Africa’s best tech minds to meet at Indaba

Three years on, in every way that counts, Tech4Africa continues to be the premier mobile, web and emerging technology event, and this year’s conference promises to be no exception, congregating some of the best minds in ICT today and bringing a greater than ever breadth and depth of tech talks. 

Herman Chinery-Hesse, co-founder of SOFTtribe and a keynote speaker at a previous Tech4Africa event. (Image: Tech4Africa)

Tech4Africa 2012 will be held on Wednesday 31st October and Thursday 1st November at The Indaba Hotel, Gauteng, and the theme is “Unlocking the next billion consumers”. 

Sessions will be focused around mobile and content, the enterprise opportunity, entrepreneurship and financing, social business and innovation, while the audience will cut across the whole tech ecosystem of developers, social media marketers, technologists, corporates, students, investors and media.

The Developer Day and Hackathon on Wednesday, 31st October, includes three tracks – a day on Agile software development, a Hackathon with sessions on Ruby on Rails, Python, Raspberry Pi, PhP etc., as well as workshops for social media marketers on apps ecosystem, monetisation etc.

The conference on Thursday,1st November, includes keynote speakers: Tom Rosemalia, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of Enterprise Initiatives at IBM and Ralph Simon, Founder & CEO of Mobilium, with other speakers being Amolo Ng’weno, MD of Digital Divide Data in Kenya;  Neal Ford, Director, Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks; Vérone Mankou, CEO of Way-C in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Emma Kaye, CEO of Bozza, Josh Adler, social entrepreneur and others.

IBM’s Global Entrepreneurship Programme has been brought into the Tech4Africa 2012 agenda and Claudia Fan Munce, Managing Director at IBM Venture Capital Group, will introduce GEP and an award programme.

Tech4Africa 2012 will also be running Ignite again – a start-up workshop and pitching competition, which is being run by AngelHub and Deloitte.

A Google G+ Hangout will be held live at the conference so that tech hubs from around Africa can be part of the conference and so that delegates can interact with a panel, asking questions and finding out more about what is happening on the ground in Senegal, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt, Kenya, Congo and other parts of Africa.

On Wednesday night, 31st October, there will be a CEO dinner to bring together senior business leaders to network, share ideas and discuss key tech issues with like-minded people, as well as the conference’s international speakers and expert guests.

And then there’s the Tech4Africa after-party – probably one of the most talked about / blogged and tweeted about events of the two days!

Registration for the Developer Hackathon is R1 000.00 excluding VAT – this gives access to the Hackathon and workshops on Wednesday October 31

“Early Bird” Full Conference Registration is R1 200.00 excluding VAT (limited availability) – this gives access to both Wednesday October 31 and Thursday November 1.

Standard Registration Fee is R1 800.00 excluding VAT – this gives access to both Wednesday October 31 and Thursday 1.

Staff Writer