Tech Virtuoso Iddris Sandu; Co-founder of BuyCoins, Ire Aderinokun; Head at Africa Fintech Foundry, Segun Adeniyi; Co-founder of Andela and Eden Life, Nadayar Enegesi; and Yvonne Alozie, Director of Programs at Gitgirl, are some of the speakers and panelists set to headline the maiden edition of Livespot360’s tech-focused and creative conference, UNCODE, on September 2, 2019 at the Alliance Française, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The event hosted by Livespot Digitech — put together by Livespot Digitech, the data-driven and innovative digital division of Livespot360 — will see Nigeria’s top tech industry and creative players come together with their diverse and separately unique inspiration and ideas, with the aim of creating an accelerator for change in Nigeria.
UNCODE was created especially for digital enthusiasts, creatives, and futurists who desire an avenue for cultural technology synergy in Africa. The event, according to the organizers, will help thrust Nigeria ahead of the digital curve.
UNCODE will be headlined by top tech leaders including Iddris Sandu, the 22-year old tech whiz behind algorithms that made Uber, Instagram and Snapchat what they are now.
The software engineer who considers himself a “cultural architect” who aims to “level the playing field” between Silicon Valley and young communities of colour, has coded for tech’s biggest names, collaborated with hip-hop stars, and received honours from President Barack Obama.
Iddris conceived the world’s first smart retail experience, The Marathon Store, with the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
At age 15, Sandu created an app for his school that gave students turn by turn directions to navigate their classrooms. He went on to receive an honorary presidential scholar award for this app during the presidency of former U.S. President Barack Obama at just 16 years of age.
By the age of 18, he was consulting for Snapchat before moving on to Uber, where he created a software (Autonomous Collision Detection Interface) for its self-driving cars.
Besides creating algorithms for Instagram and Snapchat and consulting for Twitter, he has worked with Kanye West and Jaden Smith to create augmented-reality experiences around music and politics.
Joining the line-up of speakers is Ire Aderinokun, the co-founder of BuyCoins, a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa and the only exchange in Nigeria that allows Nigerians buy and sell cryptocurrencies, ranging from Bitcoin and Ethereum, to Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash, directly with their local bank account or debit card.
A self-taught Frontend Developer and User Interface Designer, Ire co-founded BuyCoins, and previously worked with Eyeo, the company behind products like Adblock Plus and Flattr Plus, building open-source softwares to make a better internet.
Olusegun Adeniyi is the Head at Africa Fintech Foundry. A Professional Services consultant providing technical strategy and leadership based on a wide practical experience of technologies and products within both established companies and industry start-ups.
He possesses strong leadership, commercial and customer focus, with proven ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels, build and manage teams successfully and achieve cross-functional business objectives.
Olusegun is focused on new product/market development, project management, software and integrations solution delivery and operations management in complex operational and matrix organisations.
Nadayar is a Co-founder of Andela, and Eden Life, a small tech-powered team bringing the convenience of room service to homes all over Africa.
As the Director of Launchpad, Andela’s internal incubator for mission-critical initiatives, Nadayar combines his technical, entrepreneurial, and learning science backgrounds to solve hard business and impact problems. Nadayar also built Andela’s Learning infrastructure, curricula and teams.
Andela has raised $164 million in total including a 2016 $24m investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, $40 million in Series C funding from CRE Venture Capital, DBL Partners, Amplo, Salesforce Ventures and TLcom Capital 2017, and a $100m in Series D funding In 2019.
Prior to Andela, Nadayar built software and led engineering teams in Waterloo and Toronto, Canada. He also holds a Computer Science and Business degree from the University of Waterloo.
Nadayar, Iddris, Ire, and Olusegun will be joined by Yvonne Alozie, the Director of Programs at Gitgirl, a revolutionary academy that gives women the tools and training needed to kickstart their career in tech after 6-9 months of immersive digital training.
Yvonne is a strategic programs manager, BI Analyst, Social Entrepreneur in Edtech, Women & Tech Skills Development Advocate. She uses data analysis and insight from public policies & strategic programs to proffer solutions/strategies to bridge business gaps.
Yvonne has created programs and processes that align with business goals, while keeping the bigger picture in frame. An exceptional project manager, Yvonne is known for her laser-focus, clarity, productivity, and attention to details.
To attend UNCODE, interested tech and creative professionals can register on: https://uncodeafrica.com. You can also join the conversation on social media using #UNCODE2019.
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