By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
Over 8000 people and those from about 2000 companies from across 112 countries around the world were part of the annual AfricaCom conference and exhibition held in Cape Town, South Africa this week.
Africa’s largest and most recognised digital communications event took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Tuesday till Thursday.
The event kicked off with a highly anticipated Industry Outlook for the African continent which is well attended by analysts, telcoms providers and all those connected to the digisphere.
Informa Telecoms and Media, organisers of the highly successful event have reported record interest as the conference expanded to include all aspects of the digital eco-sphere and will this year incorporate a number of co-located events and attracted renowned keynote speakers and contributors including Patrick Walker, Senior Director for content and partnerships Youtube/Google Africa; Peter Vesterbacka from Rovio, the developers of Angry Birds and Nicola D’Elia of Facebook (Africa) among others.
Some of the attendees tweeted:
“Brilliant #AfricaCom conference. The startup ecosystem still be discovered. It’s a shared goal of all those that attended. We’ll get there!”
Marc Elias @ MarcBElias
“AfricaCom is certainly gaining huge momentum now. Very impressive turnout and quality of showcase and speakers.”
Mayan Mathen, Dimension Data @mayanm
“At AfricaCom 2012 in Cape Town. Again convinced of the fact that Africa is the real frontier for growth and future opportunities!”
Pieter Swanepoel @swapieter