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Wed 18 Mar

07:30 - 08:45

Registration & Networking:

Please note registration closes promplty at 8:45am. If you are not registered by this time ...

Please note registration closes promplty at 8:45am. If you are not registered by this time we cannot guarantee you will gain access to the keynote sessions.

Wed 18 Mar

07:30 - 08:45

Registration & Networking:

Please note registration closes promplty at 8:45am. If you are not registered by this time ...

Please note registration closes promplty at 8:45am. If you are not registered by this time we cannot guarantee you will gain access to the keynote sessions.

 

Wed 18 Mar

09:15 - 09:25

THEME:

Keynotes

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Wed 18 Mar

09:15 - 09:25

Welcome & Opening Remarks

THEME:

Keynotes

Wed 18 Mar

09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson Intro

Videsha Proothveerajh

Managing Director @ LexisNexis South Africa

Wed 18 Mar

09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson Intro

Videsha Proothveerajh

Managing Director @ LexisNexis South Africa

Wed 18 Mar

09:30 - 10:00

THEME:

Keynotes

Session to be delivered by Facebook as the headline sponsor

Emilar Gandhi

Stakeholder Engagement Managed, EMEA @ Facebook

Wed 18 Mar

09:30 - 10:00

Session to be delivered by Facebook as the headline sponsor

THEME:

Keynotes

Emilar Gandhi

Stakeholder Engagement Managed, EMEA @ Facebook

Wed 18 Mar

10:00 - 10:30

THEME:

Keynotes

Unlocking Africa's Economic Potential Through Technology

Lillian Barnard

Managing Director @ Microsoft South Africa

Africa is on a journey to digital transformation, and the end goal? - greater prosperity. Africa ...

Africa is on a journey to digital transformation, and the end goal? - greater prosperity. Africa is welcoming the fourth industrial revolution with open arms, as such, it will allow the continent to embrace socio-economic developments fueling growth. This session will explore how tech is set to play a game-changing role in defining the vision, potential and development of the youngest continent in the world.

Key takeaways:

- Next-generation technologies - an exploration of the impact of the technologies of tomorrow with a close analysis of AI, machine learning, drones, VR, IoT, Blockchain, AR, cloud and the edge

- Examine how the inflow of investment will aid prosperity in Africa

- Promoting home-grown talent - how can we create a global market for African skills as we move into the era of digitalisation?

- Examining how we can boost the commercialisation of African tech discoveries on the world stage

Future-Tech

Africa Demographic

Wed 18 Mar

10:00 - 10:30

Unlocking Africa's Economic Potential Through Technology

THEME:

Keynotes

Lillian Barnard

Managing Director @ Microsoft South Africa

Africa is on a journey to digital transformation, and the end goal? - greater prosperity. Africa ...

Africa is on a journey to digital transformation, and the end goal? - greater prosperity. Africa is welcoming the fourth industrial revolution with open arms, as such, it will allow the continent to embrace socio-economic developments fueling growth. This session will explore how tech is set to play a game-changing role in defining the vision, potential and development of the youngest continent in the world.

Key takeaways:

- Next-generation technologies - an exploration of the impact of the technologies of tomorrow with a close analysis of AI, machine learning, drones, VR, IoT, Blockchain, AR, cloud and the edge

- Examine how the inflow of investment will aid prosperity in Africa

- Promoting home-grown talent - how can we create a global market for African skills as we move into the era of digitalisation?

- Examining how we can boost the commercialisation of African tech discoveries on the world stage

Future-Tech

Africa Demographic

Future-Tech

Africa Demographic

 

Wed 18 Mar

10:30 - 11:00

THEME:

Keynotes

Emotional Intelligence - the invisible backbone for successful tech professionals

Kuppulakshmi Krishnamoorthy

Global Head - Zoho for Startups @ Zoho Corporation

Emotional Intelligence/EQ is one of the key ingredients that can catapult anyone to a position ...

Emotional Intelligence/EQ is one of the key ingredients that can catapult anyone to a position of leadership and positive influence. Looking at the future of work, this talk will focus on the intersection of EQ, tech, and entrepreneurialism; and how EQ becomes the invisible backbone to create and sustain an entrepreneurial mindset; the role of tech in driving this future; and will also serve as a collective reminder to keep going back to the basics periodically.

Key takeaways:

  • Tips on self-awareness and how it impacts decision making
  • How to use EI/EQ to develop and sustain an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn how to incorporate EQ in order to develop and maintain good professional relationships
  • How to use tech to develop a culture of collaboration and trust

Csuite

Wed 18 Mar

10:30 - 11:00

Emotional Intelligence - the invisible backbone for successful tech professionals

THEME:

Keynotes

Kuppulakshmi Krishnamoorthy

Global Head - Zoho for Startups @ Zoho Corporation

Emotional Intelligence/EQ is one of the key ingredients that can catapult anyone to a position ...

Emotional Intelligence/EQ is one of the key ingredients that can catapult anyone to a position of leadership and positive influence. Looking at the future of work, this talk will focus on the intersection of EQ, tech, and entrepreneurialism; and how EQ becomes the invisible backbone to create and sustain an entrepreneurial mindset; the role of tech in driving this future; and will also serve as a collective reminder to keep going back to the basics periodically.

Key takeaways:

  • Tips on self-awareness and how it impacts decision making
  • How to use EI/EQ to develop and sustain an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn how to incorporate EQ in order to develop and maintain good professional relationships
  • How to use tech to develop a culture of collaboration and trust

Csuite

Csuite

 

Wed 18 Mar

11:00 - 11:05

Introduction to the coffee break sponsored by Mimecast

Wed 18 Mar

11:00 - 11:05

Introduction to the coffee break sponsored by Mimecast

Wed 18 Mar

11:00 - 11:30

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 18 Mar

11:00 - 11:30

COFFEE BREAK

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 11:35

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

CHAIR INTRO

Dr Sumarie Roodt

Chairperson @ Silicon Cape Initiative

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 11:35

CHAIR INTRO

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Dr Sumarie Roodt

Chairperson @ Silicon Cape Initiative

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 11:35

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

CHAIR INTRO

Genevieve Mannel

Director - Business Information & Technology @ Cipla

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 11:35

CHAIR INTRO

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Genevieve Mannel

Director - Business Information & Technology @ Cipla

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 11:35

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

CHAIR INTRO

Caroline Naylor-Renn

COO @ INN8

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 11:35

CHAIR INTRO

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Caroline Naylor-Renn

COO @ INN8

Wed 18 Mar

11:35 - 12:05

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Scars and Stars of Digital Transformation in a Post Digital Era

Prathna Singh

Managing Director @ Accenture

Today, digital technologies are powering disruption in every corner of the world with companies ...

