The Waves of Technology Symposium took place at Curtin Mauritius, featuring Professor Bill Tai, Curtin University’s Entrepreneur in Residence, as the keynote speaker.
Professor Tai, a renowned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of West Tech Fest, discussed his journey through various technology waves, from semiconductors to blockchain and AI. He emphasized the potential for technology to drive positive change, especially in African sectors like healthcare and education.
A panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Rohan McDougall, Director of Intellectual Property Commercialisation at Curtin University, delved into leveraging technology for sustainable development in Mauritius. Panelists included Professor Christine Erbe, Director of the Centre of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at Curtin Mauritius, Mr. Marc Israel, CEO and Founder of Aetheis, Ms. Monika Rucki from Google, and Ms. Carolina Casas, Co-Founder of Sangha Capital. Key themes covered were the use of technology for impactful and purposeful initiatives, Mauritius as a tech leader in Africa, and the role of ocean technology in marine conservation.
The event drew an audience of approximately 60 participants from government, private sector, diplomatic circles, NGOs, universities, and tech enthusiasts, highlighting the symposium’s diverse and vibrant gathering.