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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
 

10:40am SAST

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 SAST
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track
  Mobile, Mobile in Emerging Markets

11:30am SAST

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 SAST
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track
  IoT - makers

11:30am SAST

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 busines... Read More →


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

2:00pm SAST

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

Managing Director, 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... Read More →


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

2:00pm SAST

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 SAST
Startup Track

2:00pm SAST

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 SAST
Technologist Track

2:50pm SAST

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 SAST
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track
  IoT - makers, Design and Development

2:50pm SAST

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... Read More →


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

2:50pm SAST

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... Read More →


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

2:50pm SAST

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 SAST
Startup Track
  Startup, Entrepreneurialism and Business

3:40pm SAST

#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 SAST
UX/The Next Billion Track

3:40pm SAST

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... Read More →


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

4:30pm SAST

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
avatar for Steve Evans

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... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 4:30pm - 5:15pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
 
Thursday, October 8
 

10:40am SAST

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
avatar for Braam Malherbe

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... Read More →


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

10:40am SAST

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
avatar for Sylvia Gruber

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... Read More →


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

11:30am SAST

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
avatar for Rob Cowie

Rob Cowie

Head of UX and Design, Discovery Health


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

12:15pm SAST

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
avatar for Johan Nel

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... Read More →


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

2:00pm SAST

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
avatar for Nils Körber

Nils Körber

CIO, One Africa Media


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

2:00pm SAST

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 SAST
Startup Track

2:50pm SAST

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
avatar for Saul Kropman

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 SAST
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

2:50pm SAST

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
avatar for Irmi le Roux

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 di... Read More →


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

3:40pm SAST

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
avatar for Habib Noorbhai

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 SAST
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track