The Casablanca Settat Region and the Paris Region, in partnership with Maroc Numeric Cluster and Cap Digital, organize the 2nd edition of Futur.e.s in Africa, the first Moroccan and French cooperation event dedicated to the challenges of sustainable and inclusive territories on the African continent. Agriculture, mobility, water, energy and waste management, access to education; come and discover innovative solutions for the benefit of territories and citizens.



Futur.e.s in Africa is a unique opportunity to meet key players from major companies, universities and institutions, emerging start-up, associations: the ideal mix to take innovation further and develop solid and sustainable projects. Speakers and exhibitors from all over Africa, Morocco, France and event the United States share their expertise with you to build the future of Africa's territories.



Don’t miss the conferences where the most brilliant international minds share their insights and debates about digital transformation in Africa.


Be involved in workshops dealing with major topics of innovation, and build a high-qualified networking with professionals.


Come and test 40+ demos carefully curated amongst the best Moroccan, African and French startups!


Innovators, forward-thinking companies and institutions: our speakers provide new insights and critical perspective to major questions about innovation, technology and societal challenges in Africa and beyond. More speakers coming soon!


The 40+ demos are the heart of the event: experiment the best of African and French innovations, new products and services that contribute to develop sustainable and inclusive cities and lands. More startups & demos coming soon. Stay tuned!




29 Oct 2019
@ Main Stage
9:00 - 10:30
Opening session
The Futur.e.s of land development is in Africa

Opening ceremony

10:30 - 11:30
Financing African infrastructures in the leapfrogging

The demographic pressure and the global warming acceleration have made the development of basic infrastructure a need, even a necessity for security and global balance issues. How to finance the development at the time of leapfrog and climate constraints? How to mobilize private investment in this area, which is incidentally a driving force for territories growth? 

With :

— Khaled Ben Jilani, Senior partner Africinvest

— Hacina Py, Global head of export finance and of impact finance solutions

— Reda Hamedoune, Executive director at Attijariwafa bank

— Maxime Guillaud, Entrepreneur advisor at 212 founders

moderated by La tribune Afrique

11:30 - 12:30
A conversation with...
Moonshots for the 21st century African sustainable cities

With :

— Seydou Sy Sall, Former minister of urban planning and managing director of the urban poles of Diamniadio and Lac Rose

moderated by Jérôme Chenale, Architect and urbanist, EPFL

13:00 - 14:00
Land development and social inclusion

The informal sector weights 80% to 90% of Sub-Saharan African economic activities and 50% to 60% of the continent GDP. Quite often, shopkeeping, dress design, plumbing, bricklaying and taxis driving are learned on the jobs. However, those jobs assure them a minimum income. To what extent programs developing training and entrepreneurship and the emergence of micro-taxation help to support the formalization of the informal sector? 

With :

— Tarik Fadli, CEO Algo Consulting group

— Filip "Keyser" Kabeya, Tech evangelist and founder of Lumumba lab

— Lilia Hachem Naas, Director office for North Africa, economic commission for Africa

— Ingrid Pechell, Specialist in social policies in developing countries

— Claude de Miras, Research institut for development's emeritus Research Director

moderated by Malika Laasri Lahlou, North Africa partnership development at African Leadership University

14:00 - 15:00
Agritech for a sustainable landscape

With an annual growth rate which is above 40%, agritech is revolutionizing African territories. Technologies lead young people to new agricultural professions because they facilitate adaptation and resilience to global warming. To what extent these innovations enable the emergence of an Afro-centered and sustainable agricultural model?


With :

— Ludovic Fokam, Chief financial officer, Save our Agriculture

— Nawai Chraibi, Mascir Managing Director

— Ouattara Lacine, Mayor of Danané commune

— Omar Lahbabi, Partner, Technology & Digital at Deloitte

moderated by Fanny Dauchez, Academy manager, Seedstars


15:00 - 16:00
Environmental and waste management: scaling frugal innovations

In Africa, waste management is often based on an alternative system that takes into account resources’ scarcity and supplies a local circular economy. Slums built on the edge of landfills in peri-urban areas, random garbage collection in cities, including recycling or toxic waste’ treatment, often individual initiatives or those carried by a group of individuals counterbalance the lack of infrastructure. How can frugal actions be replicated at a regional  or national scale? How to ensure the scalability of those actions based on circular economy?


With :

— DK Oseo Asara, Architect and Designer

— Martine Vullierme, Client partner, Alexander Hughes

— Julie Repetti, Co-founder SetTIC

— Abdelmoughite Abdelmoumen, Head of strategy and cooperation department, Caisse Centrale de Garantie

moderated by Isabelle Hoyaux, founder Scalechanger

Moonshots for a 21st century African education model

With :

— Kwame Yamgnane, Cofounder of Ecole 42

— Ghita Lahlou, General Director Ecole Centrale de Casablanca

— Laura Kakon, Marketing Director of Honoris United Universities Group

— Loubna Tricha, Project Manager to the Chief Executive Officier at OCP SA

moderated by Stephan-Eloise Gras, Directrice des partenariats stratégiques en Afrique, Openclassroom

17:30 - 18:30
Afro-futurist perspectives: is Africa the land of the future for the rest of the world?

