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Wednesday, October 7
 

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

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

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

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

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
 
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

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

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

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

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

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