Introducing Technext Events for 2023: Coinference, Convo and Tours

David Afolayan
In 2023, we are improving our physical event plans to maximize social impact, and coverage…
Here are the major highlights from Technext Coinference 2.0, #TNC2022

2022 was an unprecedented year for us at Technext, event-wise. When we decided to host our first physical event in 2021, we decided to make it big: the largest blockchain gathering in Africa. And, Coinference 2021, was the biggest blockchain event in the post-pandemic African tech ecosystem.

With the theme: Reimaging the future of finance, the event provided a visible platform for key players in the African crypto ecosystem to discuss the possibilities of cryptocurrencies to position for future leverage.

We had two interesting panel sessions. The first focused on regulation and saw representatives from the government and other key players in the ecosystem. As you know, Panel speakers include Uzoma Dozie, CEO of Sparkle; Buchi Okoro, CEO of Quidax; Dickson Nsofor, CEO of Korapay; Austin Okere, founder of CWG; Nkemdili Uwaje, CEO of Future Software; and Chimezie Chuta, Founder of the Blockchain Nigeria User Group.

Nigerian minister of state for budget and national planning, Prince Clem Akanade Agba speaking at Coinference 2021
Nigerian minister of state for budget and national planning, Prince Clem Akanade Agba delivering the first keynote address at Coinference 2021

The second panel session focused on innovation and how founders solve blockchain challenges across Africa. Panellists include Emmanuel Babalola, Africa Director at Binance and Interim CEO of Bundle; Modibe Matsepena, Senior Associate of Growth in Africa at Paxful; Founder of Aza Pay, Jacqueline Madu; Osamede Arhunmwunde, Co-founder at GIGX technologies and Bitmama CEO, Ruth Iselema.

Panellists at Coinference 2021
Panellists at Coinference 2021: Emmanuel Babalola, Africa Director at Binance, Osamede Arhunmwunde, COO at GIGX technologies, Jacqueline Madu, CEO, Azapay, Ruth Iselema, Bitmama CEO and David Afolayan, Content Chief, Technext (moderator)

Being a hybrid event, it had in attendance a total of 2,162 cryptocurrency enthusiasts, innovators and regulators.

Realising that we could not exhaust all the germane talking points in one event, we decided to hold 2 separate events the following year. The first will focus on “regulation”, and the second will feature conversations around “innovation” in the space.

So, in July 2022, we hosted  GAT Summit (Government and Tech Summit) to focus on engendering a conversation between government policymakers, political influencers, tech industry players, and enthusiasts in Africa.

The event had in attendance the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Inuwa Abdullahi and Olatubosun Alake, Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Here is a roundup: Stakeholders debate regulations in the Nigerian tech ecosystem at GAT Summit 2022

The event had about 6000 attendees, 1000 people in attendance and 16 other speakers on two insightful panel sessions.

And in October 2022, we hosted the second edition of Coinference with a pure focus on innovators, their innovations and the social impact. The event had 2 keynote presentations, 4 breakout panel sessions, 1 plenary panel and one celebrity spotlight session.

Here is a roundup: Here is a roundup of all that happened at Technext Coinference 2.0, #TNC2022

In 2023, we are improving our physical event plans to maximize social impact and coverage and align with our corporate objective of documenting the African tech narrative in a language everyone can understand.

Below are important things you must note:

Au revoir, GAT Summit

We have decided to rest our policy engagement event, Government and Tech (GAT) Summit, until further notice for some reasons.

One of the biggest obstacles we faced in the buildup to GAT Summit 2022 was the availability of speakers (especially from the regulators’ end). Recall that 2022 was a pre-election year in Nigeria. Hence, most of the key players in government were involved in party elections campaigns and pre-primaries drive.

Kashifu Inuwa: Three years of changing the fate ICT in Nigeria through NITDA
Mr Kashifu Inuwa in an interview with Mr Rufai Oseni, presenter at Arise TV at the 2022 GAT Summit by Technext

Up to the morning of the event, the availability of some of the keynote speakers was in doubt because of political exigencies. We had last-minute cancellations and a gracious representation for the Lagos State Governor. To be honest, we are not very familiar with such tensions, and we have decided not to repeat the process, especially in an election year.

GAT Summit may be back when hopefully, Nigeria has gained some political stability.

Anticipate Technext Coinference 2023

Technext Coinference 2023 (TNC 3.0) is going to be bigger and better.

TNC 3.0 is billed to hold on Monday, October 3rd (a public holiday) in Lagos. The event themed Blockchain In Africa: New Frontiers, New opportunities, is designed to provide a platform for key players in the blockchain tech ecosystem in Africa to discuss the possibilities of Blockchain, Crypto, Web3 and the Metaverse for Africa.

Here are the major highlights from Technext Coinference 2.0, #TNC2022
A cross-section of speakers at the Technext Coinference 2.0

Similar to 2.0, the event will have 2 keynote addresses, 4 breakout sessions and one plenary session. It will also feature a surprise celebrity feature and a special act by a popular artiste. Watch out for the full unwrap later!

While the event is still months away, you can register here now to get a seat at the venue.

Introducing Technext Convo

Technext Convo is an exciting addition that you should look out for.

It is an exclusive event designed for about 50 key stakeholders in select segments of the ecosystem to meet, greet and share knowledge once every quarter. It will feature a fireside chat with 2-3 notable players in the space for about an hour.

This will be followed by an hour of chat and networking.

A group selfie by speakers at Coinference 2022 #
A group selfie of speakers at Coinference 2022

The first convo will take place on the 2nd of March in Lagos. The three other sessions will hold in June, August and December 2023. Watch out for the detailed event announcements here!

N.B: Attendance will be strictly by invitation.

Introducing Technext Tour & Tournament

Technext Tour & Tournament (TnT) is our window to the rest of the tech community in Nigeria (and, later Africa).

TnT will feature a series of activities that commences with a tour across major tech hubs and culminates in a tournament/hackathon for young innovators across Nigeria.

The Technext team and volunteers at Coinference 2022
The Technext team and volunteers at Coinference 2022

Our goal is to storm tech hubs outside of Lagos to locate young people creating amazing solutions and solving problems as well as showcase indigenous creativity for 3 weeks. The tour will also feature visits to campuses, incubation hubs, groups and government tech hubs across southern Nigeria.

This will be followed by a pitch session by select founders from Universities across the country in Lagos. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas to a panel of judges.

Winners will be rewarded with cash rewards and other gifts.

Be a partner

Partnering as sponsors will be an opportunity to position your brand for visibility strategically.

Our 2022 events attracted over 10,000 registrations and 7,000 organic, excited, attentive attendees. 80% of these are from the millennial to genZ age group, remarkable as an upward-earning demography with potential for adoption and profitable sales.

Technext 2023 Events Calendar
Technext 2023 Events Calendar

As you must have observed, Technext’s previous events have been supported by a significant publicity strategy that includes press placement on at least 5 other major platforms, a variety of outdoor advertising (lamppost ads, BRT branding, roadside merchandising, flyers) and a heavy digital ads placement on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Google.

So, we promise to take your brand along as far as our event announcements will go.

N:B Technext Convo is only open for Exclusive Sponsorship while Technext Tour & Tournament and Technext Coinference have an array of sponsorship options in line with your objective and budget.

For more inquiries, reach out to [email protected].

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