Opportunities

The ALT Network is committed to providing a hub for the legal and technology sectors in Africa to meet and collaborate. This section provides useful resources, networking opportunities and tools for the ALT members and prospective providers of investment and other resources to build your network.

Education & Training Programs

There are several education programs and training opportunities across the continent to help you and your business enter the legal tech market and grow.

eLearning Africa 2019

14th International Conference & Exhibition on ICT for Education, Training and Skills Development

Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and exhibition on ICT for Education, Training & Skills Development. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Over 13 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 17,278 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 80% coming from the African continent. More than 3,530 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology supported learning, training and skills development.

Under the theme the Keys to the Future: Learnability and Employability, eLearning Africa 2019 will focus on two of the most important keys needed in tomorrow´s rapidly changing global economy: learnability and employability.

Blockchain & Law | Masterclass with Tanya Knowles & Jackie Nagtegaal

Come delve into the impact of blockchain on law. We’ll be cutting through the hype, break down what blockchain really is about and how it will upend and impact the legal profession.

From opportunities to challenges, we will explore what the future of law look like.

Design Thinking in Enhancing Customer Experience for Legal Practice

We’ve all heard about tech and faster service, massive shifts in traditional offering, but how do we go about it in practice?

By using design thinking tools we learn how to re-think current systems and design creative solutions that answer all these areas, with the customer in the centre.

Design thinking skills are critical in a new age where creativity and simplicity looms. It’s a new skills lawyers should embrace, along with CX (customer experience), as the demands of the market change.

This masterclass, presented by two leaders in their field, dives into customer experience for lawyers using design thinking, providing a fresh perspective.

Welcome to the African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI)

AMMI is a novel fully funded one-year intensive graduate program that provides brilliant young Africans with state-of-the-art training in machine learning and its applications. The AMMI program will prepare well rounded machine intelligence researchers who respond to both present and future needs of Africa and the world.

MEST Entrepreneurs-in-Training Program

MEST offers graduate-level entrepreneurial training in business, communications and software development, including extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a Final Pitch and the chance to receive seed funding.

BrightTALK Webinar

Blockchain and the Law: What Lawyers (and Their Clients) Need to Know

Attendees will learn:

  • The basics of blockchain technology
  • Common blockchain use cases
  • Considerations when advising clients on blockchain
  • Emerging legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain technology

Networking & Events

Explore various networking guides, tools, events and platforms to help your startup grow or help connect you with the growing legal technology market in Africa and abroad.

Global Impact Summit: Unleashing Collaborative Power

August 29-30, 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

The African entrepreneurial landscape has been scoured and some of the top founders disrupting industries have been handpicked. Accelerators, incubators and innovation hubs will come together over 2 days for panel discussions, workshops, networking and mentoring sessions.

“Unleashing Collaborative Power: Maximising Positive Impact” featured panelists include Nurhassen Mensur Mudesir, Co-founder of YenePay Financial Technologies; Zoussi, CMO and Co-founder of Complete Farmer; Yusuf Reja, Founder of ethiojobs.net

Key themes for the Summit include Agritech, Financial and Commerce inclusion, 4th AI & Tech for Good and Health care with several innovation workshops with global investors and corporates.

A pitch competition will give each startup the opportunity to present their idea or product. Winning will guarantee mentor sessions, and exclusive opportunities with prominent accelerators.

African Fintech Unconference

September 10-12, 2019

Lake Victoria Serena Resort, Uganda

The African Fintech Unconference (AFU19) is a retreat-style, invite-only event that brings together a cross section of players in the emerging fintech sector. The aim is to create a space for open dialogue and dynamic exchange to encourage partnerships in a fast-moving financial industry that is ripe for consolidation.​

Join us for three days of exciting dialogue featuring a cross-section of professionals from the global fintech sector to discuss key opportunities and challenges for fintech in Africa.

ALT Network Summit 2019

September 19, 2019

Lagos, Nigeria

The Africa Legal & Tech Summit is an annual international summit of legal and technology experts, and knowledge vendors drawn from the legal and business communities across the continent, under the aegis of the Africa Legal & Tech Network (ALT Network). The ALT Network is an online community at the intersection of technology and legal services in Africa. It is a hub for collaboration, creativity, information and opportunities for African legal services providers, tech entrepreneurs, regulators, policymakers and investors.

