We are committed to bridging sub-Saharan Africa with the world, allowing the region an opportunity to write the next chapter in its history.

Welcome to the Ubuntu Talks sub-Saharan African Language Symposium 2023.
Hosted in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Ubuntu Talks envisions a world where everyone can easily access sub-Saharan African languages. Our customized virtual learning platform leverages online teleconferencing tools in facilitating global synchronous instruction of sub-Saharan languages with local instructors. In an affirmation of our vision, Ubuntu Talks will be hosting the Ubuntu Talks sub-Saharan African Language Symposium 2023 in Lusaka, Zambia, from March 30- April 1, 2023, at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre's Kenneth Kaunda Centre. The theme of the conference is Bridging sub-Saharan African Languages with the Global Community. The Language Symposium will bring together 300 experts from the professions and disciplines and 1000+ attendees. The participants will collaborate and develop solutions to expand multi-industry access to sub-Saharan Languages. Live and virtual presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions will help attendees learn, share expertise and make connections.

About the Symposium

The Ubuntu Talks sub-Saharan African Language symposium is primarily an in-person event. Participants will be able to attend remotely; however, opportunities for remote-participation interaction during the session will be limited (due to venue restrictions). All presenters must attend in person. We thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration.

Questions? Contact Executive Office @ utevents@ubuntutalks.com.

 

3 Reasons You Must Attend!

Meet and network with industry leaders, including CEOs, Managers, Investors, Educators, Board Members, Entrepreneurs from various global industries, government officials, and Heads of State. Experience Live Speaker Q&A Sessions: Get questions answered by specialized experts and network with like-minded individuals to develop solutions to the language-based questions of today. 1-on-1 networking: Take your discussions to the next level with Needs and Leads sessions that will connect you with the change-makers your business needs. 

Want to make a splash? Become a Sponsor, get a Booth, and secure your company with the association of providing solutions to address gaps in accessing sub-Saharan language needs. Expose your brand to top Industry Experts and Policy Makers.

Ubuntu Talks connects organizations of all sizes to build lifelong partnerships that strengthen communities and deliver meaningful changes by fostering economic mobility and sustainable growth in sub-Saharan Africa.

About Ubuntu Talks

Ubuntu Talks is the only unified language-learning platform to offer the most popular sub-Saharan languages via live virtual instruction. But, we’re more than just a language learning agency. We are a family. We provide African people with opportunities to succeed in their home countries. 

Registration

Please Note: Please include Attendee's full name and any dietary restrictions upon registration. These will be used as references upon arrival at the Symposium, and discrepancies will likely result in unnecessary delays. Please get in touch with us at utevents@ubuntutalks.com if additional accommodations are required. Attendees' further considerations will not be included after March 25th, 2023.

In the interest of encouraging local enterprise, we at Ubuntu Talks would like to suggest that your trip to the UT Language Symposium 2023 would be enriched with further interaction with our gracious hosts in Zambia. Zambia is home to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls, 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' in the Zambezi National Park of the world's most serene parks, located on the banks of the Zambezi River. 

Cost of Registration:

  • Before Early Bird Deadline Dec 31, 2022: $300
  • After deadline: $350

Opening Ceremony. Sales end Mar 25th.

$200

This price is only for the *Opening Ceremony Black Tie Event and *Five-Course Dinner on March 30th, 2023.

Note: The price does not include accommodations.

Early Bird. Sales end of Dec 31st, 2022.

$300

This price is for access to 2-day Symposium (March 31, April 1). The price also includes *Lunch, Coffee Breaks, & Snacks.

Note: The price does not include accommodation.

Full Conference Pricing. Sales end Mar, 25th.

$350

This price is for Opening Ceremony and access to 2 day Symposium (March 31, April 1). The price also includes *Lunch, Coffee Breaks, & Snacks.

Note: The price does not include accommodation.

Virtual Access Day 2. Sales end Mar, 25th.

$50

This ticket gives you virtual access to the Day 2 Events (See Agenda).

