Gitex Africa 2024 Achieved All Its Objectives, Organizers


Marrakech – The second edition of Gitex Africa achieved all its objectives by offering participating startups promising prospects for empowering their future growth, said the president of the exhibition’s organizing company, Kaoun International, Trixie LohMirmand.

“This event fulfilled all its objectives, judging by the large number of participants, the quality of exchanges, the range of agreements signed, and the commitments shown in terms of networking, collaboration, and partnership,” Ms. LohMirmand told MAP at the closing of this technological mega-event.

This year, she noted, startups had the opportunity to hold meetings with investors invited to the show, adding that “400 investors took part in the event, 70% of whom were foreign.”

“This remarkable participation demonstrates the interest shown in Morocco’s ecosystem,” the executive stated, adding that the event had resulted in “the signing of several partnership agreements and memorandums of understanding to collaborate with Moroccan and internationa
l companies.”

Focusing on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in driving development on the African continent, Ms. LohMirmand said that “AI will be a very important technological transformative power in Africa, given the talent that comes from Africa, particularly Morocco.”

This edition of Gitex paid particular attention to this technology, as evidenced by the presence of “many global experts who came to help the public understand the future of the AI economy,” she said.

Held under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Gitex Africa featured 1,500 exhibitors from over 130 countries. The event was an opportunity to exchange views on the latest technological developments, particularly in the fields of AI, healthcare, and cybersecurity.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Gitex Africa 2024 Achieved All Its Objectives, Organizers


Marrakech – The second edition of Gitex Africa achieved all its objectives by offering participating startups promising prospects for empowering their future growth, said the president of the exhibition’s organizing company, Kaoun International, Trixie LohMirmand.

“This event fulfilled all its objectives, judging by the large number of participants, the quality of exchanges, the range of agreements signed, and the commitments shown in terms of networking, collaboration, and partnership,” Ms. LohMirmand told MAP at the closing of this technological mega-event.

This year, she noted, startups had the opportunity to hold meetings with investors invited to the show, adding that “400 investors took part in the event, 70% of whom were foreign.”

“This remarkable participation demonstrates the interest shown in Morocco’s ecosystem,” the executive stated, adding that the event had resulted in “the signing of several partnership agreements and memorandums of understanding to collaborate with Moroccan and internationa
l companies.”

Focusing on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in driving development on the African continent, Ms. LohMirmand said that “AI will be a very important technological transformative power in Africa, given the talent that comes from Africa, particularly Morocco.”

This edition of Gitex paid particular attention to this technology, as evidenced by the presence of “many global experts who came to help the public understand the future of the AI economy,” she said.

Held under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Gitex Africa featured 1,500 exhibitors from over 130 countries. The event was an opportunity to exchange views on the latest technological developments, particularly in the fields of AI, healthcare, and cybersecurity.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Huawei Ready to Support Digitalization in Morocco with Rich Catalog (Manager)


Marrakech – Huawei is ready to support digitalization in Morocco with a rich catalog and long experience in this field, said Huawei Morocco Vice President Jason Chenxiaolei.

In an interview with MAP on the occasion of Gitex Africa 2024, Chenxiaolei noted that the Chinese company “has accumulated over 35 years’ experience in the field of digitalization, which it is ready to make available to Morocco.”

Chenxiaolei pointed out that Huawei is already working with three operators and several companies in Morocco to set up a high-quality network and digital infrastructure “to enable them to run their applications properly.’

Present in Morocco for 22 years, Huawei has ‘succeeded in identifying the challenges facing Morocco in the field of digitalization,” he said, adding that these challenges are “fairly classic” and that “Morocco has a suitable model for implementing the entire infrastructure.”

For Chenxiaolei, Morocco is ‘a leader in Africa and one of the best countries to invest in infrastructure and digitali
zation.”

“That is why, as part of Gitex Africa, we are organizing a summit for all our customers to help Morocco adopt the right vision and approach to digitization,” he added.

The manager of the Chinese company also praised the government’s support for digitalization initiatives, underlining that Huawei considers this to be ‘a major support for the new generation in Morocco.”

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Huawei Ready to Support Digitalization in Morocco with Rich Catalog (Manager)


Marrakech – Huawei is ready to support digitalization in Morocco with a rich catalog and long experience in this field, said Huawei Morocco Vice President Jason Chenxiaolei.