Today, digital technologies are powering disruption in every corner of the world with companies of all shapes and sizes remimagining the way the world works and lives.

But why is it that some organisations have achieved more value than others? What do winning organisations do and what have others learnt from?

Key Takeaways:

  • Traits of successful organisations driving value from the digital revolution across strategy, culture & technology
  • What does it mean for your role in this digital revolution
  • Personal reflections from a Managing Director passionate about inclusivity of women in technology

Wed 18 Mar

11:35 - 12:05

Scars and Stars of Digital Transformation in a Post Digital Era

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Prathna Singh

Managing Director @ Accenture

Today, digital technologies are powering disruption in every corner of the world with companies ...

Today, digital technologies are powering disruption in every corner of the world with companies of all shapes and sizes remimagining the way the world works and lives.

But why is it that some organisations have achieved more value than others? What do winning organisations do and what have others learnt from?

Key Takeaways:

  • Traits of successful organisations driving value from the digital revolution across strategy, culture & technology
  • What does it mean for your role in this digital revolution
  • Personal reflections from a Managing Director passionate about inclusivity of women in technology
 

Wed 18 Mar

11:35 - 12:05

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Interrupt unconscious bias, reframe your outlook, impact the future

Karen Nadasen

CEO @ PayU South Africa

Acknowledging how we can all play a part in overcoming how deeply ingrained unconscious bias is ...

Acknowledging how we can all play a part in overcoming how deeply ingrained unconscious bias is in the tech industry is the first step in tackling the problem. We cannot simply depend on leadership to address the issue anymore, we all must speak up and take action to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace. This panel will discuss the challenges we must overcome and the changes we must implement to eradicate subtle biases.

Key takeaways:

Identifying your businesses problem areas

Being brave in labelling the bias

Implementing training throughout companies to raise awareness of day-to-day gender bias

Defining the tone of your companies culture to dissolve archaic and inherent gender stereotypes

Understanding the ways companies can support females in balancing their responsibilities between work and personal life

Diversity & Inclusion

Organisational Change

People & Culture

Wed 18 Mar

11:35 - 12:05

Interrupt unconscious bias, reframe your outlook, impact the future

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Karen Nadasen

CEO @ PayU South Africa

Acknowledging how we can all play a part in overcoming how deeply ingrained unconscious bias is ...

Acknowledging how we can all play a part in overcoming how deeply ingrained unconscious bias is in the tech industry is the first step in tackling the problem. We cannot simply depend on leadership to address the issue anymore, we all must speak up and take action to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace. This panel will discuss the challenges we must overcome and the changes we must implement to eradicate subtle biases.

Key takeaways:

Identifying your businesses problem areas

Being brave in labelling the bias

Implementing training throughout companies to raise awareness of day-to-day gender bias

Defining the tone of your companies culture to dissolve archaic and inherent gender stereotypes

Understanding the ways companies can support females in balancing their responsibilities between work and personal life

Diversity & Inclusion

Organisational Change

People & Culture

Diversity & Inclusion

Organisational Change

People & Culture

 

Wed 18 Mar

11:35 - 12:05

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Closing the Gender Gap in Africa’s Digital and Tech Roles

Lindiwe Matlali

Commissioner for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, South African Government and Founder @ Africa Teen Geeks

Having a gender-balanced workforce is no longer a ‘nice to have’. With a saturated ...

Having a gender-balanced workforce is no longer a ‘nice to have’. With a saturated tech market, comes the need for companies to fight for a competitive edge. It has been proven that a gender-diverse workforce leads to an increase in creativity, enhance innovation and improve financial performance. This session will focus on how the industry must collaborate to close the gender gap and unleash female potential.

Key takeaways:

Strategies to overcome the cultural mentality of rural areas in Africa to females in technology

Identifying the skills that need to be included in primary, secondary and tertiary curriculums to increase female exposure to core tech skills

Understanding the importance of partnerships between public bodies and private businesses in addressing the contributing factors to the gender gap and how we can overcome them to empower more women to consider tech

Future-Tech

Africa Demographic

Wed 18 Mar

11:35 - 12:05

Closing the Gender Gap in Africa’s Digital and Tech Roles

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Lindiwe Matlali

Commissioner for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, South African Government and Founder @ Africa Teen Geeks

Having a gender-balanced workforce is no longer a ‘nice to have’. With a saturated ...

Having a gender-balanced workforce is no longer a ‘nice to have’. With a saturated tech market, comes the need for companies to fight for a competitive edge. It has been proven that a gender-diverse workforce leads to an increase in creativity, enhance innovation and improve financial performance. This session will focus on how the industry must collaborate to close the gender gap and unleash female potential.

Key takeaways:

Strategies to overcome the cultural mentality of rural areas in Africa to females in technology

Identifying the skills that need to be included in primary, secondary and tertiary curriculums to increase female exposure to core tech skills

Understanding the importance of partnerships between public bodies and private businesses in addressing the contributing factors to the gender gap and how we can overcome them to empower more women to consider tech

Future-Tech

Africa Demographic

Future-Tech

Africa Demographic

 

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

How to build teams and "scale" culture

Neha Kumar

Direct of Product @ Vera Solutions

Things are going great - we've built a product, it's selling, we're creating impact for our ...

Things are going great - we've built a product, it's selling, we're creating impact for our clients - and I am focused on building, hiring, managing, mentoring and retaining our team. What happens when we go from 5 to 50 or 50 to 500?

Attend this workshop for practical guidance on how to build and maintain culture, because how we work together determines what we work on, who gets the work done and what it accomplishes.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn what culture is (and isn't) and how it determines who you hire, fire, promote
  • Practical steps for how to define what type of company are you
  • Understand how culture, processes and systems are connected
  • Who is responsible for building and maintaining culture - is this a single person's job?

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

How to build teams and "scale" culture

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Neha Kumar

Direct of Product @ Vera Solutions

Things are going great - we've built a product, it's selling, we're creating impact for our ...

Things are going great - we've built a product, it's selling, we're creating impact for our clients - and I am focused on building, hiring, managing, mentoring and retaining our team. What happens when we go from 5 to 50 or 50 to 500?

Attend this workshop for practical guidance on how to build and maintain culture, because how we work together determines what we work on, who gets the work done and what it accomplishes.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn what culture is (and isn't) and how it determines who you hire, fire, promote
  • Practical steps for how to define what type of company are you
  • Understand how culture, processes and systems are connected
  • Who is responsible for building and maintaining culture - is this a single person's job?
 

