E-kasi Tech festival is where small businesses, start-ups with revolutionary ideas meet, policy makers, investors, incubators and technology providers, where brand marketers who need to stay ahead meet creatives who bring ideas to life, and products to market.
In its endeavour to provide an international platform for the youth to showcase their talents and skills in fierce competitions, displaying cutting edge technology and research from all over the kasi, having world renowned Kasinalities (personalities) motivate the youth and promoting solutions to alleviate the common man of his banal yet significant problems, e-Kasi Techfest strives for one and all to get inspired and look up to. s.
After 22 years of democracy, the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality still remain within the landscape of South African townships. The expectation that the post-apartheid dispensation would bring with it economic freedom still remains unrealised. Transformation is a critical policy goal to achieve equal participation in the economy and is not an issue of race alone, it has to be looked at from a broad industry perspective in terms of ownership, decision-making, business practices and the society within which it operates.
There is an increasing number of black youth and SMME's being at risk of exclusion from the digital economy and digital society in which we live in, which if not adequately addressed will further reinforce and deepen the current existing socio-economic landscape in the country.
The township economy in South Africa has seen a substantial growth since the dawn of democracy and the penetration of Information, Communication and Technologies (ICT) has played a role in facilitating the rise of digital entrepreneurs in the township. However there remains huge untapped potential in the townships, this potential is further illustrated by a study conducted by the World Bank on Economics of South Africa, it states "South Africa’s growth potential lies in its townships and in promoting convergence with the formal advanced parts of the economy" (World Bank, 2014). Therefore to this end, the need to understand the nature of the firm and its actors in delivering the promise of a better life cannot be understated hence the need for this initiative.
There is a need therefore for continuous and sustainable transformation that adds value to the economy at large and for the country to realise an inclusive growth
“We must take into account the players that have been left behind, the smaller players, we must not only work with the big companies and the monopolies. We are taking this Tech Fest to all other areas, and it is going to be an annual event, it will be moved to other provinces and we seek to contact everyone in South Africa.” Deputy Minister in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
One of the biggest draw cards at the event was the focus on the development of women in gaming. Charmaine Van Niekerk, Head of Gaming at Acer Africa who one of the speakers covering the topic; Women & eSports: Taking a Close Look at Diversity in eSports. “Acer Africa’s plight in 2018 is to encourage women to game, thus gradually transforming the eSports environment making it inclusive and attainable to all.
"Ekasi Labs promotes township incubation of the untapped businesses which are innovating both in traditional and disruptive methods using technology, we are in alignment with what Ekasi Tech Fest and Gaming Expo to promote township innovation and growing the digital economy in South Africa, this way we are not closing doors for entrepreneurs who are not able to afford transport to the incubation hubs in cities or sub urban areas" The Innovation Hub (Ekasi Labs).
"Three years ago the gaming industry has been perceived to be R2.6 billion and i believe this figure will increase to R3.6 billion by the end of 2018, initiatives like Ekasi Tech Fest and Gaming Expo focusing on the developement of the esports ecosystem in the grass roots level for townships and rural areas to access gaming opportunities are at the forefront to making the realisation of the 2018 goal achieveable" Cambridge Mokanyane VS Gaming CEO.
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