Social Media Convention 2023


Thursday 23rd March 2023

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Venue: Entrance Hall

Opening of the Social Media Exhibition

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Venue: Main Hall

Welcome Remarks and Introduction to the Programme

Abaas Mpindi, CEO, Media Challenge Initiative
Anna Reismann, CD, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Uganda & South Sudan
Opening statements from #SMC2023 Partners

9:30 – 11:00 AM

Venue: Main Hall

Main Plenary New Forms of Civic Engagement on Social Media

Moderator: Josephine Karungi, Communications Consultant, Writer, Content Producer


Oleksandr Holubov, Data Analyst and Journalist
Robert Kabushenga, Curator and Host, 360 Mentor
Christine Mungai, Curator, Baraza Media Lab
Anthony Masake, Director Chapter Four Uganda

11:00 - 12:30 PM

Venue: Seminar Room

Workshop ISocial Media, Generative AI and the Future of Storytelling

In cooperation with Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communication

Facilitator: Benson Mutahi Githaiga, Community Manager AKU Media Innovation Centre

11:00 - 12:30 PM

Venue: Main Hall

Expert Roundtable ISocial Media, the Promise of the Digital Economy and the Future of Work

In cooperation with

Moderator: Bonnita Nyamwire, Research Manager,

12:30 - 14:00 PM

Venue: Seminar Room

Workshop IIBuilding Social Movements and Connected Communities for Social Impact

In cooperation with Global Shapers and 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation

Esther Kalenzi, Founder, 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation
Rebecca Karagwa, Curator, Global Shapers Kampala

12:30 - 14:00 PM

Venue: Main Hall

Expert Roundtable II Open Government and Declining Institutional Trust: Can social media fix the gap?

Moderator: Awel Uwihanganye, Founder and Senior Director, LéO Africa Institute

14:00 - 15:30 PM

Venue: Main Hall

Main Plenary IIFighting AI Bias and Data Colonialism on Social Media

Moderator: Shem Opolot, Data Scientist

Dr. Ernest Mwebaze, Executive Director, Sunbird AI
Mwende Mukwanyaga, Senior Data Journalist, Odipo Dev
Amber Sinha, Director of Research, Pollicy
Bernard Sabiiti, Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager, Development Initiatives

15:30 – 17:00 PM

Venue: Seminar Room

Workshop IIISocial Media, IP and the Case of Unprotected Creators In cooperation with KQ Hub Africa

Facilitator: Andrew Wandera, Associate IP and TMT (Tech, Media and Telecommunications Department) Ortus Advocates

15:30 – 17:00 PM

Venue: Main Hall

Expert Roundtable IIIDigital Privacy and Protection: Drawing the Line for Digital Ethics and Data Governance

In cooperation with National Data Protection Office

Moderator: Sandra Aceng, Digital Rights and Data Researcher

17:00 - 18:30 PM

Venue: Main Hall

Main Plenary III Getting Ahead of Fake News and Disinformation on Social Media

Moderator: Henri Bohnet, Policy Advisor for Southern Africa, Media & Political Parties, KAS

Natalia Antelava, Journalist and Co-Founder Coda Story
Vincent Ngethe, Writer and Columnist, Debunk Media
Communication specialist, Twitter Account @DefenceU (TBC)
Grace Linda Nabatanzi, Behavioural Pyschologist
Raymond Mujuni, Deputy ED, African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ)

18:45 - 19:15 PM

Venue: Seminar Room

Closing Ceremony

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