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Tech4Africa is the largest tech innovation, startup and entrepreneur platform in Africa. 12 tracks, 4 event days including a Hackathon and a Startup Day, with over 55 excellent speakers and just 600 available seats.

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Wednesday, October 7
 

9:00am

Tech4Africa Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Gareth Knight

Gareth Knight

Founder, Evangelist, Tech4Africa
@Gareth Knight is a technology entrepreneur. Educated as a zoologist, he is a veteran of two dot com bubbles in London, one acquisition (Kindo > MyHeritage), and now runs Technovated Wedo, which has “pivoted” into a fast growing niched-ecommerce business, and is backed by respected investors in London and South Africa. Gareth is also the founder of Tech4Africa, the premier mobile, web & emerging technology event, bringing global perspective... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

9:30am

Keynote - From Technology to Socks. What it's like to sell a mobile startup and then build an ecommerce company.
From Technology to Socks. What it's like to sell a mobile startup and then build an ecommerce company.
Startups are intense rides that often end in failure. I'll talk through the intense ups and downs of building and selling Motribe to Mxit and then moving to a men's fashion ecommerce startup selling socks.

Speakers
avatar for Nic Haralambous

Nic Haralambous

Founder, Nic Harry
Nicholas Haralambous is the founder of the online style company, NicHarry.com. | | Nic was the CEO and co-founder of Motribe, the mobile community platform, before the company was successfully acquired by Mxit in October, 2012. He also founded ForeFront Africa consulting firm before exiting to Imperial Holdings. | | He was selected as one of the 200 young South Africans to take to lunch by the Mail&Guardian, featured on GQ's list of... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 9:30am - 10:20am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

10:40am

The Internet Of Things for business - Beyond the hype
The Internet Of Things. Probably the most over-hyped technology trend in recent memory. Gadgets, tools and platforms... but what does this mean for "normal" businesses? Will it really live up to the hype, and deliver the returns it promises? I will take the audience through the actual stories of how 3 South Africa business have implemented and used IoT technologies. I will also highlight the pitfalls, the hype and reality.

Speakers
avatar for Hein Koen

Hein Koen

Director, Nervedata
A non-techie set free in the world technology. Co-founder of three technology companies. Current focus is on how the Internet of Things can be applied to business.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

10:40am

They Just Don't Get It - How to Explain your product so your clients get it, love it and buy it!
They Just Don't Get It - How to Explain your product so your clients get it, love it and buy it!

The Curse of Knowledge: Why smart people are bad at explaining their products & services

Explanations are like Orgasms: Lessons from nature

Tricks of the Trade: the basic structure of any good explainer video (Hint: it's like a sales pitch)


Speakers
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Elodie Burls

MD, Blink Tower
From when she can remember, Elodie wanted to change minds through media. She studied Educational Drama Theatre while chairing her University's animal rights society, and was destined to work in NGO's. That's until the entrepreneurial bug bit. She started her first business at age 24, her second at 26 and her current business, Blink Tower, at age 27. Elodie is the Managing Director at Blink Tower, an award winning studio that creates 2D... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
UX/The Next Billion Track

10:40am

An indie app developers story from initial idea to getting featured on the google play store.
Talk about my app development experiences while working on the 365 body workout android app, from having the idea through development to finally getting the app published and featured on the app store. This talk promises to be a great overview of the steps you need to go through as a developer to get your ideas out there

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Mbanje

Kurt Mbanje

Founder, Peirra
I'm a Droid fanboy, I literrally binge on the droid kool-aid . I also create apps when I have the time and believe in all things mobile.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

10:40am

The Tech startup scene in South Africa
An overview of the technology startup and innovation scene in South Africa. What the market drivers are, who is doing what and where to find support. Keith Jones is the coFounder of Sw7, the largest tech accelerator in Africa. They work with over 150 early and late stage tech businesses, are the only Microsoft Bizspark plus partners in Africa and run the first full tech accelerator inside a large blue chip, for Standard Bank. The session covers the learnings and experiences in the sector and where business go for what support, funding and access to market

Speakers
avatar for Keith Jones

Keith Jones

CoFounder, Sw7
We are the largest tech accelerator in Africa with more support, more mentors and more alumni than any other programme in Africa. We have the pain!!! We are a startup ourselves in an emerging sector. keith had i his own tech business for 11 years and listed in London in 2009, did two fund raises, six acquisitions, an MBO and two disposals.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Startup Track

10:40am

Lessons Learned Crowdsourcing and Crowdmapping Xenophobia Related Incident Data in South Africa
A walk through of how reportxenophobia.iafrikan.com project started and was carried out. Lessons learned and the way forward. A look at the tools and methods used to crowdsource and crowdmap the incident data as well as analysis of data collected.

Speakers
avatar for Tefo Mohapi

Tefo Mohapi

Co-founder, iAfrikan


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Technologist Track

10:40am

Women in tech - all talk and no action?
One year on from the Women in Tech panel last year and a bunch of new initiatives have been launched. A whole lot of talking has been going on. And there's been a whole lot of negative press about the bully-boy culture in certain sectors of the tech space. So, are we getting anywhere? If not why not? And what do we need to do to bridge the gap? Join Samantha Perry, co-founder of WomeninTechZA, & 4 panelists (2 men, 2 women) as we dissect the state of the tech nation and what needs ot happen next.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Perry

Samantha Perry

Human in charge, WomeninTechZA
Samantha Perry is the human behind WomeninTechZA (womenintech.co.za) - an initiative that aims to help address the gender gap in the ICT sector. | | Only 23% of tech jobs are held by women in South Africa – out of 236 000 ICT (tech) roles, women occupy 56 000 of them. As a sector, we need to hire women to improve diversity in the workplace (and it’s been proven that higher diversity equals higher productivity and profit). But we... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

