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About YouthConnekt Africa Summit

Who will attend

  • Heads of State
  • Global Business Leaders
  • AU Commissioners
  • Ministers of Youth
  • Multilateral Organizations
  • Development Partners
  • Heads of Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • Young Men & Women Entrepreneurs
  • Gender Equality & Women Empowerment Champions
  • Civil Society and Academia
  • Youth-led Organizations
  • Accelerators, Incubators & Innovation Labs
  • Venture capitalists, Business Angels & other Specialist Investors

Why attend

Africa's future is bright. Great strides are being made everyday because of you, your passion & committment to build a better future for AFrica’s current & next generations.

This year's Summit tracks

  • YouthConnekt 4 Trade
  • JobConnekt & GigKorner
  • Connekted Innovators
  • YouthKonverse
  • The Most Innovative Race Ever

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Delegates

- Start-ups (in operation for less than 3 years)
- Business owners (in operation for over 3 years)
- Young employed professionals (18 - 35 years of age)
- Employed professionals (36 years old)
- Youth Organisation Leaders
- Development Partners
- Non-governmental organisations
- Academics & Researchers

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Government

Registration is open for government delegations from across Africa for the YouthConnekt Summit 2018 by following the link below. With places limited, government delegations are invited to register their teams early to ensure that they can get a place to enjoy Africa's largest and most influential youth event.


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Media

Registration is open for media and media houses and practitioners are invited to apply to attend the YouthConnekt Summit 2018. Media practitioners will be approved to attend after submitting their applications. Places are limited so early applications are encouraged to ensure that you secure your place at this prestigious event.

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YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2018 Program

Monday 8 October
Tuesday 9 October
Wednesday 10 October

8:00am – 10:00am

Registration & arrival of delegates

10:00am – 10:30am

Opening Ceremony + Launch of the YouthConnekt Hub

Ceremony | Main auditorium | By Invitation

10:30am – 11:30am

Spotlight: Conversation with H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Chairman of the African Union

Plenary | Main auditorium | By Invitation

11:30am – 12:00pm

Networking Break

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Volunteerism & Youth in the community

Panel | Auditorium | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Girls

Panel | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators & launch of YouthMobile Hackathon by UNESCO

Workshop | MH2 | Open Session


Parallel Session: YouthKonverse

Presentation | AD12 | Open Session

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Lunch

Agro Innovation Lunch – A story behind every bite in partnership with FAO, IFAD, YouthConnekt Rwanda

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Branding Your Business

Presentation | Auditorium | Open Session

Leadership: Becoming an effective leader in your business

Presentation | Auditorium | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Girls

Panel | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators: Game Changers I

Presentation | MH2 | Open Session


Parallel Session: YouthKonverse: Youth Driving SDGs: 2018 Edition

Panel | AD12 | Open Session

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Spotlight Conversation

Presentation | Auditorium | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Girls: Fixit Challenge

Demonstration | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators: Building and Sustaining the Connekted Innovators Network

Workshop | MH2 | Open Session


Parallel Session: YouthKonverse: How I made it (Film)

Film | AD12 | Open Session

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Cultural Soiree with a viewing of Royal Tour

Cocktail | Kigali Conference & Exhibition Village

9:30am – 11:00am

How do we overcome corruption & insecurity to motivate youth to trade across borders?

Panel | Auditorium | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Girls: Where is the money?

Debate | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators: Building and Sustaining the Connekted Innovators Network

Workshop | MH2 | Open Session

11:00am – 11:30am

Networking Break & Launch of the Most Innovative Race Ever: Kigali Edition

11:30am – 12:30pm

Launch of the AFDP Dashboard Ranking Platform

Discussion: Is the Private Sector in Africa doing enough to create employment?

Presentation & Panel | Auditorium | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Girls: Meet the Financiers

Speed Dating | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators: Innovation 4U challenge

Workshop | MH2 | Open Session

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Face the Gorillas: YouthConnekt Africa Edition

Pitch competition | Auditorium | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Girls: Leadership & Polictics for Women

Panel | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators: Game Changers II

Presentation | MH2 | Open Session


Parallel Session: YouthKonverse: Overcoming barriers to success

Presention | AD12 | Open Session

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Spotlight Conversatiion

Panel | AD12 | Open Session


Parallel Session: JobConnekt Masterclass & GigKorner Experience

Masterclasses & Exhibition | Foyer A | Open Session


Parallel Session:Connekted Girls: Lessons Learnt

Panel | MH1 | Open Session


Parallel Session: Connekted Innovators: Game Changers II

Presentation | MH2 | Open Session


Parallel Session: The Urban Youth Forum

Presention | AD12 | Open Session

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Musical Event

9:00am – 10:30am

Arrival of guests for closing session & ceremony

10:30am – 11:30am

Conversation with Leaders

11:30am – 11:50am

YouthConneckt Africa Awards

11:50am – 1:00pm

Closing Ceremony


• Hackathon results
• Closing speeches

• Closing Performance

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch

YouthConnekt Africa Goals

  • Jobs & entrepreneurship

    Create 10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries.

  • Education / Skills

    Create 25 million opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces.

  • Civic participation & Leadership

    Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities.

  • Gender

    Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender inequality in education, jobs, technology & leadership.

  • Technology & Innovation

    Form a 'hub of hubs' to connect incubation hubs across the continent and provide access to markets, innovation-friendly capital from partners, and partnership opportunities with peers across the continent. nurture 5,000 digital ambassadors in each country to help connect & digitally empower 100,000,000 africans, allowing skills to be transferred to their local communities.

Achieving Our Goals

Policies 01

Bridging the gaps between nations by bringing together government leaders & policy influencers to share knowledge & ideas. Working together to advance the achievement of goals for youth in alignment with the African Youth Charter and the SDGs.

Programs02

Identifying existing programs aligned with the YouthConnekt goals and facilitate a platform to work together to achieve our common goals. These programs will further assist in measuring, monitoring & maintaining successful initiatives aligned with the YouthConnekt objectives.


Partnerships03

We will seek partnerships with private sector, government institutions, civic society, development partners, and academia that will be responsible for delivering programs, bringing other partners on board, innovating & providing solutions for implementation challenges.

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