Tim Willis gave a fascinating insight into Aerobotics, nominated one of SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups in 2018, and how they are changing the world. With a presentation that spoke the power of big data and AI, Tim explained how company is creating a flywheel of agricultural data. This data is allowing Aerobotics to make more informed decisions in real time, and ultimately change the world of farmers everywhere.
Bronwyn Williams is a Trend Translator and Future Finance Specialist for Flux Trends. Bronwyn has over a decade’s experience in marketing management and trend research, working predominantly with brands in the financial and B2B industries. Bronwyn managed the largest circulation of South African financial newsletters and worked closely with a network of local and international financial thought leaders, giving her access to a wealth of ‘insider’ insights on how the world of money really works. In this talk Bronwyn shares her ideas on Big Data and how Big Brother companies are shaping the society and its individuals.
Ian was CEO of BCX, South Africa's largest technology company, with a turnover of $2bn, and an employee base of 10,000. Ian's tenure saw a focused re-engineering of the company, simplifying the core of the business, creating new technology capabilities, and a massive shift of the brand towards innovation and disruption. BCX Disrupt was his baby. Ian is a master at transforming brands and scaling them. In this presentation, Ian talks about the importance of staying relevant in your field and evolving markets.
Arthur Goldstuck is confidently the best-known tech researcher working on the African continent. On the Heavy Chef stage, Arthur unpacked the Visa / World Wide Worx / Platinum Seed eCommerce survey results. On an evening that also featured Yuppiechef's Andrew Smith and Bradley Elliott talking about various aspects of the online retail landscape, Arthur's presentation dove headfirst into the details, gleaning key takeouts and some surprising statistics.
UI / UX design whizz Jacques Oberholzer, co-founder of boutique design firm Now Boarding, has worked with some of the most widely-used apps and websites in the world. With clients such as Property24, Standard Bank, Gyft and fintech companies across Europe, Jacques knows a thing or two about bringing a concept to reality. In this insightful talk, Jacques shares his philosophy around standing out in a crowed marketplace.
Bradley Elliott is the CEO of South African digital marketing agency Platinum Seed, which partnered with Visa and research firm World Wide Worx to create the largest ever Online Retail survey conducted in Africa, focusing on eCommerce. Elliott delivered an inspiring talk, originating in some of the major signals from China’s eCommerce market and then reverting to lessons from African eCommerce trends. Elliott ended his talk with five key takeouts to learn from the African example.
Andrew Smith started Yuppiechef with his dear friend Shane Dryden over a decade ago. From selling a handful of products in its first year, it is a now an internationally recognised business that is generating hundreds of millions in turnover. In this action-packed presentation in November 2018, Andrew explains why, in the face of retail doom and gloom, Yuppiechef's decision to launch its retails stores across South Africa was a no-brainer.
Pierre du Plessis is not your average Heavy Chef speaker. Some members of the audience were a little confused when Pierre opened his talk with "smell your hands". Pierre is not your average design thinker either. With a varied career in muliple disciplines, Pierre has advised artists, designers, technologists and international CEOs alike. The CEO of social entrepreneur company, Pierre is also a consultant, a strategist and a 'dissident preacher'. Watch this talk and prepare to be challenged.
Masechaba Ndlovu is one of South Africa's most thought-provoking personalities. Masechaba is an entrepreneur, radio show host, presenter and MC. Sometimes provocative, sometimes hilarious, always relevant, Masechaba has forged a remarkable position in the South African celebrity sector. In this seminal event in September 2018, Masechaba came to the heart of SA's second biggest township, Khayelitsha, to address a passionate entrepreneur community at the iconic Bandwidth Barn venue at Lookout Hill.
Dr. Eve is the brand that Marlene Wasserman created to create awareness around sexual health in South Africa. This outspoken Clinical Psychologist took to the Heavy Chef stage in August 2018 to join an incendiary conversation about the radical impact that sex and technology is having on our psychological makeup.
Annette Muller has had a varied and fascinating career. Named as one of Forbes Africa's Top Business Leaders To Watch, Annette has been beating the business streets across the African continent for over a decade. through the ups and downs of techpreneurship, Annette has distilled her journey into five key lessons - delivered at Bishops College in Cape Town, August 2018.
Mark Forrester, Adriaan Pienaar and Magnus Jepson met in person more than one year after they founded WooThemes, the company behind WooCommerce. This remarkable startup, which was borne out of South Africa, Norway and the UK, powers more than 50m e-commerce websites. At a Heavy Chef event in Cape Town, Forrester relates the story of how WooThemes was started and eventually sold.
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.
Sbusiso Leope is an extraordinary South African entrepreneur. DJ Sbu, as he's more commonly known in South Africa, was the first speaker to speak on a Heavy Chef stage outside the main centres of SA. Sbu gave a fired-up performance in Khayelitsha, regaling a packed crowd of passionate entrepreneurs with stories of how he started hustling selling sweets while his friends were playing and how he made seemingly ludicrous gambles in his celebrity career.
Sam Beckbessinger is a anomaly. One of the smartest financial minds in South Africa, yet her education was anything but financially-minded. Our immersive anchor Caley van der Kolk decided to face her financial fears and go head-to-head with Sam in tackling some of the basic financial questions that plagues her and just about any other millennial on this green planet of ours.
Marlon Parker is a true African entrepreneur phenomenon. Together with his wife, he started a very special project in the underserved area of Langa, outside of Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa. "RLabs is in the business of hope," according to Parker. Since its inception, the project has reached over 9m people and operates in 23 countries. In this episode of Heavy Chef Raw, anchor Caley van der Kolk finds out the secret recipe that Marlon has been wielding in creating such a remarkable and impactive South African success story.
Arlene Mulder is the co-founder of We Think Code_, one of Africa’s most explosive education startups. Upending the traditional route to becoming a developer, We Think Code_ has already trained hundreds of coders in its short existence - and Arlene's team plans to train hundreds of thousands more. Find out how Arlene did it in this fascinating video of Arlene's talk on the Heavy Chef stage in May 2018, in Cape Town.
SImon Dingle is the founder of Inves Capital and Phantom Design, and has been working in cryptocurrency since 2011. In this critical presentation, Simon follows up his 2017 Heavy Chef presentation entitled "How Blockchain Is Changing The World" with a fascinating explanation of the tumultuous world of Bitcoin and why it remains the most exciting technology advance of the 21st Century.
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.