is convinced that the international mobility of talent is a pillar of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE and also of TRUE Africa, a media tech platform championing young African voices all over the world. Claude is also President of the Watermill Center, a laboratory for performance art in Water Mill, New York. A graduate of MIT, Claude is a Hauser Leader and Visiting Social Innovator at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation and Change Initiative.

Amina Belghiti is a cultural entrepreneur and founder of the Pollen Collective, a platform for commissioning and presenting socially engaged public art. She is committed to amplifying voices of artists from the African continent and believes technology can play a key role in community-building in the arts.

17:00 —» 18:30 / Lounge

Workshop 1_Global Mobility in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

About

We live in an increasingly globalized environment. Businesses are going global, talents are moving globally either to work, to live, or attend programmes and conferences. There is a general view that mobility into and within Africa will increase in the future due to the fourth Industrial Revolution. As global mobility is becoming a critical component of our current and future existence: What are the opportunities and challenges of global mobility in Africa?

Facilitator

Stéphanie Asare is the secretary general of Welcoming Diasporas, a startup that mobilizes a local and international solidarity network to synergize skills and initiatives in the service of employment and entrepreneurship for Africa. Stéphanie graduated with a degree in Political Science and African Studies from l’Université de la Sorbonne. She is a specialist in international mobility and has worked for many years with various French multinationals in the management of their mobility policy and in support of talent. She is convinced that the international mobility of talent is a pillar of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

17:00 —» 18:30 / Office 2

Workshop 2_Connecting the Dots: Animating Distribution

About

The Future is African: Clearly there is need to connect the dots by animating and strengthening broad and disruptive distribution and marketing systems which lead to a quantum leap of product consumption and appreciation. Africa is doing business with everyone else except itself. The mind blowing creativity of our artists and the spirited efforts of our cultural entrepreneurs are not in doubt. Initiatives through proclamations by way of various protocols and policy frameworks mostly driven by regional and Continental blocks such as ECOWAS, COMESA, SADC and more poignantly African Union’s Agenda 2063 aspiration number 5 all have good intentions. Could it that the necessary change we have been waiting for is a reclamation of Africa’s strong and resilient past? Africa’s 4th Industrial Revolution needs a new economic dynamic which is anchored on galvanizing the creative industries into erupting as a sustainably profitable and rewarding business.

Facilitator

Daves Guzha is the Chairman of Arterial Network a dynamic network of individuals, organizations, companies and institutions engaged in the African creative sector. He also is Chairman of the 5th Pan African Cultural Congress Bureau, a platform for Pan-African cultural institutions and civil society organizations working on the arts, culture and heritage field towards the African Union agenda. Daves is from Zimbabwe and has had a long career in the creative and cultural sectors.

15:30 —» 17:00 / Training Room East

Workshop 1_Sharing City? Co-city? Vernacular-city? The City of the 4th Industrial Revolution!

About

The exponential urbanization of Africa has presented us with unprecedented challenges in a relatively short time horizon. Urban responses, including responses like “Smart City”, remain inadequate because they have been shaped after Western models. The conceptual project “HubCité” is a conceptual project that prefigures “what we will call tomorrow the Co-City or the Sharing City”, all typologies of cities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in their pan-African dimension! The approach is to exhume the combinatorial logics at work in the ancestral African spatial organization and to think about their possible adaptation in the current open-places that are the tech incubators of innovation.

Moderator

An architect and anthropologist, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou is the creator of the collaborative research platform L'Africaine d'Architecture. Sénamé is also the founder and catalyst behind WoeLabs, a network of Togolese grassroots tech hubs working to equalize access to technology, and through which he has helped to launch a dozen shared companies from the Sillicon Village Group. In 2016, Sénamé was selected to be the Ashoka Foundation's Fellowship Program for social entrepreneurs.

15:30 —» 17:00 / Office 1

Workshop 2_Data Hubs for Cities’ Regeneration

About

We have just reached a turning point in our human history: for the first time the number of cities inhabitants surpassed the number of rural inhabitants. This transformation is pressing towards an innovative intervention in our current cities-structure to regenerate it in forms and shapes that are more livable and sustainable. Citybox.io is an open data-pool aggregator where urban innovators, entrepreneurs, and policymakers can access different city-related data, work on their modeling, idea validation and iteration in a collaborative way.