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

The Importance of Building a Network*

Ellen Fischat

South African Ambassador @ Inspiring Fifty

The majority of tech professionals are aware of the benefits of having a professional support ...

The majority of tech professionals are aware of the benefits of having a professional support network to an individual's career. But knowing how to build one, nurture it, and leverage off it often proves much more challenging. This interactive workshop will provide you with the practical skills to foster a business network from initial introductions to industry peers through to utilising your connections to facilitate your next job move.

Key takeaways:

  • How to identify allies & establish professional relationships
  • How to give your network TLC to ensure relationships are mutually beneficial
  • Key tips to use when ‘networking up’

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Networking

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

The Importance of Building a Network*

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Ellen Fischat

South African Ambassador @ Inspiring Fifty

The majority of tech professionals are aware of the benefits of having a professional support ...

The majority of tech professionals are aware of the benefits of having a professional support network to an individual's career. But knowing how to build one, nurture it, and leverage off it often proves much more challenging. This interactive workshop will provide you with the practical skills to foster a business network from initial introductions to industry peers through to utilising your connections to facilitate your next job move.

Key takeaways:

  • How to identify allies & establish professional relationships
  • How to give your network TLC to ensure relationships are mutually beneficial
  • Key tips to use when ‘networking up’

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Networking

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Networking

 

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Perfecting your Approach to Conflict Resolution*

Disagreements in the workplace are healthy; they feed innovation, productivity and positive ...

Disagreements in the workplace are healthy; they feed innovation, productivity and positive working relationships. The challenge lies in effectively solving them before the become a conflict. Perfecting how to navigate your way through a dispute whilst maintaining professionalism and finding a solution that suits both parties is a key skill that paves the way to career progression.

Key takeaways:

  • Being able to identify when issues should be addressed and when they shouldn't
  • Asking the right questions - learn how to be probing rather than interrogatory
  • Come away knowing when conflict requires compromise
  • How to alternate your approach depending on the type of stakeholder, issue and personality

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

Perfecting your Approach to Conflict Resolution*

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Disagreements in the workplace are healthy; they feed innovation, productivity and positive ...

Disagreements in the workplace are healthy; they feed innovation, productivity and positive working relationships. The challenge lies in effectively solving them before the become a conflict. Perfecting how to navigate your way through a dispute whilst maintaining professionalism and finding a solution that suits both parties is a key skill that paves the way to career progression.

Key takeaways:

  • Being able to identify when issues should be addressed and when they shouldn't
  • Asking the right questions - learn how to be probing rather than interrogatory
  • Come away knowing when conflict requires compromise
  • How to alternate your approach depending on the type of stakeholder, issue and personality
 

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

CS, UX/DI and Digital Business Transformation - bringing it all together

Colleen Stone

Research and Development Senior Quality Assurance Engineer @ NTT

Session details coming soon...
Session details coming soon...

AI

Diversity & Inclusion

Data Science

Workshop

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

CS, UX/DI and Digital Business Transformation - bringing it all together

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Colleen Stone

Research and Development Senior Quality Assurance Engineer @ NTT

Session details coming soon...
Session details coming soon...

AI

Diversity & Inclusion

Data Science

Workshop

AI

Diversity & Inclusion

Data Science

Workshop

 

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

THEME:

Challenge Your Peers

Can Women Have It All?*

Tumelo Thekisho

Systems Engineer - Planner @ MTN

Each Challenge Your Peer session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the ...

Each Challenge Your Peer session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the direction and focus of the conversation. These facilitated networking sessions will operate under Chatham House Rules in order to encourage open conversations and trust amongst attendees. You will be required to book to attend a Challenge Your Peer session and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Recent Graduates & Early Career

Wed 18 Mar

11:30 - 12:30

Can Women Have It All?*

THEME:

Challenge Your Peers

Tumelo Thekisho

Systems Engineer - Planner @ MTN

Each Challenge Your Peer session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the ...

Each Challenge Your Peer session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the direction and focus of the conversation. These facilitated networking sessions will operate under Chatham House Rules in order to encourage open conversations and trust amongst attendees. You will be required to book to attend a Challenge Your Peer session and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Recent Graduates & Early Career

Recent Graduates & Early Career

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

On Cloud Nine - How to Maximise Investment From Your Cloud Migration

Elaine Wang

Cloud Solutions Director @ Rectron (Pty) Ltd

Africa is in the midst of a shift to the cloud as businesses opt to deploy cloud applications to ...

Africa is in the midst of a shift to the cloud as businesses opt to deploy cloud applications to transform their businesses. With so much hype around innovations on offer once successfully migrated, it's often difficult to make sense of how you can effectively go about optimising your investment. Join this advanced session as we cut through the noise to focus on exactly what your pathway to value from the cloud is.

Key takeaways:

  • Key tips on how to maximise your cloud-storage
  • How to maximise cloud-usage
  • Understanding how AI can drive innovation in the cloud
  • Guidance on how to approach change management processes following cloud adoption
  • Understand the importance of cloud KPI's
  • Pinpoint the cloud-specific roles you should create in your business to safeguard value

Advanced Tech

Cloud

Future-Tech

Wed 18 Mar

12:05 - 12:35

On Cloud Nine - How to Maximise Investment From Your Cloud Migration

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Elaine Wang

Cloud Solutions Director @ Rectron (Pty) Ltd

Africa is in the midst of a shift to the cloud as businesses opt to deploy cloud applications to ...

Africa is in the midst of a shift to the cloud as businesses opt to deploy cloud applications to transform their businesses. With so much hype around innovations on offer once successfully migrated, it's often difficult to make sense of how you can effectively go about optimising your investment. Join this advanced session as we cut through the noise to focus on exactly what your pathway to value from the cloud is.

Key takeaways:

  • Key tips on how to maximise your cloud-storage
  • How to maximise cloud-usage
  • Understanding how AI can drive innovation in the cloud
  • Guidance on how to approach change management processes following cloud adoption
  • Understand the importance of cloud KPI's
  • Pinpoint the cloud-specific roles you should create in your business to safeguard value

Advanced Tech

Cloud

Future-Tech

Advanced Tech

Cloud

Future-Tech

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Women in Tech Leadership: How to lead ethically

Cathy Smith

Managing Director @ SAP South Africa

The world, and consequently the world of work, is changing rapidly. How businesses operate, how ...

The world, and consequently the world of work, is changing rapidly. How businesses operate, how they compete in the experience economy and even how they attract and retain talent is constantly evolving. It takes a new kind of leader to navigate these dynamics and one of the core strengths required is authenticity. Leaders who rule by title, fear and authoritarian tactics will find it increasingly difficult to thrive. Traits like empathy, creativity, curiosity, ethics and humility are becoming more and more sought after in leaders … and women have the edge.

