What kind of education system does Africa need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution and how do we produce learners who will be productive and competitive in the future economy? These were among the questions ‘The Educators’ Inspire Session with Thabo Mbeki, Rapelang Rabana, Lukhanyo Neer, and Sam Paddock aimed to find out.
Respected lawyer and entreprenuer Max Boqwana is the CEO of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF). Speaking at the Heavy Chef ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Boqwana emphasised the need for a clear and practical strategy for education on the continent. TMF presented a 200-page report on how the 4th industrial revolution can transform education to former president Thabo Mbeki at the event.
South African Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is a true Heavy Chef. Motshekga has been working in education for most of her life, from lecturing at Wits University to serving as the MEC for Social Services and Education in Gauteng. Motshekga has put her stamp of approval on Thabo Mbeki Foundation's 200-page report on the future of education in South Africa, acknowledging that having a body deal with intellectual engagement is enriching to the education sector in the country.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a renown intellectual and an authority on the subject of education in Africa. Joining us for the second iteration of the ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Mr. Mbeki addresses the violence and disorder in South Africa, one of the issues we have to overcome in order to meet the challenge of education and thrive.
Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.
Niket Desai is a poster child for the international entrepreneur spirit. At just 30 years old, he has already lived the life that only the new generation of business superstars can. Niket sold his startup Punch’d to Google, the worked at FlipKart, as Chief of Staff and Product, where he presided over one of the fastest growing companies in India’s history. Now, Desai will appear on stage at Heavy Chef, with Valter Adão, Head of Deloitte Digital, in Sandton on the 11th July. Thanks to a collaboration between Heavy Chef Foundation and Nedgroup Investments, a limited number of public tickets for the event and a morning masterclass the following day are available on the Heavy Chef website.
S'onqoba Vuba is a disruptor in the education space. Currently, S'onqoba is Managing Director of Perpetu8, an advisory and implementation consultancy for SMME’s. In a succinct and powerful presentation, S’onqoba speaks of the importance of rethinking education in the shadow of the 4th Industrial Revolution. She shares her views on how we can use technolog improve the way we, as humans, can improve our day-to-day living in the digital age.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.
Mike Perk has been the digital industry since the '90s, contributing to 16 pager internet marketing magazines back when Google didn't even exist. Now, Perk is considered one of the top DX (um, that'd be 'digital transformation') consultants working in Africa. He is British though, so, in this critical presentation on digital change management, Perk uses 'The Great Escape' as a backdrop to four singular elements to remember when entering the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Our venerable CEO is someone who knows a thing or two about digital economy. Fred Roed is the CEO of Heavy Chef and Co-founder of iconic South African digital transformation agency WWC. He is the recipient of “Biggest Contributor To The Digital Industry” award by the IAB. Fast Company named Roed as one of the top 100 most creative people in business. In October 2017, he gave a funny, thought-provoking presentation on the single lesson we can take into the next Industrial Revolution... by looking back in history at particular lessons and stories from the first industrial revolutions.
Rich Mulholland is one of South Africa's best known public speakers. He is the founder of one of the world's biggest presentation firms, a best-selling author and serial entrepreneur. Heavy Chef asked him to speak to our audience about the 4th Industrial Revolution. Rich's response was unsurprisingly iconoclastic, revolutionary and somehow inspiring. Watch this at your peril, it might just shock your world view.
The digital age can be a scary place. Some estimates convey that 50% of current jobs will not exist in 20 years. AI, VR, robotics, digital media, AR, big data, machine learning, nanotech, biotech, blockchain, cryptocurency, IOT - these are the terms that you need to immerse yourself into in order to thrive. Or do you? Clinical Psychologist Marc Rogatschnig gives the presentation of his life on the Heavy Chef stage, and provides us with a more human alternative.