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10:00

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Come and celbrate the opening of the first edition of re:publica Accra!
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10:30
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11:00
English Talk Everyone

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What technical, social and political basics do we need to get right in order to get to the next level?
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11:00

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11:15
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11:45
English Talk Everyone

Stage 1

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The Internet has become a powerful tool for activists around the world to mobilize and organize communities for social and political change. Last year in Togo, hundreds of thousands of citizens took on the streets to protest for change. The government responded by shutting down the internet completely for several days. This session will discuss how Internet has helped citizens organize for democracy in Togo and how activists are fighting to preserve and expand the digital space.
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11:15
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11:45
English Talk Everyone Partner: Wikimedia Foundation

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What is Freedom of Panorama, how does it affect you, what is being done to increase people rights, and how can you get involved? These are questions will be discussed with Douglas Scott from Wikimedia South Africa. For the past four years Wikimedia South Africa has sought to give members of the public the right to take photographs of public works of art and share them digitally. An activity that despite popular assumptions about copyright most people in Africa do not have the right to do.
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11:15
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12:15
English Discussion Everyone Partner: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

Workshop Room

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How transparent is the use of public funds? Governments are expected to deliver services of good quality. But how to ensure that tax payers money or donor funds are really used in the expected way? TruBudget is a blockchain-based software which can serve as a platform to track and coordinate the implementation of public investments. By promoting trust, TruBudget could make public budgets transparent and efficient. TruBudget is open source and may be used for various business cases.
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In this session Nanjira Sambuli will interview Boniface Mwangi, who ran for Parliament in Kenya in 2017 and Kudzai M Mubaiwa who ran for council in Zimbabwe this year. We will learn about both candidate’s personal journey and motivation and how they have been trying to hack the political system in Kenya and Zimbabwe, through art, public protest and hashtags.
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11:45
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12:15
English Talk Everyone Partner: mozilla Foundation

Stage 2

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The value of being connected to a communication network is steadily rising. And yet, half of the world population remains unconnected to the Internet. Existing network operators are showing signs of having reached their limits in terms of connected the unserved. Steve Song argues that if we are going to connect *everyone* affordably, we need to change the way we think about the problem.
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12:00

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12:30
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13:30
English Action Everyone Partner: abantu+

Creators Studio

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The Creator Studio's Pop-Up Recording Studio is brought to you by abantu+. It is about forward music creation incorporating digital and analogue as well as traditional and non-traditional influence. Because new technologies equally bear chances and challenges for music creatives, we attempt to playfully introduce, encourage and showcase advantages of digital creation while maintaining a touch of analogue.
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What does privacy mean to you? All too often, privacy is an abstract concept with little to no relevance to day-to-day life. We would like to explore different cultural understandings and metaphors of privacy around the globe to better grasp how we can make privacy more relevant to more people. Pop in, illustrate and share your image of what privacy means to you! The workshop is accompanied by short inputs from experts on responsible data, privacy conceptions and privacy-enhancing tools.
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Calling all makers, care recipients, and healthcare professionals! What are your ideas for connecting the urge for patients and care professionals to design more customized and tailor-made solutions with the maker movement? Makers are designing open hardware as product design is being democratized, opened up and becoming accessible for a growing community. How can patients and care professionals benefit from these developments? Join us for a brainstorming session at rp:Accra!
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Bridging the tech-divide by re:connecting makers, educators and developers from prime cities and peripheral hubs. The session sheds light on the misconception of center and periphery by collaborating across the country. Two teams produce a functioning machine in two different locations collaboratively, showcasing a case demonstration for co-creation and distributed manufacturing.
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12:30
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13:00
English Talk Everyone

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Technological process is often sold as a shortcut to social stability, full employement and an improved public infrastructure. But is it really? Technology is not and cannot be a panacea for problems that societies, communities and their leaders choose not to fix.
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This session is going to address the most underlying issue regarding digitization in Africa: Access to the Internet. Data affordability is the main barrier for people using the Internet. Today, zero rating services are often marketed as the only way to provide free access to Internet services.
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STEAM education, research and innovation are important in propelling Africa’s development. The session outlines key challenges in STEAM education on the continent, and proposes integration of open science into educational curricula as a key solution. Drawing on evidence mainly from ongoing STEAM and open science initiatives, recommendations on how open science tools, including the internet, and methodologies can be implemented to boost education, research, and innovation in Africa are proposed.
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The arts (music, film, sculpture, painting, etc) industry in Ghana suffers limited reach, this is due to the fact that there is lack of knowledge about alternative forms of licensing to practitioners and stakeholders. Most actors in the space are often aware and use the traditional forms of licensing (copyright), the knowledge on what pertains is limited. This session seeks to introduce the audience to alternatives forms of licensing (copyleft) and its benefits to increase the reach of the arts.
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13:00

