Organisers of Techplus 2016, a technology conference and exhibition, which ended recently in Lagos, said it recorded twelve thousand delegate registrations, with over one billion cross-platform digital impressions. From the record number of registrants, the event achieved about 70 per cent attendance with eight thousand attendees converging to learn from a record number of 90 seasoned speakers/panelists lined up for the three day event.
Participants also exploited huge opportunities created by the conference for networking and exchange of ideas.
The relevance of the annual conference was unveiled at the opening ceremony by the Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Dr. Omobola Johnson.
Speaking at event Johnson stated that developments in technology are fundamentally altering the way people live, connect, communicate and transact. These developments, in her view, have had profound effects on economic development in Nigeria and Africa at large. According to her, to promote tech advancement, developing countries should invest in quality education for youth, continuous skills training for workers and managers; for all stakeholders to understand the importance of the continuous revolution.”
Another dignitary, who spoke at the event, was the Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. OlufemiOdubiyi. He noted that access and application of technology has become quite critical in today’s society. He also stressed that service and technology are the differentiators between countries that are able to tackle poverty effectively by growing and developing their economies, and those that are lagging behind. The commissioner was represented by the Director of Computer Service in the state, Mr. Jide Adenuga.
The Managing Director of Connect Marketing Services, organisers of the event, Mr. TunjiAdeyinka, noted that, TechPlus has come at the right time to tap into the buzz surrounding technology in the country.
His words: “We see our platform as a catalyst which will bring together the entire ecosystem together. When we started we were looking to create a platform that would allow companies, individuals and businesses in the tech space to bring together customers, clients and for all players to showcase their products and services. Before now, we had lots of talk shops, but this event is meant to be a practical opportunity to talk about technology and feel the impact that technology has on different parts of our lives.”
“From government’s increasing commitment to the development of the ICT sector, to the rapid emergence of innovation hubs and incubators across the country, it is clear that technology is on the brink of revolutionising the African continent and TechPlus is gravitating towards becoming a key part of this great effort,” the organisers said.