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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

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 SAST
IoT/Makers/Leadership Track

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

10:40am SAST

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 SAST
Technologist Track

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

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

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

2:50pm 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

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

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

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

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

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
avatar for Justin Drennan

Justin Drennan

Parcelninja, Parcelninja
Online retail and logistics


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

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

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

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