Tomorrow though Saturday, 18 October, the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg will be playing host to the inaugural MyWorld of Tomorrow expo. Taking place from 8:00 on 16 October to 18:00 and at the same times on Friday, 17 October, with the event open to the public from 8:00 to 16:00 on 18 October (you can snag tickets here, they’ll cost R80 for adults and R50 for kids), the MWoT conference and expo will consist of several different ‘Zones’.
There’s the Conference Zone, which will feature speakers in technology and business from around the country and beyond, including Michael Jordaan, and Stanford University’s Jeremy Bailenson who will be delivering the keynote address tomorrow afternoon on Virtual Human Interaction. You’ll also get a chance to hear South Africa’s Siyabulela Xusa, Harvard graduate and rocket scientist, speak about “Unleashing disruptive innovation” on the Friday.
Like we’d miss it
Stuff‘s own Toby Shapshak will also be in attendance, both as an MC at the event and as part of a panel on wearable technology on Friday afternoon. We’d say that’s enough reason to go but we’re naturally biased so it’s your call.
There are other ‘Zones’ in place, dedicated to the launch and demoing of new products, an Expo Zone that will be a draw for members of the public and a showcase for exhibitors (Samsung and Telkom, among others) and and then our personal favourite (and the reason you want to go), the Experience Zone.
What will you see in the Experience Zone? Well, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Xbox One if you haven’t already but there’s also going to be demonstration of motion driving simulators, digital graffiti (yes, really), a chance to experience Google Glass and other Virtual Reality tech that will be on offer.
Samsung has something particularly impressive planned, a demo of the smart home features that are already rolling out in other locations (like South Korea, where the internet speeds are awesome). Holographic displays, 3D printers and more will also be there to make you wish the future would just get here already.