11:30am

FPV 'drone' Racing the start of a new sport
We fly mini "drones" at high speed round short tight courses and through the smallest of gaps for fun. We fly them "First Person View" or FPV through goggles. As if we are sitting inside the miniquad. It's like pod racing from Star Wars, in real life! We hope to share the story of how we grew a community and a e-commerce store over past few months. Plus all the exciting things we have been doing for the FPV Racing community.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Ball

Alan Ball

Founder, Flying Robot (Pty) Ltd
I've been flying FPV for the past 5 years and been working in the tech scene for about 10 years. I have combined my two passions to create Flying Robot an e-commerce store catering for the needs of the FPV and drone racing community.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

11:30am

Mobile, video, Africa - Tuluntulu is leading the revolution
Tuluntulu is a mobile content and advertising platform targeting audiences in Africa, and globally, with African focused content. The platform currently has 17 x 24/7 streaming "TV" channels; and 11 radio stations. Tuluntulu is designed to work on mobile devices connected via low bandwidth connections. The “FREE” business model is designed to maximize audience reach and engagement; it can be downloaded for free, usage is free (no subscriptions) -100% free on Wi-Fi, with data costs only if connected via a mobile network (low data TV setting consumes +-50MB / hr.).

Speakers
avatar for Pierre van der Hoven

Pierre van der Hoven

Founder & CEO, Tuluntulu
Tuluntulu is a mobile content distribution company for Africa. Talk to me about getting your content out there. Talk to me about launching an app in Africa. | I am a serial entrepreneur. Talk to me about anything to do with thinking big, never giving up and starting your own business.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

11:30am

Moving digital experiences in Africa from dull to desirable
This talk reveals what African consumers expect from a digital experience across categories. We report on a study amongst South African, Nigerian and Kenyan consumers to establish the digital expectation commonalities and differences when engaging with different sectors. We answer questions such as: are consumers more concerned about safety of information in the area of social networking or digital finances? Which sector has the highest consumer expectations of being device agnostic? In so doing, the presentation serves as a guide for digital service providers to assist in developing offerings that truly meet the digital consumer’s expectations.

Speakers
avatar for Michel Katuta

Michel Katuta

Head of Technology and Consumer Panels, Columinate
avatar for Henk Pretorius

Henk Pretorius

Co-Founder & CEO, Columinate


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

11:30am

Why the next billion online will need a lighter internet

The Internet has become a powerful engine for improving quality of life and changing the way people connect. Online accessibility empowers greater access to education, share of voice and access to new markets among other benefits. However, only 3 billion out of the 7.3 billion people in the world have access to the Internet and in South Africa around half the population doesn’t have access. The increase in data traffic is outgrowing the mobile infrastructure, data is expensive and literacy is still low in many areas. How is Opera together with its partners working to create services and technology to help overcome these challenges?


Speakers
avatar for Karin Greve-Isdahl @kgisdahl

Karin Greve-Isdahl @kgisdahl

Vice President, Communications, Opera, Opera
Karin is in charge of external communication for Opera, a global Internet consumer company with over 350 million users. Prior to this she spent years travelling the globe interviewing business and political leaders for the TV program 'World Business' on CNBC. She speaks 5 languages and is passionate about technology and women’s business leadership.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

11:30am

Launched a global tech business without external funding - here's how I did it.
Launched a global tech business without external funding - here's how I did it.
The skills, markets and technology African entrepreneurs need to build great global businesses are rapidly converging - Johan Botes talks about how to seize the opportunity and see the gap.

Speakers
avatar for Johan Botes

Johan Botes

Group CEO, Consilia
Johan is qualified to give this speech due to the fact that he has at least 25 years of experience as a chartered accountant, which gives him an excellent base to work from as well as the needed skills and knowledge on how to be a successful entrepreneur. Combined with his skills in the auditor field, he has vast practical experience in the ERP market, specifically related to Sage and SAP. Johan has a go-getter kind of approach to business and... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Startup Track

11:30am

Frustrated with System and Data Integration?

Frustrated with System and Data Integration?

This breakthrough solution is simple.

  • Integration can be unnecessarily complex. And instead of enabling better and faster enterprise, it can slow you down, or even bring your business to a standstill. This is not how it is supposed to be!
  • This is why you cannot miss this presentation, because we will share real life successful and proven solutions to the most common and frustrating of integration challenges.
  • If you’re trying to move into the cloud, integrate new customers with your system, or simply and seamlessly sync your data between the Pretoria and the Poffadder branch, you need to be here.

Moderators
avatar for Wallis Buchan

Wallis Buchan

Director, Dev2

Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Technologist Track

12:15pm

The growth of e-commerce in Africa
  • Global e-commerce trends
  • Barriers and drivers in e-commerce
  • Fashion vertical- the fastest growing vertical in ALL the countries
  • Free return shipping- global and in ZA
  • ZA e-commerce from the consumer point of view
  • Expansion in Nigeria and Kenya.

Speakers
avatar for Efi Dahan

Efi Dahan

Regional Director Africa and Israel,, PayPal
In his role, Mr. Dahan is responsible for market development, creating partnership with large merchants, collaboration with banks and channels as well as consumer acquisition. He is also focused on cooperation with startups and introduction of new technologies to PayPal. Prior to joining PayPal Efi was a co-founder and CEO of BUY2, one of the largest group buying companies in Israel, where he drove the company from its inception to becoming a... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

1:00pm

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

1:00pm

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

1:00pm

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

1:00pm

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

1:00pm

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Technologist Track

1:00pm

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Startup Track

2:00pm

Making the makers OR the tale of a serendipitous quest to build a quintessential makerspace
On a bitter cold winter afternoon I strolled through the streets of Maboneng and stumbled upon a most fantastical location: a place where engineering meets the arts, where design sits next to electronic sensors, where the promise of roasted coffee and freshly baked bread contest for air space. Below, a forlorn boxing gym holds the greatest secret. Empty space, gray walls and a colourful mural. The reincarnation of a dream to build a space where engineers flourish and that designers relish. Now the space is mine and the makerspace will be yours. Help me envision what this space can be!

