African Smart Cities Summit: Taking African smart cities from dream to reality

The African Smart Cities Summit prepares African cities for the future. This year’s summit will explore the lessons learned and the challenges faced with smart city projects.

This year, public and private sector players – those who determine the future of African cities and reinvent urban living – will gather at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 June.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Taking African smart cities from dream to reality”. The attendees will discuss various ways to implement systems to increase the ease of living for city-dwellers.

The topics open for discussion will include how to make cities a safer place, and how to boost long-term economic growth; and how to implement integrated and sustainable solutions.

African Smart Cities Summit Highlights

  • Explore lessons learned, challenges faced and winning solutions in various smart city projects
  • Understand what must be done to ensure the cities of tomorrow are resilient, connected, inclusive
  • Network with public and private sector players who will determine the future of African cities
  • Discover how the industry can better collaborate to drive economic growth in the long-run

It is estimated that Africa will host six of the world’s 41 megacities by 2030. Africa’s urban population is the fastest growing globally, but this also presents major challenges with regards to infrastructure and service delivery.

Urban growth and the challenges it creates

Speaking to Specfile, Portfolio Director: Built Environment, Tracy-Lee Behr, explains that at the same time, it also boosts public and private sectors:

“Africa’s remarkable urban growth creates major challenges around city infrastructure and service delivery but at the same time provides an abundance of opportunities for both public and private sector players to explore and reinvent urban living in the smartest ways possible.”

Daniel Claassen, the Summit’s Programme Director, said that 120 attendees will hear from 17 high-level speakers about “key insights into what is being done right now to ensure our future cities are resilient, connected, inclusive, safe, prosperous and smart.”

“They will learn from smart and sustainable project updates from across Africa and explore trends in urban resilience, smarter transportation and better energy management.”

The 2019 lineup of speakers include:

  • Cyril Baloyi, Group Chief Technology Officer, City of Johannesburg
  • Tshepo Kgobe, Senior Executive, Gautrain Management Agency
  • Martine Mtonga, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and National Coordinator, Electronic Government Division, Smart Zambia
  • Juanita Clark, Chief Executive Officer, FTTX Council Africa
  • Vaughan Harris, President, BIM Institute
  • Tony Lee Luen Len, Partner, Ecosis Ltd
  • Erky Wood, Director, GAPP Architects & Urban Designers
  • Grahame Cruickshanks, Managing Executive: Market Engagement, Green Building Council of South Africa
  • Lesley Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Tshimologong Precinct
  • Lawrence Boya, Director: Smart City Programme, City of Johannesburg
  • Jon Williams, City and Urbanisation Leader, PwC
  • Sebastian Granow, Head of Location Management Africa, Siemens
  • Bora Varliyagci, Chief Executive Officer, digital things
  • Jeremy Gibberd, Architect and Specialist in Built Environment, Gauge
  • Marloes Reinink, Founder and Sustainable Building Consultant, Solid Green