In an interview with MAP on the occasion of Gitex Africa 2024, Chenxiaolei noted that the Chinese company “has accumulated over 35 years’ experience in the field of digitalization, which it is ready to make available to Morocco.”

Chenxiaolei pointed out that Huawei is already working with three operators and several companies in Morocco to set up a high-quality network and digital infrastructure “to enable them to run their applications properly.’

Present in Morocco for 22 years, Huawei has ‘succeeded in identifying the challenges facing Morocco in the field of digitalization,” he said, adding that these challenges are “fairly classic” and that “Morocco has a suitable model for implementing the entire infrastructure.”

For Chenxiaolei, Morocco is ‘a leader in Africa and one of the best countries to invest in infrastructure and digitali
zation.”

“That is why, as part of Gitex Africa, we are organizing a summit for all our customers to help Morocco adopt the right vision and approach to digitization,” he added.

The manager of the Chinese company also praised the government’s support for digitalization initiatives, underlining that Huawei considers this to be ‘a major support for the new generation in Morocco.”

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Gitex Africa: Winners of ‘Supernova Gitex Africa’ Competition Announced


Marrakech – The winners of the “Supernova Gitex Africa” Award were announced on Friday in Marrakech, at the end of the eliminatory phase of the pitch competition organized on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of Gitex Africa.

On this occasion, the startup “Lupiya” from Zambia was awarded the Overall Winner Award worth $50,000. This fintech company’s project aspires to transform the financial landscape, from mobile money to blockchain-based platforms in Africa.

In addition, five finalists were awarded the $10,000 “Supernova Winner” prize in each of the following categories: “Al and Digital Cities”, “Cybersecurity”, “Digital Finance and Blockchain”, “Healthtech” and “Sustainability and Agritech”.

These prizes were awarded respectively to startups “RawMart” from Egypt, “FACIA” from the UK, “SecondStax” from Ghana, “DeepEcho” from Morocco and “StableFoods” from Kenya.

These projects aim to redefine Africa’s public digital landscape, ensuring a brighter, more digitally inclusive future by exploring the limitles
s possibilities of technology and the ways in which it can be harnessed to promote the continent’s growth and development.

The ceremony also saw the awarding of four “Special Mention” prizes of $10,000 to the winning semi-finalists, namely startup “InsightEX” (Mauritania) in the “Woman in Tech” category, “Chari” (Morocco) in the “Expand North Star Dubai Award” category, “SecDojo” (France) in the “Young CEO” category and ‘Flitto’ (South Korea) in the “International Startup” category.

Speaking to MAP, Gitex Africa sales manager Shifa Bagdadi pointed out that this is the biggest pitch competition in Africa, offering startups from different sectors the opportunity to become unicorn startups in the future.

She noted that the finalists had the opportunity to present their technological solutions and innovative expertise to an audience and a panel of judges made up of investors and experts from the startup ecosystem, expressing her enthusiasm for collaborating with more innovative startups across Africa.

Source
: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Gitex Africa: Winners of ‘Supernova Gitex Africa’ Competition Announced


Marrakech – The winners of the “Supernova Gitex Africa” Award were announced on Friday in Marrakech, at the end of the eliminatory phase of the pitch competition organized on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of Gitex Africa.

On this occasion, the startup “Lupiya” from Zambia was awarded the Overall Winner Award worth $50,000. This fintech company’s project aspires to transform the financial landscape, from mobile money to blockchain-based platforms in Africa.

In addition, five finalists were awarded the $10,000 “Supernova Winner” prize in each of the following categories: “Al and Digital Cities”, “Cybersecurity”, “Digital Finance and Blockchain”, “Healthtech” and “Sustainability and Agritech”.

These prizes were awarded respectively to startups “RawMart” from Egypt, “FACIA” from the UK, “SecondStax” from Ghana, “DeepEcho” from Morocco and “StableFoods” from Kenya.

These projects aim to redefine Africa’s public digital landscape, ensuring a brighter, more digitally inclusive future by exploring the limitles
s possibilities of technology and the ways in which it can be harnessed to promote the continent’s growth and development.

