Inaugural AB4IR Digital Youth Festival set for launch

Inaugural AB4IR Digital Youth Festival set for launch

In celebration of youth month, Africa Beyond 4IR (AB4IR), a digital innovation Hub based in Tshwane, South Africa will be hosting its inaugural Digital Youth Festival on 10 June 2021.

The Digital Youth Festival will be launched at the AB4IR premises in the Tshwane South TVET College, Odi Campus in Mabopane, and will be taken to two other provinces, Limpopo at Vhembe TVET College, Makwarela Campus on 17 to 18 June 2021 and Eastern Cape at Nelson Mandela Bay iHub (Port Elizabeth) on 24-25 June 2021. 

In the near future, the AB4IR plans to host the festival in all nine South African provinces during youth month annually. 

The objective of the festival is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the youth, expose them to the digital economy, encourage them to be innovators and participate in the technological revolution.

The festival is open to youths and will have the following elements:

  • Exhibitions
  • Masterclasses
  • Speakers representing various technical fields in the digital creative space.
  • The Pitching Den
  • Showcasing/demonstration of various technologies
  • Live entertainment and refreshments
  • E-Sport tournament: section in the venue will entail several games ranging from Artificial Intelligence games, video games and board games.
  • Chill zone and networking session

Commenting on the upcoming festival, Ms Kelebogile Molopyane, CEO of AB4IR said, “As we empower the youth in the areas of technology, innovation, and business incubation, we understand how technology is a part of our daily lives and the fourth industrial revolution is upon us all.  Our priority is to develop the youth and make sure that we empower them with future skills to take up space and ensure that they are included in the digital economy.”

“We encourage them to come up with innovative ideas that will change their lives for the better. We are calling upon government and private sectors to partner with us as we empower the youth and grow South Africa together,” concluded Molopyane.

More information on the Digital Youth Festival can be found here: www.dyf.co.za.