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12th – 14th October, 2020

The AfriLabs Annual Gathering provides a unique opportunity for tech hubs in the AfriLabs network and other stakeholders in the African tech ecosystem like local innovators (entrepreneurs), corporates, investors, academia and developmental agencies to convene, network and share knowledge. The AfriLabs Annual Gathering has historically been held at different cities around the African continent in collaboration with national and local governments, the private sector and our member hubs.

The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5th AfriLabs Annual Gathering, to be held on 12th to 14th October 2020, will become the first virtual edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering. Our decision is informed by advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), as well as leading global and local health authorities.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every sector of the continent’s economy and we must look inwards and collaborate to build a resistance that charges towards a glooming economic prediction to birth a thriving innovative economy in Africa. So it’s perfect that resilience is the overarching theme of this year’s conference as we convene to discuss “ Building a Resilient Innovative Africa”. 

Now more than ever, building a resilient and innovative Africa through an integrated approach by engaged Africans who speak with one voice on innovation targeted at the actualization of the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063 is paramount. 

We are focused on designing an inclusive, exciting event for our hub managers, partners, sponsors and all curious innovators from Africa and across the globe who want to be part of this conversation in one way or another. In our normal AfriLabs Annual Gathering tradition we will have three days of programming exploring the building of communities, the importance of partnerships and Africa’s innate ability to build.

We’d be delighted to hear from potential speakers. Please get in touch by sending an email to jen@afrilabs.com.

We are excited to have dedicated partners that work with us every year to make sure the AfriLabs Annual Gathering is a success. Our Annual Gathering presents a unique and exciting value proposition to sponsors that we would be delighted to share with you. Partner with us as a sponsor and help make our first virtual annual meeting a success.



The 4th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in partnership with the African Union Commission Department of Human Resource, Science and Technology was held from 28th – 30th October 2019 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the event was Connect : Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem…


The 3rd edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering was held from 11th – 13th October 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with the theme ‘Innovation in the Data Age’…


In 2017, the AfriLabs Annual Gathering and the Hivos Co-working Summit was a joint event hosted by The District in Cairo, Egypt. The conference took place from the 18th – 20th of October 2017 with the theme ‘Future of African Cities: Innovation, Spaces and Collaboration’…


The AfriLabs Annual Gathering took place in Africa for the first time since AfriLabs inception in 2011 at the Alliance Francaise Center, Accra, Ghana from the 24th – 27th October 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Making Tech Ecosystem Count’ and its major sponsor was Making all Voices Count (MAVC)…

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