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Oct.
2023

Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023

Africa's New Tech Destination

Africa's New Tech Destination

Immerse yourself in Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023 and engage with pioneering founders, dynamic business leaders, innovative startups, established enterprises, and the trailblazers molding Africa’s burgeoning tech center.

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OPENING DAY

Monday, Oct. 30th 2023

  • BREAKFAST MEETING WITH COMMITTEE/STAKEHOLDERS

Where?
Monty Suites, Uyo

Time?
10 AM

Address?
37, General Edet Akpan Avenue, (Four Lane), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

  • HEALTH TECH CIRCLE AT WELLA HEALTH

Where?
Wella Health Top Floor Beaconhealth Building

Time?
1 PM

Address?
1 Ibokette Crescent off Aka Road Beside Dekon Filling Station.

  • GOLF TEE

Where?
Ibom Icon Hotel

Time?
4 PM

Address?
Nwaniba Road, PMB 1200, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Tuesday, Oct. 31st 2023

  • Talks, Panel Discussions, Exhibitions and Workshops.

Where?
Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

Time?
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM WAT

Download AITW 2023 Agenda.

Wednesday, Nov. 1st 2023

  • Talks, Panel Discussions, Exhibitions and Workshops

Where?
Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

Time?
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM WAT

Download AITW 2023 Agenda.

Thursday, Nov. 2nd 2023

  • Innovation Hub Tours

Friday, Nov. 3rd 2023

  • DevFest Uyo

When?
Friday, November 3, 2023
9:45 AM – 4:00 PM GMT+1

Where?
Je-nissi Event Center
7 Akpa Ube Street
Uyo, 520102

  • Closing Dinner

Unveiling the heart of Akwa Ibom Tech Week

The Akwa Ibom Tech Week is driven by a community of innovators who drive the technology ecosystem in Akwa Ibom State. We represent residents practicing tech in the state and indigenes operating in the tech space across Nigeria and in the diaspora.

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We focus on Innovation, Technology Development, Entrepreneurship, Capacity Building, and Policy Advocacy.

 

Our Mission:

To support local entrepreneurs and innovators to create products and services that will stimulate economic growth in Akwa Ibom State through advocacy, capacity building, and access to funding.

 

Our Vision:

The Akwa Ibom of our dreams. A smart city with a thriving innovation ecosystem driven by local content and indigenous participation.

 

The Tech Journey in Akwa Ibom

 

Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, has long been known for its beautiful scenery and friendly people. But in recent years, the city has also become a hotbed of tech innovation.

 

The Genesis of Uyo’s Tech Scene

 

The tech scene in Akwa Ibom can be traced back to 2011 when Hanson Johnson, a key player, entered the picture. At that time, the prospects for tech in the region seemed bleak, with software developers working in isolation. Hanson took the initiative to start a Google Technology User Group (GTUG) now Google Developer Group (GDG) in Uyo, initially holding meetings in his office. As the community grew, they had to relocate to a larger space, the Ibom e-Library.

 

Hanson noticed something else during this time, the lack of opportunities for talent in the state capital. This inspired him to establish Start Innovation Hub (SIH), a platform where individuals could acquire the skills needed to build successful products and businesses. SIH was officially incorporated in May 2014 and has since achieved remarkable success. They have partnered with global organizations like Google and Facebook to develop the ecosystem. Trained over 1,000 software developers, linked them to global opportunities, and deployed some as facilitators in Andela’s Learning Community program, powered by Google etc

 

Balanced Participation and Continued Growth

 

Recognizing the need to further boost Uyo’s tech scene, the government partnered with Hotels.ng in 2017 to run an internship program, HNG Internship on software development for youths in the state. This program, based on a successful model, is still ongoing, with the finalist event this year coinciding with the Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023.

 

In addition to SIH, other innovation hubs have emerged in Uyo. Root Hub, founded in 2014 by twin brothers Tony and Francis Onuk, was one of the first. Today, there are over seven major hubs in the city, including KodeHauz, Africinnovate, FutureLabs, Fhenix, LAskill, The Bunker, and many more.

