Known for its creative spin on industry insights, local platform Ideas Expo has been exploring the intersection of business and creativity to find creative answers to commercial questions for seven years. This year, the event will be held from September 7-9, and comes with some changes as well as the creative week that has in the past brought an eclectic mix of experienced speakers in commercial creativity.
Speaking on their journey, co-founder Calvin Bosilong says they are giving the conference a facelift. “This year will feature the Strategy and Comedy Masterclass. It features Donovan David Goliath who is renowned for writing and acting in popular SA sketch show Bantu Hour and various cameo appearances in top SA sitcoms. We also have an addition called Social Mixers to provide a place for attendees to unwind, process the ideas of the day, and connect with other passionate innovators in a more casual environment. It features Marvin’s Room curated by George Matsheke and Music 4 Worms to be held at Absolut Bar.”
On this year’s theme, which is ‘The Future is Now’, Bosilong says the conversations will center on emerging opportunities in Africa and the world: “We look to putting together a week of festivities devoted to the future of creativity and innovation, showcasing the vast range of celebrated thinking behind some amazing ideas that have changed the way we look at the world around us. Both new threats and emerging opportunities require an ability to see around corners, predict outcomes where possible, act despite some uncertainty and then start all over again.”
About 10 creative entrepreneurs are to headline Ideas Expo conference speaker line up this yeartogether with local innovative thinkers. To reinvigorate the expo experience, the organizers have also embarked on a search of what is local and high end in terms of quality to be part of the display exhibition.
“For the first time, the conference moves to the new University of Botswana Conference Center located in Jawara, Gaborone.The social mixers will be held at Absolut &Elyx Lounge at Masa Square Hotel.
The tickets for the high impact expo are currently on sale. For more on the event, visit their Facebook page ‘Ideas Expo Botswana. The conference is curated by WOWFACTOR Africa.