Please read through the guidelines below carefully prior to submitting your paper.

The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event on the African Innovation Calendar, is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration within its own eco-system, the initiative brings together business and thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia, researchers and policy makers to amplify South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and to inspire sustained economic growth across the continent of Africa. 

We believe that entrepreneurship is the biggest opportunity in our lifetime, and the most important way that Africa can come to its full potential and develop and deliver products and services that stand out, are credible and are inspired from the continent. It is a David against Goliath story, and it is time to take Africa to the World! We realise that this will take courage, vision and ingenuity and want to express this in our speaker program at SUMMIT 2019! 

We invite you to be part of our journey by submitting a suggestion for a paper at the Summit.

Summit 2019
The Call for Speakers seeks to elicit responses from thought leaders in all spheres of life to contribute to the conversation and enable delegates to walk away with concrete outcomes and commitments aligned with our 2019 theme, FROM AFRICA TO THE WORLD.

Our key focal areas will guide the conversation, while due process and specific criteria will be applied to the selection process. We aim to have a mix of thought leadership and best practice in innovation and therefore welcome papers from a wide range of focus areas, but the following six areas are of particular interest: 

  • FinTech
  • BioTech
  • EduTech
  • AgriTech
  • Cities of the Future
  • Space/Big Data/Artificial Intelligence/Robotics, etc. 
Social entrepreneurship is a cross-cutting theme at the Summit!

Format of Speaking Slots
The Summit offers a number of different types of engagement, including:
  • Keynote Sessions (20 - 30 min)
  • Tract specific sessions (15 min)
  • Panels (10 - 15 min per panel member)
  • Topic specific workshops (1 hour) 
  • Master classes (1 - 2 hours)
The final selection of topics and the exact format of speaking slots will be finalised closer to the time.   

The emphasis at the Summit is on interaction with the audience and getting real and measurable commitments from speakers and delegates. Therefore, all sessions will be recorded by a scribe, including the commitments made and will then be tracked throughout the year. Speakers must also agree to live streaming of their sessions.  

Papers can be submitted between from February until 15 June 2019. Successful submissions will be announced from July going forward. 

Logistical Information

The SA Innovation Summit unfortunately is not in a position to pay speakers for their time, their transport or accommodation costs during the Summit. Participating speakers are however invited (and encouraged) to attend the whole conference (including the Ecosystem Tours) from 11 - 13 September to make full use of the business matching platform, various networking opportunities and join us for the SA Innovation Summit Prize Giving ceremony and After Party.

Speakers will be invited to a complementary lunch on 12 and 13 September and will also have full access to the Business Lounge where WiFi will be available. Refreshments will be served on both days, should you need to catch up with some work in between sessions.

Speaker registration, parking and program arrangements will be finalised closer to the date.
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