 

The tech journey in Akwa Ibom is thriving, with a growing community, supportive government initiatives, and multiple innovation hubs. Uyo is becoming a hub of technological innovation and talent, contributing to the overall development of the state.

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Why you should Attend the Akwa Ibom Tech Week Event

The AKTW goes beyond an event; it’s your opportunity to dive into innovation, connect with industry leaders, acquire practical skills, and become part of future tech giants.

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Meet our Speakers

Amanda Etuk

Amanda Etuk

Amanda Etuk is an accomplished, results-driven business management professional with deep experience in supply chain...

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Mmanti Umoh

Mmanti Umoh

Mmanti Umoh is a Nigerian polymath, award-winning management consultant, education psychologist, and founder of several...

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Ikpeme Neto

Ikpeme Neto

Dr. Ikpeme Neto is an internal medicine physician turned health technology entrepreneur with business and...

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Akwa Ibom Tech Week 2023

Event Features

Knowledge Sessions

Dive into a world of innovation, tech insights, and inspiring ideas. Expand your horizons and gear up for a digital future filled with possibilities.

Women In Tech Panel

Join forces for change, and celebrate diversity. Engage in uplifting talks with accomplished women shaping the tech landscape. Your journey to endless potential begins here.

Demos & Pitch Sessions

Experience innovation up close. Feel the energy of live demos, captivating pitches, and visionary solutions. Connect with creators and be part of shaping tomorrow.

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Career Fair: Submit Interests to Your Favorite Startups

Forge connections, fuel aspirations. Engage with startups that align with your dreams. Share your story, unlock doors, and set your course for a thriving future in tech.

Startup Battles

Get ready for excitement. Witness emerging ventures collide, and ideas ignite. Feel the pulse of innovation as startup pioneers pave the way for a new era in business.

Workshops

Hands-on learning that feels like a tech adventure. Master practical skills, gain insights, and thrive in a tech-transformed world. Your success journey starts now.

Exhibitions

Step into a realm of innovation. Immerse yourself in visionary products, interact with prototypes, and witness tech’s evolution. It’s an experience that shapes the future.

Embark on a transformative Tech Odyssey now!

Awaken innovation, embrace connections, ignite learning, and craft the future of your dreams today.

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FutureLabs
LAskill
FhenixAfrica
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Venue:

  • Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
  • Monday, October 30th – Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Event Schedule:

OPENING DAY

Monday, Oct. 30th 2023

  • BREAKFAST MEETING WITH COMMITTEE/STAKEHOLDERS

Where?
Monty Suites, Uyo

Time?
10 AM

Address?
37, General Edet Akpan Avenue, (Four Lane), Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

  • HEALTH TECH CIRCLE AT WELLA HEALTH

Where?
Wella Health Top Floor Beaconhealth Building

Time?
1 PM

Address?
1 Ibokette Crescent off Aka Road Beside Dekon Filling Station.

  • GOLF TEE

Where?
Ibom Icon Hotel

Time?
4 PM

Address?
Nwaniba Road, PMB 1200, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Tuesday, Oct. 31st 2023

  • Talks, Panel Discussions, Exhibitions and Workshops.

Where?
Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

Time?
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM WAT

Download AITW 2023 Agenda.

Wednesday, Nov. 1st 2023

  • Talks, Panel Discussions, Exhibitions and Workshops

Where?
Four Points by Sheraton, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria.

Time?
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM WAT

Download AITW 2023 Agenda.

Thursday, Nov. 2nd 2023

  • Innovation Hub Tours

Friday, Nov. 3rd 2023

  • DevFest Uyo

When?
Friday, November 3, 2023
9:45 AM – 4:00 PM GMT+1

Where?
Je-nissi Event Center
7 Akpa Ube Street
Uyo, 520102

  • Closing Dinner

Expand your horizons and gear up for a digital future filled with possibilities.

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