Governor Sanwoolu To Host Policymakers, Tech Leaders, Creative Talents At AOT 5.0

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu, is set to host policymakers, technology and creative ecosystem leaders, startups, venture capital firms, tech and creative talents at the fifth edition of the Art of Technology (AOT). The event which aims to create policies that will drive the development of a smarter Lagos, is scheduled to hold on December 7th & 8th, 2023.

The governor will play host to over ten thousand anticipated participants within and outside Nigeria, who have registered for the 2-day conference that will feature 20 exhibitors, 4 masterclasses, 4 keynote speeches, 1 pitch event, 2 breakout sessions and 20 featured awards.

The Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Lagos State, Tubosun Alake is the convener of the tech conference. Distinguished Keynote speakers lined up for the conference include Kunle Afolayan, an actor, filmmaker, and creative entrepreneur; Juliet Ehimuah, Founder, Beyond Limits; Cobhams Asuquo, music producer and musician and Oluwatobiloba Moody, Director of World Intellectual Property Organization.

At the event, conversations will drive technology and innovation outcomes, contribute to policy dimensioning, and drive the development of a smarter and more efficient Lagos. Deliberations will mirror the myriad of challenges that have continued to plague the creative sector – film, music, fashion, design and advertising, and espousing the current opportunities that exist with the fusion of tech while also contemplating the future of the sector.

According to the former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Nigeria’s creative sector holds tremendous potential to unlock the country’s economy and increase employment opportunities for young people. The projections are promising, the sector is worth over $4.5 billion.

Other speakers and industry leaders expected at the event include Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy; Hannatu Musawa, Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy.

Obi Asika, Convener, The Omniverse; Idris Aregbe, Special Adviser, Tourism, Arts and Culture; Yinka Obebe, CEO, Pop Central; Scott Eneje, Founder, Digital Evolution, Toyin Anjous-Ademuyiwa, Director General, Lagos State Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation amongst others.

AOT 5.0 will be characterized by a fusion of tech and creativity, examining the digital transformation of Lagos, collaborative networking and engagement with industry stakeholders and experts, as well as empowerment of creatives by equipping them with tools to navigate the evolving landscape.

It is an annual tech conference curated by the Eko Innovation Centre and powered by the Lagos State Government, the economic epicentre of Nigeria.

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