The ceremony also saw the awarding of four “Special Mention” prizes of $10,000 to the winning semi-finalists, namely startup “InsightEX” (Mauritania) in the “Woman in Tech” category, “Chari” (Morocco) in the “Expand North Star Dubai Award” category, “SecDojo” (France) in the “Young CEO” category and ‘Flitto’ (South Korea) in the “International Startup” category.

Speaking to MAP, Gitex Africa sales manager Shifa Bagdadi pointed out that this is the biggest pitch competition in Africa, offering startups from different sectors the opportunity to become unicorn startups in the future.

She noted that the finalists had the opportunity to present their technological solutions and innovative expertise to an audience and a panel of judges made up of investors and experts from the startup ecosystem, expressing her enthusiasm for collaborating with more innovative startups across Africa.

Source
: Agence Marocaine De Presse

GITEX 2024: 3rd Smart Port Challenge Hackathon Wraps up


Marrakech – The closing ceremony of the 3rd edition of the “Smart Port Challenge 2024” Hackathon, an international competition dedicated to innovation in the port and logistics sector, took place on Friday in Marrakech, on the occasion of the 2nd Gitex Africa Morocco.

Organized by the National Ports Agency (ANP) and ‘PortNet’, in partnership with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) of Benguerir, this event, which saw the participation of more than 290 startups from around the world, is part of efforts to strengthen collaborative innovation, research and scientific and technological development in the port sector.

Part of the ‘Smartport Innovation’ initiative launched by ANP and Portnet, this hackathon also highlights the most promising ideas and projects designed to equip the port community with innovative solutions to known challenges.

According to the organizers, these startups benefited from the mentoring of more than 30 renowned experts in each category to help them better understand the issues r
elated to the selected topics and to be able to deploy their solutions. This led to the presentation of 174 innovations in response to the three challenges in ‘Sustainability and environment’, ‘Port performance’ and ‘Port safety’.

Following evaluation of the various projects by the juries, three initiatives, namely ‘Port Surveyor’, ‘BlueDove’ and ‘Awake.ai’, were selected for proof-of-concept (PoC) development within the entities concerned.

Speaking at the ceremony, ANP Director General Nadia Laraki explained that this innovation competition calls on collective intelligence, designed to nurture a spirit of creativity in the port sector, adding that the creation of this Hackathon reflects ‘our ambition to build a forward-looking, modern and resilient port ecosystem’.

Noting that this third challenge focuses on safety, security and cybersecurity, Laraki pointed out that these themes are in line with the strategic orientations of the ANP, in accordance with the High Royal Directives, aimed at modernizing the
port sector and raising the Kingdom to the rank of the most developed nations in terms of maritime transport and connections.

They are among the strategic priorities of the 2024-2026 triennium, namely anchoring good governance practices, stimulating port operational performance, accelerating ecological, energy and digital transitions, and federating and converging the port community, she stressed, before concluding that this year’s awards are further proof of the dynamism and fruitfulness of ecosystems, which enable bridges to be built between research and foreign trade players.

For his part, PortNet Managing Director Youssef Ahouzi was delighted that celebrating the winners of this Hackathon had become a tradition on the agenda of port ecosystem players, noting that for this third edition, ‘we wanted to make the port community aware of the environmental issues and challenges facing the port sector, particularly in terms of performance and cybersecurity’.

These three issues (Sustainability and Environment,
Port Performance and Port Security) ‘challenge us all in more ways than one, as they are part of a vision for the future, in continuity with the advances made by Morocco in the port and maritime sector, under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI’, he said, dwelling on the results and highlights of this third edition, which kicked off on December 20, 2023.

For his part, Yassine Laghzioui, Managing Director of UM6P Ventures, emphasized the importance of the projects selected, stressing that the quest for innovation is synonymous with excellence.

Companies that challenge themselves on a daily basis are the ones that survive,’ he said, highlighting Morocco’s leadership in terms of port infrastructure in the region, and even worldwide.

He welcomed the collaboration between ANP, PortNet and UM6P, which illustrates that the various players are moving forward at the same pace, explaining that an innovation ecosystem cannot be developed without effective collaboration between all stakeholders (public
authorities, private sector, universities, etc.).

In a statement to MAP, Tarik Maouni, Director of Information Systems and Digital Transformation at the ANP, said that the hackathon was a collaborative ‘open innovation’ initiative, noting that the Kingdom’s ports were facing different kinds of challenges, hence the competition to find smart, intelligent answers to these challenges in the world of startups.