Speakers
avatar for Wiebke Toussaint

Wiebke Toussaint

Chief Idea Generator, Injie LABS
I am a thrill-seeker. Risk, responsibility and complexity draw me to problems. Diversity keeps me interested. People are my motivation. After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from UCT I started my career in engineering consulting, moved into e-commerce (fashion!) and will soon be a data scientist in energy research. | | My passion lies where technology meets people and engineering touches society. Since 2013 I have been leading... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

2:00pm

There’s precious little technology being applied to the social sector in developing markets. Why?

Charity isn’t going to save the world. Is it ok to make money and make a difference at the same time?

 

This is the origin story of forgood - the online dating site for the social sector, connecting people to Causes and building the tech glue that’s going to increase efficiency and impact in the social sector of South Africa (and eventually other developing nations). 

Andy Hadfield (ex Real Time Wine, Street MBA, Tech4Africa regular) and Katherine Robertson (ex founder Africa Works Project, a subsidiary of Rays of Hope) will take you on a journey of what it’s like to build technology in the social sector, what the ecosystem looks like, what the big data possibilities are and most importantly - what the revenue model is and how forgood is going to try and achieve scale (that mythical pot of gold at the end of the developing nation tech rainbow).

Speakers
avatar for Andy Hadfield

Andy Hadfield

CEO, forgood
Andy Hadfield is a digital native – and loves building things on the Internet. | | He's played in every corner of the digital industry, launching getALife, his first startup at age 19. A political and community mouthpiece for South African students between 1997 and 2005, the site achieved critical acclaim (and had the dubious honour of being sued by Robert Mugabe). | | Over the next 15 years of his career, he honed his strategy, and... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Robertson

Katherine Robertson

Commercial Manager, forgood
Katherine has worked in community development in the township of Alexandra and understands community development at a grass roots level. She is now a Commercial Manager at forgood, a platform that connects people who want to make a difference to causes that need their help. Katherine believes that technology (and forgood) will provide today's solutions for the development of South Africa's social sector.



Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

2:00pm

Always-on learning - the secret ingredient to Digital Marketing success
Taste-test, collaborate, create - embrace a culture of learning and sharing - these are some of the traits of modern-day marketers making sense and staying ahead in the multi-faceted world of digital marketing. - The Marketing Landscape in 2015 and beyond - Creating a learn-&-share culture (internal) - Marketing through sharing (external) - Lessons from Heavy Chefs around the world

Speakers
avatar for Louis Janse van Rensburg

Louis Janse van Rensburg

Director: Johannesburg, World Wide Creative
Louis is a business partner and the Johannesburg Director at leading digital consulting agency World Wide Creative and member of the Heavy Chef education initiative. Louis is also known as the "Connecting-The-Dots Guy" at WWC with an encyclopaedic knowledge of research to support the strategies and initiatives with which he is involved. He has led digital strategies for various brands including Cliffcentral, Hyundai, iStore, Virgin Mobile South... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

2:00pm

The Future Of Telecommunications: A Paradigm Shift Into The Unknown
The Future Of Telecommunications: A Paradigm Shift Into The Unknown

Jatin will be discussing the future of communications pertaining to new trends, new technologies and the migration to cloud services within the mobile arena. Hot topics such as the price of data, mobile termination rates and the death of the smartphone contract will be explored. Consumer insights will also be discussed as the telecommunications industry is primarily driven by the wallets of their customers. The industry is clearly set for an unsustainable path as there are many interrelated factors in play. These include migration to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), the emergence of new telecom players and the upcoming price wars. Telecommunications all over the world, including South Africa, has become a volatile and unpredictable entity that is on the cusp of transformation. This is what makes telecoms such an exciting industry to be in. Anything is possible, and he certainly wants to be part of it by sharing his research and expertise to ensure a better future for all."

Speakers
avatar for Jatin Channa

Jatin Channa

Master of Science Candidate, Information Technology, University Of Cape Town
Jatin Channa is passionate about the Information Technology spectrum and driven to be the best at what he does. Research interests include, but not limited to, Telecommunications, start-up initiatives, cutting-edge technology, Geographic Information Systems, consumer insights and new developments in the IT industry. He is currently employed as a GIS and Remote Sensing Technician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he takes great pleasure... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

2:00pm

Idea, to Innovation, to Investment: challenges and insights for international, African growth
Born in a garage in Cape Town, WhereIsMyTransport has just completed a major move abroad and closed an international round of funding. CEO and Co-founder Devin de Vries shares some of the insights, challenges, and lessons learned from taking an honours project dream to an international reality, especially the additional considerations, advantages, and disadvantages faced by entrepreneurs based in Africa. Come learn how we are redefining public transport in Africa and abroad, and use our insights to take your own idea to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Devin de Vries

Devin de Vries

Co-Founder, WhereIsMyTransport
WhereIsMyTransport builds integrated platform-based solutions to public transport systems in emerging cities. Talk to me about Smart Cities, Big Data, transport and infrastructure, technologies for extensible, sustainable urban development, and entrepreneurship and innovation.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Startup Track

2:00pm

Open Source Technology for non-techies: the philosophy, the offerings, the advantages for your business
Open source technology is a powerful concept. Understanding it and applying it to your business can help your business flourish. This talk will help you to get to know the philosophy behind it, as well as a selection of the products and services offered. Get to know the people that constitute the open source community, and the companies successfully using it today. Come and explore whether a world-view based on openness will help us do business in Africa better, and make our products in this unique environment successful.

