The Dre Dawa Youth Sports Centre will host this technology exhibition with the theme “From Idea to Action” on January 15–16, 2024, and over 40,000 people are expected to attend.
More than 50 start-ups, 200 local companies, and 100 global companies—including Google, Microsoft, and Huawei—will participate in the Expo, it was announced at a press conference held in Addis Ababa today.
A variety of Ethiopian entrepreneurs will give presentations at the event to look into potential partnerships and growth opportunities.
The leading IT firms in Ethiopia will be present at the five-day tech expo, which is focused on using technology to create Ethiopia’s future. Investors, industry experts, innovators, decision-makers, and visionaries from the public and private sectors will also be in attendance.
The official website of the expo reads that established technology service vendors, private and public sector decision-makers, integrators, and users of ICT technology for business or public good—as well as disruptive startups with unique solutions—come together to create important networks and build valuable partnerships.
The participating companies will be expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on investment and global xxpansion partnership.
The event will be coordinated by Skylink Technologies, Dire Dawa Administration, and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MinT).
In his speech, Mayor of Dire Dawa , Kedir Jawar, stated that both local and foreign technology companies will showcase their latest developments in hardware and software, share knowledge, and create connections with the market.
“We are honoured to welcome both local and foreign technology businesses and professionals as we activate the significant tech community, exhibit state-of-the-art innovations, introduce startups to global investors, and foster Ethiopia’s entrepreneurial spirit. “
The mayor added, “We are also excited to hear about some of the important projects that our prime minister is spearheading.”
The mayor expressed gratitude to Ethiopian Airlines and the customs authorities for their excellent assistance in making the expo a success.
Mohammedkerem Ahmed, Skylink technologies CEO said “
As technology continues to inspire and reshape the world, developing in-demand tech skills and nurturing creativity are critical to the growth of Ethiopia’s digital ecosystem and the myriad of opportunities it will eventually bring to young Ethiopians nationally. In order to fulfil this Ethiopian goal, the city of Dire Dawa is proud to be the host of the inaugural Dire Tech Expo in 2024 .”
“In addition to networking with international businesses, exchanging experiences, and expanding market reach, the expo will look into the seemingly endless potential of technology and how creative solutions may inspire good changes across the board in the nation.” He added.