Through this initiative, the partners aim to boost economic performance and competitiveness by mobilizing the collective intelligence of the port ecosystem, in order to create optimal conditions for intelligent ports, by coordinating the actions of the various stakeholders to provide innovative solutions to major port challenges.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

GITEX 2024: 3rd Smart Port Challenge Hackathon Wraps up


Marrakech – The closing ceremony of the 3rd edition of the “Smart Port Challenge 2024” Hackathon, an international competition dedicated to innovation in the port and logistics sector, took place on Friday in Marrakech, on the occasion of the 2nd Gitex Africa Morocco.

Organized by the National Ports Agency (ANP) and ‘PortNet’, in partnership with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) of Benguerir, this event, which saw the participation of more than 290 startups from around the world, is part of efforts to strengthen collaborative innovation, research and scientific and technological development in the port sector.

Part of the ‘Smartport Innovation’ initiative launched by ANP and Portnet, this hackathon also highlights the most promising ideas and projects designed to equip the port community with innovative solutions to known challenges.

According to the organizers, these startups benefited from the mentoring of more than 30 renowned experts in each category to help them better understand the issues r
elated to the selected topics and to be able to deploy their solutions. This led to the presentation of 174 innovations in response to the three challenges in ‘Sustainability and environment’, ‘Port performance’ and ‘Port safety’.

Following evaluation of the various projects by the juries, three initiatives, namely ‘Port Surveyor’, ‘BlueDove’ and ‘Awake.ai’, were selected for proof-of-concept (PoC) development within the entities concerned.

Speaking at the ceremony, ANP Director General Nadia Laraki explained that this innovation competition calls on collective intelligence, designed to nurture a spirit of creativity in the port sector, adding that the creation of this Hackathon reflects ‘our ambition to build a forward-looking, modern and resilient port ecosystem’.

Noting that this third challenge focuses on safety, security and cybersecurity, Laraki pointed out that these themes are in line with the strategic orientations of the ANP, in accordance with the High Royal Directives, aimed at modernizing the
port sector and raising the Kingdom to the rank of the most developed nations in terms of maritime transport and connections.

They are among the strategic priorities of the 2024-2026 triennium, namely anchoring good governance practices, stimulating port operational performance, accelerating ecological, energy and digital transitions, and federating and converging the port community, she stressed, before concluding that this year’s awards are further proof of the dynamism and fruitfulness of ecosystems, which enable bridges to be built between research and foreign trade players.

For his part, PortNet Managing Director Youssef Ahouzi was delighted that celebrating the winners of this Hackathon had become a tradition on the agenda of port ecosystem players, noting that for this third edition, ‘we wanted to make the port community aware of the environmental issues and challenges facing the port sector, particularly in terms of performance and cybersecurity’.

These three issues (Sustainability and Environment,
Port Performance and Port Security) ‘challenge us all in more ways than one, as they are part of a vision for the future, in continuity with the advances made by Morocco in the port and maritime sector, under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI’, he said, dwelling on the results and highlights of this third edition, which kicked off on December 20, 2023.

For his part, Yassine Laghzioui, Managing Director of UM6P Ventures, emphasized the importance of the projects selected, stressing that the quest for innovation is synonymous with excellence.

Companies that challenge themselves on a daily basis are the ones that survive,’ he said, highlighting Morocco’s leadership in terms of port infrastructure in the region, and even worldwide.

He welcomed the collaboration between ANP, PortNet and UM6P, which illustrates that the various players are moving forward at the same pace, explaining that an innovation ecosystem cannot be developed without effective collaboration between all stakeholders (public
authorities, private sector, universities, etc.).

In a statement to MAP, Tarik Maouni, Director of Information Systems and Digital Transformation at the ANP, said that the hackathon was a collaborative ‘open innovation’ initiative, noting that the Kingdom’s ports were facing different kinds of challenges, hence the competition to find smart, intelligent answers to these challenges in the world of startups.

Through this initiative, the partners aim to boost economic performance and competitiveness by mobilizing the collective intelligence of the port ecosystem, in order to create optimal conditions for intelligent ports, by coordinating the actions of the various stakeholders to provide innovative solutions to major port challenges.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse