We think that the best tech ecosystems in the world have regular events which bring together people in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of fun.
We don’t like suits and ties, there are no plenaries, committees and chairpeople. We focus on great content and value for all who attend, free wifi, coffee all day, fun at night, and an electric atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
Great content. The kind people talk about.
Inspiring. People, products and projects.
Networks. Where substance trumps style.
Death by PowerPoint. Clowned upon.
Progress. The other side of failure.
Programming. The new literacy.
Fun. Work is meant to be fun.
Suits & ties. Frowned upon.
Our simple goal is that you walk away both informed, entertained and inspired. Placing greatest emphasis on learning, interaction, engagement and discussion, we want Tech4Africa to be a place for new ideas and to encourage people to make and change things.
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CliffCentral.com – launched on 1st May 2014 – having taken the leap from traditional terrestrial radio to the future of internet and mobile, Gareth Cliff and team aim to create the pre-eminent “infotainment” online content hub. It’s about sharing in real conversations – everything that happens in our world – everything we all experience every day – makes us think… makes us laugh… makes us cry….. makes us angry…. inspires us… what makes us human. CliffCentral.com is home and you can join us wherever you are in the world.
CliffCentral.com starts the day every weekday morning with “The Gareth Cliff Show” and his trusted team – Mabale Moloi. Leigh-Ann Mol, Damon Kalvari and Siya Sangweni-Fynn – uncensored, real conversation about everything in the news, everything that happens in your life and everything we all experienceevery day, along with first-class guests, edgy material and a healthy dose of humour, intelligence and inspiration….and lots of phone calls!
Alistair Hill is the co-founder of On Device Research, a global mobile panel and research company. On Device Research uses the mobile internet to access consumer opinions and has successfully conducted over 19 million mobile surveys in 72 countries. Previously Alistair was lead mobile analyst at comScore and one of the first employees of M:Metrics (prior to its $50m sale to comScore). Alistair has held a variety of roles including business development, client services and product management and is a regularly speaker on mobile consumer behaviour and mobile research. Prior to comScore, he worked at IHS Global Insight’s emerging markets mobile practice and at the Financial Times.
We’re a team of software developers, engineers and technologists who are from Africa and live here. We have a long history of building things, such as Ushahidi, Crowdmap and the iHub. Our expertise runs from cloud software to fingerprint scanners for mobile devices to high-level medical device prototyping and manufacturing.
The BRCK was designed and prototyped in Nairobi, Kenya. We wanted a connectivity device that fit our needs, where electricity and internet connections are problematic both in urban and rural areas.
As we laid out what such a device would look like – physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices, enough backup power to survive a blackout – we realized that the way the entire world is connecting to the web is changing. We no longer only get online via desktops in our office with an ethernet connection, we have multiple devices, and mobile connectivity is crucial.
We build mobile apps for creativity. Our app Over is used by millions and our user base is highly creative and very mobile. This year we are significantly expanding the team and the products. This includes building a marketplace for distributing artwork, Android versions of our apps, and a few secret projects that take mobile creativity to a whole new level. We are headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and will have a blend of centralized offices and remote workers. We are profitable and have been for more than a year. We see some really big and exciting opportunities that we want to aggressively pursue.
As Talk Radio 702’s award winning trafficologist, Aki has endeared himself to generations of Joburgers by guiding them through the city’s gridlocked streets each morning and evening. This fulfils one of his life mantras, which is to help those in need, and his community service - both on-air and in his personal capacity – has earned him two Paul Harris Awards from Rotary.
In 2011, he also earned the title of Best Traffic Presenter in the MTN Radio Awards.
Aki’s other great passion is technology and he presents technology and gadget driven features on David O’Sullivan, Redi Tlhabi and Jenny Crwys-Williams’; shows on 702. He also co-hosts the weekly Tech on Tap show on Summit TV.
He was one of the first South African personalities to use Twitter and continues to lead in this field. He consistently ranks as one of the most influential Twitter users in various polls and publications including mainstream magazine, Cosmopolitan, which named him one of their Twitter Kings. Aki also consults and engages corporates and individuals on social media strategies.
Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about innovation, and how it differs in Africa. He is the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine. He co-hosts a TV show on CNBC Africa; and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail. He writes regularly for City Press, and is a contributing editor for Business Day's Wanted magazine.
He spoke at TED Global in June 2013 about how Africa is solving real problems for the rest of the world.
He has also spoke at the South by South West (SxSW) conference in Austin, Texas, on how mobile is being used in Africa.
