Nigerian technology blog TechCabal, a partner at this year’s Payments Dragon’s Den competition, has announced the first Africanbeta conference. The forum hopes to showcase how Africans are pushing technological boundaries while giving startups and developers a leg up at the same time.
The conference will revolve around the theme Chat 3.0, which will delve into how instant messaging is fast becoming a tool for business and commerce.
Explaining the rationale behind the move to host the conference, TechCabal editor in chief Bankole Oluwafemi said “Technology is driving a lot of change in African society in many ways – politics, commerce, urban planning, sex and relationships… Africabeta is the forum where we’ll capture those conversations.”
Running in tandem with the conference will be an ideathon hosted by instant messaging platform WeChat. Through this ideathon, startups and developers may potentially gain early deployment access to the WeChat platform which has helped other startup services like Picup gain momentum in the past.
WeChat is heavily invested in Africa, and helping startups from various sectors – including service delivery, ecommerce and media distribution – to join the business landscape through Africabeta is just another way of driving this point home.
“WeChat is happy to be part of this event with TechCabal. TechCabal is the authoritative source for startups and technology news and analysis in Nigeria and we’re happy to collaborate with them”, said Idemudia Dima-Okojie, Regional Manager for WeChat in West Africa in a statement sent to htxt.africa.
Speaking about the ideathon, Dima-Okojie went on to say “We hope startups will take advantage of the platform to turbo-charge their business; and that conversation begins at Africabeta.”
Africabeta will take place on the 3rd October in Lagos, Nigeria and you can attend for free but reservations are essential. If you would like to submit an idea for the WeChat ideathon, you can do so online by completing the form on the website.