Hi guys, trust you had a great weekend. Events have already kick-started for the year across the African and global tech scenes. However, with the number of COVID-19 infections still increasing, most events remain virtual.

We have curated a list of some major virtual events for this week. They come up between January 11 – 16, 2021.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Unpacked

This week, Samsung will be hosting its first Unpacked event of 2021. Themed “Welcome to the Everyday Epic”, the virtual event is expected to unveil the new Galaxy S21 lineup – the 6.2-inch S21, the 6.7-inch S21 Plus and the 6.8-inch S21 Ultra.

Tech Events this Week: CES 2021, Samsung's Galaxy S21 Unpacked and Others
Credit: Samsung

Along with the Galaxy S21 lineup, the company is expected to unveil new Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds and physical Tile-style smart trackers, possibly called Galaxy Smart Tags, to help people keep track of their possessions using BlueTooth.

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM

You can watch the event on Samsung’s YouTube page or its homepage.

CES 2021

The CES 2021 will be starting today but due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will take place entirely on our computer screens. This is the first-ever completely remote staging of the consumer tech industry’s tentpole event.

Tech Events this Week: CES 2021, Samsung's Galaxy S21 Unpacked and Others
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With the event going virtual, the CES 2021 has been scaled down. According to the Consumer Technology Association, around 1,800 exhibitors will be a part of this year’s show. This is fewer than 4,400 exhibitors who showcased their technology in 2020.

Notably, some big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are opting out of CES this year.

Date: Monday, January 11 – Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM

You can learn more and register for the CES here.

BPF Funding Webinar

On Friday, The Business Partnership Facility (BPF) will be hosting a webinar for companies looking for matching funding facilities.

The facility is currently accepting applications to grant financial support to companies contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.

The webinar will include an introduction to the open call for projects and a presentation of the background, target projects, eligible countries, evaluation criteria, funding details, selection process and timeline

Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Time: 1 PM

Interested? you can register for the webinar here.

One Planet summit for biodiversity

On Monday, the United Nations and the World Bank will be organizing a ‘One Planet Summit’ for biodiversity in Paris.

The Summit will bring together heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete actions to preserve and restore biodiversity and to lead systemic transformations of economies.

Date: Monday, January 11, 2021

You can learn more and register about the summit here.

TinyML Lagos local meetup

On Tuesday, the first TinyML Lagos local meetup will be held virtually. During the webinar, Daniel Situnayake will be talking about getting started with TinyML: Train and Deploy TinyML projects with Edge Impulse.

Tech Events this Week: CES 2021, Samsung Galaxy S21 Unpacked and Others

tinyML is a fast-growing and exciting field of Machine Learning that enables edge computing and data analytics at extremely low power, typically in the mW range and below. It has the potential to be transformational for Africa in spaces/areas such as agriculture, wildlife conservation, transportation and manufacturing.

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM

You can register for the meetup here.


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