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African Crossroads Conference


The African Cross Roads Conference took place beginning on December 11, focusing on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The conference took place in Marrakesh and brought together a community of future-oriented African thinkers and doers.

African Crossroads is a community of future-oriented African thinkers and doers which meets annually to exchange and critically reflect on the most cutting-edge entrepreneurial, scientific, artistic, and technological developments anchored in African intellectual and technological traditions.

Susan Long, Field Ready Innovation Advisor to the Middle East was one of the participants and speakers at the program. The conference included presentations, workshops, multi-media art exhibitions. Susan presented on the panel, “Connecting Hubs to Value Chains”, here is the synopsis:

This roundtable discussion will bring together the managers of hubs, ecosystem actors, entrepreneurs, and more to discuss how collaborative spaces in Africa can effectively address value chain gaps with specific sectors relevant to their communities. Specifically, this roundtable will discuss whether spaces should tailor their services to specific industries or types of members, as sector-focused hubs, and how contributes to spaces’ sustainability and/ or impact on their local environments.

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