The Yaba area of Lagos houses the famous technology cluster in Lagos widely regarded as Nigeria’s Silicon Valley and is a melting pot for some of the finest innovators in the country, who in true TED spirit have built the ecosystem into what it is through collaboration. It has attracted global attention including a surprise visit by Mark Zuckerberg. The current state governor has also affirmed that the area and the innovators that work there represent the future of the country. This event would be dedicated to curating ideas that reflect the innovations and the innovative spirit that have made Yaba an example to other cities in the country. What can we learn, for instance, from its history while celebrating its present and charting a course for its future. Would Yaba continue to grow as a technology hub or is the progress we’ve seen transient? What does this mean for other cities across the country and continent? What innovations can we expect to see in the coming years and how would they impact the lives of ordinary citizens? What would these interactions with technology look like and should we be intrigued or worried? What role will the arts and other areas of human endeavour play in this future?
We would explore these and many more ideas at TEDxYaba 2017.