Our vision is that technology will catalyse economic & social change in Africa.
Tech4Africa is the premier mobile, web & emerging technology event in Africa, where business and technology combine to bring global perspective to the African context. Tech4Africa is a two-day event focusing on deep technical workshops and sessions for practitioners, and then engaging talks that impart knowledge, perspective, African context and inspiration.
Tech4Africa also runs regular Developer Hackathons that bring people together to explore technology stacks, complex problems, emerging technologies, collaborate on impactful projects and ideas, and unearth disruptive opportunities.
What sets apart cities like Silicon Valley, New York, Berlin, Israel, London and Singapore is the community and ecosystem available to build and scale products: good schools, smart people, successful role models, access to capital, a diverse talent pool and a drive to succeed.
Our contention is that Africans are best placed to solve African problems, but to reach the next billion consumers it’s vital that we establish a vibrant technology ecosystem, and even more important that we learn as much as we can from people who have done it before, from both the success and failures. Tech4Africa is one part of that ecosystem.
Now in its fourth year, Tech4Africa has evolved into:
- Over 600 delegates enjoying two days of action-packed talks, workshops & keynotes
- Delegates cover the entire tech spectrum, from junior developers to corporate CEOs
- Over 40 speakers, bringing international and African speakers together
- The first day focused on deep diving into technology, skills and execution
- The second day focused on keynotes and panels, pitched at higher level thinking
- First ever IBM SmartCamp winner in Africa announced
- The Ignite! start-up pitching competition, with R25,000 prize money
“Going to make it a priority to come to next year’s Tech4Africa” Duncan McLeod (Techcentral), @mcleodd
“Something happened to me @ the @Tech4Africa session .. Sometimes stepping out of your own lil world can be a life changing experience” Bruce Dube
“What an awesome experience #T4A was. Huge learning curve for me and the speakers were excellent. Roll on 2013.” John Laatz, @JohnLaatz
|This year’s topic
“The next billion consumers”
600+ Delegates. 60+ Press & media. Over 300 developers!
Some of the biggest names in the industry
Now in its fourth year, Tech4Africa is considered a must attend event in the African ICT and digital calendar
9th & 10th October 2013
The Focus Rooms, Johannesburg
We have already sold just over 100 tickets, before announcing ticket sales in 2013.
In 2012, Tech4Africa reached people in 50 countries and 250 cities, and trended on Twitter at 12.3 tweets per minute, reaching 33,000,000 million through media.
We have 80+ videos from 2010, 2011 and 2012 now on YouTube. View our videos from 2010, 2011 & 2012 →
Photos from 2010, 2011 & 2012 are all up on Flickr. View our photos from 2010, 2011 & 2012 →
Typically you’d meet a range of people you’d expect to find in technology today, including:
Account Manager, Africa correspondent, BDFM Online Editor, Blogger, Campaign Manager, CEO, Chairman, Chief Sales and Marketing Office, Co-founder, Communications Officer, COO, CTO, Corporate Communication Specialist, Customer Experience Lead, Developer, Digital Brand Manager, Digital Platforms Manager, Editor-in-chief, Enterprise Architect, Executive Editor, Founder, Group CEO, Group Communications Manager, Hacker, Head of Analytics, Optimisation and Usability, Head of Digital Communications, Head of Digital Media and Marketing, Head of Engage, Head of Optimise, Head of PR and Communications, Head of Social Media, Head of Technical Operations, Head of Technology, Head: Digital Marketing Campaigns, Head: Digital Presence, Head: Product Development & Portals, Managing Director, Managing Editor, Managing Partner, Marketing & Commercial Manager, Marketing & Sales Manager, Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, MD, Online Manager, Operations Manager, Owner, Partner, Product Development Manager, Product Manager, Project Manager, Researcher, Sales Director, Senior Business Analyst, Senior Manager: Strategic Contract R&D, Social media evangelist, Software Engineer, Technology Solutions Manager, Surveys Editor, Systems & Devices Manager, Talent Development, Technical Director, Technical Evangelist, Technology Editor, Technology Strategy, Usability expert, User Interface developer, Writer.
Tech4Africa 2011 had c 460 people in the audience together with over 40 accredited journalists and a super schedule of spellbinding speakers.
Delegates come from all over Africa, and indeed we have hosted delegates from around the world and from a range of companies, including:
Apple, AquaOnline, Avusa Media LIVE, Bid Or Buy, Bizcommunity, Brandsh, British Council, CanonEC, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Carte Blanche, Cerebra, Damelin, Derivco Pty, Destiny Airways, DSTV Online, eTV, Eurocom, Financial Mail, Finweek, FNB, Google, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Hasso Plattner Ventures, Hewlett-Packard, HTC, Hi-Fi Corporation, Hollard, IBM, IDC, Internet Solutions, Investec, ITWeb Brainstorm, Mail & Guardian, Media24.com, Microsoft South Africa, MIH Internet Africa eCommerce, Mozilla Corporation, MTN Business, Multichoice DSTV, New York University Tisch School, Old Mutual, Quirk emarketing, Realmdigital, Remgro, RSA Web, Saatchi & Saatchi AtPlay, Samsung, Shuttleworth Foundation, South African Theological Seminary, Standard Bank, Stuff Magazine, SuperSport International, Talk Radio 702, The Guardian, TBWA, VeriSign, VMWARE, Vodacom Group, Vodacom, Woolworths.
Tech4Africa aims to create an informal environment for learning, networking and interaction, so that delegates are inspired to innovate and build the next set of technology products that will unlock the next billion consumers.
International industry experts
Dustin Diaz (Twitter), Joe Stump (Digg, SimpleGeo), John Resig (jQuery, Mozilla), Jonathan Snook (Yahoo!), Robert Nyman (Mozilla), Simone Brunozzi (Amazon), Stephen Watt (HP)
African speakers and technologists
Steve Vosloo (Shuttleworth Foundation), Barbara Mallinson (Obami), Agosta Liko (PesaPal), Erik Hersman (Ushahidi), Jon Gosier (MetaLayer), Gustav Praekelt (Praekelt Digital), Jason Xenopoulos (Native)
What do they say?
I am an inspired African. T4A was crazy awesome. Christopher Penkin, @Penkin
Incredible. Wealth of knowledge. New friends. Great role models. Inspired. Byron Rode, @byronrode
Big up to @oneafrikan and the #t4a crew for putting up a fantastic @tech4africa . Looking forward to 2012. Michael Dabrowski, @TheRealDobs
Even more motivated to work for the development of the African IT sector. Zineb Oulmakk, African Leadership Academy
My brain is still in over drive with all the info, well done lads! David Emanuel, @davidemanuel