Note: Access is restricted to the email address used to purchase the ticket. All tickets are non-refundable.

Virtual Access Day 3. Sales end March 25th.

$50

This ticket gives you virtual access to the Day 3 Events (See Agenda).

Note: Access is restricted to the email address used to purchase the ticket. All tickets are non-refundable.

Symposium Program

The COVID-19 Pandemic exposed many long-standing inequities across the global environment. The effects of the Pandemic persist, and the most disadvantaged suffer the most. However, this global event has also shown the resilience of our communities and served as an example that people worldwide can benefit from participating in diverse, interpersonal activities through technology-mediated platforms. The most evident fundamental change has been democratizing access to communication, e-learning, and language delivery services. The shift towards web conferencing has removed the logistical barriers of space and time. Our world is becoming more connected. Yet, we acknowledge that there remain boundaries to language and culture, especially in connecting sub-Saharan Africa on its terms to the spaces of the traditional professions. Even as advocates of the digital medium, Ubuntu Talks believes in the powerful potential of gathering in space, face-to-face. We seek to address the big questions of today by presenting the Ubuntu Talks sub-Saharan African Language Symposium 2023, centering on the theme, Bridging sub-Saharan African Languages with the Global Community. The Symposium will host multi-industry, subject-specific experts to address the following critical issues faced by the continent in the language space:

Panel Topics

Panel on Education: Enhancing Online Course Design and Pedagogy to Expand Global Access to sub-Saharan Languages in the Disciplines and Professions.
Panel on Technology: Closing the Digital Gap to Accessing sub-Saharan African Languages: Addressing Digital  Equity, Internet Access, User Readiness & Upskilling. 
Panel on Healthcare: Using Digital and Mobile Technology to Raise Healthcare Delivery Standards: Removing sub-Saharan Language Access Barriers.
Panel on Missional Enterprise: Cultural and Language Engagement for Effective Missional Enterprise in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Panel on Tourism: Tourism Development in sub-Saharan Africa Through Increased Language Connectivity. 
Panel on Diaspora: Promoting Indigenous African Languages and Cultural Exchange in the Diaspora using Virtual Synchronous Platforms. 
Panel on Global Corporations: Scaling sub-Saharan African Language Barriers to Enhance Sustainable Regional Development. 
Panel on Financial Services: Digital Access: The Future of Financial Inclusion in Promoting Global Access to sub-Saharan African Languages.
Panel on NGOs: What Role Should NGOs play in sub-Saharan African Language Development and Global Access?

Honorary and Keynote Speakers

Ubuntu Talks will announce the Honorary and Keynote Speakers shortly. 

Bridging sub-Saharan African Languages With the Global Community

Distinguished Speakers

*Complete list coming soon

Symposium Entertainment

*Complete list coming soon

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Why Sponsor

Ubuntu Talks envisions a world where everyone can easily access sub-Saharan African languages. The Language Symposium will bring together over 300 experts from many professions and disciplines. The 1000+ attendees will collaborate and develop solutions to expand multi-industry access to sub-Saharan languages. We seek Corporate Sponsorship to ensure the goals of their pursuit of the Symposium’s objective of crafting working solutions to bridge between sub-Saharan African languages and the global community. In partnership with you, we are assured of significant progress toward easier, global access to sub-Saharan African languages.

Sponsorship Categories

Sponsorship Categories Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Price $35000 $25000 $15000 $5000
Conference Passes 2 VIP. 8 G 2 VIP. 5 G 1 VIP. 3 G 2 G
20% Discount On Additional Passes
Exhibit Booth1 30*30 20*20 20*10 10*10
Logo Link And Blurb On The Sponsor Page
Logo In The Website Footer
Static Banner Ad To Rotate On The Conference Website
Logo On Onsite Sponsor Signage
Company Named In Pre-conf Attendee Email
Full-color Ad In Printed Program Guide two-page one-page half-page