Speakers
avatar for Kristien Wolmarans

Kristien Wolmarans

Co-Founder, Flickswitch


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Technologist Track

2:50pm

How startups can work with government to make citizens lives better

This presentation follows the speaker’s journey, guided by Alan Knott-Craig, into the world of South Africa tech startup’s. It then looks at the shift in focus from pure moneymaking-startup ideas to initiatives that help governments improve the lives of its citizens.

He was employee #1 at Project Isizwe, the largest government-funded public WiFi network in Africa.

With Happimo, a non-profit organisation, the speaker is about to launch Namola – a smartphone solution aimed at helping the Tshwane Metro Police Department provide a better service to the citizens of Tshwane.

Happimo has also identified a number of key government issues that can be easily solved by tech startups. The plan is to launch a new initiative every month for the next year.

Instead of building the solution for each problem Happimo looks to connect the dots between government and tech Startups..

Speakers
avatar for Craig Rivett

Craig Rivett

CEO, Happimo


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

2:50pm

The One Thing The Apache Indians And The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company Knew Then That Africans Cannot Ignore Now
Africa is in a state of disruption. This provides both significant opportunity and increasing risk. Using a unique backdrop of two similarly disruptive periods in history - the Spanish invasion of the Americas, and the 2nd Industrial Revolution in the USA - I argue that following a relevant, meaningful and visceral cause is the most important step that Africans can make in building your business, organisation or career.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Roed

Fred Roed

CEO, World Wide Creative
Fred Roed first started teaching people how to build their brands in the digital economy way back in 1998. Fred is the CEO of digital marketing agency World Wide Creative, one of SA's biggest digital agencies with clients such as Hyundai, City of Cape Town, Virgin Mobile and The Foschini Group. Fred is also the co-founder of the Heavy Chef project, dedicated to demystifying digital marketing. Fred Roed is currently Head of Agencies at the... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

2:50pm

Connecting the Next 5 Billion. Free Internet For the World.
The greatest equalizer in the world is Internet Access. Small businesses in Africa can reach the world through this medium. DataWind has the solution to make the internet free to millions of Africans and billions of people in the developing world and has already started implementing this solution in parts of Africa and India. We’ll review the Impact that that the internet, and low cost PC's are having on education and commerce in the developing world.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Kopke

Derek Kopke

Derek Kopke, hailing from Canada, is the Executive Vice President, International Business Development of DataWind Ltd., responsible for its international distribution expansion and developing new operator relationships, focusing on developing markets.  He has over 20 years of experience as a sales manager and business development executive.  He has been with DataWind for the past 12 years in a variety of sales and business development... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

2:50pm

What's Next : An exploration of the past , present and future of Social Media and how it affects a Business's bottom line.
An engaging talk on the Evolution of Social Media and how it has affected the product development lifecycle as well as customer adaption models. The talk will give insight on the future states of Social Media as well as give Business and Start Ups tips on how to leverage Social Media in their go to market strategies. It will also explore Dunbar's Number and why it is important for any business , person or brand to always be aware of it in any of their activities in the market.

Speakers
avatar for Tavonga Musingarabwi

Tavonga Musingarabwi

Digital Strategist, Flint Studio
I am a Behavioural Economist with a sole focus on Digital Strategy. I have worked with both traditional marketing as well as new media marketing. I bring forth a new way of thinking when it comes to this new Digital Age. Having successfully helped South Africa in it's bid for the Commonwealth Games of 2022. I bring my findings as well as many more to the floor. Mine is a contagious enthusiasm for technology.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

2:50pm

Techstars is launching in Africa!!! And it's about time.

Techstars is a world leading accelerator of technology start-ups.  At its essence, Techstars is a network -- of programs that span 12 cities, 600 companies, thousands of mentors, and a host of corporate partners.  We are coming to Tech4Africa to talk about our plans for the continent as Africa is becoming key to our growing network.  The session will cover the history of Techstars and more specifically the most important themes we see coming out of Africa and how it is that we help build the virtuous cycle of successful start-ups and ecosystems.  We will also be covering an important announcement that will be coming just days before the conference.


Speakers
avatar for Greg Rogers

Greg Rogers

Executive Director, Techstars
I manage the FinTech vertical for Techstars in close partnership with Barclays Bank. Please come talk to me about our global FinTech programs and Techstars generally.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Startup Track

2:50pm

O3

It is the realisation that something is wrong with the world that has brought you here, reading this sentence. What is O3? Unfortunately, No one can tell you what O3 is, you have to see it for yourself. You take the Blue Pill, and nothing happens, you wake up lost in the illusion of a world in blissful ignorance. You take the Red Pill, and free your mind to be able to see the sometimes painful truth of reality. To see O3 is to take on the power to forge a new path away from a life of redundancy, and rise up Africa up to its rightful place in the world. Careful.. once you choose, you can never go back.


Speakers
avatar for Riedwaan Bassadien

Riedwaan Bassadien

Microsoft
Riedwaan Bassadien has over 20 years’ experience spanning Technical Engineering, Sales and Marketing. Born a talented computer programmer and destined to craft computer code for the rest of his life, he found the lure of business, sales and marketing too irresistible to ignore. A passionate South African, he is a strong advocate for prioritising public and private investment to create platforms for growth in Jobs, Skills and Innovation to... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Technologist Track

3:40pm

Vini. Video. Vinci. Why digital video is the king of content
Presentation will cover: the power of video, the latest trends in video viewing, stats relating to video ads, looking at how video has infiltrated google, facebook, and other online platforms, the power of the vine, and how to create a digital video strategy with ads, vignettes, stories, even ongoing series – each serving to achieve the relevant objectives of the brand/publisher/corporation/organisation.

