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The annual Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo is back again for 2018. Set to be held from 19 to 20 October 2018 at Soweto’s Dlamini Multi Purpose Hall, the “Ekasi Tech Fest 2018” remains the first and only township gaming festival to combine technology and gaming into one event aimed at unlocking the township innovation economy.
The event will for the first time host the Soweto Esports Community Cup Final in Pro Gaming FIFA & Tekken 7. There will also be a Counter Strike (CS:GO) competitive match on the cards. In addition, this year’s venue is significantly bigger than the 2017 venue.
“There’s the Silicon Valley model and then there’s the Ekasi innovation model. 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,” says Mpho Tladi, spokesperson for the Ekasi Tech Fest organisers.
The second Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo, now simply called “Ekasi Tech Fest 2018”, 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.
The i-Village Foundation NPC with its valued partners from business, government, ICT, education and the consulting sector will once again play host to South Africa’s biggest ever gathering of policy makers, industry players, entrepreneurs and experts in township technology innovation.
The expo 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 will introduce a wide variety of educational and entertainment video games and other next-generation platforms such as Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) to a whole new audience.
Although there will be a set programme during the two days, there will be additional items hosted on each day that will be more flexible. For example, the programme on each day will also include panels focused on exploring career opportunities in gaming and also an Indie Games Showcase Competition open to early stage technology and digital start-ups.
The targeted audience for the e-Kasi Tech Festival is township entrepreneurs; existing corporations and government entities looking to change the way they do business; students and young people interested in entrepreneurship or a career in ICT; incubators; Gaming & eSports brands also community groups or individuals members who have innovative ideas they would like to share.
For further information about early registration for the event please visit www.e-kasifest.co.za. A limited number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available.
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The first ever celebration of township technology and innovation wrapped up in Soweto at the end of last month amid high praise for the landmark ICT, eSports and gaming event.
“The e-Kasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo hit the mark in a big way. It exceeded the expectations of the entrepreneurs, industry heavyweights, young people and gaming enthusiasts who all loved the fact that Soweto hosted this inaugural event,” said Mpho Tladi, i-Village Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the expo Organising Committee.
The i-Village Foundation and its business, ICT, education and consulting partners staged South Africa’s biggest ever gathering of policy makers, industry players, entrepreneurs and experts in township technology innovation.
Ms Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, Deputy Minister: Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services, delivered the event’s keynote address and stated her Department’s intention to continue supporting the event so that it can continue to be held annually.
Another important development to come out of the event held at Soweto’s Uncle Tom’s Hall is the Nexus e-Kasi Gaming Partnership. This is a grassroots programme that will improve e-Sports access to rural and township schools so they can participate in the growing e-Sports movement.
“The Tech fest & Gaming Expo wouldn’t have been possible without the supports of our partners, exhibitors, participants and the wider community of Soweto. All our expectations were exceeded, and we’re pleased to say this is also true of our stakeholder’s expectations. It was a roaring success and we’ll be back next year to continue to help place Soweto and townships in general at the forefront of South Africa’s ICT development,” Mr Tladi concluded.
Companies partnering with the e-Kasi Tech Festival & Gaming Expo include Ekasi Gaming, Sadico, Eagle iLab, Nexus and eKASI LEGACY Projects.
Exhibitors included Shanduka Umbrellas, ZA Domain Name Authority, Nemisa, Gauteng Department of e-Government, Technology Innovation Agency, Internet Society Gauteng Chapter and Sadico. The event’s connectivity sponsor is Borg Telecom and media partners that lent support on the three days were Soweto TV, CNBC Africa and BuaNews.
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