The 2023 Inspire Aspire Conference, headlined by Interswitch Group, a leading integrated payments and digital commerce company in Africa, and organized by Silicon Valley Product Group (SVPG), garnered significant attention within the product community, drawing thousands of participants to its enlightening 4-day product-focused sessions.
This expert-led event, hosted at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, welcomed a diverse audience over the course of four days. It featured compelling product-focused presentations by SVPG Partners, including Marty Cagan, Martina Lauchengco, and Christian Idiodi, all renowned industry veterans.
During a dynamic panel session titled ‘Leading from the Front,’ Princess Edoosagie, Head of Product Leadership and Agile Governance at Interswitch Group, passionately encouraged leaders and employers to proactively empower their teams with the essential tools and experiences needed for success. She stressed the reciprocal responsibility of product professionals in actively nurturing their own growth by seeking opportunities and enhancing their skill sets. Edoosagie’s insightful remarks highlighted Interswitch’s impressive track record of driving innovation and setting benchmarks in the product development landscape.
Interswitch’s commitment to supporting the product community was evident as the organization, in partnership with SVPG, sponsored approximately 300 scholarships for deserving product communities. These scholarships extended to various groups, including the Empower Her Community, Non-Tech in Tech, People in Product, and the Interswitch Developer Community, aligning with their collective vision to inspire greatness across Africa.
Rebecca King, the event convener and representative of the Innovate Africa Foundation, stated, “As champions of Africa and African talent, Interswitch prioritizes partnerships and platforms that enable individuals and communities to thrive across the continent.” She further emphasized, “The core mission of the Inspire Africa Conference is to propel the African product community onto the global stage with unwavering vitality. We take pride in fostering a vibrant exchange of knowledge between local talent and the global product community, all while being supported by Interswitch, a pioneering brand that has driven technological progress across Africa.”
Throughout the conference, the organizing team curated a series of INSPIRED and EMPOWERED workshops designed to empower founders, enrich product practitioners, and equip product leaders with industry insights and trends.
The legacy of this conference is sure to resonate within the African product management ecosystem, inspiring innovation and empowering professionals for years to come. Interswitch Group, in collaboration with SVPG, has set a remarkable example of how collaboration and dedication can fuel the aspirations of an entire industry. We eagerly anticipate witnessing the enduring impact of this event as Africa’s product community firmly establishes itself on the global stage with vitality and enthusiasm.