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Keynotes/Social/Misc Track [clear filter]
Wednesday, October 7
 

9:00am SAST

Tech4Africa Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Gareth Knight

Gareth Knight

Founder, Evangelist, Tech4Africa
@Gareth Knight is a technology entrepreneur. Educated as a zoologist, he is a veteran of two dot com bubbles in London, one acquisition (Kindo > MyHeritage), and now runs Technovated Wedo, which has “pivoted” into a fast growing niched-ecommerce business, and is backed by respected investors... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

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

Women in tech - all talk and no action?
One year on from the Women in Tech panel last year and a bunch of new initiatives have been launched. A whole lot of talking has been going on. And there's been a whole lot of negative press about the bully-boy culture in certain sectors of the tech space. So, are we getting anywhere? If not why not? And what do we need to do to bridge the gap? Join Samantha Perry, co-founder of WomeninTechZA, & 4 panelists (2 men, 2 women) as we dissect the state of the tech nation and what needs ot happen next.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Perry

Samantha Perry

Human in charge, WomeninTechZA
Samantha Perry is the human behind WomeninTechZA (womenintech.co.za) - an initiative that aims to help address the gender gap in the ICT sector. Only 23% of tech jobs are held by women in South Africa – out of 236 000 ICT (tech) roles, women occupy 56 000 of them. As a sector... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

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

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

1:00pm SAST

Lunch & Drone Race
Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

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

2:50pm 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

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

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

5:45pm SAST

Networking Party,
Wednesday October 7, 2015 5:45pm - 6:00pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
 
Thursday, October 8
 

9:00am SAST

Tech4Africa Announcement
Speakers
avatar for Gareth Knight

Gareth Knight

Founder, Evangelist, Tech4Africa
@Gareth Knight is a technology entrepreneur. Educated as a zoologist, he is a veteran of two dot com bubbles in London, one acquisition (Kindo > MyHeritage), and now runs Technovated Wedo, which has “pivoted” into a fast growing niched-ecommerce business, and is backed by respected investors... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

9:30am SAST

Keynote - The Deal Behind The Deal: How SA Florist tamed their Dragon
The Deal Behind The Deal: How SA Florist tamed their Dragon


Thursday October 8, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track
  eCommerce

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

Tech4africa RhoK
Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

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

1:00pm SAST

Lunch
Thursday October 8, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

2:00pm SAST

Meet the robots who will take your job
We look at how likely you are to loose your job to a robot. Should we fight the trend, or learn how to co exist

Speakers
avatar for Hannes Prinsloo

Hannes Prinsloo

Managing Partner | Africa, Opera Mediaworks
Hannes Prinsloo, Managing Partner of Opera Media Works Africa, the world’s largest mobile-only media player, is uniquely positioned as a core player in the mobile media market in Africa. In 2014 Hannes and his partner sold AdVine to OMW in a deal that saw them grow not only market... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm SAST
Keynotes/Social/Misc 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

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
 


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