Soweto’s tech fest to un­lock town­ship econ­omy

African Times - - News - MTHULISI SIBANDA

THE sec­ond Ekasi Tech­nol­ogy Fes­ti­val and Gam­ing Expo will be held in Soweto in Oc­to­ber, or­gan­is­ers con­firmed.Set for the 19th and 20th at Multi Pur­pose Hall, the “Ekasi Tech Fest” is lauded as the first and only town­ship gam­ing fes­ti­val to com­bine tech­nol­ogy and gam­ing into one event aimed at un­lock­ing the town­ship in­no­va­tion econ­omy.

“There’s the Sil­i­con Val­ley model and then there’s the Ekasi in­no­va­tion model,” said Mpho Tladi, spokesper­son for the or­gan­is­ers.

“Events like the Ekasi Tech Fest help peo­ple in the de­vel­op­ing world un­cover new ways of grow­ing their own dig­i­tal economies in ways that more con­ven­tional mar­kets never imag­ined.” The i-Vil­lage Foun­da­tion non-profit com­pany (NPC), with its part­ners from busi­ness, govern­ment, ICT, ed­u­ca­tion and the con­sult­ing sec­tor host the fes­ti­val.

The expo aims to meet the needs of tech­nol­ogy and gam­ing en­thu­si­asts in Soweto and the sur­round­ing ar­eas which are to­gether home to sev­eral mil­lion peo­ple, most of them un­der 30 years of age. It also aims to be the lead­ing plat­form for start-ups to show­case their in­no­va­tion, en­gage with pol­icy mak­ers, the pri­vate sec­tor and the com­mu­nity at large with the in­ten­tion of com­mer­cial­is­ing their cre­ativ­ity.

The Ekasi Tech Fest 2018will in­tro­duce a wide va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tional and entertainment video games and other nextgen­er­a­tion plat­forms such as Vir­tual Re­al­ity (VR) and Aug­mented Re­al­ity (AR) to a whole new au­di­ence.

The tar­geted au­di­ence in­cluded town­ship en­trepreneurs, cor­po­ra­tions and govern­ment en­ti­ties, stu­dents and young peo­ple in­ter­ested in en­trepreneur­ship or a ca­reer in ICT, in­cu­ba­tors as well as gam­ing and eS­ports brands.

The event will for the first time host the Soweto Es­ports Com­mu­nity Cup Fi­nal in Pro Gam­ing FIFA and Tekken 7. In ad­di­tion, there will also be a Counter Strike match.

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