Key takeaways:

  • The qualities of authentic leaders
  • Why ethics matter in a world where trust is the new currency
  • How women can shine in leadership
  • The importance of exec sponsors/mentors

Leadership

Wed 18 Mar

12:05 - 12:35

Women in Tech Leadership: How to lead ethically

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Cathy Smith

Managing Director @ SAP South Africa

The world, and consequently the world of work, is changing rapidly. How businesses operate, how ...

The world, and consequently the world of work, is changing rapidly. How businesses operate, how they compete in the experience economy and even how they attract and retain talent is constantly evolving. It takes a new kind of leader to navigate these dynamics and one of the core strengths required is authenticity. Leaders who rule by title, fear and authoritarian tactics will find it increasingly difficult to thrive. Traits like empathy, creativity, curiosity, ethics and humility are becoming more and more sought after in leaders … and women have the edge.

Key takeaways:

  • The qualities of authentic leaders
  • Why ethics matter in a world where trust is the new currency
  • How women can shine in leadership
  • The importance of exec sponsors/mentors

Leadership

Leadership

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:05 - 12:35

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Designing a Roadmap for D&I

Mimi Omokri

Head of Business @ Uber

Standing up & taking action to initiate a company wide change to close the workplace ...

Standing up & taking action to initiate a company wide change to close the workplace diversity gap can seem daunting. By joining this workshop it will arm you with the ability to effectively set the wheels in motion to create a radical change to the diversity and inclusion balance in your company.

Key takeaways:

  • How to ensure the foundation to your program is truly diverse
  • The importance of setting achievable objectives and targets
  • Why embedding an inclusive ethos is just as important (& as challenging) as becoming diverse
  • Securing program champions - the greater the internal buy in, the more legs your program will have

Diversity & Inclusion

People & Culture

Wed 18 Mar

12:05 - 12:35

Designing a Roadmap for D&I

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Mimi Omokri

Head of Business @ Uber

Standing up & taking action to initiate a company wide change to close the workplace ...

Standing up & taking action to initiate a company wide change to close the workplace diversity gap can seem daunting. By joining this workshop it will arm you with the ability to effectively set the wheels in motion to create a radical change to the diversity and inclusion balance in your company.

Key takeaways:

  • How to ensure the foundation to your program is truly diverse
  • The importance of setting achievable objectives and targets
  • Why embedding an inclusive ethos is just as important (& as challenging) as becoming diverse
  • Securing program champions - the greater the internal buy in, the more legs your program will have

Diversity & Inclusion

People & Culture

Diversity & Inclusion

People & Culture

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

How to Become an Agile Master - Agile strategy*

Joanne Perold

Agile Coach @ Agile42

Agility, for me, is the ability of the organisation to react to change with speed and ease. In ...

Agility, for me, is the ability of the organisation to react to change with speed and ease. In ten years of working with organisations, I have come to learn that agile development teams are not enough and that we need to take a more strategic view of agility and approach it from an organisational level. Our strategy is our first step to agility. In this session, we will take a high-level view of agility and then a deep dive into a tool for exploring and visualising strategy in an agile way.

Key takeaways:

  • High level overview of agility
  • What makes a difference to organisational agility
  • A tool for mapping and visualising strategy at different levels of granularity
  • Some ideas for how to operationalise the strategy

DevOps

People & Culture

Workshop

Agile

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

How to Become an Agile Master - Agile strategy*

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Joanne Perold

Agile Coach @ Agile42

Agility, for me, is the ability of the organisation to react to change with speed and ease. In ...

Agility, for me, is the ability of the organisation to react to change with speed and ease. In ten years of working with organisations, I have come to learn that agile development teams are not enough and that we need to take a more strategic view of agility and approach it from an organisational level. Our strategy is our first step to agility. In this session, we will take a high-level view of agility and then a deep dive into a tool for exploring and visualising strategy in an agile way.

Key takeaways:

  • High level overview of agility
  • What makes a difference to organisational agility
  • A tool for mapping and visualising strategy at different levels of granularity
  • Some ideas for how to operationalise the strategy

DevOps

People & Culture

Workshop

Agile

DevOps

People & Culture

Workshop

Agile

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Using Social Media to Build a Strong Personal Brand*

Irma Karsten

Digital Strategist & Social Media Trainer @ The Training Group

How we’re viewed by our colleagues and peers has always been an important element to how quickly ...

How we’re viewed by our colleagues and peers has always been an important element to how quickly we progress through the professional ranks. Due to the growing dominance of social media in our professional lives, the importance of ensuring our online brand mirrors the reputation we’ve built in the workplace is becoming evermore prevalent. By taking part in this hands on workshop you will learn how to build an online brand, how to maximise your presence online and how to capitalise off it for your next career move, or jump!

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the importance of establishing a strategic foundation of what you want your online brand to look like
  • Learn how to build a powerful and connected online network
  • Understand how to use the best tone when self-promoting to your online community

Career Guidance

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

Using Social Media to Build a Strong Personal Brand*

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Irma Karsten

Digital Strategist & Social Media Trainer @ The Training Group

How we’re viewed by our colleagues and peers has always been an important element to how quickly ...

How we’re viewed by our colleagues and peers has always been an important element to how quickly we progress through the professional ranks. Due to the growing dominance of social media in our professional lives, the importance of ensuring our online brand mirrors the reputation we’ve built in the workplace is becoming evermore prevalent. By taking part in this hands on workshop you will learn how to build an online brand, how to maximise your presence online and how to capitalise off it for your next career move, or jump!

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the importance of establishing a strategic foundation of what you want your online brand to look like
  • Learn how to build a powerful and connected online network
  • Understand how to use the best tone when self-promoting to your online community

Career Guidance

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Workshop (Soft Skills)

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

THEME:

Workshops (Diversity & Inclusion)

Demystifying Digital Buzzwords in the Subset of Industry 4.0

Markus Bender

CIO and Head of IT @ Siemens

As Africa transitions into the next era of digital transformation, with it, comes the ...

As Africa transitions into the next era of digital transformation, with it, comes the requirement for companies to start embracing the opportunities disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT and VR have to offer in remaining competitive. By joining this educational workshop, you will learn how adopting next-gen technologies and industry 4.0 can put you on the pathway to becoming a truly digitally driven company.

Key takeaways:

  • Identifying the obstacles standing in the way of companies embracing 4.0 tech
  • The role of upgrading legacy networks to 5G to support digital transformation
  • How will high-capacity networks support big data technologies like IoT?
  • What further investments need to be made to realise their full potential?