Speakers
avatar for Devon Brough

Devon Brough

Director: Strategic Partnerships, HoneyKome


Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

3:40pm

#BornToCode: A new way to source and develop coding talent

WeThinkCode_ is a new kind of peer-to-peer tech institution launching in Johannesburg in 2016, dedicated to transforming technology education in order to bridge the gap between undeveloped talent and the desperate IT skills shortage in South Africa. The magic of WeThinkCode_ lies in its selection criteria that enable us to source high potential programmers in the most unexpected pool of young talent. 


Speakers
avatar for Camile Agon

Camile Agon

Co-founder, WeThinkCode_
WeThinkCode_ is an innovative tech institute designed to transform higher education in Africa.
avatar for Yossi Hasson

Yossi Hasson

Co-founder, WeThinkCode_
avatar for Arlene Mulder

Arlene Mulder

Co-Founder, WeThinkCode_
WeThinkCode_ is an innovative tech institute designed to transform higher education.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

3:40pm

Data, algorithms and insights around Africa's top brands on social media - introducing the Africa Brand Index
The Africa Brand Index combines dozens of real-time social signals into a ranking of the top brands in Africa on social media. This talk goes through the thinking and algorithm design behind it, the operational component of capturing, storing and analyzing millions of data elements and how the index is used to help brands in Africa.

Speakers

Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

3:40pm

International Diversification of a Web Service Business
Business success comes with focus. But there is a multitude of reasons why your company may want to diversify its service offering or client base: Securing your business, providing a more comprehensive service to your clients, providing your team with new challenges, or maybe just for your own ego.

Speakers
avatar for Dania Gerhardt

Dania Gerhardt

CEO Cape Town, Amazee Labs
I'm a founder of the Amazee Group based in Zurich, Switzerland.Amazee was founded in Zurich in 2007 as a social web platform and successfully repositioned itself as Amazee Labs, a web service company in 2010. In 2013 the Amazee Group founded a spin-off, Amazee Metrics. In 2014, after the third successful year, Amazee Labs expanded to the US and opened an office in Austin, Texas.In June 2015 Amazee Labs opened an office in Cape Town.Furthermore... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Startup Track

3:40pm

CloudGate simplifies: Hybrid Cars, Hybrid Power, Hybrid Computing
The benefits of a 'hybrid' are very apparent: it helps you leverage the best of both worlds within a complex environment. Hybrid cars combine the power of combustion engines with the economy of electric motors. Given South Africa's recent energy troubles, 'hybrid power' - augmenting electricity from the grid with renewable energy - has become increasingly relevant. CloudGate simplifies 'hybrid computing', a powerful combination offering the benefits of both localised computing and cloud computing. So users get their personalised settings, apps, and more, while, businesses benefit from increased security, lower unit and maintenance costs, and reduced power consumption.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Timperley

Brian Timperley

Managing Director, Turrito Networks (Pty) Ltd
Co-Founder of Turrito Networks and CloudGate. Enthusiast of all things tech, and the phenomenal people that create it. 15 years in the Telecoms and IT industry.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Technologist Track

4:30pm

Keynote - Underdog Mentality, Disruption and the Art of Giant Killing
Underdog Mentality, Disruption and the Art of Giant Killing

In 2014, the WP "Peninsula" hockey team became the 1st "B" team in South African history to win a National Inter Provincial Tournament. Gain some insights and be inspired as Steve Evans (player/coach) tells the unlikely story of how 16 committed youngsters (and one old guy) hustled their way to the championship with some clever strategy, all out attitude, belief and maximum disruption! Interestingly, many of the insights, learnings & techniques have application in the world of entrepreneurship and start-ups… come and listen to a story about “Underdog Mentality, Disruption and the Art of Giant Killing!”

Speakers
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Steve Evans

Owner/Business Case Builder, Stampede Mobile
I was lucky enough to have spent 10 years (1994-2004) playing hockey for South Africa, living & playing in various countries around the world, culminating at the Athens Olympic Games. What has always intrigued me has been the mental side of peak performance, whether applied to sport or business, and the fine line between success and failure. Having also been through the highs and lows of the entrepreneurial journey over the past 10 years, I've... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

5:45pm

Networking Party,
Wednesday October 7, 2015 5:45pm - 6:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
 
Thursday, October 8
 

9:00am

Tech4Africa Announcement
Speakers
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Gareth Knight

Founder, Evangelist, Tech4Africa
@Gareth Knight is a technology entrepreneur. Educated as a zoologist, he is a veteran of two dot com bubbles in London, one acquisition (Kindo > MyHeritage), and now runs Technovated Wedo, which has “pivoted” into a fast growing niched-ecommerce business, and is backed by respected investors in London and South Africa. Gareth is also the founder of Tech4Africa, the premier mobile, web & emerging technology event, bringing global perspective... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

9:30am

Keynote - The Deal Behind The Deal: How SA Florist tamed their Dragon
The Deal Behind The Deal: How SA Florist tamed their Dragon


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

10:40am

On demand logistic's mobile app
Fastvan is revolutionizing and reinventing logistic’s by moving it entirely online and to mobile devices, bringing greater automation, transparency and efficiency to this traditionally inefficient shipping industry. Fastvan platform lets businesses order a courier service or removal service on demand, and drivers accept the job via our mobile app or desktop (fastvan.co.za). Once accepted, customers can then follow their van/truck in real time, all the way through delivery. We offer competitive rates, a superior customer experience, and automatic billing, making local logistics easier than ever before. Fastvan is a real-time on demand network for Local courier Availability

Speakers
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daud nur

Founder & CEO, fastvan


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

10:40am

Leading with Courage
Braam believes that you first have to believe in yourself and be comfortable in your own skin to be able to stand out from the crowd and be open to criticism. Only once you trust yourself and have faith in your own integrity, others will too. True leaders stand up in the face of adversity and do the right thing. Respect is not given, but earned.
Leaders have a special ability to display a sincere passion that ignites those in their company to buy into the goal or vision and want to be part of the journey. They empower others to want to go places that they never previously imagined possible. A leader with purpose fuels others to action through change. They inspire others to want to reach their fullest potential, to become leaders themselves.

