In a vibrant display of Africa’s technological prowess, AfriLabs took center stage at the 2023 Global Market Conference in Saudi Arabia. The event spotlighted AfriLabs’ commitment, under the leadership of Anna Ekeledo, the organization’s Executive Director, to harnessing technology for social impact and fostering economic opportunities.
During her participation in the conference, Anna Ekeledo emphasized the imperative of going beyond acknowledging innovators. She stressed the need to equip them with essential skills, tools, and resources for successful innovation scaling, resonating her passion for leveraging technology for social impact. Anna underscored the significance of sharpening creative abilities, enhancing problem-solving skills, and cultivating an innovative mindset among African innovators.
In a notable addition, Anna highlighted the Crystal Eggs program during her presentation, founded by Dreams Hub (AfriLabs Member) in Equatorial Guinea. She hailed it as an exemplary case study illustrating the private sector’s role in bridging the skills gap through early-years training. The program stands as a testament to the potential of collaboration between the private sector and educational initiatives in fostering a skilled and innovative workforce.
The session aimed to explore ways to adapt curricula to meet the demands of rapidly evolving technologies. Anna, alongside other esteemed speakers, discussed best practices from educational reforms, active labor market programs, and private sector initiatives creating agile routes to skill-building.
This conference provided an excellent opportunity for co-creation, where participants collaboratively addressed labor market challenges. The focus was on bridging skills gaps, creating labor market catalysts, and envisioning future-proofed organizations. Together, participants aimed to drive positive change on a global scale.