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Uber’s Tech For Safety Summit is back!

October 2, 2020 / South Africa

Last year we inaugurated for the first time globally a platform that catalysed change and conversation around our daily safety concerns. We’re excited to again bring safety, technology and innovation to the forefront on 22 October 2020, with our second annual Tech For Safety Summit to be held across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Bigger, better and built with you in mind, the summit plans to tackle some of Africa’s most pressing safety-related concerns which has been further complicated and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Redi Tlhabi, our master of ceremonies, returns to join an ensemble of Africa’s best thought leaders, innovators, and talent across corporate, government and start-ups as they unpack, discuss and create workable safety solutions for all. 

We encourage you to take up this opportunity and join an era of positive change by registering your virtual attendance at here.

If you are interested to attend our in-person event in Kramerville, Johannesburg, please send your name and email address to


09:30 – Welcome & Opening Remarks 

Welcome from Frans Hiemstra, Uber SSA GM and Uber’s perspectives on tech and safety

10:00 – Panel | Tech for Transport Safety 

How has technology changed the way we move around safely especially with today’s challenges and how the face of transport could evolve to embrace the future


11:00 – Break

11:20 – Panel | Tech for Safety in the New Normal 

Now that we are spending more time at home, what are some of the tech advancements that are making our lives easier, and what are some of the risks that are now heightened


12:20 – Keynote address: Mr. Michael Jordaan, Venture Capitalist – Thinking Like a Startup

12:50 – Lunch Break

13:40 – Presentation | Akankshu Dhawan, Head of Product Management at Uber –  Adapting to the New Norm

14:10 – Panel | Tech for Community Safety 

The community at large already faces general issues such as safety, poverty and hunger, with COVID-19 further complicating and exacerbating these concerns. How are companies using innovation in this time to assist their communities?

15:10 – Break

15:30 – Tech for Start-up Safety 

Startups pitch their “tech for safety” ideas live to a panel of judges and potential investors. Pitching Den supported by Innovate Durban

16:30 – Closing Remarks

Nduduzo Nyanda, Country Manager for Uber South Africa

Please check back for speaker & panellist announcements. Agenda subject to change. All times listed are South African standard time.

The safety of people across Africa is a priority that must be acted upon immediately in order to afford citizens the opportunity to enjoy their community and their country. The summit aims to redirect the constant ‘looking over our shoulders’ as we set our sights on a future that is safe, and attainable. 

Be a part of the conversation! #Tech4Safety.