The MTN Group will support to this year's Tech4Africa conference, to be held at the Indaba Hotel, Joburg from 31 October to 1 November, 2012, as a Platinum Sponsor. The conference is for mobile and emerging technology and is themed "Unlocking the next billion consumers".
Now in its third year, Tech4Africa attracts over 600 delegates from across Africa, including developers, project managers, company executives, digital marketers and the media. Tech4Africa aims to put Africa in a global context and incorporate international lessons into African opportunities.
"MTN identifies with Tech4Africa's vision that 'technology can be a catalyst to economic and social change in Africa'. Through its various products and service offerings, MTN has been a catalyst for social and economic development on the continent," said Rich Mkhondo, executive from corporate affairs of the MTN Group. New ideas
Mkhondo said: "MTN stands for innovation and customer experience, and we see a strong alignment with Tech4Africa, which is bringing new ideas to the technology ecosystem".
Delegates can look forward to insights from speakers from across Africa, who will discuss, among other topics: enterprise opportunity, entrepreneurship, financing, social business and innovation.
The agenda for the conference is:Wednesday, 31 October
Agile workshop - demonstrations, pair programming, continuous integration, test-driven development, problem solving, illustration of real projects, facilitation
Ignite start-up pitching competition. Go to www.tech4africa.com
Social media marketing workshops - monetisation, social, building on Mxit
Hackathon - Windows 8, Js/JQuery/Node,js, Hacking Android, PHP/Python/LAMP, Virtualisation/EC2/Scala/HadoopThursday, 1 November
Opening with MTN
Tom Rosamilia, vice-president of corporate strategy and GM of enterprise initiatives of IBM
Ralph Simon, founder and CEO of Mobilium
Mobile device and content development
Alan Knott Craig Jnr, CEO of MXit
Emma Kaye, founder and CEO of Bozza
Verone Mankou, CEO of VMK, Congo
G+ Hangout with tech hubs around Africa
Desigan Chinniah, firestarter of Mozilla
Neal Ford, director and meme wrangler of Thoughtworks
Enterprise opportunity across Africa
Amolo Ng'wena, MD of Digital Divide Data, Kenya
Sim Shagaya, CEO of DealDey Nigeria
Jon Hoehler of Deloitte Digital
Entrepreneurship and financing
Mbwana Alliy, Savannah Fund, CEO I/O Ventures
Nadav Ossendryver, founder of Latest Sightings
Ignite - Brett Commaille, CEO of AngelHub
Social business and innovation
Kim Pilaelo, CEO of DiepTweets
Brett Loubser, mobile strategy director ofBlazingchilli
Claudia Fan Munce, MD of IBM Venture Capital Group
For more information, go to www.tech4africa.com