Who are we?

FutureFest-ALU is organized by faculty and students of the Social Science programme at the African Leadership University (ALU). This unique higher education institution was established by Fred Swaniker to train 3 million ethical and entrepreneurial leaders for Africa. Still in its first decade of operations with campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda, ALU has already earned glowing international recognition. Fast Company named ALU the most innovative company in Africa, while other observers have referred to ALU as the 'Harvard of Africa'. To learn more about the vision and mission ALU has set out to fulfil, watch and listen to Fred Swaniker share his vision for higher education in Africa.

What is FutureFest-ALU 2021?

FutureFest-ALU brings together inspirational, innovative, entrepreneurial, and futurists thinkers in and out of Africa, to share ideas about the future we want, and plant seeds towards creating that future. The first edition themed ‘Embracing tomorrow today’ took place in October 2019, and was the first Social Innovation Hub organized in the beautiful island of Mauritius.

The 2021 event is the second edition themed ‘AFRICA ONLINE’ and will take place from 25 - 27 August. The 3-day event will discuss Africa's opportunities in the on-going digital revolution and showcase examples of youth digital flourishing on the continent.

Digital Flourishing - our Guiding Principle

The guiding principle behind FutureFest-ALU 2021 is the ‘digital flourishing’ concept illustrated in the wheel to the left from the Digital Wellness Collective. Digital flourishing is defined as “a mindful approach to digital technology usage that supports our thriving in different areas of life… [empowering] us to take advantage of the benefits of technology while avoiding associated harms.”


The overarching theme of this year's FutureFest is Africa Online: showcasing digital flourishing on the continent.

Day 1 sub-theme: Digitization the new frontier

Day 2 sub-theme: Africa is open for innovation

Day 3 sub-theme: Yes, we can!!!

Please see the Programme for details on the speakers and activities planned for each day.

Our Objectives

  1. To strengthen ALU community building

  2. To provide solutions to alleviating digital poverty and inequality in Africa

  3. To showcase innovative youth digital enterprise on the continent

Expected Outcomes

  • Knowledge dissemination about the digital revolution.

  • Empower participants to exploit the opportunities in the digital world.

  • Demonstrate how to become a digital entrepreneur in one easy step.

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