By inviting artists, researchers and innovators to debate, we want to give voice to cultural and creative initiatives which are constantly questioning utopias and dystopias of the coming world.


With :

— Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Architect and Anthropologist

— Lucie Touya, Curator, Art Producer

— Mo Laudi, DJ, Founder of Globalisto Label and inventor of the NU world techno musical style

moderated by Marie Yemta, Curator Afrotopiques podcasts

18:30 - 19:00
closing session
Closing session


29 Oct 2019
@ Room 1 & 2
10:30 - 12:30
@ Room 1
How to finance Innovation

Workshop co-organized by Morocco's Caisse Centrale de Garantie 

The Caisse Centrale de Garantie offers a workshop on “Innov Invest” Fund financing mechanisms for innovative start-ups. Launched in 2017, this fund has a budget of 300 million Dirhams, in addition to domestic and foreign investor share which is up to 400 MDH. Its purpose is to offer startups and innovative project developers real opportunities in terms of support and funding throughout start-up life cycle.


10:30 - 12:30
@ Room 2
Smart city, opportunities and challenges in Africa

Workshop co-organized by Deloitte Maroc

10:30 - 12:30
@ Room 3
How to develop online training in Africa

Workshop co-organized by OpenClassrooms

This workshop is hosted by Openclassroom, an online school offering academic courses leading to state-recognized diplomas. This site offers a wide range of training and makes education accessible to all.

13:00 - 15:00
@ Room 1
Innovation and Circular Economy

Workshop co-organized by Société Générale

In Morocco, circular economy takes a very specific form, that of prevention, management and recycling of waste, that is mainly carried by actors of the informal sector. The government sustainable development new public policies reveal the state's desire to integrate, into their program, those stakeholders who have been invisible and not recognized for a long time.

In line with "Sustainable Cities" Hackathon organized by Société Générale upstream of in Africa, this workshop will reflect on how to innovate on waste management and recycling by relying on existing initiatives, and how the bank can operate as a trusted third party in this process.

13:00 - 15:00
@ Room 2
Digital disruption on urban services

Workshop co-organized by Lydec

Operational excellence is a major concern for operators to improve the living environment of citizens. As a reference operator, Lydec is part of this process.

As part of this workshop, a reflection will be conducted around very concrete questions: What opportunities does digital have in terms of pooling and efficiency? How to articulate the digital roadmap with that of the development of user services? How to initiate a digitalization project?

This workshop will also be an opportunity for Lydec to share its vision and work on the project: "City of Tomorrow", initiated since 2012.

13:00 - 15:00
@ Room 3
Greater Paris Project : inventing the future of sustainable cities

In the construction of sustainable cities, though the responses vary according to the cultures, geography, history or economy of each territory, the nature of the questions we must answer are often the same. As such, the confrontation of models is often rich in teaching.

This workshop traces the case of Greater Paris, the largest urban development project in Europe, with the aim of highlighting both the originality of the project and the scalability of the means implemented.

From the idea of the Greater Paris, to the implementation of the technical and administrative tools, the regulatory provisions, the financing or the mechanisms of collaboration between the various entities, public and private, engaged in this project.

Workshop co-organized by Paris Île-de-France Capitale économique

15:30 - 17:30
@ Room 1
Sovereignty and digital infrastructure, stakes and examples

Workshop co-organized by Afnic

Why is mastering your online presence a key topic for the territories? How important is key Internet infrastructure? What practices are observed to ensure better digital resources management at the territorial level? The African digital territory is vast and evolving. Drawing a panorama is complex, during this workshop invited experts will illustrate by some concrete examples the link between territorial sovereignty and Internet infrastructures.

15:30 - 17:30
@ Room 2
Social enterprises and researchers discussing urban challenges

Workshop co-organized by AUF

By 2045, the number of urban dwellers will be multiplied by 1.5 and will reach six billion, two billion more than today. Central actress of this urbanization galloping, the City is simultaneously a fundamental space of collective human development and a place which has to offer necessary conditions of a decent life for every resident. Throughout the world, especially in southern countries, the City is facing increasing challenges, while a large part of the world's population lives within it. A digital revolution is urgent to change urban planning patterns and to avoid environmental and social risks.

In this context, dreams of a fluid and harmonious urban mobility seem unachievable, as movement flows become in turn obstacles and solutions to high concentration of people. Therefore, this workshop proposes to question the relationships between urban space transformations and social changes in Africa, and to take advantage of citizen and entrepreneurial initiatives which tackle urban mobility issues.


16:00 - 18:00
@ Room 1
Entrepreneurial initiatives for and with local communities

Workshop co-organized by Ademe

Today, the number of innovations increases exponentially: on mobility, waste, housing, economy realms. These innovations are usually technological but also social and methodological. They can affect both rural and urban areas. A city is also a collective project: every innovation should contribute to cities’ and territories’ transformation towards a sustainable model.

Solutions require a good coordination between levels, and also between the actors who have their own cultural baggage, their technical language, and their tools. That is why this workshop proposes to create a space of dialogue between sustainable city’s and innovation’s actors to better articulate the scales of action.



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Futur.e.s in Africa is open by invitation only.
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