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Wednesday, October 7
 

10:40am SAST

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... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am SAST
Startup Track
  Startup, Entrepreneurialism and Business

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

11:30am SAST

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 SAST
UX/The Next Billion Track
  Next Billion, Digital Domain

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

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 SAST
Technologist Track
  Tech, Design and Development

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

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

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

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

2:00pm 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

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

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

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

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
avatar for Brent Samodien

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... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am SAST
Technologist Track
  Tech, Design and Development

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

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

11:30am SAST

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
avatar for Oliver Smit

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... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm SAST
Technologist Track
  Tech, Design and Development

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

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

2:00pm 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

2:50pm 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

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

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

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