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We are excited to have two inspiring keynote talks!

Opening Keynote

YouTube stream of the Opening Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKUMRTLV49g

Eva Wolfangel – The Human Element in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity

I met criminal hackers and social engineering pentesters and many more in order to understand why we are so vulnerable to cyberattacks – and the most important thing I have learned from these encounters is: Computer science as well as the security industry are far from understanding the human factor in security properly. The concept of usable security falls short, human centered security is the way to go. But this is not easy. Human centered security should not stop at understanding the objects of the attack – only if we understand the mindset of the attackers and their motivation, we can develop effective defenses.

Eva Wolfangel
Eva Wolfangel (photo by Helena Ebel)

Eva Wolfangel is an award-winning freelance science and tech journalist from Germany with a focus on future technologies, tech ethics, cyber security, virtual reality and neuroscience. She is part of the class of 2020 of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT in Boston. 2020 she was awarded the German Reporterpreis for her reportage about living in virtual worlds. 2018 she was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Association of British Science Writers. In November 2022 her book on Cybersecurity (“Ein falscher Klick”) was published by Penguin Randomhouse.

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Closing Keynote

YouTube stream of the Closing Keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRYlokbxzmM

Peter Kariuki – Rwanda is different from California: from coding to innovation to impact people

The world is heading to an increasingly African future, by the end of the century most of the world’s children will be in Africa. Africa’s young are optimistic, vibrant and entrepreneurial. Our population growth has not been without its challenges, poor access to health care, opportunities and many others.

Over the last few years, smartphones have become ubiquitous and are most young peoples first device. Technology can be a powerful tool to tackle many of the challenges we face. In my journey as an entrepreneur, I have seen how solutions developed elsewhere cannot be air dropped to this context and have to be adapted to a user base that does not have the legacy of the tech adoption ladder of other continents.

If we design and innovate for the African users’ context we can create new solutions to big problems that will change many people’s lives.

Peter Kariuki
Peter Kariuki

Peter Kariuki is a software engineer and entrepreneur. He believes that technology can transform people’s lives and help solve Africa’s most pressing problems. He co-founded SafeMotos which brought ride hailing and smartphone based telematics to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He has been recognised by National Geographic, Apple and RedBull. He is currently building a startup, Jitunze (means: take care of yourself ), to support Kenyans to avoid and manage non-communicable diseases.

Peter Kariuki’s website.