Africa Law Tech Festival 2021 to be held on July 5-9, 2021
Africa Law Tech Festival is the junction of Law, Policy and Technology in Africa. Africa Law Tech Festival 2021 Theme is Digital Policy for Economic Growth. It is inspired by the rapid growth of the tech policy landscape on the continent and the desire to build back better in the post Covid-19 era. The Africa Law Tech Festival 2021 comprises six (6) summits with distinct sub-themes: (1) Digital Access and Infrastructure, (2) Internet Governance and Content Moderation, (3) Startups and Digital Trade, (4) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics, (5) Digital Identity and Privacy, and (6) Blockchain and Digital Currencies.
Africa Law Tech Festival is organized by Lawyers Hub, the Africa’s Premier Legal Tech Think Tank and Incubator headquartered in Kenya and serving the global south on Digital Policy and Justice Innovation by providing innovative and technology-driven solutions to policy and legal practice. Africa Law Tech Festival 2021 is sponsored by key partners on the cutting edge of technology and innovation including; the Kenya Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Omidyar Network, Safaricom, Amnesty International Kenya, Mozilla, ICANN, International Commission of Jurists (Kenya), Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Internews, CIPESA and Tony Blair Institute.
According to Linda Bonyo, Africa Law Tech Festival Convener and CEO of Lawyers Hub, this year’s event is expected to nearly double the number of participants in comparison with the inaugural festival last hear. “We expect 2000+ Lawyers and 200 technologists to attend the festival from across the continent. There is huge interest in the event being one of a kind. We advise those who have not taken advance of the free registration available at www.africalawtech.com/festival to act quickly before it closes.”
In the year 2020 right before the Covid-19, the Lawyers Hub Kenya convened over 1200 delegates from 20+ countries, with 48 sessions over 6 days at the inaugural version of the Festival. The conference resulted in rapid tech solutions under the Global Legal Hackathon and policy briefs for the African Continent on Artificial Intelligence, Digital Identity and Data Governance, Tech and Migration, and Taxing the Digital Economy. Delegates left with fresh perspectives, experiences and networks.
This year’s Africa Law Tech Festival sessions are scheduled to run from 2PM (Nairobi, GMT +3) or 12 Noon (Nigeria) and 1PM (South African Time) from Monday 5th July 2021 to Friday 9th July 2021. This year's edition is a Hybrid event comprising daytime Masterclasses taking place on zoom, Evening Panels on twitter spaces and After-work Fireside chats and Dance workout on Zoom, and virtual networking sessions on Clubhouse. In-person networking sessions are scheduled in Ghana and Kenya.
Participants are only able to access links to the schedule, masterclasses and information on prizes for the various challenges upon registration. As a bonus, certificates will be issued to delegates who attend all the masterclasses by the Africa Digital Policy Institute. Students and influencers on Instagram or Tiktok are encouraged to join the Festival’s Reels challenge to help in communicating inclusive digital policy to governments and fellow citizens. Africa Law Tech Festival advocates for Digital Inclusion, Open Internet, Ease of Doing Business for tech start-ups and new businesses, Intellectual property protection and Digital Privacy across Africa and around the world.