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Conferences

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...

  • Here’s who’ll be speaking at Digital Edge Live 2015

    Digital Edge Live, the annual digital marketing trends event, has revealed its list of speakers for 2015. Now in its seventh year, the event will be headlined by Spike Lee, who will be joined by the likes of Dr Michael Wu, the Chief Scientist at Lithium Technologies, Musa Kalenga, Client Partner at Facebook, Brent Shahim, Aqua Founder and CEO, John Gevisser, CEO Gamma Fly, Lucia Maseko Nestlé EMENA Regional Digital Champion and Jason Xenopoulos, CEO of NATIVE VML. “Themed Making Stories, the event seeks to understand how to win the hearts and minds of diverse audiences in the digital...

  • Spike Lee to headline Digital Edge Live 2015

    Renowned film director Spike Lee will be the headline speaker at this year's Digital Edge Live event, set to take place on 9 September. The theme for this year's event, which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, is "Making Stories" and is all about winning the hearts and minds of audiences in the digital age. Now in its seventh year, Digital Edge Live aims to bring advertisers, agencies, technologists and innovators together to look at the most important digital trends in marketing. “The digital revolution has given rise to a new age of storytelling in which marketers have...

  • Recovering from SXSW FOMO? Don’t worry, so is everyone in Austin

    It's the last day of SXSW Interactive, and finally the rain set in. Judging by the amount of cat love in Austin, rain is keeping people indoors today which is a good thing. Why? Because it gives everyone some time to relax; avoiding lines outside; not running around; not acting out their FOMO. It's coming. #SXSW is the Olympics of #FOMO and we medal every year. pic.twitter.com/DJjNCb4y6R — Dell Blue (@dellcreative) February 27, 2015 South By (short for SXSW) is the ultimate Fear Of Missing Out event. You think you've planned your schedule ahead of time (there's this crazy app sending push notifications on the hottest events...

  • Vinny Lingham to keynote Bitcoin Africa Conference

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Vinny Lingham will be the keynote speaker at Bitcoin Africa Conference which will be taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from 16 to 17 April 2015. A first of its kind for the country, the conference will focus on educating both individuals and business on what Bitcoin is as well as its different applications and associated trends. Thus, some of the speakers will include Brock Pierce: co-founder of Tether and board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, CEO and co-founder of BitPesa Elizabeth Rossiello, and many more. Read more: How bitcoin is fixing some of the web’s...

  • Kill your company, and other ways to keep innovation top of mind #AccentureIC2015

    The Accenture Innovation Conference kicked off with Johannesburg's executive mayor addressing all the challenges South Africa's capital is faced with. It seemed to be an unusually long list that after nearly an hour wouldn't be resolved during the conference.  But when futurist Lisa Bodell took the stage, it felt like she was addressing both his and everyone else at the conference's problems. Straight up and honest, Bodell got everyone standing (literally) and what she said should be shouted from the rooftops for all companies to hear. Lisa Bodell is CEO of futurethink, an award-winning innovation firm, who is on her very...

  • BBC.com comes onboard as IAB Digital Summit sponsor

    BBC.com, the global online presence of the British state broadcaster has come onboard as the headline sponsor for the 2015 IAB DigitalSummit, in conjunction with the Bookmarks Awards. With 76 million unique browsers each month, 72 million monthly page views in Africa and a billion page views per month worldwide, it's a big name to attach to an event that's looking to grow beyond being a mere awards showcase for the South African digital industry. Speakers will focus on a number of topics that promise technologically advanced, interactive and engaging content to illustrate how digital can be used to...

  • 3 key takeaways from Wired 2014 day one

    Wired 2014 kicked off this morning with a ballsy session ("Decoding The Body") -- considering the time and lack of caffeine -- that sought to explain quantum computing, DNA sequencing, autodesked viruses and 3D printed bones. Among the many speakers for the second section "Technology without Limits" were several new faces from the Innovation Fellowship Wired started for young people who are doing extraordinary things. First up was Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, a Romanian 20-year-old who last year hacked his way into creating a driverless car using artificial intelligence. Not impressed? What if we tell you that he did it...

