TechPlus 2016 to Showcase Latest Technologies

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Emma Okonji

Nigeria will this month witness the display of latest technologies on connected devices and mobility, including the showcasing of a driverless car that is powered and controlled by technology, courtesy of TechPlus exhibition and conference, which holds in Lagos from July 20-23, 2016.

Although a little demonstration on the driverless car was showcased at a press conference in Lagos this week to announce TechPlus exhibition and conference, the organisers, said the full demonstration of how a driverless car could navigate along busy roads, will be demonstrated at the TechPlus show, among other latest technology solutions that are currently driving the Internet of Things (IoTs) connectivity globally.

The event, according to Connect Marketing Services, organisers of TechPlus, would witness presentations by key sponsors and partners and the presentation of the driverless car to the public.

Speaking on the fourth coming technology even, the Managing Director, Connect Marketing Services, Mr. Tunji Adeyinka, said the maiden edition of TechPlus provided a test-bed for new technologies, new applications and great innovation last year, drawing over 6,500 attendees, over 30 speakers and over 30 exhibitors and thousands of gamers.

He, however, said this year’s event has been expanded to even greater dimensions. “The theme this year is ‘A Connected World,’ and the Internet of Things is revolutionising the world around us, with technology being built into everything we do, giving room for explosion of connectivity and innovation in every area of our lives,” Adeyinka said.

This year, TechPlus is targeting 10,000 participants, 100 exhibitors, over 3,000 gamers, over 55 sessions and over 80 speakers. The conference has been organised into five different tracks and segments with topics and speakers addressing the different tracks. The tracks are the Government Technology Forum where topics like the Smart City and E-Government will be discussed. The government track will be dedicated to government officials at the federal, state and local government levels as well as service providers. The Start-Up forum with topics like different capital sources and funding, success stories and rules. This forum is for entrepreneurs at different stages of their venture. The Marketing and Media forum will address topics like the how disruption affects global brands, the role of audio visual content in marketing, among others, Afeyinka said.

The CIO track will have topics like Life on the Front-Line: Perspectives on the role of the CIO and the Evolution of IT, Big Data Conversion: Monetizing Customer Service. This track is for C-Level officers in Corporates. The Education and Women in Technology Track will discuss topics like the Implementation of the Smart School protocol in public schools. This track is for school administrators and education experts. The Gaming Zone will feature Mortal Kombat, FIFA 16 and Call of Duty. It will also feature Mobile Games like GidiRun developed by a Nigerian company, Gamsole and running on MTN Gaming Plus. The Kids section will feature fun and interactive learning for kids ranging from age 4 to 17. The Virtual Reality Theatre will feature the future of simulation in consumer engagement. Also, Google in partnership with Livity will be providing training to young people on digital marketing.

Partners to TechPlus 2016 include MTN, the lead sponsor for the event, Coscharis, Samsung, Lenovo, Jumia, LASSAA, Megaletrics, Stanbic IBTC Bank, IBST, and Jumia. Others are iSpace, Terragon Group, Africa Movie Channel, City FM, the Guardian, YNaija. Also, thank you to the organizing companies, Image and Time, Neukleous, Quore Media, Redwood Consulting, Imagine and Connect Marketing.