Facilitator

Mazen Helmy is founder of District Spaces, a leading Egyptian innovation hub, and co-owner of KMT House, Africa’s first urbanTech space. Mazen is a serial entrepreneur with wide experiences in the fields of economic empowerment, Fintech, innovation hubs, and urbanisation. Mazen has managed MENA operations for SoftwareGroup, a leading global Fintech company with a financial inclusion mission, with projects in Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Sudan. Mazen graduated from Cairo University, majoring Civil Engineering with minor Environmental Engineering, In 2014, Mazen was selected by Forbes Magazine one of the most promising entrepreneurs in Africa under 30.

17:00 —» 18:30 / Training Room East

Panel DiscussionGrounded Urbanism for Inclusive Cities

About

What are ‘grounded urban practices’, how do they operate in different contexts and how can we learn from them in ensuring a more inclusive urban development?

Panelists

Sarah Radi Ahmed is the co-founder and general coordinator of Lala Studio, an interdisciplinary experimental studio for alternative design, urban, and development ideas and methods. Trained as an architect, Sarah is also an active visual artist, designer, and an eternal social worker and volunteer.

Lada Hršak is a Croatian-Dutch architect and urbanist, running Amsterdam-based Bureau LADA (Landscape Architecture Design Art), a studio for architectural innovation. Over last two years, Lada has been teaching in a design studio in Cairo and setting up knowledge exchange center with two Egyptian partners, Studio Lala and CILAS.

Karim-Yassin Goessinger founded the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS) in 2013. As an educator, Karim-Yassin combines his backgrounds in philosophy and urbanism with practicing Qi Gong, serving tea, and cooking. He advocates liberal arts education and currently hosts a course on the promises and limitations of modern/colonial science at CILAS in Alexandria, Egypt. In addition, Karim-Yassin has been involved in the creation of Darb Al Labbana Lab in collaboration with Lala Studio and Bureau Lada.

Selma Maaroufi is an architect and co-founder of NoRA (Network of Research & Architecture), a design practice that focuses on emerging territories. Ongoing projects include Capital Centres in Rural Africa, a research that looks at the necessity of transforming the large African hinterland into a viable economic, social, and spatial alternative to unsustainable urbanisation; and Play City, a design and build initiative that aims at multiplying programmed and inclusive open spaces in the city of Rabat. Selma holds a Master of Architecture from ENSAB, the School of Architecture of Brittany in Rennes, France. Her professional experience spans 15 years and was gained in international offices such as RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes in Olot, Spain and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and later in Doha, Qatar.

Nika Jazaei is an architect and urban designer based in Amsterdam. She has worked on different scales of design from interior architecture to urban and landscape.

René Boer works as a curator, critic, and researcher in the fields of architecture, urbanism, heritage, and art. He is part of the Amsterdam-based Non-fiction collective, managing editor at Failed Architecture, and affiliated with various urban social movements. The research project 'Architecture of Appropriation', which he developed in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, has been shown in exhibitions in Rotterdam and São Paulo, and will soon be published. Currently, he is among others involved in shaping Sandberg Institute’s new research hub and developing a platform for alternative urban practices in both Amsterdam and Cairo.

Omar Nagati is a practicing architect and urban planner, and the co-founder of CLUSTER, an urban design and research platform downtown Cairo. He studied at UBC Vancouver and UC Berkeley, and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to urban history and design, focusing on empirical research and the critical mapping of urban informality. Omar teaches part-time Urban Design Studio at the MSA University in Giza and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. Nagati is co-author with Beth Stryker of Archiving the City in Flux (2013) and Street Vendors and the Contestation of Public Space (2017), and co-editor of Learning from Cairo (2013), and Creative Cities: Reframing Downtown Cairo (2016). clustercairo.org

19:15 —» 23:00

Closing Party

DJs

Hibo Elmi, also known as Hibotep is a somali rtist, Dj and producer living in Kampala. Born and raised in Addis Abeba, she moved to Kampala in 2012. Hibo is well known for her DJ-sets in Uganda and abroad. She just performed for the worldwide electro platform Boiler-room at the NyegeNyege-Festival in Jinja and has been selected by mentor Holly Herndon for the Forecast-program at the House of World Cultures (HKW) in Berlin last spring for composition. She is currently producing her first EP which will be released April 2019.

