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Wednesday, October 7
 

11:30am

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
UX/The Next Billion Track

11:30am

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
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

2:00pm

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
UX/The Next Billion Track

2:50pm

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
UX/The Next Billion Track

3:40pm

#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
UX/The Next Billion Track
 
Thursday, October 8
 

12:15pm

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
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track