Support the UT Language Symposium

Ubuntu Talks envisions a world where everyone can easily access sub-Saharan African languages. Your donation can help support 300 experts from many professions and disciplines to collaborate and develop solutions to expand multi-industry access to sub-Saharan languages. We seek Your Support to help ensure the Symposium’s goals of crafting working solutions to bridge between sub-Saharan African languages and the global community. With your support, we are assured of significant progress toward easier, global access to sub-Saharan African languages.
18:30:00
Opening Ceremony

2 hours 30 minutes MICC

08:30:00
Registration

45 minutes MICC

09:30:00
Welcoming Remarks

30 minutes MICC

10:00:00
Plenary

1 hours MICC

11:00:00
Coffee Break

15 minutes MICC

11:15:00
Plenary

1 hours MICC

12:15:00
Lunch

1 hours 33 minutes MICC

13:30:00
Workshop Panel

1 hours MICC

15:00:00
Coffee Break with Snacks

15 minutes MICC

15:15:00
Presentation Block 2

1 hours 30 minutes MICC

17:00:00
Adjourn - Dinner & Networking

21 hours On or Offsite

08:30:00
Registration

45 minutes MICC

09:30:00
Welcoming Remarks

30 minutes MICC

11:15:00
Coffee Break

15 minutes MICC

12:15:00
Lunch

1 hours 15 minutes MICC

14:30:00
Coffee Break with Snacks

15 minutes MICC

14:45:00
Workshop Discussions

22 hours 45 minutes MICC

16:00:00
Coffee Break

15 minutes MICC

16:15:00
Working Solutions

45 minutes MICC

17:00:00
Recess

1 hours 30 minutes MICC

18:30:00

Photo of the Rubenstein Forum

Mulungushi International Conference Centre- Kenneth Kaunda Centre

Surrounded by pristine gardens, the legendary Mulungushi International Conference Centre and recently completed Kenneth Kaunda Centre Wing offers unmatched venues for a wide range of business and networking events. Since 1970, the facility has hosted everyone from international dignitaries to large corporate clients, setting the standard for hospitality and tailored service in Lusaka.

About Mulungushi

The name Mulungushi has special significance in the history of Zambia. The Mulungushi River, which runs north of Kabwe in central Zambia, has a rocky area today known as Mulungushi Rock of Authority. This isolated rock served as the genesis for Zambia’s independence struggle due to the momentous open-air meetings where the nation's plans, dreams, and ideals were debated and resolved. These same ideals of self-determination, unity, and cooperation are foundational to Mulungushi International Conference Centre and serve as a reminder of the centre’s ongoing mission and purpose. To provide a platform for dialogue, the pursuit of diplomacy, and progress. Visit: https://www.micc.co.zm/


 

The Mulungushi International Conference Centre is the largest conference venue in Zambia. Located in the heart of Lusaka city with some of the best hotels, banks, and shopping malls, the MICC is ideal for conferences, meetings, exhibitions, and more. The hotels featured below are only three of the multiple options. Inquire at check-in for the UT Symposium Discount Rate. 

  • PROTEA BY MARRIOT
  • QUEEN DELUXE ROOMS
    • Single

      $130

    • Double

      $145

  • KING DELUXE ROOMS
    • Single

      $150

    • Double

      $165

  • NEEKKANTH SAROVAR PREMIERE
  • EXECUTIVE TWIN SUITE
    • Single

      $190

    • Double

      $200

  • DELUXE
    • Single

      $220

    • Double

      $250

  • RADDISON BLU
  • QUEEN DELUXE ROOMS
    • Single

      $130

    • Double

      $145

  • KING DELUXE ROOMS
    • Single

      $150

    • Double

      $165

FLIGHTS INTO ZAMBIA

1.     Ethiopian Airways flies Everyday

2.     Emirates flies on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 

3.     RwandAir flies only on Thursdays


All conference activities will be held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre. Expect a black-tie 5-course dinner and a catered lunch to be provided for paying attendees to the UT Langage Symposium 2023 alongside refreshments during breaks.

