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Uber has unveiled the list of speakers for their upcoming Tech for Safety Summit, taking place at The Park House of Events, Hyde Park in Johannesburg on August 16 2019. In the spirit of Women’s Month, Redi Tlhabi will be the master of ceremonies as the country’s most prominent leaders, corporates, start-ups and innovators come together to explore South Africa’s safety challenges and how technology can be used to build safer communities now and in the future.

Uber’s Global Senior Director of Product, Sachin Kansal, will open the event.  “Uber serves millions of riders and drivers across the globe and we care about their safety. We have made big strides in the last few years and we continue to innovate.”

The Summit will also feature three panel discussions focusing on Tech for Community Safety, Tech for Road Safety, Tech for Start-ups Safety, including a keynote address from Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and a fireside chat between  Alon Lits, Uber SSA GM and Country Duty founder, Tumi Sole, exploring how tech can leverage social media for safer communities.

The Tech for Community Safety panel will be moderated by Redi Thlabi and include top speakers such as Luke Kannemeyer, Head of growth for SweepSouth, Microsofts’ Area Solution Architect: Middle East and Africa, Mitesh Chotu, Facebook’s Public Policy Lead for Southern Africa, Emilar Gandhi and General Riah Phiyega, The Chief Executive Officer of The Safer South Africa Foundation.  Panelists will address how their companies are integrating tech and safety with communities and explore development opportunities.

The Tech for Road Safety panel will be moderated by tech guru, Aki Anastasiou and includes top speakers such as Ilan Ossin, Head of Telematics for Discovery Insure, Toby Shapshak, technology journalist and speaker, Patrick Henchie, Head of Product and Operations, Sub-Saharan Africa for HMD Global. Panelists will discuss how technology can make our roads safer and improve the driving and commuting experience for all riders and road users, while debating development opportunities

The Summit aims to create a collaborative discussion, whereby solutions can be conceptualised and developed across the country. Networking opportunities will allow participants to connect with like-minded leaders in the industry. Winners of Uber’s Hackathon which took place on 3 and 4 August, will present their technology solution to enhance personal safety at the Tech for Safety Summit.

Due to demand, the Tech for Safety Summit has moved to a larger venue where a few extra seats have been made available. For access to the event, please send your full name, designation, company, email address and a contact number to rsvp@ubertechsafety.co.za.