There’s been much in the media about the fourth industrial revolution and how it is going to eradicate millions of jobs in the future. Gareth Taylor, South African Country Manager of ride-hailing company Bolt, argues that 4IR really has the potential to change South Africa’s economy for the better by harnessing converging technologies to create an inclusive, human-centred future. Ride-hailing, or mobility as a service, is one such example, giving drivers the ability to positively impact their families, organisations and communities.
Rain Mobile CMO Khaya Dlanga joins three of the country’s most successful tech entrepreneurs are coming to the Heavy Chef stage as part of the ‘Inspire’ Series, a Heavy Chef collaboration with Discovery Business Insure. Aisha Pandor, Katlego Maphai and Wesley Lynch will speak at The Platforms event on 31 October at Workhop17 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. They will be joined by Khaya Dlanga, who will chair the panel discussion that evening.
Nic Haralambous, founder of the iconic Nic Harry men's fashion company, gave a passionate presentation on failure in a seminal talk at the IC | IC Auditorium in Cape Town, on the 16 July, 2018. Nic starts his story by relating a fateful evening many moons ago when his parents sat him down to tell him they were separating. This set in motion a roller-coaster ride of failures, challenges, successes and learnings.
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.
Jørn Lyseggen is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater. A Norwegian entrepreneur and philanthropist, his previous ventures included 2 exits and an IPO. He founded Meltwater in Oslo, Norway in 2001 with an investment of just $15,000 and built it to be worth over $ 200 millio. Built on the notion of "Outside Insight", Meltwater is now a global leader in B2B online media intelligence, with over 60 offices across six continents.
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.
Heavy Chef was lucky enough to get some of Ellen Fischat's time, the very first MD of Silicon Cape. Her story is fascinating, with roles around child protection and guidance, to discovering her passion for tech.
PayFast just celebrated their 10 year anniversary, a huge milestone for a company in the tech space in South Africa. We had a conversation with Jonathan Smit, the founder of PayFast to gather some insights about the company as well as the industry it is in.
Heidi Patmore, CEO of Stellaris Group, was our featured speaker on the 6th of July at Primedia Place, Johannesburg. Are flying cars a short-term reality or flight of fancy? This was the leading question for the event as Heidi divulged what a drone-filled sky would look like. A riveted Johannesburg audience was given a taste of what the future is going to look like - with a few surprises in store.