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The Glass Room Experience is an eye-catching, accessible self-learning pop-up installation on data and privacy.
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The E-Waste Lounge & Bar made with furniture and objects upcycled from E-Waste and a live jewelry creation from smelters and blacksmiths from Agbogbloshie will illustrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the scrap yard that is often overlooked. The lounge and bar will invite the participants to experience the potential from e-waste in a different way.
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In the US, Asia, and Europe, Facebook has come under intense scrutiny for its role in the circulation of “fake news”. But what happens when viral disinformation spreads through regions in Africa already in the midst of ethnic violence?
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13:45
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14:45
English Workshop Everyone Partner: abantu+

Creators Studio

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Going 'Round in Circles is brought to you by abantu+. The workshop explores the Loop Station - an unordinary music instrument bridging the gap between analogue and digital music creation. Although it has been around for a while, it is unfamiliar to many. But we are about to change that.
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13:45
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14:45
English Meetup Everyone

Digital Rights Lounge

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Meet Nanjala Nyabola in the pop-up library at the Ditial Rights Lounge and get a copy of the latest book Digital Democracy and Analogue Politics - How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya (ZED books/African Arguments, 2018).
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13:45
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14:45
English Action Everyone

Health Lounge

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Yoga classes led by certified instructors. Visit our health screening space for a free STI or general wellness screening to receive an entry token to access the class for free.
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Using 3D printing innovation, we will hack and build simple low-cost DIY open science lab equipment.
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In an age where access to the internet is deemed a human right, continued shutdowns are more harmful than they are helpful. Africa internet shutdowns are second only to Asia, buoyed by a desire to silence popular voices, quell protests and “maintain order”.
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Ghana has records of various security breaches since 2005, most organizations keep things in the hush to avoid embarrassing front page stories, while some do the bare minimum for compliance. This means there are still a plethora of businesses which can suffer financial and reputation damages in the wild. This talk would be an overview of resources that could be utilized by stakeholders to ensure they are part of cybersecurity movement which is picking up it's paces in Ghana.
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This session will address the importance of local languages and knowledge sharing in science and ultimately for sustainable economic development in Africa.
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This session will explore how different civic organizations can use ICT in stimulating social innovations both online and offline from a human rights perspective. Further, it will seek to understand what information gaps civic technology faces in developing responsive solutions and platforms - and how to address these gaps in Africa.
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14:00

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Internet shutdowns have become so ubiquitous that African governments and others resort to it in times of protests, elections, and school exams. Access Now's Shutdown Stories Project documents the stories of ordinary citizens during internet shutdowns across the African continent and beyond. With this narration, I will share the resilient stories of people that defied internet shutdowns and other censorship measures and continued to protest, organize, elect, and speak without the internet.
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This session will discuss the opportunities of biotech and machine learning applied to pathology, and how digital innovation is enabling progress in handling public health challenges.
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14:45
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15:00
English Action Everyone Partner: abantu+

Creators Studio

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A Live Loop Station performance by La Cris and betina quest.
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15:00

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This session will take participants through basic podcast skills: How to use your everyday devices (phones and laptops) and studio equipments to record, edit and start broadcasting your voice.
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New initiatives based on the use of information and communication technologies enable citizens to participate in the management of public life with a perspective to making governance democratic, transparent and inclusive. We talk about Civic Tech. During this session, we present how the internet and the use of mobile phones have supported CSO and government to increase civic engagement and ensure the transparency of the electoral process of the 2018 presidential elections in Mali.
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Join UNFPA Ghana for a Davos style session to share and discuss how targeted reproductive health services empower vulnerable populations.
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15:00
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16:00
English Workshop Everyone

