The EU Tech Chamber (EUTECH) Africa Alliance webinar on “Africa and the Metaverse: Opportunities and Challenges” started off with a short overview of the organization and a formal introduction of the panelists by our moderator, Svetlana Nyameyo, coordinator of the Africa Alliance.
The experienced panelists for today’s webinar were:
· Lynn Gitau, Founder at Metaversations,
· Caitlin Nash, Co-Founder/Managing Partner at The Loudhailer & Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG),
· Max Noir, Co-Founder at FXG Uganda,
· Adetoyese Adedokun, Director at Maycode.
The webinar emphasized key characteristics of the Metaverse, including highlighting its use as a tool for learning, education, and innovation. Its linkage to AI and E-commerce were also touched upon, each of which play their part in the so-called 4th industrial revolution, a fusion of the physical and virtual worlds.
They went on, however, to discuss the systemic infrastructural challenges in Africa, coupled with a huge untapped potential in terms of the global rollout of this new-wave technology. Various methodologies were discussed, including the importance of valuable research findings, and working together with African institutions to curate impactful solutions.
Ultimately, the webinar’s panel discussion concluded with each panelist summarizing what they believed was needed to attain viable results. What was unanimously agreed upon was the scoping out of concepts, and the collection and use of data – understanding that policy makers would need formal data to be published in order to make the right decisions. Identifying worthwhile advocacy initiatives would allow for this global problem to find the right African solution.
We want to thank our respectable speakers for their informed insights on this much-needed topic. Moreover, special thanks to Svetlana Nyameyo for moderating the webinar and distributing Tree-Certificates to the panelists.
Above all, sincere thanks to all our attendees – your comments, compliments, and questions. Stay tuned for our next Africa Alliance webinar on July 19, 2023, about “Raw Materials And Sustainable Manufacturing In Africa”.