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AfriLabs ​partners ​with​ ​Hivos​ ​for AfriLabs​ ​Annual​ ​Gathering​ ​2017

AfriLabs, The​ ​largest​ ​pan-African​ ​network​ ​of​ ​over​ ​60​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​innovation​ ​hubs​ ​across​ ​25 African​ ​countries​ ​is​ ​holding​ ​its​ ​AfriLabs​ ​Annual​ ​Gathering​ 2017 ​taking​ ​place​ ​from​ ​the​ ​18th​ ​-​ ​20th​ ​of October​ ​in​ ​Egypt​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​AfriLabs​ ​member​ ​hub​ ​​The​ ​District​​ ​in​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​​Hivos​.

The​ ​AfriLabs​ ​Annual​ ​Gathering​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Hivos​ ​Coworking​ ​Summit​ ​will​ ​be​ ​coming​ ​together​ ​as​ ​a joint​ ​event​​ ​​to​ ​provide​ ​more​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​the​ ​different​ ​members​ ​of​ ​both​ ​networks​ ​to​ ​exchange knowledge,​ ​network,​ ​build​ ​collaborative​ ​relationships​ ​and​ ​share​ ​resources.​ ​​The​ ​conference​ ​is themed​ ​‘​Future​ ​of​ ​Cities:​ ​Innovation,​ ​Spaces​ ​and​ ​Collaboration​’.

This​ ​conference​ ​is​ ​a​ ​showcase​ ​covering​ ​a​ ​select​ ​number​ ​of​ ​topics​ ​beneficial​ ​to​ ​both​ ​networks that​ ​relate​ ​to​ ​the​ ​future​ ​of​ ​Africa​ ​and​ ​the​ ​role​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​are​ ​playing​ ​and​ ​can​ ​play.​ ​​In attendance​ ​will​ ​be​ ​​80​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​innovation​ ​hubs​ ​&​ ​co-working​ ​spaces​ ​from​ ​35​ ​countries, over​ ​250​ ​African​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​and​ ​creatives.

The​ ​grand​ ​opening​ ​and​ ​first​ ​day​ ​of​ ​the​ ​conference​ ​will​ ​be​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​the​ ​French​ ​University​ ​in Sherouk​ ​City​ ​and​ ​the​ ​subsequent​ ​2​ ​days​ ​and​ ​grand​ ​closing​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​American​ ​University​ ​in Cairo.​ ​The​ ​conference​ ​also​ ​has​ ​an​ ​​agenda​​ ​that​ ​highlights​ ​joint​ ​and​ ​parallel​ ​sessions.​ ​In attendance​ ​will​ ​be​ ​Egyptian​ ​government​ ​representatives,​ ​​80​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​innovation​ ​hubs​ ​& collaborative​ ​spaces​ ​from​ ​35​ ​countries,​ ​over​ ​250​ ​African​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​and​ ​creatives.

The​ ​conference​ ​is​ ​co-organized​ ​by;​ ​AfriLabs,​ ​Hivos,​ ​District,​ ​Progrss,​ ​Wasabi,​ ​The​ ​French University​ ​and​ ​The​ ​American​ ​University​ ​in​ ​Cairo​ ​(AUC).

“Hivos​​ who ​​will ​​be ​​bringing ​​their​​ amazing​​ network​​ of​​ Collaborative​​ Spaces ​​with ​​our​​ network​​ of Innovation​​ Labs​​ to ​​co-run ​​​​three ​​day ​​conference ​​full ​​of ​​exciting​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​discussions​ ​which will ​​form ​​the ​​foundation​​ of relationships​​ forged, ​​ecosystem​ ​collaborations ​​and ​​innovative solutions​ ​which ​​will ​​be ​​implemented​​ on​ ​the​​continent​​ for ​​urban, ​​economic​​ and ​​social development.​​ Exciting ​​times ​​indeed!” ​​​​ Anna ​​Ekeledo, ​​Executive ​​Director ​​of​​AfriLabs.

“​We​​ are​​ happy ​​to​​ host​​ ‘The ​​Future​​ of​​ African ​​Cities’ Conference ​​in ​​Cairo.​​ We ​​believe ​​that ​​thereare ​​tremendous opportunities​​ for ​​African ​​entrepreneurs ​​to ​​collaborate ​​and ​​contribute ​​to solutions​ ​to ​​address ​​some ​​of ​​the​​most​​ pressing ​​challenges ​​that ​​African​ ​cities ​​face ​​today.​​ We​​ are happy ​​to​​ mobilize​​ our​​ network ​​and ​​resources ​​for ​​this​​conference,”​​says​​Mohamed ​​Helmy,​​ CEO of​​ District​​ Spaces ​​and​​ Progrss.