Makerspace

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The Science Set makes it possible for the student to learn by doing. The hands-on approach to science helps the student to easily appreciate what they see in the textbook.
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This talk will engage questions on visual research, data, and decolonisation in a global information society using readingzimbabwe.com as a case study. The digital archive problematizes how a single country's 60 year published history has been created, distorted, and engenders a space where a variety of critical lenses are interwoven to question research truths in the Zimbabwean context.Complacency allows the ambiguities and complexities of marginal contexts to be concealed and even obliterated.
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The realities of (digital) distribution make it more practical and more profitable for a Ghanaian startup to explore e-commerce in the USA than retail opportunities in other West African countries. This reality is detrimental to pan-African mutual development and to our understanding of what we are capable of on the continent. What precisely are these challenges? How do we ensure that African markets come into their economic power together?
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15:00
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16:00
English Workshop Beginner Partner: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

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By 2035, Africa is poised to have the largest and youngest workforce in the world. African countries are still facing huge challenges in terms of creating opportunities for the ever growing young population. Skills mismatch between what is taught in schools and what the industry requires, inadequate access to labour market information, networks, limited opportunities to acquire work experience or vocational training are some factors that contribute to high unemployment rates.
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15:00
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16:00
English Workshop Beginner Partner: Association for Progressive Communications

Workshop Room

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More than 450 million of Africa’s population does not have access to mobile broadband signal. Community owned and managed networks are showing potential to contribute to close this gap. These networks not only provide access, but also have broader development implications. In this workshop, authors will engage with the audience going through the steps of creating one, reinforcing good practices and highlighting common pitfalls to avoid.
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15:30
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16:00
English Talk Advanced

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16:00

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17:15
English Workshop Advanced

Creators Studio

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For every stage of the news, broadcast programming and other storytelling, there's a new media or digital platform offering solutions. For each task in information gathering, processing, publishing, audience engagement, discover an app, a web platform or a tip that you might have overlooked. This workshop is a one-hour walkthrough of some of the options you have in the use of simple, low budget, low entry digital tools.
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16:15
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17:15
English Workshop Beginner

Digital Rights Lounge

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As a young woman interested in taking up a career in technology, how do you set yourself apart? What’s that eXtra vibe that's going to make you outstanding? Join us during the Xtra Ladies (XL) Career Portfolio workshop to learn how you can build your personal brand and successfully take up a career in technology.
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Let's talk about sex, baby. Join us for a cutting-edge conversation on sexual health and intimacy in the modern age. This isn't a panel discussion, and it isn't a lecture - it's a real conversation facilitated by young people and health professionals. So pull up a chair, let down your guard, and let's talk about the issues. Ages 16+
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The #ASKotec is a kit designed to work as a mobile trainers set to tackle basic field challenges when it comes to Open Tech and Open Source Hardware innovation, education and repairing wherever needed. Providing »Access to Skills and Knowledge« the multi-functional »Open Tech Emergency Case« gives rural and urban innovators new possibilites - from basic tools and materials to product development as well as up-cycling old materials to new #open innovations...anywhere.
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16:15
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16:45
English Talk Everyone Partner: CitiTV

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Let's explore the business models of Ghana's traditional media and the components of these models that need to evolve as new media continues to disrupt the space.
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A panel discussion about the infamous Old Fadama Scrap Yard, commonly known as Agbogbloshie, and its potential as a resource pool for social development. The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation will invite a diverse group of stakeholders from backgrounds such as Innovation, Creation and Anthropology to discuss their different experiences in using E-Waste as a resource. They will controversially discuss future scenarios that promote digital solutions with social added value.
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What if the people affected by public policies were more involved in writing those policies? Explore the tools and tactics that innovators have been using to support innovation-friendly policy reform through the i4Policy alliance.
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During this workshop, UK based producer Afrodeutsche will show and tell about her Ableton Live workflows, her writing process and how she uses Ableton Live on stage during performances. The workshop is hosted by Ableton Certified Trainer Emile Hoogenhout.
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16:45
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17:15
English Talk Everyone

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This talk will look back at the history of free speech online in Africa.
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17:00

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17:30
English Action Everyone

Creators Studio

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A genre-bending performance fusing video, live poetry recital and collected sounds. Navigating elbow rooms provided by history, myth making and social commentary, Kwame Write unearths the map consolidating the musical and mystical connections linking water bodies, Black bodies and vibrations.
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17:30
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18:30
English Workshop Everyone

Creators Studio

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This workshop moderated by documentary photographer and photo educator Rodney Quarcoo will introduce participants to the basic features of digital cameras.
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17:30
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18:30
French Meetup Everyone

