On 17 and 18 December 2018 the Africa-Europe Forum „Taking Cooperation to the Digital Age“ will take place in Vienna


In addition to the 28 EU Heads of State and Government as well as representatives from the EU Parliament and the EU-Commission, 16 African Heads of State and Government, accompanied by political and economic delegations, are expected to attend. The event will also be a B2B (business to business) at which entrepreneurs and innovators from both continents will have the opportunity to network and exchange their concepts and solutions for the digital age. 

The High-Level Forum will be hosted by the Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as part of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame.


Make-IT at B2B Conference

Make-IT supports the participation of three selected tech start-ups at the conference. International visibility of innovative digital solutions from Africa is an important success factor in order to grow and find contact to new business and financing partners. The tech start-ups were identified in cooperation with the trend scouts of World Summit Awards and represent in a special way Africa’s innovative power for sustainable and inclusive development.

Three groundbreaking Start-ups

Qisimah operates a radio content verification platform that uses its own proprietary technology to document broadcasts, create an acoustic fingerprint and make the information it captures available to its customers in the music and advertising industries. With this technology, rights owners can see when their songs have been played and by whom, and advertisers can ascertain whether radio stations have actually broadcast the advertising they have paid for. Armed with this information, musicians and producers are better able to claim their copyrights, and the advertising industry can more effectively plan its campaigns and marketing activities.

Developers in Vogue aims to create a supporting community of African women who are using technology. Therefore, they train females in the latest technologies and connect them to real-time projects and jobs to enable them apply their skills and earn an income. With a practical and project-oriented curriculum that focuses on problem solving, women are well prepared to use technology in order to tackle local problems. Launched in 2017 and with a community of over a hundred women, Developers in Vogue have already implemented digital projects on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Google, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), Stanbic Bank and other partners. Their work has been featured on BBC, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Deutsche Welle and others. Their motto: “We believe that the future of technology is African and female.”

Africa-OnTheRise is committed to highlight and propagate the positive changing realities of the African continent. It is changing the African conversation by monitoring, analyzing and sharing qualitative content about Africa’s rising potential, fostering development through the power of information and inspiring hope by humanizing the process of positive change.



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