Career Guidance

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

Demystifying Digital Buzzwords in the Subset of Industry 4.0

THEME:

Workshops (Diversity & Inclusion)

Markus Bender

CIO and Head of IT @ Siemens

As Africa transitions into the next era of digital transformation, with it, comes the ...

As Africa transitions into the next era of digital transformation, with it, comes the requirement for companies to start embracing the opportunities disruptive technologies such as AI, IoT and VR have to offer in remaining competitive. By joining this educational workshop, you will learn how adopting next-gen technologies and industry 4.0 can put you on the pathway to becoming a truly digitally driven company.

Key takeaways:

  • Identifying the obstacles standing in the way of companies embracing 4.0 tech
  • The role of upgrading legacy networks to 5G to support digital transformation
  • How will high-capacity networks support big data technologies like IoT?
  • What further investments need to be made to realise their full potential?

Career Guidance

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Workshop (Soft Skills)

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Tackling Imposter Syndrome as an Entrepreneur

Alexandra Matthews

Chief Product Officer @ The Delta Studio

Do you sometimes feel like you are an imposter in your career and that everyone is on the verge ...

Do you sometimes feel like you are an imposter in your career and that everyone is on the verge of finding out? In this workshop we’ll explore imposter syndrome, a feeling that often significantly damages the careers of promising and exceptional women in the technology and entrepreneurial environments. We’ll look at how to identify whether you are experiencing imposter syndrome, how to overcome this and how, as a leader, you can help the women in your organisations to overcome this.

Key takeaways:

  • How to become your own observer and catch yourself when feelings of being an imposter arise
  • Practical techniques to use when experiencing imposter syndrome
  • Guidance for leaders in how to create environments which do not support imposter syndrome

Entrepreneurship

Start-Up

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 13:30

Tackling Imposter Syndrome as an Entrepreneur

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Alexandra Matthews

Chief Product Officer @ The Delta Studio

Do you sometimes feel like you are an imposter in your career and that everyone is on the verge ...

Do you sometimes feel like you are an imposter in your career and that everyone is on the verge of finding out? In this workshop we’ll explore imposter syndrome, a feeling that often significantly damages the careers of promising and exceptional women in the technology and entrepreneurial environments. We’ll look at how to identify whether you are experiencing imposter syndrome, how to overcome this and how, as a leader, you can help the women in your organisations to overcome this.

Key takeaways:

  • How to become your own observer and catch yourself when feelings of being an imposter arise
  • Practical techniques to use when experiencing imposter syndrome
  • Guidance for leaders in how to create environments which do not support imposter syndrome

Entrepreneurship

Start-Up

Entrepreneurship

Start-Up

 

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 14:10

LUNCH

Wed 18 Mar

12:40 - 14:10

LUNCH

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Off-World: How the Voyage to Mars Will Evolve Earth

Dr Adriana Marais

Founder @ Proudly Human

We are living in an unprecedented era of development in science and technology, and the ...

We are living in an unprecedented era of development in science and technology, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. Human settlement of the Moon and Mars in the coming decades is increasingly realistic, however, this all depends on the way we use technology.
Join this session and learn about an Off-World settlement simulation experiment that will demonstrate how to build a functional and sustainable technology layer from life-support to communication.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how 4IR technologies such as IoT, blockchain and edge computing can facilitate sustainable living in some of the world’s harshest environments
  • Understand how these projects can boost research and innovation within technical companies
  • Learn how to implement successful resource management

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 14:40

Off-World: How the Voyage to Mars Will Evolve Earth

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Dr Adriana Marais

Founder @ Proudly Human

We are living in an unprecedented era of development in science and technology, and the ...

We are living in an unprecedented era of development in science and technology, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach. Human settlement of the Moon and Mars in the coming decades is increasingly realistic, however, this all depends on the way we use technology.
Join this session and learn about an Off-World settlement simulation experiment that will demonstrate how to build a functional and sustainable technology layer from life-support to communication.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how 4IR technologies such as IoT, blockchain and edge computing can facilitate sustainable living in some of the world’s harshest environments
  • Understand how these projects can boost research and innovation within technical companies
  • Learn how to implement successful resource management
 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Bringing your Authentic Self to the Workplace

Ocea Garriock

Solution Engineering Director for Technology @ Oracle

Leading authentically through times of greater complexity, changing customer and employee ...

Leading authentically through times of greater complexity, changing customer and employee expectations, and increasing ambiguity requires greater levels of self-awareness and a new way of leading. Come and explore how authenticity relates to the different leadership styles and resulting workplace climate. Join this session to explore the qualities of authentic leaders, hear Ocea share her personal journey and highlight how leading with authenticity can help you to succeed in your technology career.

Key takeaways:

  • Be yourself – learn how to bring your authentic self to work
  • Believe in yourself – shoot the crows
  • Understand how to identify the right leadership style for each situation
  • Each one – Teach one
  • Lift as you rise

Personal Development

Career Guidance

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 14:40

Bringing your Authentic Self to the Workplace

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Ocea Garriock

Solution Engineering Director for Technology @ Oracle

Leading authentically through times of greater complexity, changing customer and employee ...

Leading authentically through times of greater complexity, changing customer and employee expectations, and increasing ambiguity requires greater levels of self-awareness and a new way of leading. Come and explore how authenticity relates to the different leadership styles and resulting workplace climate. Join this session to explore the qualities of authentic leaders, hear Ocea share her personal journey and highlight how leading with authenticity can help you to succeed in your technology career.

Key takeaways:

  • Be yourself – learn how to bring your authentic self to work
  • Believe in yourself – shoot the crows
  • Understand how to identify the right leadership style for each situation
  • Each one – Teach one
  • Lift as you rise

Personal Development

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Career Guidance

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 14:40

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Arming yourself with legal frameworks and business cases.

Maushami Chetty

CEO @ Aarya Legal

This session will address the causes of the gender pay gap including dismissing myths and ...

This session will address the causes of the gender pay gap including dismissing myths and sharing key statistics around the size of the problem in SA and the tech sector in particular. It will cover the business case for gender diversity and pay parity and key concepts including unconscious bias, structural disadvantage, unpaid labour and the maternity gap. We will discuss what can be done to close the gender pay gap in tech - with international best practices and an understanding of the SA legal framework including the equal pay for equal work principal.

Key takeaways include:

  • Identify the legal framework that requires redress
  • Arm yourself with the necessary statistics when rallying around equal pay day
  • Learn the vocabulary to be adopted to effectively address the problem in workplace
  • Understand the necessary tone at the top to begin to dismiss pay parity

Future-Tech

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 14:40

Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Arming yourself with legal frameworks and business cases.

