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Day 1

16th March


7:00 - 7:40

Onsite Registrations - CMS Africa Secretariat


8:40 - 8:45

Welcome & Intro - Arnold Kwizera


8:50 - 9:10

Presentation by Alex Ntale, CEO, ICT chamber


9:15 - 9:30

Remarks by Guest of Honor

9:30 - 10:00

Building Innovation Ecosystems in Africa; the need for structure

There is no doubt that there are a number of innovation products/solutions that are coming through the different avenues on our continent. We see a number of them highlighted or showcased at different fora however majority struggle through and many just disappear. One clear challenge is that we hardly have innovation ecosystems that are deliberately established to support the innovators. Most the interventions are one-off. The question we should all desire to answer is how do build innovation ecosystems that respond to the challenges of our time. 

10:00 - 10:30

Tea Break

10:40 - 11:30

How to turn your skills into business

Okwong' will take you through what you need to know and do to get a deserved reward for the skills you possess.
Okwong' Philemon

10:40 - 11:30

Take your company to first page on

While the paid listings, organic listings, and local listings are the main three SEM strategies for getting your business on the first page of Google, Fred has a few other (arguably) under-utilized tactics for getting even more listings on the first page (especially following Google’s decision to limit domain crowding).

10:40 - 11:30

Automating backups in the Cloud the correct way!

A good backup strategy implies not only to have automated backups at regular intervals, but also to put them automatically on a distinct place in order to be safe

- in case of technical problem

- of a bad manipulation or...

- from a hacker !

Uploading your backups to the Cloud (Amazon S3 or other) makes therefore sense.

11:45 - 12:20

The Power of Open Source: How WordPress Changed my life

I'm fascinated by the fact that people who have never met can come together to form a community that produces software and/or hardware products like CMSs, cars, building equipment, AI appliances and apparel that help to enable whole swaths of people with limited financial, physical or other resources make meaningful contributions and improve their quality of life.

In this talk, I talk briefly about the concept of Open source and specifically about how WordPress has played a significant part in taking this Nigerian university dropout around the world and exposing him to a community of the most incredible human beings at the forefront of democratizing publishing and why Open Source should be near and dear to your heart.


WordPress and WooCommerce; a powerful platform for eCommerce in Africa

With Africa’s  iGDP(the Internet’s contribution to GDP) estimated to reach $300 billion(10% of Africa’s overall GDP) by the year 2025, it’s clear that there is huge opportunity in eCommerce (both selling online and providing services to do so).

13:00 - 14:00


Dining Room

14:10 - 14:30

Making Everyone Love your product

Tap and Go was a bold idea at it’s inception. Most neighboring countries such as Kenya and Uganda has not been able to successfully roll out this service, but under Patrick, you have made this lovable. So how do you  introduce a business idea that everyone finally falls in love with.
Patrick Buchana

14:35 - 15:10

Panel Discussion:

Building a company - what it takes.

  • Patrick Buchana

15:15 - 15:55

Think Outside the Wallet - think e-wallet

The cash in your wallet is important but as you begin to go online, you need more. Do you need an e-wallet? What are fears? How can it spur your e-commerce business? Faith Kobusingye, an authority in transactional banking services, shades light on thinking outside the wallet.


15:15 - 15:55

Video marketing – new frontier for customer engagement


15:15 - 15:55

Before you venture into that Start-up - what to know

Is your great idea good enough? Can it grow in this slow economy? Can it become profitable, and return on any investments it requires? 

Well, there's no way to know until you try, right? 

16:00 - 16:30

Your website sucks! (...but you can fix it)

It doesn't matter how brilliant your code is or how beautiful your design is—if your visitors can't use your website, it's useless. A website that's designed with your users in mind is the best way to achieve your goals—but how do we go about building websites that users love?

In this talk, we'll take a look at the importance of website usability and we'll offer up some practical advice for ways to improve your own site. We'll also give an introduction to usability testing, along with ideas for low-friction implementation. Along the way, we'll look at lots of examples of websites that get it wrong, and a few that do it really well.

You'll leave with lots of ideas to help make your websites more usable, friendly, and effective.

16:35 - 17:00

TYPO3 - introduction to the Open Source Enterprise CMS and the community around it

TYPO3 is a long-standing PHP based Open Source Enterprise CMS that is widely used in Western Europe, especially countries like Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark. It powers the portals of big companies, large governmental institutions, well-renowned universities and many other clients. The international TYPO3 community is large, diverse and very active. We will go in more details during the presentation.

Day 2

17th March


8:25 - 8:35

Welcome - Michael Niyitegeka


8:40 - 9:25

WordPress Mu Kinyarwanda

In this talk, Job will share how translations for WordPress core, themes and plugins work as a community project and how you can get involved.

He will also give some tricks on translating some key strings on your front-facing site to give your business just that extra nudge of familiarity, even when you're using French or English.

9:30 - 10:15

Don't leave your keys in the Ignition

Many businesses are losing money to cyber criminals everyday. So how do you protect your company website from attackers? What are the precautions your employees need to take? Mr. Ghislain Nkeramugaba takes you through the dos and donts in the 21st century cyber wars.

10:20 - 11:05

Cyber Security

Marc Duchevre
Sarah Semark
Shadrack Serem
Otemuyiwa Prosper

11:10 - 11:40

Tea Break

11:45 - 12:30

Break Out Sessions:

  • Lionel Mpfizi - Becoming a Pro Developer - not a Dummie {MUHAZI room}
  • Otemuyiwa Prosper - Securing JAMStack Applications {RUHONDO room}
  • Peter Kakoma - Positioning your eCommerce platform for scale {RUBAVU room}

12:30 - 13:00

Want to build Alibaba for Africa? Try Magento

Want to build Alibaba for Africa? Kuba will show you how Magento, with  a global ecosystem of 150,000 developers and a network of 300+ highly-trained solution partners, Magento boosts your online sales while maximizing gross margins.

13:00 - 14:00


14:10 - 14:35

Joomla! - Together as one

Joomla! is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla! has won several awards. It is built on a model–view–controller web application framework that can be used independently of the CMS that allows you to build powerful online applications.

14:40 - 15:10


The level of unemployment in the world has skyrocketed especially in Africa. Many people especially youths are embarking on dangerous trips to cross over to Europe for a greener pasture due to unemployment and other factors. However, the notion always is that government must provide them with jobs, but many seem to ignore the reality that government cannot provide jobs for all. This is why the youths and young entrepreneurs need to get themselves empowered with necessary skills to help them become self reliant. Joomla Skills for example, will be a game changer for many youths in Africa as it will open the doors of opportunities especially in the online environment.

1515 - 15:50

Break out sessions:

  • Elsie Birech - Online Presence {Muhazi room}
  • David Aswani - The 10, 000 ways that won't work {Ruhondo room}
  • Daniel Dubois - Choosing the right extension for your CMS {Rubavu room}

16:00 - 16:30

Leveraging Networks to Deepen Innovation in East Africa

East Africa has distinguished itself as a technology adoption leader in Africa--whether it is through MPesa in Kenya, an application that has brought financial inclusion to the doorsteps of many; or m-SCAN in Uganda, a smart device developed by Makerere University students to detect maternal complications among young women; or the Tap&Go application developed by a young Rwandan to ease public transport in Kigali, many young East African minds are at the forefront of this innovation economy.

16:30 - 17:00

Creative Arts in the Digtital (tech) Age

What tech skill do artists need essentially to effectively bring out their creativity and prowess in the world of art?