Speakers
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Braam Malherbe

Owner, Inspire to Action
Braam is an international motivational speaker, an extreme adventurer, conservationist, youth developer, TV presenter and author of the best seller, ‘The Great Run’ . | He is a South African who has a proven track record of changing lives every day through his empowering motivational talks, his fundraising work for charities, his youth development, his writing, and his conservation efforts. | He achieved a world-first by running the... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

10:40am

The story of raising VC funding, selling to Naspers, completing a Management Buyout & finally Exiting - 1 company in 3 years and 10 months
The story of raising VC funding, selling to Naspers, completing a Management Buyout & finally Exiting - 1 company in 3 years and 10 months

Speakers
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Sylvia Gruber

Managing Director, S&L Solutions
I am managing partner of S&L Solutions, a strategic marketing company providing outsourced end-to-end marketing management for small and medium size organisations. I am the Co-Founder of rubybox.co.za; created in September 2011, it has become SA's largest online beauty community focussing on providing beauty brands with targeted trial/sampling initiatives coupled with digital marketing support. I am a dynamic and international entrepreneur with a... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Startup Track

10:40am

Single Devlopers with the Power of Big Corporations
In this new mobile-first, cloud-first world? What are we doing to support the future of business? The Cloud is designed to help organizations and developers navigate this era of more—more devices, more apps, more data, more capacity, more innovation…more speed.

Speakers
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Brent Samodien

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Passionate technologist who enjoys designing and implementing innovative solutions which deliver measurable benefits. I create value by bridging the gap between business and technology through a focus on strategy,people, processes, information and communication technology. | | I am a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft in the DX (Developer Experience and Evangelism) Team focusing on Microsoft Azure, previously a Microsoft Most Valuable... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Technologist Track

10:40am

Prototyping for Perspective
A talk about the process of developing ideas, evaluating ideas, and communicating ideas. This talk explores the lifecycle of prototyping, the influence of UX, and the advantages for development teams, product owners, and users. This talk includes theoretical information, personal experiences, and practical examples for developing better ideas and making better products

Speakers
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Rishal Hurbans

Team Lead, Entelect
Rishal is currently fulfilling the role of a Team Lead at Entelect. He is a senior software engineer designing and building solutions for various national and international blue chip clients. He has a passion for web architecture, mobile development, and user experience design. MSc research in artificial life. He also enjoys developing games and producing music. www.prolificidea.com


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
UX/The Next Billion Track

10:40am

Women love tech... you're just not speaking to them.
The biggest barrier for developers and entrepreneurs is getting their technology in to the hands of the consumer. Women make 94% of the purchasing decisions of the households and yet tech companies are yet to explore new and interesting ways to market it to them. The discussion will be facilitated by Samantha Wright, the editor of Tech Girl, a South African tech blogged aimed at local women, and Zoe Hawkins, Content Editor for Lazygamer.net - Africa's biggest gaming website. The talk will highlight how women utilise technology as well as how we go about marketing it to them.

Speakers
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Zoe Hawkins

Video Game journalist and mommy blogger by day, occasional food pornographer by night, I love gadgets, tech, games and words put together in unique orders. Talk to me about gaming, about tech, about women, and awesomely geeky kid's clothes.
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Sam Wright

Editor, Tech Girl
Samantha Wright spent 2 and a half years sharpening her teeth in the YFM Newsroom and learning the tricks of the journalism trade. At the age of 23 she moved into the corporate world where she took up a post at an engineering firm. While here she wrote scientific and engineering related pieces for a host of B2B publications including Engineering News and Mining Review Africa. | | Her real love has always been technology and how it impacts South... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

11:30am

Tech4africa RhoK
Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

11:30am

E-commerce Logistics. Behind the scenes.
A behind the scenes look how we took over the logistics for Superbalist.com, enabled them to grow 400% in a year, and ultimately sell the business to takealot.com

Speakers
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Justin Drennan

Parcelninja, Parcelninja
Online retail and logistics


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

11:30am

Bambisa – the tech behind the start-up
Join us to share in all the war stories and lessons learnt in bringing this large-scale messaging system into production

Speakers
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Simon Stewart

Broken Keyboards Software


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

11:30am

The 2015 Ventureburn Startup Survey: the true shape of SA's startup space revealed
The Ventureburn Startup Survey, in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony and analytics company Qurio, polled just under 200 tech startups which with the aim of uncovering the “true picture of the South African startup landscape”. Each of the startups were asked 38 questions that covered (among other things) funding, the profile of their founders, revenues and everyday challenges.

Speakers
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Stuart Thomas

Senior Reporter, Memeburn
I've spent the last four years writing about the South African technology and startup space.


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Startup Track

11:30am

Developing for the future
We show you how to develop apps and ideas by utilizing cloud based technologies and micro service to create an integrated experience during the application lifecycle for various teams and stakeholders with in your business. We show off key features that prove increased productivity within your delivery cycle with awareness around what is going on in a real-time fashion on projects. We also show you the benefits of elasticity that decrease cost of ownership and scale on demand as you need it.

During the session we will take you through a scenario of a simple project created for future development techniques in mind and draw some comparisons of how it compares with how it is being done in the industry at the moment

Speakers
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Oliver Smit

Discipline Lead Architecture and Quality, Mint Management Technologies
Multi skilled polyglot and technologist with a big love for technology, development and electronics. Work for Mint management technologies where I am responsible for leading the Architecture stream in the Mint business, by designing and implementing best practice on all solutions within the various business streams , increasing quality of delivery and applying years of experience in the technical implementations of solutions. This in turns... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Technologist Track

11:30am

User Research - Tales From the Trenches
User research is a vital part of the User Experience (UX) toolkit, and is especially useful when developing new products and services. In my talk I tell some stories about research from experience – unexpected findings, surprises, ‘why didn’t I think of that’ moments, research for validation and inspiration. An entertaining and insightful look at the things people come up with when you are out there engaging with them.

