We stand on the brink of a new industrial era. The dawning technological revolution will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to each other. Within its scale, scope, and complexity, our transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We cannot pretend to know how it will unfold, however, one thing is clear: we must lead the change ourselves. Our response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global policy, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain), fifth-generation wireless technologies (5G), additive manufacturing/3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles.
As we host Africa’s largest gathering on 4IR, we intend to showcase technologies and innovations from around the globe. The Africa 4.0 Tech Expo will be host to multiple experiences of 4IR technologies under one roof. The Dome will be the centerpiece of the Tech Expo where visitors will experience IoT functioning within a smart home, the speed of 5G connectivity, the impact of artificial intelligence in our day to day lives, how drones and robotics are changing the fields of aagriculture and manufacturing, how augmented reality and virtual reality are changing healthcare, and the utility of autonomous vehicles in our lives.
Various industry leaders globally will converge at the Serena Hotel Kampala for three days making the case for 4IR at what will be the largest tech expoin Africa.