He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNN and The Guardian in London.
Elan is the founder of Sleekgeek South Africa which is a social health and fitness support community which aims to help South Africans achieve healthy lifestyle goals. Leaving a career as a corporate executive which included being General Manager of News24 and Group Head of Digital at Avusa which own brands like Sunday Times, Exclusive Books and Inet Bridge, he decided to pursue his purpose to empower others. After losing 17kgs, quitting chain-smoking and finding a healthy lifestyle for the first time he decided to give up the boardroom to help people full-time to discover theirs. Elan is sponsored by Reebok and is a Wellness Warehouse Ambassador. Follow him @elanlohmann or @SleekgeekSA on Twitter.
Andy is an experienced and charismatic public speaker who can cover almost anything in the digital space. His style is humorous and practical - offering trends, insight and advice to audiences of any level. Andy is part of the internationally acclaimed FutureWorld group.
A founder of the largest Hackerspace in South Africa House4Hack. What I love about the current state of RC dev is that all the tools, techniques and hacks we have been applying to home automation, internet of things and 3d printers are helping to grow this sport. It is really getting to the point where "if you can think it, you can build it". My background is in electrical engineering, software development and data analytics. It really irritates me that we are importing expensive equipment, when all the skills, knowledge and experience to compete is locally available
Alpesh Patel is the Founder and Group CEO of Mi-Group International Ltd. Mi-Group consists of Mi-Fone ( BVI ) Ltd and Mi-Card MCS Ltd. With the Brands vision of providing “Aspiration..within Reach “ to mass market African consumers Alpesh launched Mi-Fone, the first African Mobile Devices Brand in April 2008. With this he created Africa’s very own range of affordable yet quality Mobile Devices specifically aimed at the Emerging mass market African consumer.
Marc is the COO of 2go, a mobile social network with over 10 million monthly active users across Africa. Marc was previously a partner at Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa, a venture capital fund in Cape Town, and before that an executive at Softbank Capital in Boston, a $250 million technology venture capital fund.
Sam Kitonyi is a software developer and co-founder of Weza Tele, a technology startup in Kenya. He has implemented USSD applications to provide access to everything from clean water to short-term loans. When he's not cranking out Python code he enjoys reading poetry, writing personal bios, and playing the odd game of 5-dimensional XO.
Toby is an electronics engineer who specializes in software engineering. Over the last 20 years, he has programmed everything from assembly language for embedded micro-controllers, to enterprise content management systems in Java. He has been developing Android apps since 2010, and has experience with many platforms, such as Django, Ruby on Rails, BlackBerry 10 Cascades, and Arduino. He also dabbles in hardware hacking at the House4Hack hackerspace
Candice Goodman was the first Certified Mobile Marketer in SA and is the current Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa.
Her mobile marketing consultancy, Mobitainment, was the first African company to win a Mobile Marketing Association Award back in 2009, and has become one of the longest and most consistently international mobile marketing award winner in Africa with wins for the last 6 years!
Daly is responsible for managing operations within Emerge Mobile, including the creation of business development, marketing, and digital strategies for the company and for its direct-to-market product, iKhokha.Emerge Mobile has recently achieved Payments Council International Payment Terminal Security (PCI-PTS), and Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) Level 1 and 2 certifications for its MPOS payment card acceptance solution. This is the first time a fully South African designed, engineered and manufactured end-to-end MPOS solution has attained this level of international security certification
Matt Putman is the managing director and co-founder of Emerge Mobile, a South African based technology company specialising in the mobile point of sale (MPOS) payments space. Putman is responsible for positioning Emerge Mobile to play a significant role in extending effective MPOS solutions to SMEs across Africa and other emerging markets worldwide. This includes developing the growth strategy, international business development, company culture and commercial structures of the business.
Ben is a writer of much, a game designer of never enough, and one day wants figure out what the hell bitcoins are. He's the social media mouthpiece for Make Games South Africa, a journalist for NAG Online, and an obsessively frequent game jammer. He also sucks at writing in the third person, but don't tell him that to his face.
Tech4Africa ends the year in the City of Gold on Oct 8th & 9th in Newtown, for two full days of Tech over 10 rooms.
As we have 10 rooms this year, sessions will be every 90 minutes so there is more space in-between.
Be prepared for two days jam packed full of tech and inspiration!
The full schedule will be available for print, download, scheduling and browsing soon.
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Get in touch to book yourself a space at Tech4Africa, so that you can demo your product, showcase your company, or simply network smack bang in the middle of everything and meet new people. Simple!
Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg
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