Tekifest’23, the coming together of tech minds focused on exploring the future of work, technology, innovation, and tech excellence, is set to take place on the 29th of November at The Zone, Gbagada in Lagos.Organized by Tekisite, the non-profit organization dedicated to training teenagers in digital technology skills in suburban communities. The event boasts an engaging lineup, including keynote speakers, panel discussions, a job fair, hackathons, medical checkups, and the much-anticipated Top100Tekies spotlight award. This award recognizes and honors outstanding individuals, organizations, and solutions that have made significant contributions to humanity through technology.

Riding on the theme “The Future Of Jobs: Talent Pipeline Investment”, Tekifest’23 will converge  industry experts, tech trailblazers, enthusiasts, and students to address the challenges of talent pipeline investment in Africa and Nigeria. The event seeks to evolve viable solutions, ensuring that the future of jobs becomes an opportunity for prosperity and well-being rather than a threat. Tekifest’23 serves as a platform to showcase and celebrate the talent and innovation of African and Nigerian youth, inspiring and empowering them to shape the future of jobs.

Since 2021, Tekisite, the non-profit organization, has been actively training teenagers in underserved communities. Following the success of Ogun State Tekifest in July 2022, the organization has trained  teenagers in schools and rural communities across Oyo, Osun, Ogun, and Anambra states, promoting digital literacy and empowering them with essential skills for the 21st  century.

The founder of the organization, Mr. Abass Oyeyemi, who sadly passed away in May 2023, envisioned the eradication of cybercrime and the creation of a parallel culture that counteracts the influence of cyber fraud on teenagers. Through his visionary leadership, he established the bedrock of an exceptional legacy that the team steadfastly upholds and propels forward.

Salawu Faizah, the team lead, expressed, “we are unwavering in our commitment to realize Abass Oyeyemi’s vision for this event to lead the industry’s conversation on strategic and innovative tech solutions for talent pipeline investment in Nigeria. He consistently discussed Tekifest, while still maintaining his focus on eradicating social vices like cybercrime and empowering teenagers with the necessary skills for success in the dynamic world of technology”

Balogun Rosheedah, Academy Director, Tekisite, said, “The passing of our founder has strengthened our resolve to carry on his mission. We are dedicated to nurturing a generation of tech-savvy individuals who will drive innovation and positive change.”

According to the World Economic Forum, by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by automation, while 97 million new roles may emerge. This implies that AI will not necessarily replace jobs but the skills and competencies that are required for the future of jobs are different from those that are currently in demand as there would be a new division of labor between humans, machines and algorithms.

As Tekifest’23 unfolds, it not only aims to shape discussions around the future of work but also stands  as a testament to the enduring legacy of its founder Mr. Abass Oyeyemi and his commitment to shaping a future where technology is a force for good. 

The event promises to be an exciting and enlightening experience for all attendees.

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