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2021 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference Registrations NOW OPEN

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The 2021 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference will be taking place as an online only event from 30 June to July 3. From the Creative Young Entrepreneur program, scaling up a format originally deployed at last year’s Africa and the Middle East Conference, to Public Speaking competitions, this diverse catalogue of content will be available to anyone across the world who wishes to register! JCI members always hold a deep seated desire to grow and become the best possible versions of themselves and any young entrepreneurs who attend this conference will undoubtedly leave changed for the better. 

Registrations will open very soon and with many sessions being presented in both English and French, this event will be highly accessible for all of our enterprising young leaders. 

Note that registration for this 2021 Area Conference is a two step process: 

  1. First, prospective attendees can use this link to go to the JCI Store to purchase the registration ticket. 
  2. Once the ticket is paid for, attendees will be transported to the JCI Virtual Community (JVC) to officially register for the Africa and the Middle East Conference! 

There is also a possibility to pay online by Visa or Mastercard. 

  1. To do so, go directly to the JVC and select “Credit Card” 
  2. Enter your credit card details and proceed 

If the payment doesn’t go through, then you will need to go to the JCI Store and pay there, then go back to the JVC and select offline payment. Prospective attendees will not be able to register until they have paid for the registration. Follow this guide to register for sessions!

Although the JCI Virtual Community is still in a beta phase ahead of its launch at the end of this year, using it as a host site for the Online Africa and the Middle East Conference is an important and valuable step in getting to know the platform. If you are having problems utilizing the JCI Virtual Community during the registration process, here are two tutorial videos to guide you through the platform with ease: 

Important note: any JCI member with a current account only needs to reset their password to access the JVC! If you have an account already, follow these steps and you’ll be logged on in seconds. Please check your essential profile information, notably that your local organization is correct, before you register for the Conference. 

Now is the time to take advantage of this exclusive conference and register today! Just like any official JCI event, the Conference will be full of unique and varied online content tailored perfectly for creating the young leaders of tomorrow. So, let’s dive further into some of the Conference’s exciting details! 

Technology – Innovative Opportunities and Crisis Solutions – the 2021 Conference Theme

The theme of technology and how leaders can utilize it in creative ways during crises is more important than ever with the lasting effects of COVID-19 on global modern society. With the JCI RISE initiative created in July 2020 by Immediate Past President Itai Manyere, JCI recognizes the need to directly address the pandemic and the duty that young leaders have to sustain and rebuild economies, empower the workforce and preserve mental health and well-being. A leader must rise not only when the world is peaceful, but most importantly in times of crisis when it is easy for others to feel lost. JCI Africa and the Middle East understands the dire need for new solutions and has created a conference committed to these ideals through their own engaging sessions, keynote speakers and JCI’s new innovative platform, the JCI Virtual Community.

Virtual Grand Slam Award Conference

Along with the Conference will be a return of the Grand Slam Award! This “Virtual Grand Slam” award will be given to JCI members who attend all four online Area Conferences this year, and will be honored with perks such as: 

  • A Virtual Grand Slam Certificate presented at the 2021 JCI World Congress 
  • All Virtual Grand Slammers will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2022 World Congress
  • In addition to the virtual certificate, Grand Slammers this year will receive an exclusive Video Conference background, which will let them proudly display their dedication to JCI 

So if you’ve already registered for the 2021 JCI European Conference and attended the 2021 JCI Conference of America, you don’t want to miss out on this one either! 

The Creative Young Entrepreneur (CYE) program comes Full Circle

A fresh, new competition, the Creative Young Entrepreneur program was first established at the 2020 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference! Originally titled the Africa and the Middle East Entrepreneurship Competition, it was held with resounding success! And now, finally in 2021 the CYE program is coming back home right where it all started. This international competition has been recreated from the ground up to encourage, honor and celebrate exceptional young entrepreneurs and the role of innovation in their entrepreneurial climb to global success. 

Additionally, thanks to the support of 2021 JCI President Ryubun Kojima, there is now a $5.000 USD prize available for the first place CYE winner at the Africa and the Middle East Conference. The second-place CYE winner will receive a free registration to the 2022 Area Conference, and the top three contestants will get the opportunity to pitch at the global CYE finals at the 2021 JCI World Congress in November and possibly win the $10.000 USD grand prize! Combined with the valuable training and mentorship all CYE contestants receive, this program delivers outstanding return on investment for an aspiring entrepreneur.

For more information on the program, view the CYE toolkit on the JCI library or our Trello board. 

Vital Networking Events 

It wouldn’t be a classic JCI Area Conference without the ability to engage in lively networking sessions with people from across the world! Even though we can’t meet in person for this event, Speed Networking will be hosted by our close partner Business Network International (BNI) in order to facilitate interaction between conference attendees. It is vastly important that members do not just learn within their own cultural networks and build an accidental echo chamber. Instead, what makes us truly strong is that by networking we can build a diversity of opinions and of experiences.

Even though these networking events will not be in person, members will still be able to experience online connection with a sense of naturalism with the structured and time small groups emulating the natural ebb and flow of networking movement.  

Exclusive Conference Organizing Committee (COC) Content

With passion and ingenuity, the organizing team members have done it again and created programs that are guaranteed to engage members on all levels. From “Big Data: Blockchain Panel Discussion” to “Innovation at the Time of Crisis: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion,” the 2021 COCs have laid the groundwork for young entrepreneurs to succeed in the emerging post-pandemic world. A sneak peek of some more of these programs includes: 

  • Partnership and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion 
  • Inspire Us – JCI members from Africa and Middle East Narrate their stories of resilience and hope at a time of crisis.
  • Evening Party: Jordanian Night
  • Innovation at the time of Crisis: One Green Future

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Africa and the Middle East Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] for more information. Gather and expand your knowledge and skill set within the theme of “Technology – Innovative Opportunities and Crisis Solutions” and register for the 2021 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference today!