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Conferences

  • 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...

  • When the world ends, zip ties and duct tape will save you [#IntelISEF]

    Technology is advancing at an unstoppable pace, but what if we started thinking more about how tech and innovation can further humanity and build people up rather than just commerce? This is the idea Mick Ebeling and his company Not Impossible are pursuing. Speaking to the audience at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Ebeling discussed the idea of technology being used to enhance the world. Technology for the sake of humanity "I want to talk to you about two things," he said to the audience of some 1 300 students from over 70 countries competing in the renowned science fair. "Firstly,...

  • Julian Assange to headline Net Prophet

    Wikileaks founder and one of the most divisive people in tech, Julian Assange, is set to headline Net Prophet, the annual technology and trends conference taking place in Cape Town on 21 May. The Australian-born Assange has been under investigation in the US since 2010, thanks largely to the decision to publish US military and diplomatic documents leaked by Chelsea Manning. He was forced into seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after the UK Supreme Court refused to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex charges. The controversial online activist's appearance at the conference will...

  • Enterprise mobility conference aims to help big business take control of digital revolution

    Big business has always been the engine room of global technology spending -- Gartner estimates that the global IT market will be worth US$3.8 trillion in 2014, with the enterprise software market alone on pace to total US$320-billion -- but it's become impossible for it to ignore consumerisation trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). While these trends can lead to security concerns, companies to adapt, or get left behind, negatively affecting...

  • ‘I don’t want to take music backward': Neil Young on the launch of PonoMusic [SXSW]

    “I don’t want to take music back to the old days, I want to take it forward -- to the future,” says singer-songwriter Neil Young, dressed in his black hat and black leather jacket, pacing up and down the stage of the Austin Convention Centre’s Hall D. On the day that the Interactive portion wrapped up and the Music part began, Young came to SXSW to launch a new music service, one he believes will benefit listeners to hear music the way artists and producers intend it to be heard. “This is the 21st Century. Why be stuck with inferior...

  • Edward Snowden: we all need to fight government surveillance [SXSW]

    In a rare appearance, and via Google Hangout from Russia where he has been granted political asylum, Edward Snowden urged thousands of tech enthusiasts attending the SXSW Interactive Conference to become 'firefighters' in the jostle between government surveillance and privacy issues. To some he's a hero, to others -- like the congressman who asked SXSW to cancel the panel on the grounds that Snowden's freedom of speech doesn't extend to Russia -- the former CIA employee is a traitor. But to the organisers of this year's SXSW, the issue of spying and privacy is one that deserves to be explored...