“​For ​​two​ ​years ​​now,​​ The​​ Coworking​​ Summit​​ has ​​been​​ empowering ​​managers​​ and​​ founders ​​ofcollaborative​​ spaces​​ by​​ allowing​​ them​​ to ​​connect,​​ share​​ experiences,​​ and​​ expand​​ their​​ networks. We​​ are ​​very​​ excited​​ about​​ the ​​prospects​​of​​ bringing​​ our​​ networks​​ and ​​resources​​ together ​​along with​​ Afrilabs ​​to ​​co-organize​​ our ​​Annual ​​Gathering.​​ Observing​​the​​ diversity​​ of​​ participants ​​and different​​ partners​​ coming​​ together​​ to​​ be​​ part ​​of​​ this​​ event ​​from​​ both​​ networks ​​is​​mouth​​watering. We​​ can’t​​ wait​​ to ​​see ​​what ​​collaborations ​​and ​​exciting ​​ideas ​​will ​​come ​​out​ ​of ​​it“,​ ​said ​​Ahmed Sameh,​​Project​​ Manager,​​Hivos.

About​ ​AfriLabs: ​a​ ​pan-African​ ​network​ ​of​ ​over​ ​50​ ​technology​ ​innovation​ ​hubs​ ​in​ ​over​ ​20​ ​African​ ​countries. AfriLabs​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​2011​ ​to​ ​build​ ​a​ ​community​ ​around​ ​the​ ​rapidly​ ​emerging​ ​tech​ ​hubs​ ​in​ ​Africa. Each​ ​hub​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​a​ ​nexus​ ​for​ ​entrepreneurs,​ ​technologists,​ ​investors,​ ​tech​ ​companies​ ​and​ ​web/mobile engineers​ ​in​ ​its​ ​community​ ​who​ ​are​ ​set​ ​to​ ​build​ ​the​ ​innovation​ ​economy​ ​across​ ​Africa.​ ​Visit www.afrilabs.com​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​AfriLabs.

About​ ​Hivos:​ ​an​ ​international​ ​organisation​ ​that​ ​seeks​ ​new​ ​solutions​ ​to​ ​persistent​ ​global​ ​issues.​ ​With​ ​smart projects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​right​ ​places,​ ​it​ ​oppose​ ​discrimination,​ ​inequality,​ ​abuse​ ​of​ ​power​ ​and​ ​the​ ​unsustainable​ ​use of​ ​our​ ​planet’s​ ​resources.​ ​Visit​ ​mena.hivos.org​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​Hivos​ ​MENA.

About​ ​District: ​was​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​2011​ ​as​ ​the​ ​first​ ​Egyptian​ ​co​ ​working​ ​space​ ​in​ ​Egypt​ ​and​ ​among​ ​the​ ​pioneers​ ​in the​ ​MENA​ ​region​ ​by​ ​Mazen​ ​Helmy,​ ​a​ ​serial​ ​entrepreneur,​ ​awarded​ ​Africa’s​ ​most​ ​promising entrepreneurs​ ​under​ ​30​ ​by​ ​Forbes​ ​in​ ​2014.​ ​District​ ​is​ ​created​ ​on​ ​the​ ​values​ ​of​ ​positive​ ​thinking, inspiration,​ ​collaboration​ ​and​ ​innovation.

About​ ​Progrss: ​is​ ​the​ ​online​ ​go-to​ ​hub​ ​for​ ​innovation,​ ​trends​ ​and​ ​best​ ​practices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​transformation​ ​of​ ​cities all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​Through​ ​in-depth​ ​features,​ ​interviews,​ ​news,​ ​and​ ​data​ ​analysis​ ​&​ ​visualization, progrss.com​ ​decodes​ ​knowledge,​ ​information​ ​and​ ​insights​ ​on​ ​cities​ ​and​ ​their​ ​innovators​ ​(both​ ​present​ ​and future)​ ​as​ ​the​ ​world​ ​gears​ ​up​ ​for​ ​an​ ​increasingly​ ​urbanized​ ​existence.