The Mulungushi Internation Conference Centre's design includes diverse environments built for moderated, planned, and spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous conversations, with open spaces perfect for group interactions or private spaces for more intimate discussions. Click here to visit the website. 


Address


Mulungushi International Conference Centre

8025 Great E, Lusaka, ZambiaJ867+78 Lusaka, Zambia

Get Directions

Code Of Conduct For Conference And Event Participants

The Ubuntu Talks Conferences and Events comprise of a network of people with a common agenda, cause, and interests, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and resources. It is of utmost importance to Ubuntu Talks that every person attending one of our language symposiums and events has a positive and rewarding experience. We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and others ("Participants”) to help us realize a safe, respectful, and positive experience for everyone. When you participate in an event hosted by Ubuntu Talks, you contribute to the overall experience, which makes us all accountable to each other.

Ubuntu Talks has crafted Code of Conduct guidelines for Participants to ensure that all Participants understand the expected Participant conduct at an Ubuntu Talks event. Ubuntu Talks expects all Participants to abide by this Code of Conduct at all events. Expected behavior includes conference-related social events at off-site locations and in related online communities and social media.

Ubuntu Talks is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply.

Expected Behavior

Ubuntu Talks expects event participants will:

  • 1. Be considerate and respectful to event participants.
  • 2. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  • 3. Speak up if they observe anything at an event that conflicts with this Code of Conduct. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please get in touch with an Ubuntu Talks event staff member.

Unacceptable Behavior

We will not tolerate unacceptable behavior from any attendees. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • 1. Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech, materials, or conduct by any Participants of the event and related event activities. Many event venues are shared with public members; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • 2. Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
  • 3. Personal insults related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • 4. Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • 5. Taking photos within the event environment for use on social media without the prior permission of the individuals or owners of the content.
  • 6. Any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using explicit or objectionable language, materials, conduct, or any language, behavior, or content containing profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.
  • 7. Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the event venue.

Consequences Of Unacceptable Behavior

Ubuntu Talks will not tolerate unacceptable behavior. Anyone asked to stop inappropriate behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a Participant engages in unacceptable behavior, Ubuntu Talks may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund. For more egregious behavior, Ubuntu Talks may, in its reasonable discretion, temporarily ban or permanently remove a Participant from the event.

What To Do If You Witness Or Are Subjected To Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify Ubuntu Talks event staff or contact the Ubuntu Talks CEO as soon as possible. Ubuntu Talks event staff will be available to assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the event. All reports will remain completely confidential.

Attribution

This Code of Conduct is the product of Ubuntu Talks’ commitment to creating and nurturing a welcoming, respectful, and collaborative community, and we thank our Participants for sharing our commitment. The framework of this Code of Conduct was inspired by the Open-Source Bridge Code of Conduct, released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and the Google Anti-Harassment Policy, licensed under the Creative Commons Zero License.

COVID 19 Safety

With countries at various stages of reopening their borders, we at Ubuntu Talks would like to acknowledge that not everyone may be at the same level of comfort while attending the UT sub-Saharan Language Symposium, 2023. After multiple years of conducting online personal and business interactions, we understand that you may be eager and anxious to attend an in-person gathering of global citizens and experts like yourself.

 To that end, we would like to invite you to move at your own pace during our two-day event. We encourage you to follow global health guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the event organizer, Ubuntu Talks strives to do its best to provide health accommodations for those in attendance, such as sufficient ventilation or access to masks. We want to encourage you to use the spaces we have booked and remind all attendees to be up-to-date, if possible, on their COVID-19 vaccinations to protect themselves against severe illness. 

The UT sub-Saharan African Language Symposium 2023 will center on Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) as an agent for social change as we move towards a post-pandemic world. Let us do our part in making that would equitable for everyone. 

Press

*Press coverage about the Ubuntu Talks sub-Saharan African Language Symposium 2023 (coming soon). 

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