Otim Alpha has been, to name a few, farmer, boxer, father, community leader and musician. In his role as musician, Otim has released on Nyege Nyege tapes and has since travelled the world with his production partner Leo P-Layeng presenting Northern Ugandan electronic music.

Producer, DJ, and pioneer of Electro Acholi music, Leo P-Layeng has been a trailblazer in his community, empowering many young people with music production skills, while also bringing the great vocalist and musican Otim Alpha to the main stage.

December 10 December 11 December 12 December 13
9:15 am
Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
Lawn
9:15 am
9:45 am
Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
Lawn
9:15 am
9:40 am
9:30 am
Welcome Address
Main_Lawn
9:30 am
10:30 am
9:45 am
CLUSTER: The Future of Work
Training_Room_West
9:45 am
1:00 pm

CLUSTER: The Future of African Music
Training_Room_West
9:45 am
1:00 pm

CLUSTER: Vernacular Knowledge Systems
Restaurant
9:45 am
1:00 pm
CLUSTER: Women in Technology
Lounge, Office_1
9:45 am
1:00 pm

Rising Industries
Training_Rooms_East / West
9:46 am
11:15 am

Arts Lectures
Training_Room_East / West
11:30 am
1:00 pm
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:30 am
Plenary Panel_The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Amphitheatre
10:30 am
11:45 am
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
Participant Arrivals
12:00 pm
6:00 pm
12:15 pm
Walk Through Presentation of Artistic Exhibitions and Installations
Main_Lawn, Rooftop, Lobby, Projection
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
Lunch
Restaurant
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Lunch
Restaurant
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Lunch
Restaurant
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
CLUSTER: Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression
The_Spot
2:15 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: Hubs, Coworking Spaces, and Knowledge Centers
Training_Room_East / West
2:15 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: The Future of African Storytelling
Lounge
2:15 pm
6:30 pm
The Future of African Crossroads
Amphitheatre
2:15 pm
3:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Visit 1: Marrakech Creative Cluster
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
OR

Visit 2: Le 18
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
OR
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
CLUSTER: Pan African Business
Lounge
3:30 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: The Future of African Cities
Training_Room_East, Office_1
3:30 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: Gaming and e-Sports
Training_Room_West
3:30 pm
6:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
Free time in Marrakech Medina
Jemaa_Fna
5:00 pm
6:30 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
6:15 pm
7:00 pm
Dinner
Restaurant
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Dinner
Restaurant
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
7:15 pm
Closing Party
7:15 pm
11:00 pm
7:30 pm
African Crossroads Opening Reception
7:30 pm
9:00 pm
7:45 pm
8:00 pm
Storytelling and Visiting Exhibitions
Main_Lawn, Rooftop, Lobby, Projection
8:00 pm
9:00 pm
8:15 pm
Performance: Motion, by Foli
Amphitheatre
8:15 pm
9:00 pm
8:30 pm
8:45 pm
9:00 pm
9:15 pm
9:30 pm
9:45 pm
10:00 pm
10:15 pm
10:30 pm
10:45 pm

December 10

  • Participant Arrivals
    12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • African Crossroads Opening Reception
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

December 11

  • Welcome Address
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Plenary Panel_The Fourth Industrial Revolution
    10:30 am - 11:45 am
  • Walk Through Presentation of Artistic Exhibitions and Installations
    12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • CLUSTER: Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression
    2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: Hubs, Coworking Spaces, and Knowledge Centers
    2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: The Future of African Storytelling
    2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Dinner
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Performance: Motion, by Foli
    8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

December 12

  • Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
    9:15 am - 9:45 am
  • CLUSTER: The Future of Work
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • CLUSTER: The Future of African Music
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • CLUSTER: Vernacular Knowledge Systems
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Visit 1: Marrakech Creative Cluster
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Visit 2: Le 18
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Free time in Marrakech Medina
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Dinner
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Storytelling and Visiting Exhibitions
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 13

  • Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
    9:15 am - 9:40 am
  • CLUSTER: Women in Technology
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • Rising Industries
    9:46 am - 11:15 am
  • Arts Lectures
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • The Future of African Crossroads
    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • CLUSTER: Pan African Business
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: The Future of African Cities
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: Gaming and e-Sports
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Closing Party
    7:15 pm - 11:00 pm
December 10 December 11 December 12 December 13
9:45 am
CLUSTER: The Future of Work
Training_Room_West
9:45 am
1:00 pm

