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.
We asked ourselves: what would get us out of the office when we were in the early stages of our tech businesses? The answers were around growth, finance, and scaling up, and we wanted to hear it from people who have done it before. So we put together this day for the select few who are on the same journey, and are tired of the fluff currently found in the ecosystem. This is "from the trenches" intel you won't find anywhere else.
This is not a lowest common denominator event. This is an assertive event. We don't care if the fishbowl doesn't like it. We do not merely aspire to the heady heights of conformity through neutrality, blandness and crass marketing. You probably don't even care that this rebellious pan-African event contains no agenda or bullshit and looks only for the finest content we can find. Just go back to schmoozing at your mass marketed, bland, cheaply run watered down "sales networking functions", and close the browser behind you. Tech4Africa is about breaking rules, upsetting trends and unsettling institutions but first and foremost above all, great content. The kind of content people talk about.
Everything you see will be authentic content from authentic speakers, who have walked the same journey you are, and talking from their own experience.
Take time for your yearly dose of tech inspiration, by joining a tribe of people who value talking straight, growing and building. We're one of the only (if not the only) events in Africa who won't put on sales pitch content.
The magic happens in the hallways, at lunch, between sessions, and during beers. That's when the best connections are made, and we actively focus on that.
Master Classes from industry experts.
CTO & Entrepreneur, Founder of Tech4Africa
Since 2010 Gareth has been working in the world of eCommerce, where his team wrestled Magento to build 8 transactional sites, covering 340k SKU's, delivering a page load speed of > 43ms, all whilst doing full stack integrations from customer acquisition to backend ERP and migrating all infrastructure from Rackspace to AWS, using an Agile development process.
Gareth has raised over R147m over a career of 15 years, worked with some of the leading investors in Europe, seen the good and bad sides of startups from Boom to Bust. More speakers will be announced shortly.
packed with juicy high quality content, just for you. No seatbelts required.
Founder of Sw7, Africa largest and fastest growing accelerator
Founder of Tech4Africa
Why you should focus on a vertical
Which verticals work in Africa, and why
Which verticals don’t work, and why
When you should and shouldn’t do an accelerator programme
Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship
Sources of finance - where / what / how
Fundraising, when you need it, why you need it, and how to do it
What you should be doing at your board meetings
How to do business with a bank
How to do business with a telco
How to do business with a large corporate
How to do business with SME’s
How to do B2B sales
The B2C Valley of Death
Why and how Africa is different from Silicon Valley, and what to do about it
Realities of running a business in the UK
How to launch a business in the UK / US
How to launch a business for overseas markets, from SA
How to get around SA loopholes to launch in overseas markets
Gareth Knight & Keith Jones
Founders of Tech4Africa & Sw7
The best conference I have ever attended Stanley Nielson,
Thanks again for a great T4A day. Really great as usual and it was again a contemplative experience for me. Your philosophy of honesty and sobriety in an industry drunk on its own Kool-Aid is awesome. Raoul de Villiers
Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks! Rudie Shepherd,
Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A Glen Mhloti Bvuma,
Huge kudos to @oneafrikan & the @Tech4Africa team for an event that inspired both the hard core geeks and the business heads. #T4A Kate Wolters,
Will be dreaming of electric sheep after a long day of fantastic talks Mark Straw,
An amazing conference Patrick Kayton,
Job excellently done! Christine da Silva,
Surprisingly still inspired by the talks Robyn Silverstone,
Going to make it a priority to come to next years Tech4Africa Duncan McCleod,
Amazing!! Lots of fun! cant wait for the next one! Peter Brookstein,
Made me feel a lot more confident about doing UX consulting Wendy Robb,
If you've come this far, you should pat yourself on the back, you're in the top 5%. You little beauty.
Now go catch up on some previous sessions ;-)
First and foremost, because you won't find this kind of content and speakers anywhere else. Our sessions are honest, open, and about real experiences. We don't do sales pitches, and we don't push agendas!
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.
This isn't a FREE day out of the office, this is the day where you meet new, interesting people, where you make new friendships, and renew old bonds. And that is the best kind of networking ;-)
Learn from speakers who have already been there, and trod the hard road of personal experience. You can read as many blogs as you like, but hearing it in person is way more valuable.
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FREE tickets for the Hackathon are on a first come, first served basis.
Paid tickets are required for entry to Tech4Africa, so make sure you complete your purchase!
Join the Random Hack of Kindness, to envisage, build and ship a daily utility product in 2 days. Learn industry skills, find a co-founder, learn how to evaluate ideas. WE SHIP CODE.
Learn from people who have been there before. Network with founders just like you. This is the day where we do Startup content like never before in SA. Access limited to Startup Day sessions & rooms only.
Full access to everything. Includes Hackathon, Startup Day, speaker room, drone racing, photography exhibition and live DJ set. You'd be bonkers not to.
Please note: Entry will be with armbands only. Lunch is for your own account, and vendors will be available, so bring cash for lunch and beverages.
Interested in becoming a partner? Get in touch
The best feedback is when you're able to see what people are doing when they do it. It's the user feedback every product needs to become great. Twitter launched this way, so did Foursquare, and Facebook was used every day in the dorms of Harvard. What are you going to do with your product?
Cold calling is rubbish. Personal relationships are best. Get yourself in front of a lot of people, all over a few days, and introduce yourself. Hire your next recruit, showcase your work, prospect for your next client or customer. All we ask is that you do something unique and interesting whilst you do it!
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!
Join us at the FNB Stadium.
Gate B, Soccer City Avenue, FNB Stadium,