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Social Media Week Lagos 2017 Will Be Educating

Social Media Week Lagos (#SMWLagos) will be five years old this year and the platform has announced its road map for the next five years.

With attendance figures of over 12,000 people and an online reach that is fast approaching one billion (according to a statement from the platform), SMW Lagos is looking to top that over the next five years.

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox is set to speak alongside breakout Afracanah podcasters and everyone’s “New Favourite Girl Children” Nomusa June and Adedana Ashebir at the Social Media Week Lagos.

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The event features a central stage for keynotes and panels, multiple rooms for workshops, masterclasses and presentations, and an area dedicated to co-working, networking and interactive installations with over 12,000 people from across Africa and around the world in attendance.

Other speakers include style blogger & PR maestro, Noble Igwe, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Gbenga Sèsan, Osagie Alonge and over 200 more to be added.

New additions for 2017 SMW Lagos experiential programming include Afro Beats & Eats Fest -a tasty mash up with some of the best African foodies, music makers and techies on the web; SHOPAFRICA Pop-up Market Place- shop and mingle with the online African fashion brands you follow, “like” and love, Open Campus- welcoming students from local secondary schools and universities to experience the future of tech; African Women In Tech Day, Meet The Disruptors and more.

To accomplish that, the platform has outlined a four-point five-year plan:

Create jobs: SMW Lagos hopes to offer skill-based training and career preparedness opportunities as well as programming geared toward entrepreneurs and SMEs through its programming.

Facilitate investments: The platform hope to draw attention to local investors and opportunities in the local tech market. It also wants to serve as a confluence to facilitate collaboration and partnerships.

Offer quality education: SMW Lagos will work on strategic partnerships to provide it with a track of programming that focuses on digital solutions to bridge the educational divide.

Gender balance: The platform also hopes to ensure that women are an integral part of its programming and initiatives.

Event submissions for SMW Lagos’s this edition will open from Noveember 2, 2016, and registration for the conference began since November 9, 2016.

The fifth edition of the week long conference will commence on February 27 – March 3, 2017 at Landmark Centre, Oniru Lagos.