Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services. He was also executive for ecosystems and solutions at SqwidNet, rolling out the SIGFOX IoT network across South Africa. We explore what will stop us from becoming smarter cities, financial models and how future cities can be funded, improving public/ private sector collaboration, current state of IoT in Africa, civilization engineering, role of Blockchain in Africa’s future, what Steve would change if he had a magic wand and his vision of future African cities.
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Steve’s definition of a Smart City in an African context
Key barriers to South African municipalities achieving smart City status and what will stop us from becoming smart cities
Financial models and how municipalities can fund these smarter cities
How do we improve private/public sector collaboration?
Current status of IoT in Africa in its role in smarter, future cities
The role of Blockchain in Africa
1 thing Steve would change if he had a magic wand
What African cities will look like in the future
About Steve Apps
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Backed by a strong, rich background in pioneering solutions research, Steve started his career in the Royal Air Force of England as a key engineer on military and public safety national-level systems. He worked with Eskom and Accenture as a Smart Grid Subject Matter expert before becoming an Exec at Sqwidnnet, rolling out SIGFOX IoT network across SA and finally at Huawei OpenLab tackling industry verticals at all layers from the device up to business dashboards and onto Chief Digital Transformation Officer & Chief Technology Officer-Government Services (Southern Africa).
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