Over the last few years we have seen a considerable uptake of digital education in Africa – in the classroom, online, skills training and a concerted effort to ensure no digital divide. This was witnessed at Innovation 2023 where we witnessed a momentous shift in ICT transformation, smart schools and digital excellence in Rwanda.

Hon Dr Douglas Letsholathebe
Minister of Basic Education

Innovation Africa 2024 will pick up the baton to bring together policymakers and industry leaders to work together in evidence-based ICT for education implementation. The 2024 summit for ministers of education and ICT will take place in Gaborone, Botswana, under the patronage and leadership of Minister of Education Hon Dr Douglas Letsholathebe.

Innovation Africa is a cabinet approved event, that as well being led by the Ministry of Education has the endorsement and participation of the Ministry of Communications, Knowledge & Technology and Ministry of Employment & Skills Development. This leadership of the Government of Botswana is primed to deliver an outstanding attendance of counterpart ministers and delegations from across sub-Saharan Africa.

Innovation Africa holds a unique place on the continent as the single gathering based around pre-scheduled meetings between industry and government leaders. With sustained investments in the digital transformation of education, the 12th Innovation Africa Summit is the place to do business and make more friends.

“We have invested in the transformation of our education through leveraging technology and now we are seeing the results – improved
quality of teaching,
engaged learning and student outcomes. We have the evidence behind good digital education policy making.”
Hon Gaspard Twagirayezu – Minister of Education, Rwanda

Pre-Scheduled Meetings

“What an amazing Innovation Africa – the conversations
between the different countries is at a level I have not seen
before, and I have been part of this for the last 10 years!”

Joao Fidalgo – Africa Education Lead, Intel Corporation

At the heart of Innovation Africa is the unique format of dedicated pre-scheduled meetings between industry and government ministers and officials. No other African event for education and ICT innovation affords executives the opportunity to schedule their one-to-one meetings in advance with the key government decision-makers.

Ministers and government officials from 40 African countries will participate in the forum. Participants will have the choice of booking meetings in advance of the event with ministers of education, higher education, ICT, science & technology, special government agencies for education, teaching and ICT delivery, universities and technical colleges. Accordingly, the summit will have over 50 dedicated meeting tables representing ministries for:

  • Education & Higher Education
  • ICT, Innovation & Digital Affairs
  • Science and Technology
  • Employment & Youth Development
  • Plus boards of education and government ICT agencies

“This has been an excellent way to participate and meet with representatives from governments.”
Rahim Habib – EMEA Business Development, SMART Technologies

African Leaders – Education & Digital Transformation

AfricanBrains has over fifteen years’ experience of organising ministerial and government to industry summits for education, ICT, innovation and digital transformation. 15 countries have hosted AfricanBrains events, with Innovation Africa being the blue riband summit for education.

Botswana is hosting the 2024 Innovation Africa – a summit that has witnessed ministerial delegations for education and ICT from all countries coloured in this map. The leading host stakeholders are the Botswana Ministry of Basic Education, Ministry of Communications, Knowledge & Technology, and the Ministry of Employment & Skills Development.

All countries highlighted will be represented at Innovation Africa 2024, with the Botswana Minister of Basic Education and Minister of Communications, Knowledge & Technology inviting their counterparts for education, higher education, ICT and the digital economy.

Industry Partners

Innovation Africa 2024 offers an outstanding choice of different options to industry, allowing companies to select a bespoke package that guarantees pre-scheduled meetings along with exhibition and branding throughout the event.

Benefits include a variety of options for exhibition, corporate presentation, chairing of a ministerial panel session, imaginative ways to showcase your company on delegate bags, badges and lanyards. Branding is throughout the venue on screens and banners, electronically on the Innovation Africa website plus branding and profiles on all printed materials including the agenda and event app. Priority meeting times are set aside for top-level industry partners.

The Government of Botswana is ensuring ministerial participation with high-level delegations to join the pre-scheduled business to government meetings for those companies dedicated to playing a part in Africa’s educational transformation.

“Superb event providing high-level, meaningful meetings.”
Patrick Coates – Regional Director –
Africa, Europe & Middle East, ACT

“I’ve really enjoyed the Innovation Africa Summit.
We have had some very productive meetings with a large number of ministers and it has been very worthwhile for us.”

Ian Curtis – Senior Vice President, NetDragon Websoft