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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

10:40am SAST

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... Read More →


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 SAST
eCommerce/Marketing/Mobile Track

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

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

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

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
avatar for daud nur

daud nur

Founder & CEO, fastvan


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

10:40am SAST

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
avatar for Rishal Hurbans

Rishal Hurbans

Founder, Solutions Architect, Prolific Idea
Rishal is currently fulfilling the role of a solutions architect at Entelect. He is involved in ideating, designing and developing solutions for various national and international blue chip clients whilst actively growing thought​ leadership capabilities within the company and tech... Read More →


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

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

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
avatar for Rouan Wilsenach

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Felix Erken

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Anna Malczyk

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 SAST
Technologist Track
  Tech, Work and Career

3:40pm SAST

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
avatar for Jonathan Smit

Jonathan Smit

MD & Founder, PayFast


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

3:40pm SAST

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

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Jeffery

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... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm SAST
Technologist Track
  Startup, Work and Career