Speakers
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Rob Cowie

Head of UX and Design, Discovery Health


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

12:15pm

Keynote -The Internet Poverty Myth
The Internet Poverty Myth
Several years after the arrival of the Internet, and increasing inclusivity, Johan Nel begs the question: What has the Internet really meant for South Africans? Will bringing the Internet to the unconnected in townships and rural South Africa really bring wealth with it?

Speakers
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Johan Nel

Country Manager, Gumtree
Johan Nel is the Country Manager for Gumtree South Africa. Before being recruited by Gumtree in 2014, he was both the founder and CEO of Pan African tech success story Umuntu Media. Johan has been the recipient of numerous technology and media accolades including the Nokia and Infodev African Innovator of the Year award (2012) and a Telkom Africa Media Award (2013).


Thursday October 8, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Startup Track

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Technologist Track

1:00pm

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

2:00pm

Meet the robots who will take your job
We look at how likely you are to loose your job to a robot. Should we fight the trend, or learn how to co exist

Speakers
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Hannes Prinsloo

Managing Partner | Africa, Opera Mediaworks
Hannes Prinsloo, Managing Partner of Opera Media Works Africa, the world’s largest mobile-only media player, is uniquely positioned as a core player in the mobile media market in Africa. In 2014 Hannes and his partner sold AdVine to OMW in a deal that saw them grow not only market share, but also first to market opportunities unlike any local publisher. Hannes spent 3 years at Advine as Strategic Creative Director, where he launched Shazam for... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

2:00pm

How to make it and not to make it in Africa
Personal learnings, failures and some success stories from almost a decade in tech on the big African continent presented by a Germany boy who shaped the African eCommerce landscape (a little).

Speakers
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Nils Körber

CIO, One Africa Media


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

2:00pm

How not to build an internship program

As ClickMaven, we don’t do jobs. We do mastery and purpose.

We've created an internship program that equips digitally savvy graduates with the skills they need in order to make their mark in the industry.Using a highly structured 6-month internship we equip them with technical and business acumen skills. 

We aim to inspire and assist other agencies to develop programs/opportunities where they can bridge the skills gap.

Speakers
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Tshepiso Theletsane

Talent & Operations Manager, Clickmaven
Tshepiso is an exceptional professional Talent & Operations Manager at ClickMaven. | She has run the internship program at ClickMaven for the past two and a half years and taken it to new heights. | She began her journey at ClickMaven as an intern herself and has learned tonnes of new tips, tricks and speed bumps to avoid while running the internship that she is eagerly willing to share. | Our mission at Tech4Africa as ClickMaven is to... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

2:00pm

Starting, scaling and exiting a Tech Startup
Starting, scaling and exiting a Tech Startup
Mike started Fuseware in 2010, a startup focusing on social media analytics and research. Mike scaled the business, tech and brand into an authoritative market player, and sucessfully exited the business to Ornico Group in 2015. Mike shares his story and insights into how to successfully scale and exit a B2B tech startup in SA.

Speakers

Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Startup Track

2:00pm

Why you should be a polyglot programmer
"What do you mean you don't have 10 years of Java experience?!" Let's face it, the tech industry has a bit of a hang-up about languages and frameworks. I'm here to tell you about a different kind of developer - one who defies this single-mindedness and moves between tech stacks. The polyglot programmer. Let me show you what it means to be a polyglot and which skills you need to hone. I'll tell you why it's a good career move and why employers will care. Along the way, I'll tell you some stories about polyglot coders out in the wild...

Speakers
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Rouan Wilsenach

Software Developer, ThoughtWorks
I'm a developer with experience consulting to clients in the financial services, health, media and education sectors. I've worked as an agile coach, helping teams learn and adopt agile engineering practices and I've helped businesses with organisation-wide agile adoption. I've delivered software in Java, Python, Ruby, .NET and JavaScript.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Technologist Track

2:00pm

UI & UX - Back to Basics
How User Interface and User Experience has been intertwined into the fabric of time. It is not something new or something old, but something we have been doing from beginning of time. Have you ever wondered why the competition product works and yours not...?

Speakers
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Stian Le Roux

Developer, Emid
Hi, my name is Stian Le Roux. I grew up on Lichtenburg and moved to Pretoria when I was in Primary school. I have always had an interest in IT and design. I got married 2 year ago. My wife and I live in Equestria with our 4 four-legged kids (2 cats and 2 dogs). I love travelling, reading, watching movies, playing games and getting involved at my church. I am extremely happy to be working at Emid now, doing what I love.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

2:50pm

A digital trail of disruption with happily disrupted customers

The online landscape is experiencing a digital trail of disruption and consumers are happily being disrupted. Felix will talk about what the future holds for the classifieds industry in the digital space and will touch on disruptive technologies that are fuelling the on-demand economy. Customers are after convenience and Felix will talk about the changes in the digital landscape that are already impacting our world and affecting our lives.


Speakers
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Felix Erken

Co-Owner and Managing Director, Junk Mail Publishing Group
Felix Erken gave a talk at Tech4Africa 2014. He has also spoken at the International Classified Media Association (ICMA) conference in 2015. He is the MD and co-owner of Junk Mail, the largest local classifieds exchange in South Africa. The Junk Mail stable includes the flagship sites Junk Mail and Job Mail, as well as Auto Mart, Truck & Trailer, FreePropertyAds and Lovemail. Junk Mail recently extended its digital footprint into East and West... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

2:50pm

How to Challenge Amazon in Mozambique and Win
How a small company took Mozambique by storm and created an digital retail eco-system of top brands and products in the country.