Digital Rights Lounge

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A new study, commissioned by CFI, the French Agency for Media Development, takes a close look at various civic tech initiatives in Benin, Kenya, Senegal and Tunisia. In this session, we will present these recent findings and open up the discussion and widen the scope beyond these case studies: How have you and other Civic Tech actors organised yourselves, overcome obstacles and built your influence? What can we take away from these experiences? Discussions can take place in English and French.
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17:30
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18:30
English Workshop Everyone

Makerspace

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The Internet of Things (IoT) workshop is meant for participants eager to learn and build IoT project from a basic level. In this workshop we will cover basics of IoT concepts and applications and have a look at a live demo of a smart home system built by IoT Network Hub.
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This session will address of beauty norms and transgressions, their (digital) representations and the cultural/political prisms that shape our aesthetic choices.
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The West Africa Leaks showed the massive scale of illicit financial flows, tax avoidance and evasion and corruption in African states. If used correctly, open and big data can create more transparency and contribute to fighting corruption and financial crimes. The discussion wants to shed light on the necessary preconditions for investigative journalists to make use of open and big data, while also taking into account the increasingly limited freedom of press in some parts of Africa.
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Connectivity for connectivity's sake is not enough. To bridge the gap that technology creates, it’s not just telecoms infrastructure that needs to be installed, but affordable connectivity and relevant content to engage with in order to ensure that individuals can advance their digital literacy. 'Smart Township' initiatives empower localised content as well as access to real economic opportunities by providing affordable Public Wi-Fi in conjunction with citizen journalism.
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18:30
English Workshop Beginner

Workshop Room

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This workshop will be a general orientation workshop about Wikipedia - a free, collaborative, multilingual, online encyclopedia that can be read and edited freely by anyone in the world.
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DJ Raph and Andi Teichmann will present the work of the electronic label NOLAND and Raph´s Album "Sacred Groves".
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Ideally, the Internet decentralises communication and breaks down information monopolies. Can it do the same for financial flows? From mobile payment to innovations such as crowdfunding to cryptocurrencies that rewrite trust models of transactions, there are a multitude of ways technology is impacting on finance – FinTech seems to be able to transform existing power structures for the good.
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Join Teresa Dillon (Professor of City Futures/Bristol) and Amanortey Kisseih (Accra/Vienna) for a conversation on how artists are producing 'urgent eco-critical stories' that reimagine repair and its associated cultures. Positioned within debates on degrowth, the Right to Repair and UN Sustainability Goals, the discussion draws on the documentary 'Welcome to Sodom’ (2018), which traces the lives of people working and living on the eWaste site at Agbogbloshie, Accra.
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19:45
English Action Everyone

Stage 2

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The Africologist is a futuristic documentary on African History, Science, and Technology. The purpose of this film is to inspire young Africans by using technology-backed science fiction as narrative, and evidence-backed science facts as the backbone. Embark with us on a journey through Africa and Africanity, reconnecting to our past, experiencing the innovations of our present in exciting new ways and using science to foresee the technologies of the future.
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We employ the efficiency of theatre as a communication tool to create awareness and debunk gender stereotypes in technology. This will be a random flash mob style gathering with a melodramatic act centered around a young woman and her technology career choice. We will engage attendees in a session of fun while passing on the message, “Tech is not a man’s world”.
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19:00

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It’s breakfast time. Agya Koo Nimo, his wife Kyeiwaa and their child Paapa are on a mission to trace back the origin of the heavenly pineapples they enjoy every morning. But how? Be prepared to learn about how IT solutions can increase the transparency of supply chains, and join experts in developing an efficient and affordable solution based on open source.
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20:00

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A premiere collaboration of renowned artists Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe) and M.anifest (Ghana). With WE LIVE IN SILENCE, Kudzanai Chiurai addresses the complexities of race, gender, colonization and the post-colony, imagining colonial futures and contesting dominant colonial narratives. M.anifest and band create a live soundtrack to the film, a special composition performed live for the first time. A special highlight not to be missed.
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Album presentation of “Sacred Groves”: electronic music from pan-African ethnographic field recordings.
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Todays's entertainment scene is characterised by big stage concerts/shows, Millions of fans in the stands & a great gulf between artist and the art lover. While social media has created a closer interactive field for the two parties, fans still have limited access to Artist. Jive explored this social need of the creative consumer and came up with a great solution. One night where fans get to intimately experience a range of talented and diverse acts in a live, interactive and unplugged session.
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