6th-8th July 2017LANDMARK EVENT CENTRE, LAGOS, NIGERIA.

3 days / 60+ sessions
90+ speakers / 10+ Masterclasses
Techplus 2017: Africa’s Largest Tech Gathering

6th – 8th July | LandMark Event Centre, Lagos Nigeria.

Day 1

Opening Ceremony

TechPlus day 1 at the Landmark Event Centre was filled with speakers, engaging interactions and great energy. The relentless rain could not douse the enthusiasm of techies that turned out to learn more about what technology has in store and how it’s already making a difference.

The honourable minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu was in attendance to cut the ribbon and made a short speech to officially set TechPlus 2017 into play. Tunji Adeyinka (GMD Republicom) in his brief opening remarks welcomed everyone to this year’s edition.




Breakout Sessions

David Okeme, Taiwo Agboola and Femi Falodun examined the Future of Gaming with active audience participation. In the afternoon session of How to Start a Start-up, Silas Adekunle (Reach Robotics) and Oluyomi Ojo (Printivo) engaged in a no holds barred conversation with eager attendees.

The Sage training that took place had more than enough participants as many people flocked to take advantage of the masterclass with Wilson Dike.

Other discussions that took place on the first day of the biggest technology conference and expo in Africa included Scaling up from SME to large enterprise, Tech meets Renewable Energy, Smart Health: Integratig Technology for Improved Health Practices, The Future of e-Commerce.



Keynote

The keynote address by Demola Aladekomo (Smartcity), The Future of Cities and Communities left many able to envisage the suggestions and projections that had been made during his presentation.


Day 2

Breakfast Series

The second day of TechPlus dawned with clear skies and sunshine to prepare the way for the day’s activities. Setting the pace for what would take place, Nigeria’s foremost indigenous payment company, Paga hosted a Leadership Breakfast forum. In attendance were speakers, industry leaders as well as exhibitors at TechPlus. Everyone listened attentively when Bolaji Iwayemi made a presentation, Growing your Business with Paga. Bolaji also answered probing questions from the audience.




Breakout Sessions

Defining Mobile Healthcare in an Intelligent Future with Lilian Odim was an eye-opener as she shared astonishing statistics with the adudience. Reaching Consumers in the Attention Economy with Fola Tinubu and Editi Effiong was an engaging discussion on current trends. The passion displayed by participants during the Tech Meets Security: Ensuring Physical, Online and Identity Safety with Femi Williams saw Andre Blaze use his skills to keep proceedings on track.

STEM: Finding Unique Innovators, with Tolu Adeyemo, Naadiya Moosajee and Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi as moderator was well attended. Shina Baderu taught on Achieving Digital Transformation for Nigerian SMEs. The show and tell product demos with Felix Rwang-Dung of Ask an Expert app was another high point. 

 Tech Meets Tourism: The Future of Tourism, Culture and Cities with Bankole Bernard was the only session to reward lucky participants with a juicy exotic African get-away. Abiodun Johnson, Damilola Rafael Jegede and J.R Kanu were the innovators at the 2017 Tech Money Showcase.


Masterclasses & Training Sessions

Masterclasses also took place on day two of TechPlus conference and expo. The VConnect class topic was Online Lead Generation to Grow Your Business. Sage continued its second day of teaching to eager students. Virtual Nigeria taught Linux administration survival skills through the Red Hat System Administration 1 training designed for IT professionals. While Microsoft West Africa engaged educators and students in Minecraft Educational tutorial experience.


Keynote

The keynote session for Friday 7 July was by Silas Adekunle of Reach Robotics. He spoke from the heart as he shared on his journey in robotics and business. Some of the provocative thoughts that he left with the audience were, ‘it’s down to you to know how you’re going to fund your company. Do it legally.’ He warned that the life of a start-up was not glamorous but that it’s now easier to start a start-up than it has ever been. The young robotics innovator also reminded attendees that getting investment was not a validation of their ideas and that it was critical they take each stage in small chunks and to keep building on that and they will see progress.



Day 3

Kidszone

Despite the downpour and floodwaters in Victoria Island, tech enthusiasts and parents  turned out to make the final day of the 2017 edition a success. The parents brought the children to have loads of fun. Video games, intellectual stimulation and sheer fun is was in store for them today.

The session on Money Matters, Parenting and Technology with Nimi Akinkugbe, J.R. Kanu, Yetty Williams and Mrs. Alaba was an interactive time between panelists and the audience. The Education and Learning Alternatives in the 21st Century was an intense conversation on how learning technology can be integrated into traditional schools and the education curriculum. The session was attended by parents, students, teens and children with Dele Tejuosho and track host Jadesola Adedeji.

Bricks4Kidz, DHack Institute, WiFi Combat, the Rubix Cube are just some of the booths that were in the Kids’ Zone today. Competitions, fun and loads of gifts were in store for the children that visited and were involved in the activities lined up.



Breakout Sessions

Payment is for People is the keynote that was made by Iyin Aboyeji and the topic generated energetic discourse amongst participants. Tayo Oviosu made a very detailed presentation on Building a Successful Business and was inundated with questions that could not be be taken because of the time factor.

Gender Realities in a Digitally Immersed Future with Naadiya Moosajee Doogan and track host Adeola Shasanya was revealing in the information and statistics shared on STEM, women and what it portends for coming generations. Start up entrepreneurs had the opportunity for a one–on-one mentoring session with Iyin Aboyeji during The Business Clinic Open Office Hours.


Prize Presentation & eSports Pro Gaming Championship Finale

Iyeba Maclayton, Tonte Ikiriko and Tolani Atanda were the lucky three to take home the world’s smallest all-in-one printer from HP. Gbacard, a TechPlus partner presented Abolade Bashir a Samsung S8, whilst Lolly Kitchen Affairs, Plural Inc and B.H. Stripes were given premium listings for free by V-connect.

Okoli Chucks  and Ogbonnaya Daniels went away with the bragging rights as winners in Mortal Kombat and FIFA 17 in the gaming competition of TechPlus 2017.