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Maushami Chetty

CEO @ Aarya Legal

This session will address the causes of the gender pay gap including dismissing myths and ...

This session will address the causes of the gender pay gap including dismissing myths and sharing key statistics around the size of the problem in SA and the tech sector in particular. It will cover the business case for gender diversity and pay parity and key concepts including unconscious bias, structural disadvantage, unpaid labour and the maternity gap. We will discuss what can be done to close the gender pay gap in tech - with international best practices and an understanding of the SA legal framework including the equal pay for equal work principal.

Key takeaways include:

  • Identify the legal framework that requires redress
  • Arm yourself with the necessary statistics when rallying around equal pay day
  • Learn the vocabulary to be adopted to effectively address the problem in workplace
  • Understand the necessary tone at the top to begin to dismiss pay parity

Future-Tech

Future-Tech

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Building Interface Design Systems at Scale*

Lizette Spangenberg

Senior UX/ UI Designer @ DVT

As businesses begin to scale, the use of design systems allows teams to work at speed to build a ...

As businesses begin to scale, the use of design systems allows teams to work at speed to build a consistent feel and design to digital products. Despite ultimately unlocking work efficiencies to build truly modern UX design teams, challenges in constructing design systems are common. By joining this interactive workshop you will receive step by step guidance to conquering common pitfalls and maximising the benefits on offer. You'll also be taken through the trials and tribulations of creating ABSA's mobile banking app design system and the learnings gained from the process.

Key takeaways:

  • How to identify the right tools for your design system
  • How to manage the political and technical challenges that arise between design and development
  • What does it mean to build a best in class design system - what are the required foundations?
  • How to make the design system easy to use to ensure developers embrace it into their current workflow
  • What to consider in establishing an effective governance model for your design system
  • How to make the business case for a design system to stakeholders

Advance-Tech

UI/UX

DevOps

Workshop

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

Building Interface Design Systems at Scale*

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Lizette Spangenberg

Senior UX/ UI Designer @ DVT

As businesses begin to scale, the use of design systems allows teams to work at speed to build a ...

As businesses begin to scale, the use of design systems allows teams to work at speed to build a consistent feel and design to digital products. Despite ultimately unlocking work efficiencies to build truly modern UX design teams, challenges in constructing design systems are common. By joining this interactive workshop you will receive step by step guidance to conquering common pitfalls and maximising the benefits on offer. You'll also be taken through the trials and tribulations of creating ABSA's mobile banking app design system and the learnings gained from the process.

Key takeaways:

  • How to identify the right tools for your design system
  • How to manage the political and technical challenges that arise between design and development
  • What does it mean to build a best in class design system - what are the required foundations?
  • How to make the design system easy to use to ensure developers embrace it into their current workflow
  • What to consider in establishing an effective governance model for your design system
  • How to make the business case for a design system to stakeholders

Advance-Tech

UI/UX

DevOps

Workshop

Advance-Tech

UI/UX

DevOps

Workshop

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Building internal communities to drive high-performing inclusive cultures

Aesha Tandy

Community Operations, EMEA @ Facebook

Kiran Yoliswa

By giving people the tools to build a community is an essential part of building an inclusive ...

By giving people the tools to build a community is an essential part of building an inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belong. This is even more important when trying to scale and maximise the impact of products you’re looking to build. By joining this workshop it will arm you with not only the understanding but the ability to effectively set the wheels in motion to create internal communities that will aide the inclusive culture in your company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to build for inclusion and leverage product design to drive internal communities
  • How to use employee resource groups to create a sense of belonging
  • Hear how to embed a sense of community into company processes, training, and employee performance

Machine Learning

Data Science

Workshop

Advance - Tech

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

Building internal communities to drive high-performing inclusive cultures

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Aesha Tandy

Community Operations, EMEA @ Facebook

Kiran Yoliswa

By giving people the tools to build a community is an essential part of building an inclusive ...

By giving people the tools to build a community is an essential part of building an inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belong. This is even more important when trying to scale and maximise the impact of products you’re looking to build. By joining this workshop it will arm you with not only the understanding but the ability to effectively set the wheels in motion to create internal communities that will aide the inclusive culture in your company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to build for inclusion and leverage product design to drive internal communities
  • How to use employee resource groups to create a sense of belonging
  • Hear how to embed a sense of community into company processes, training, and employee performance

Machine Learning

Data Science

Workshop

Advance - Tech

Machine Learning

Data Science

Workshop

Advance - Tech

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Improving team communication - how to get business and tech talking*

Louise van der Bank

CIO @ Afrisam

Whilst all parties are working towards reaching a common business objective, communication ...

Whilst all parties are working towards reaching a common business objective, communication between those in tech and non-tech roles can at times be disjointed. Without dealing with this problem head on, it can lead to a lack of team cohesion impacting innovation, productivity and achieving business goals.

Key takeaways include:

  • Guidance on how to speak each other's language to aid effective cross- functional communication
  • How to set realistic timelines and expectations between teams
  • Key steps on how to build a culture that recognises the importance of compromise

Business Strategy

Organisational Change

Workshop

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

Improving team communication - how to get business and tech talking*

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Louise van der Bank

CIO @ Afrisam

Whilst all parties are working towards reaching a common business objective, communication ...

Whilst all parties are working towards reaching a common business objective, communication between those in tech and non-tech roles can at times be disjointed. Without dealing with this problem head on, it can lead to a lack of team cohesion impacting innovation, productivity and achieving business goals.

Key takeaways include:

  • Guidance on how to speak each other's language to aid effective cross- functional communication
  • How to set realistic timelines and expectations between teams
  • Key steps on how to build a culture that recognises the importance of compromise

Business Strategy

Organisational Change

Workshop

Business Strategy

Organisational Change

Workshop

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

10 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker from a Media Training Expert*

Ash Evans

Founder @ The Kings Speech

Whether you’re addressing intimate internal teams or external pitches to new customers, public ...

Whether you’re addressing intimate internal teams or external pitches to new customers, public speaking will feature in some form in all our career lifetimes. Being able to add strong public speaking to your repertoire will allow you to perform better in interviews, boost confidence and develop your communication skills. We can’t guarantee this workshop will cure all public speaking anxieties, but it will give you the tips and tricks to fool your audience into thinking you’re a seasoned pro.

