Five key talks to attend at Social Media Week, Lagos
This week (27 February – 3 March) Africa’s largest social media event takes place in Lagos. When set up five years ago, Social Media Week Lagos was the first of its kind of that scale, and the event still shows no sign of slowing its growth.
If you run a business or are interested in understanding how to achieve more in this hyper connected world, this conference is for you. Here are our top picks for talks to attend.
GE Lagos Garage 3D Printing Workshop
Date and Time: 2 March, 11:00 – 14:00
Description: “Come and learn how to make things using 3D Printing in GE Nigeria’s Lagos Garage- a hub for training, strategy development, advanced manufacturing-based innovation and collaboration.”
Future of Payments and Its Impact on Business in Nigeria
Date and Time: 28 February, 16:00 – 17:30
Description: “Spurred on by advances in financial technology, the payments industry continues to evolve. Online payments are now faster, cheaper, safer and easier making the spread of technology open up trade and creating new opportunities for business… future of Payments looks to explore cashless technologies that offer freedom from rigorous traditional routines and how Visa is improving and shaping how we make payments in the future”
Fund a Start-up: A Guide to Becoming a Business Angel
Date and Time: 28 February, 13:30 – 14:30
Host: Lagos Angel Network
Description “The Lagos Angel Network is the pioneer Business Angel network in Nigeria. LAN is building a network of Nigerians who fund , mentor and provide access to startups at the early stage of their business. Professional angel investing requires training to ensure that funded start-ups get the best from the angel and angels improve their odds in making better investments.”
Gender Equality in the Digital Age
Date and Time: 1 March, 10:30 – 11:30
Host: Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
Description: “ICTs are powerful. They can help to deliver improved healthcare, quality education for all, financial inclusion, more accountable government, and much more. But a research carried out 2015 by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and the Web Foundation in Nigeria (as in 9 other countries) revealed that women are 50 percen less likely than men to be online, and 30-50 percent less likely to use the internet for economic and political empowerment. 67 percent of women in Lagos reported being unable to afford a 1GB data plan. Just 36 percent of women on the survey in Lagos use the internet. Only 10 percent of those who use had ever searched for information on sexual and reproductive health online. Gender Equality in the Digital Age will speak to closing the gender gap in internet access, digital skill and online rights, and what national stakeholders can do to address the challenges and gaps for Nigeria’s women.”
The Co-World: Transformative Power of Technology, Content & Commerce
Date and time: 2 March, 10:30 – 11:30
Description: “From co-creation to collaborative design, to crowdsourcing to co-working, there has never been a more networked continent like Africa in the 21st century, and we are only getting started. Join us for an engaging panel discussion as we explore The Co-World: Transformative Power of Technology, Content & Commerce.”
If you can’t make it, or fancy round two, look out for Social Media Week in Nairobi (12-16 June)
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.