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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
 

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

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

2:50pm 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

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
 
Thursday, October 8
 

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

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