Key takeaways:

  • How to prepare for a presentation
  • Vocal development
  • Key message delivery
  • Understand the key telltale signs of lack of confidence
  • How to adopt body language to boost confidence
  • Tips on how to hook an audience
  • On-the-spot problem solving - how to react when something goes wrong
  • Receive real-time feedback for improvement on your public speaking approach

Personal Development

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

10 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker from a Media Training Expert*

THEME:

Workshops (Soft Skills)

Ash Evans

Founder @ The Kings Speech

Whether you’re addressing intimate internal teams or external pitches to new customers, public ...

Whether you’re addressing intimate internal teams or external pitches to new customers, public speaking will feature in some form in all our career lifetimes. Being able to add strong public speaking to your repertoire will allow you to perform better in interviews, boost confidence and develop your communication skills. We can’t guarantee this workshop will cure all public speaking anxieties, but it will give you the tips and tricks to fool your audience into thinking you’re a seasoned pro.

Key takeaways:

  • How to prepare for a presentation
  • Vocal development
  • Key message delivery
  • Understand the key telltale signs of lack of confidence
  • How to adopt body language to boost confidence
  • Tips on how to hook an audience
  • On-the-spot problem solving - how to react when something goes wrong
  • Receive real-time feedback for improvement on your public speaking approach

Personal Development

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Workshop (Soft Skills)

Career Guidance

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

THEME:

Challenge Your Peers

The Changing Role of Product Managers*

Neelofar Shariff

Senior Product Manager @ Safaricom

Each Challenge Your Peers session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the ...

Each Challenge Your Peers session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the direction and focus of the conversation. These facilitated networking sessions will operate under Chatham House Rules in order to encourage open conversations and trust amongst attendees. You will be required to book to attend a challenge your peers session and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Recent Graduates & Early Career

Wed 18 Mar

14:10 - 15:10

The Changing Role of Product Managers*

THEME:

Challenge Your Peers

Neelofar Shariff

Senior Product Manager @ Safaricom

Each Challenge Your Peers session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the ...

Each Challenge Your Peers session will be facilitated by a team leader who will dictate the direction and focus of the conversation. These facilitated networking sessions will operate under Chatham House Rules in order to encourage open conversations and trust amongst attendees. You will be required to book to attend a challenge your peers session and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Recent Graduates & Early Career

Recent Graduates & Early Career

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:40 - 15:10

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

How can Connected Smart Cities Drive Economic Growth in Africa

Pila Booi

Partner Sales Manager @ Nokia Enterprise in Southern, East and West Africa

Smart cities are a true amalgamation of the most advancing technological discoveries we’re ...

Smart cities are a true amalgamation of the most advancing technological discoveries we’re playing witness to on a global stage. By Government's taking the step to initiate smart technology projects, they, in turn, open the city up to a wide range of investments from international tech companies looking to support the next wave of development for connected cities.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the importance of public-private partnerships in aiding the development of smart city hubs
  • How are smart city projects on the continent supporting the commercialisation of African innovations?
  • Learn how smart cities are producing a technologically engaged generation - how are they filling the tech skills pipeline of the future?

Smart Cities

Africa Demographic

Skills Gap

Wed 18 Mar

14:40 - 15:10

How can Connected Smart Cities Drive Economic Growth in Africa

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Pila Booi

Partner Sales Manager @ Nokia Enterprise in Southern, East and West Africa

Smart cities are a true amalgamation of the most advancing technological discoveries we’re ...

Smart cities are a true amalgamation of the most advancing technological discoveries we’re playing witness to on a global stage. By Government's taking the step to initiate smart technology projects, they, in turn, open the city up to a wide range of investments from international tech companies looking to support the next wave of development for connected cities.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the importance of public-private partnerships in aiding the development of smart city hubs
  • How are smart city projects on the continent supporting the commercialisation of African innovations?
  • Learn how smart cities are producing a technologically engaged generation - how are they filling the tech skills pipeline of the future?

Smart Cities

Africa Demographic

Skills Gap

Smart Cities

Africa Demographic

Skills Gap

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:40 - 15:10

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Future-Proofing your Next Career Move

It’s easy to think that the grass is greener when being lured into a new role with the ...

It’s easy to think that the grass is greener when being lured into a new role with the invitation of more money, better benefits and exposure to more challenging tasks. This often makes it hard for us to separate logic from reason to know if moving is the right decision and if the new company is a good fit for your skills. This presentation will walk you through how to rationalise the decision-making process so you come to a conclusion that is in the best interests of your career longevity.

Key takeaways:

  • Getting back to the basics - what exactly are you looking for in a role once you remove salary & benefits?
  • Awareness of the importance of a third party opinion - how to take advice from a colleague, mentor or manager
  • Advice on what questions to ask to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of the new role and company
  • The importance of comparing a new role to what else is out there - & not just your current role!

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Mentorship

Wed 18 Mar

14:40 - 15:10

Future-Proofing your Next Career Move

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

It’s easy to think that the grass is greener when being lured into a new role with the ...

It’s easy to think that the grass is greener when being lured into a new role with the invitation of more money, better benefits and exposure to more challenging tasks. This often makes it hard for us to separate logic from reason to know if moving is the right decision and if the new company is a good fit for your skills. This presentation will walk you through how to rationalise the decision-making process so you come to a conclusion that is in the best interests of your career longevity.

Key takeaways:

  • Getting back to the basics - what exactly are you looking for in a role once you remove salary & benefits?
  • Awareness of the importance of a third party opinion - how to take advice from a colleague, mentor or manager
  • Advice on what questions to ask to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of the new role and company
  • The importance of comparing a new role to what else is out there - & not just your current role!

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Mentorship

Career Guidance

Personal Development

Mentorship

 

Wed 18 Mar

14:40 - 15:10

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Is Policy Infrastructure Meeting Technology Developments?

Kate Krukiel

GM:UN Digital Solutions Centre, United Nations International Computing Centre & Managing Director @ Sera Afrika

Technology is now maturing quicker than regulation across many areas in Africa. Compliance with ...

Technology is now maturing quicker than regulation across many areas in Africa. Compliance with certain regulations can prove an obstacle to tech uptake and implementation illustrated through Uganda's 2019 social media taxation. This presentation will explore how tech companies can best navigate the regulatory landscape whilst working in unison with policymakers to build cohesive regulatory frameworks.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the impact of certain policies on tech uptake
  • Pinpointing the barriers to entry for tech startups in Africa - where are the loopholes?
  • Comparison of different countries unique regulatory climate
  • Leave the session understanding how to embrace regulation to drive competitive advantage
  • Come away with use cases of how Fintech is challenging the regulatory status quo

Gov & Regulation

Enterprises

Business Strategy

Wed 18 Mar

14:40 - 15:10

Is Policy Infrastructure Meeting Technology Developments?

