Mobile 360 Series – Africa 2017: Exploring the digital future for Africa

The rise of mobile and digital technology is continuing to unlock new opportunities across the African continent. This truly is the digital age for Africa and Mobile 360 Series – Africa, taking place on 11-13 July in Dar es Salaam, will showcase the power of mobile in bringing about positive socio-economic change and helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

As mobile continues to enable improved access to finance, agriculture, healthcare and education in the region, operators are realising the real challenges ahead of them when expanding services for the future. The event will address these key challenges and issues, including high infrastructure costs, taxation, incentivising investment, spectrum allocation, private and public partnerships and more.

Over three days and through a series of keynotes, panel discussions, in-depth case studies and workshops, the conference at Mobile 360 Series – Africa will guide leaders through the state of the industry and celebrate the digital developments taking place across the region.

The conference agenda is designed around a few key themes including:

  •  Mobile as a platform for achieving the SDGs in Africa
  •  Expanding and enhancing mobile broadband connectivity
  •  Pathways to social transformation: identity and inclusion
  •  Mobile operators: enablers of innovation in Africa – views from start-ups
  •  IoT for Africa: building smart communities
  •  User-generated content: creating local, relevant content for all

Day One at Mobile 360 Series – Africa will discuss the role of government and industry in delivering social and digital transformation. Day Two will celebrate the companies and projects on the ground leading the digitisation of Africa. The final day will be focused on the developments of mobile money across the continent.

Explore the full conference agenda here.

In the opening keynote, GSMA Director General Mats Granryd will be joined by H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of Tanzania; Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom; Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Executive Director of Smart Africa; and H.E. Makame Mnyaa Mbarawa of the United Republic of Tanzania. This keynote session will discuss how the industry can drive significant impact across business and support Africa in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, attendees will hear from CEOs and senior executives from companies across the mobile ecosystem including:

  • Econet
  • Google
  • Philips
  • SAP East Africa
  • Smart Africa
  • United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
  • World Bank

See the full list of speakers here.

Mobile for Development
The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme brings together mobile operator members, tech innovators, the development community and governments to drive the development and adoption of scalable mobile services in underserved markets. Mobile for Development will run a series of open- and closed-door sessions and workshops at Mobile 360 Series – Africa, exploring how innovative mobile technologies are having positive social impact in Africa and beyond.

The Mobile Money Global Event
The Mobile Money Global Event will take place on Thursday, 13 July, the final day of the event. Progress in the last decade sets a promising and stimulating precedent for the next decade of mobile money, and this event will gather thought leaders on the future of mobile financial services to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Check out the Mobile Money Global Event agenda here.

Attend Mobile 360 Series – Africa
Registration to attend the industry’s premier event in Africa is still open here. Join industry leaders to explore how by putting mobile connectivity at the forefront of national digital strategies, African leaders can leverage the power of mobile to build smart communities and make a digital Africa inclusive for all.

Lastly, be sure to join the conversation on social media using #M360Africa and follow the latest news and developments about the event on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Details on the many ways you can get involved with the GSMA on social media can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Dar es Salaam!