  • Blurred lines: stop trying to define a journalist in the age of social [#Highway2014]

    In 2014, is it still important to discuss and compartmentalise what a journalist is? Dan Gilmor, author of We The Media, reckons that the question of what a journalist is shouldn't be an issue in the age of digital. The question he reckons we should be asking is what is journalism? Speaking the 18th annual Highway Africa conference, Gilmor says there is a massive supply of media information. The citizen journalists have risen and they are producing as much, if not more, content than news organisations. What we need to determine is what is accurate and what is trustworthy. "We have...

  • Global Mobile Vision 2014 aims to take Korean tech even more global

    If you spend any time at all thinking about Korean mobile tech, chances are the two names that come to mind are Samsung and LG. It makes sense, they're both companies with a truly global footprint and both have reputations for building quality mobile products. But surely in a country that's home to these giants, and also has some of the world's fastest broadband, there must be other players the world needs to know about? Well, that's exactly the aim of the 2014 Global Mobile Vision conference, to be held in Seoul in mid September: help promising mobile companies...

  • Gareth Cliff to headline Tech4Africa 2014

    A year ago, the idea of Gareth Cliff headlining a tech conference would've seemed a little bizarre. He was, after all, a shock jock on the ancient medium of terrestrial radio. The launch of CliffCentral earlier this year though made him probably the most high-profile person to attach himself to an online radio station in South Africa. A partnership with WeChat and a now defunct relationship with Comedy Central meant that it was one of the most high-profile online media launches the county's ever seen. That in turn, makes it ideal fodder for one Africa's biggest technology conferences. Cliff's...

  • Mobile. Video. Data: the future of journalism and news [GEN]

    The business of media is changing. Journalism is changing along with how we define news and how it is packaged. On the back of these new developments around news, journalism and storytelling there are many conferences that aim to interrogate their future. Journalism is at a pivotal point, facing challenges and concerns around the power shifts that come with social media and user-generated content. This year, it seems GEN (Global Editors Network) Summit wants to bring together industries best and brightest to address and perhaps come with viable answers to these challenges. The event touts some heavyweight speakers that will discuss...

  • From Julian Assange to startups: we’re liveblogging Net Prophet 2014

    Are you ready for the latest edition of Africa's largest entrepreneurship, innovation and startup event? We are. This year's Net Prophet conference brings together a mix of entrepreneurs and leading minds in the technology space to discuss all things digital. Oh, and don't forget Julian Assange. The controversial Wikileaks founder will be this year's headline speaker, calling in to the Cape Town-based event via WeChat video stream from his temporary home in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been staying since June 2012 to evade an extradition order. He will be joined by speakers such as eBay's vice...

  • What happens when biology, data and our brains meet? [#ChinwagPsych14]

    A feisty crowd of 200 behavioural psychologists, analysts, researchers and agency folk poured into the annual Chinwag Psych London this morning to hear the latest in tech, psychology and brain science to help everyone be happier, more effective shillers of their respective wares. The morning saw an interesting lineup from the first two of the four areas Chinwag have split the day into (Anticipate, Optimise, Analyse and Persuade). Ed Weatherall (VisualDNA) opened up the morning with a look at the connection between the digital, physical and emotional elements of humans and why there is a big knowledge gap for businesses when...

  • 11 lessons on innovation from Nobel laureates [#IntelIsef]

    The modern world is about how innovations and technologies can make our lives easier. As a society we keep finding ways to disrupt our current constructs and by redefining how we experience the world. These are the very ideals that Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair represents. It is about finding young would-be scientists, engineers and technologists who can disrupt our way of thinking, open our eyes to new things and create innovative solutions with multiple applications. As it is, the event is pretty intimidating what with all the teen geniuses running around trying to save the world with...