CLUSTER: The Future of African Music
Training_Room_West
9:45 am
1:00 pm

CLUSTER: Vernacular Knowledge Systems
Restaurant
9:45 am
1:00 pm
CLUSTER: Women in Technology
Lounge, Office_1
9:45 am
1:00 pm

Rising Industries
Training_Rooms_East / West
9:46 am
11:15 am

Arts Lectures
Training_Room_East / West
11:30 am
1:00 pm
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:30 am
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
2:15 pm
CLUSTER: Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression
The_Spot
2:15 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: Hubs, Coworking Spaces, and Knowledge Centers
Training_Room_East / West
2:15 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: The Future of African Storytelling
Lounge
2:15 pm
6:30 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
CLUSTER: Pan African Business
Lounge
3:30 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: The Future of African Cities
Training_Room_East, Office_1
3:30 pm
6:30 pm

CLUSTER: Gaming and e-Sports
Training_Room_West
3:30 pm
6:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
6:15 pm

December 11

  • CLUSTER: Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression
    2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: Hubs, Coworking Spaces, and Knowledge Centers
    2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: The Future of African Storytelling
    2:15 pm - 6:30 pm

December 12

  • CLUSTER: The Future of Work
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • CLUSTER: The Future of African Music
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • CLUSTER: Vernacular Knowledge Systems
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm

December 13

  • CLUSTER: Women in Technology
    9:45 am - 1:00 pm
  • Rising Industries
    9:46 am - 11:15 am
  • Arts Lectures
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • CLUSTER: Pan African Business
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: The Future of African Cities
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • CLUSTER: Gaming and e-Sports
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
No events available in dinner category!
No events available in lunch category!
December 10 December 11 December 12 December 13
9:15 am
Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
Lawn
9:15 am
9:45 am
Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
Lawn
9:15 am
9:40 am
9:30 am
Welcome Address
Main_Lawn
9:30 am
10:30 am
9:45 am
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:30 am
Plenary Panel_The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Amphitheatre
10:30 am
11:45 am
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:15 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
Participant Arrivals
12:00 pm
6:00 pm
12:15 pm
Walk Through Presentation of Artistic Exhibitions and Installations
Main_Lawn, Rooftop, Lobby, Projection
12:15 pm
1:00 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
Lunch
Restaurant
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Lunch
Restaurant
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
Lunch
Restaurant
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
The Future of African Crossroads
Amphitheatre
2:15 pm
3:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
Visit 1: Marrakech Creative Cluster
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
OR

Visit 2: Le 18
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
OR
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
Free time in Marrakech Medina
Jemaa_Fna
5:00 pm
6:30 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
6:15 pm
7:00 pm
Dinner
Restaurant
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Dinner
Restaurant
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
7:15 pm
Closing Party
7:15 pm
11:00 pm
7:30 pm
African Crossroads Opening Reception
7:30 pm
9:00 pm
7:45 pm
8:00 pm
Storytelling and Visiting Exhibitions
Main_Lawn, Rooftop, Lobby, Projection
8:00 pm
9:00 pm
8:15 pm
Performance: Motion, by Foli
Amphitheatre
8:15 pm
9:00 pm
8:30 pm
8:45 pm
9:00 pm
9:15 pm
9:30 pm
9:45 pm
10:00 pm
10:15 pm
10:30 pm
10:45 pm

December 10

  • Participant Arrivals
    12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • African Crossroads Opening Reception
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

December 11

  • Welcome Address
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Plenary Panel_The Fourth Industrial Revolution
    10:30 am - 11:45 am
  • Walk Through Presentation of Artistic Exhibitions and Installations
    12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Dinner
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Performance: Motion, by Foli
    8:15 pm - 9:00 pm

December 12

  • Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
    9:15 am - 9:45 am
  • Lunch
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Visit 1: Marrakech Creative Cluster
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Visit 2: Le 18
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Free time in Marrakech Medina
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Dinner
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Storytelling and Visiting Exhibitions
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 13

  • Morning Gathering // Group Exercise
    9:15 am - 9:40 am
  • Lunch
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • The Future of African Crossroads
    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Closing Party
    7:15 pm - 11:00 pm
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