YTF Leaves a Mark at World Economic Forum in South Africa

Youth for Technology Foundation Leaves a Mark at World Economic Forum in South Africa
Njideka Harry led discussions and participated in sessions to explore the
future of technology in Africa

Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) President and CEO Njideka Harry traveled to South Africa last week to actively participate in numerous sessions at the 2015 World Economic Forum on Africa.

Each session offered opportunities for Harry to share meaningful statistics and stories about YTF’s work, in particular in Africa. “It’s not about Internet of Things but about the Intelligence of Things,” Harry said during one of her sessions. Additional information and short quotes from Harry’s participation can be found on YTF’s Twitter feed.

Throughout the week, Harry served twice as a discussion leader and once as panelist:

• Emerging Technology Debates of Tomorrow (Discussion Leader): Participants discussed a future they might want in regards to emerging technologies and regional challenges.

• Transforming Education in Africa (Discussion Leader): The group explored how African education can be transformed to better prepare future generations, including addressing the quality gap, exploring scaling public-private models, and developing job creators.

• Future of Technology (Panelist): This session explored pushing the next technological frontier in Africa, including ways to use space technology to enable development, inspire future scientists and engineers, and provide incentives to innovate. Harry was joined by distinguished panelists from IBM, McKinsey & Company, and South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology. The session was moderated by radio host Bruce Whitfield.

Harry’s participation was highlighted in both a video and a quote compilation from the World Economic Forum.

Read more about the World Economic Forum on Africa.

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