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Kate Krukiel

GM:UN Digital Solutions Centre, United Nations International Computing Centre & Managing Director @ Sera Afrika

Technology is now maturing quicker than regulation across many areas in Africa. Compliance with ...

Technology is now maturing quicker than regulation across many areas in Africa. Compliance with certain regulations can prove an obstacle to tech uptake and implementation illustrated through Uganda's 2019 social media taxation. This presentation will explore how tech companies can best navigate the regulatory landscape whilst working in unison with policymakers to build cohesive regulatory frameworks.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the impact of certain policies on tech uptake
  • Pinpointing the barriers to entry for tech startups in Africa - where are the loopholes?
  • Comparison of different countries unique regulatory climate
  • Leave the session understanding how to embrace regulation to drive competitive advantage
  • Come away with use cases of how Fintech is challenging the regulatory status quo

Gov & Regulation

Enterprises

Business Strategy

Gov & Regulation

Enterprises

Business Strategy

 

Wed 18 Mar

15:20 - 15:50

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Saving Lives through the Belly of an Autonomous Drone

Georgina Wilson

Flight Lead for Ghana @ Zipline

Forget about incremental change in African technology, the future is coming at the speed of ...

Forget about incremental change in African technology, the future is coming at the speed of light. While not quite that fast, Zipline’s autonomous drones are flying at 100 kmph, and this new technology is already changing medical logistics in rural areas in order to save lives. Join this session to hear from a leader scaling flight operations across Ghana. Without the right mindset and tools, this job would seem impossible. Can you see the future? It’s within the Line of Sight.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand what it takes to build a drone delivery system
  • Technology breaks as you scale - learn how to build this notion into your future tech plans to ride the waves with grace
  • Realising the role of drones in showing what technology can do for socio-economic development
  • Learn how to stay proactive in your tech career as rapid change is the new norm
  • Understand how scaling requires leaders to learn and execute along the way

Drones

Future-Tech

Gov & Regulation

Wed 18 Mar

15:20 - 15:50

Saving Lives through the Belly of an Autonomous Drone

THEME:

The roadmap to a digital Africa

Georgina Wilson

Flight Lead for Ghana @ Zipline

Forget about incremental change in African technology, the future is coming at the speed of ...

Forget about incremental change in African technology, the future is coming at the speed of light. While not quite that fast, Zipline’s autonomous drones are flying at 100 kmph, and this new technology is already changing medical logistics in rural areas in order to save lives. Join this session to hear from a leader scaling flight operations across Ghana. Without the right mindset and tools, this job would seem impossible. Can you see the future? It’s within the Line of Sight.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand what it takes to build a drone delivery system
  • Technology breaks as you scale - learn how to build this notion into your future tech plans to ride the waves with grace
  • Realising the role of drones in showing what technology can do for socio-economic development
  • Learn how to stay proactive in your tech career as rapid change is the new norm
  • Understand how scaling requires leaders to learn and execute along the way

Drones

Future-Tech

Gov & Regulation

Drones

Future-Tech

Gov & Regulation

 

Wed 18 Mar

15:20 - 15:50

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Interview: A Sharing of Experiences on Mentorship (from a mentor & their mentee)

Michelle Bisset

VP, Customer for Life, Africa & Middle East @ Sage

Thembiso Magajana

Founder & CEO @ Social Coding

Tumi Sineke

Head of OfferZen Foundation @ OfferZen

For many, identifying the individual of a higher position than them to act as their advocate is ...

For many, identifying the individual of a higher position than them to act as their advocate is a key milestone in their professional career. This unique session will bring together a mentor and their mentee to share their experiences on the process of mentoring to offer clarity to those looking to identify the right career advocate for them.

Key takeaways:

  • How to seek out championship - where to find your advocate
  • How do you gain and retain visibility to a potential mentor?
  • Understanding the different types of mentors to find the right fit for you
  • Once finding a good mentor, how do you become a good mentee?
  • How can you make sure you’re getting the most out of the mentorship?

Mentorship

Career Guidance

Wed 18 Mar

15:20 - 15:50

Interview: A Sharing of Experiences on Mentorship (from a mentor & their mentee)

THEME:

Taking Charge of your Future

Michelle Bisset

VP, Customer for Life, Africa & Middle East @ Sage

Thembiso Magajana

Founder & CEO @ Social Coding

Tumi Sineke

Head of OfferZen Foundation @ OfferZen

For many, identifying the individual of a higher position than them to act as their advocate is ...

For many, identifying the individual of a higher position than them to act as their advocate is a key milestone in their professional career. This unique session will bring together a mentor and their mentee to share their experiences on the process of mentoring to offer clarity to those looking to identify the right career advocate for them.

Key takeaways:

  • How to seek out championship - where to find your advocate
  • How do you gain and retain visibility to a potential mentor?
  • Understanding the different types of mentors to find the right fit for you
  • Once finding a good mentor, how do you become a good mentee?
  • How can you make sure you’re getting the most out of the mentorship?

Mentorship

Career Guidance

Mentorship

Career Guidance

 

Wed 18 Mar

15:20 - 15:50

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Is Your Startup Investment Ready?

Andrea Böhmert

Co-Managing Partner @ Knife Capital

When establishing a new business venture, many founders believe that securing funding is the key ...

When establishing a new business venture, many founders believe that securing funding is the key to success? But do you really want an investor, and if so, when is the right time? This session will highlight the implications of securing funding at different stages of the startup journey to offer insight into best practice for budding business entrepreneurs.

Key takeaways:

  • Knowing the implications that taking investments has on a business
  • Clarity on the fundamentals needed in the early stages of a venture before taking investment

Business Strategy

Organisational Change

Investment

Enterprise

Wed 18 Mar

15:20 - 15:50

Is Your Startup Investment Ready?

THEME:

Next-Gen Work, Talent & Entrepren-HER

Andrea Böhmert

Co-Managing Partner @ Knife Capital

When establishing a new business venture, many founders believe that securing funding is the key ...

When establishing a new business venture, many founders believe that securing funding is the key to success? But do you really want an investor, and if so, when is the right time? This session will highlight the implications of securing funding at different stages of the startup journey to offer insight into best practice for budding business entrepreneurs.

Key takeaways:

  • Knowing the implications that taking investments has on a business
  • Clarity on the fundamentals needed in the early stages of a venture before taking investment

Business Strategy

Organisational Change

Investment

Enterprise

Business Strategy

Organisational Change

Investment

Enterprise

 

Wed 18 Mar

15:10 - 16:00

THEME:

Workshops (Tech)

Seminar Style: A high-level focus into the effective implementation of IoT for the purpose of smart intrastructure