For the past four years thousands of people have gathered in Lagos to be inspired and motivated by over 300 world-class thought-leaders, innovators, business practitioners, and pop culture luminaries from Nigeria, across Africa and around the world at Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos). SMW Lagos 2018 will be no different, and will hold from February 26- March 2nd, 2018.
Launched in Lagos, Nigeria in 2013, SMW Lagos continues to serve as a point of convergence for Africa’s most innovative minds. The conference has become a marquee event for business leaders, global thinkers, entrepreneurs, civil servants and anyone with a keen focus on the continent.
Themed “CLOSER”, this year’s event will explore the intensifying conflict between communality and individualism. The conversation will bring together a diversity of perspectives to discuss the most productive ways to harness these forces to drive innovation, improve consumer experiences and bring people together.
SMW Lagos week-long programming focuses on ideas, trends, insights, business practices, and policy that leverage technology to transform industries and communities across Africa. In 2017, over 100 local and international organizations contributed to the event.
The 2018 edition of SMW Lagos takes the event to new heights with the introduction of AfricaNXT which is aimed at showcasing the makers, artists and creatives transforming Africa. In addition to the launch of AfricaNXT, SMW Lagos would be expanding the footprint of its campus. This year, SMW Lagos debuts two new outdoor spaces providing it with over 300 sq. meters (3,000+ sq. feet) of additional programming space. The new outdoor spaces will facilitate immersive experiences and networking.
The week-long event would focus on key socio-economic and technology issues: “The Future of Media”, “Governance”, “Music Industry”, “African Women in Tech”, “Travel & Tourism”, “Emerging Ideas & Trends”. SMW is known for creating productive conversations and experiences. This year’s edition has a list of experiential activities: “Afrobeats & Eats Fest”, “SHOPAFRICA”, “A Great Day in Gidi” and a popup library featuring emerging African authors.
For more information go to http://smwlagos.com/
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