Speakers
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Jonathan Novotny

Founder, Compra.co.mz
Growth Markets - eCommerce Brands in Southern African Countries - Not South Africa. Investing in nascent e-commerce environments.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

2:50pm

My life sucks; how do I keep motivated?
Being an entrepreneur can be daunting at times: you spend your days getting rejected only to come back for more. As an employee you're often at the mercy of a boss or other difficult situations. In this session we'll talk about how to keep yourself motivated regardless of the circumstances.

Speakers
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Saul Kropman

Managing Director, SLVC
I'm an entrepreneur, consultant and wannabe raconteur. I'm fascinated with the challenges surrounding entrepreneurship and how to keep motivated. Entrepreneurship is a tough game and I'll help you make it easier.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

2:50pm

Partnerships between entrepreneurs and established companies
One of the biggest challenges facing startups today is connecting with a mass customer base. Big corporates see the opportunity to utilize the speed and capabilities of digital startups, to solve some of their biggest problems. Combining the two capabilities creates a capability to distribute real solutions on a mass scale. This partnership approach is becoming more common place for entrepreneurs and corporates. The Barclays Seeker Fund does exactly this, offers digitally disruptive companies an opportunity for investment as well as connection to the entire Barclays ecosystem

Speakers
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Warren Squires

CIO: Barclays Seeker Fund, Barlcays
Warren has recently taken the role of Chief Investment Officer of the Barclays Seeker Fund. A fund set-up by Barclays Africa to invest in Digital disruption across the megatrends including the FinTech, HealthTech, AgriTech and EduTech sectors just to name a few. The Seeker Fund aims to build a portfolio of investments in early stage companies across the African continent, Partnering with Barclays and their clients, providing entrepreneurs... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Startup Track

2:50pm

Tech in education - Problems, solutions, lessons learned
Technology has opened up an entire new wave of education initiatives - but used incorrectly, tech in education can have little effect - or even harm the learning process. We share some lessons from 7 years of delivering online education - things to do, things to avoid, and ways to super-charge your life-long learning by using technology.

Speakers
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Anna Malczyk

HOD: Instructional Design, Red & Yellow
I'm a Polish-South African learning addict, polyglot and serial problem solver. I specialise in helping individuals and companies design effective learning programmes that really solve their business challenges. Come chat to me about the power of education!


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Technologist Track

2:50pm

Digital designers and developers need to be UX capable
When you are a big corporate like Discovery, having dedicated UX labs and UX specialists are easier to budget for, but when we look at small-to-medium setups or even start-ups, this function is either outsourced or ignored more often than not. It is just too costly to employ a full-time employee for this function and UX specialists are like chips...you can't have just one. We need a new breed of designers. We need UX capable interface designers and developers.

Speakers
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Irmi le Roux

Senior digital designer, Discovery
The best way to entice conversation with me would be to start a topic of debate. I love discussing topics of usability and design in the digital field. I believe the best way to stay abreast of matters in your field of interest is by reading and communicating your thoughts for discussion.


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
UX/The Next Billion Track

3:40pm

SA eCommerce landscape - a closer look at alternative online payment methods
The growing rate of eCommerce has created a hot topic of conversation. Payments are core to this and there are a number of options to fulfil these transactions. The South African market, as an example, offers a unique challenge with a need for additional methods beyond credit card. Join us in looking at insight gained at PayFast and the industry around us. We will take a closer look at the alternative options and how customers are responding.

Speakers
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Jonathan Smit

MD & Founder, PayFast


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

3:40pm

Life Stamina: Is it born or bred?
We often place limits on what we can do and what we have the potential of achieving. We often underestimate how far one can go and the ultimatum of terminating or continuing. In every aspect of life, there is something called Stamina, not just sport. The aim of this inspiring, enthused and motivated talk will be geared towards what and how you can see through your desired goals, accomplishments and targets.

Speakers
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Habib Noorbhai

Lecturer and Researcher, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Biokinetics and Sports Science | - Leadership | - Humanitarian and community work | - Cricket Innovation and Technology


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

3:40pm

Mobile as a the richest media channel with the highest reach Africa

Monetisation opportunities for publishers , brands, agencies ,developers , and MNO’s Business Models


Speakers
YA

Yaron Assabi

Founder, Digital Solutions Group
I am an entrepreneur with a passion for ICT . | I founded what is known today as the Digital Solutions Group (www.dsg.co.za ) in 1998. | | DSG focuses on relationship marketing solutions using multi channel commerce. | | In 2000 we sold a 51% stake in Digitalmall.com to iTouch (the technology company of Independent News and Media at the time). iTouch was a mobile value added services company that looked to capture the mobile... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

3:40pm

How a girl from Soweto bridges the gap between offline and online
I'd like to share my story from being just another girl in Soweto, to building a career, to becoming a entrepreneur. And how tech helped me make all of that work.

Speakers
avatar for Phumelele Bezu

Phumelele Bezu

Co-Founder / Retailer Extraodinaire, Hair On Fleek


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Startup Track

3:40pm

Survival - The art of being a successful failure
Lessons learnt from 2 businesses, 1 exit and almost going bust

Speakers
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Nathan Jeffery

Founder and CEO, MyEcommerce
I started working when I was 12 and haven’t stopped. I’ve done everything from deliver newspapers and sell sweets at school while also working as a clown at the Spur through to working as a DJ in night clubs and working in a hair salon. | | I currently wear a few hats, I run MyEcommerce which develops bespoke software, I lead product development for Hlalani IQ a construction project management SaaS company and I invest in new businesses... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Technologist Track