The Nigerian Chapter of ALT will host the inaugural summit in Lagos on September 19, 2019 following on the success in Kenya and Uganda earlier this year. The theme of the Lagos summit is “Addressing Technological Disruption in Law and Technology.”

A Hacker Meets a Cyber Security Expert

October 24, 2019

Cape Town, SA

Watch a 16 year old hack into your firm and then learn from a cyber security expert in how to prevent it.

The Futures Faculty is hosting Marcus Weinberger from the UK. Marcus is a self-taught ethical hacker who can hack into your firm, right there on stage. Cybersecurity breaches and unauthorised access to sensitive personal data is our worst nightmare.

What are you doing to protect your and your client’s information?

Marcus’s onstage hacking demo will be followed by Cobus Jooste, a lecturer from the Univesrity of Stellenbosch, who will help us navigate ourselves to safety.

The event is followed by wine and a harvest table. 

Law, Justice and Development Week 2019

November 4-7, 2019

Washington DC

The Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2019 will focus on the overarching theme of Rights, Technology and Development with the following objectives:

  • Discuss the intersection of human rights and technologies.
  • Explore the legal response to the impact on development challenges posed by disruptive technologies.
  • Examine how technology in fragile contexts affects development outcomes with a focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Observe the legal and ethical implications of new technologies and economic development.
  • Analyze the impact of technology on the practice of law.
  • Study ways to incorporate technology into the administration of justice.

Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019

November 13-15, 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

Africa’s early stage investor community will convene November 13-15 for the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019. This exclusive investor-only event, to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, unites key ecosystem stakeholders from across the continent and beyond, to exchange best practices, learn from peers and recent transactions, and do deals.

Africa Fintech Summit 2019

November 21, 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

As Africa’s fastest growing economy and the continent’s second most populous country, Ethiopia is at the precipice of unprecedented change. Thanks to extensive infrastructure investments across the last two decades, an ambitious structural reform agenda, partial privatization of the national telecom monopoly and the addition of two new providers, imminent liberalization in the financial sector, and a clear embrace of innovation as an economic driver, Ethiopia presents unparalleled opportunities for investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation in fintech.

The Africa Fintech Summit will gather disruptors, tech and finance professionals, regulators, and investors from across Africa and the world in Africa’s political capital, Addis Ababa. Join us on November 21, 2019.

Resources

Find links to online guides, articles, webinars, podcasts and publications to gain further insight into the legal technology market and African technology sector.

Evolve the Law Podcast

The Importance of Cloud Security for Lawyers

Kristi and Ian reflect on the vital importance of cloud security for lawyers practicing in the modern age, winning and keeping customer business through dedicated support teams, and how technology optimizes legal practice management so attorneys can focus on what they do best.

Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2019 Report

Download this report to discover what professionals from 75+ law firms, in-house legal teams and alternate legal service providers say their challenges are of achieving success in legal innovation using technology as an enabler, both within their organisations & the wider community.

Choosing Technology For Your Small Law Firm: A How-To Guide

Learning about technology often seems like an insurmountable task, but help is here for you. Evolve the Law has compiled a short guide to kickstart your thinking.

Practical Use Cases for Blockchain in the Legal Industry

Hosted by Oklahoma University and the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, this webinar provides an overview of the potential for blockchain integration in legal services, as well as some practical use cases to help you better conceptualise the deployment of blockchain.

How Legal Technology Will Change the Business of Law

This report published by the Boston Consulting Group in partnership with the German Bucerius Law School provides an excellent detailed look at the potential for technology to truly disrupt the business of law and the delivery of legal services.

If you are new to the world of legal tech, this is a great primer on all various sectors in this growing industry.

In-House Lawyers & Legal Tech

The recent explosion of the legal technology market and proliferation of tools marketed with buzz-words such as artificial intelligence has resulted in a need for greater clarity on which solutions are being used successfully by legal departments to deliver the promised returns.

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