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Wednesday, October 7
 

9:30am SAST

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... Read More →


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

11:30am SAST

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... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
  Next Billion, Content and Distribution

11:30am SAST

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... Read More →


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

12:15pm SAST

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... Read More →


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

2:00pm SAST

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

PhD candidate, TU Delft
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... Read More →


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

2:00pm SAST

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... 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... Read More →



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

2:00pm SAST

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... Read More →



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

2:50pm SAST

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... Read More →


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

2:50pm SAST

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... Read More →


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

3:40pm SAST

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 SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
  Social, Design and Development
 
Thursday, October 8
 

10:40am SAST

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
avatar for Zoe Hawkins

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.
avatar for Sam Wright

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... Read More →


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

11:30am SAST

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
avatar for Stuart Thomas

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 SAST
Startup Track

2:00pm SAST

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
avatar for Stian Le Roux

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... Read More →


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

2:50pm SAST

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
avatar for Jonathan Novotny

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 SAST
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

3:40pm SAST

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... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
  Marketing, Mobile in Emerging Markets