Good times. We've had a few.
Since 2007, we've been hosting disrupters, iconoclasts, creatives, visionaries, leaders, politicians, hooligans, billionaires, hundred-millionaires, lowly millionaires, cocky startuppers, influencers and innovators. Check out some of the events listed below. We think you'll be inspired.
FinTech. Leadership. Creativity. If you thought 2016 was head-busting, wait'll you take a gander at these smart kids. Your friends will be scratching their heads at how clever you've become. Shh. We won't tell them your dirtly lil secret.
Magda Wierzycka, the controversial CEO of Sygnia, gave a fascinating insight into her journey from Polish refugee to polarising public figure, at two packed Heavy Chef sessions held in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Magda is reviled by certain parties in government, resented by many of her peers in the financial services industry and loved by harangued South African citizens who feel helpless in the face of growing corporate corruption and greed.
Michael Deon, CEO of Augmentors, told the Heavy Chef audience about his journey from almost failing high school to creating an augmented game that has over $1 million in venture capital.
Aisha Pandor, CEO of SweepSouth, told an entranced Heavy Chef audience about the story of her and her husband's rapidly-growing startup.
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.
Murray Robertson - The Heavy Chef Event on the 30th of May featured Nic Haralambous, the man behind Nic Harry, the menswear fashion outlet. Nic gave our audience a captivating look into the South African retail industry and how it compares to international retail, its fight against the growing e-commerce culture and the struggles of big name brands and department stores.
Murray Robertson - Besides being a radio show host, designer, entrepreneur and polymath, Simon Dingle has launched several FinTech startups. He is one of Africa's most vocal proponents of the technology that is Blockchain. In this seminal Heavy Chef talk, hosted at Primedia Johannesburg and then again in Cape Town because of popularity, Simon explains why he is so excited about Blockchain - and why you should be too.
Katlego Maphai is the dynamic CEO of PoS #FinTech startup Yoco. On Valentine's Day 2017, Katlego spoke about the history and the growth of Yoco, how it spent 2 years in beta while competitors were growing in the market.
Andrew Watkins-Ball is CEO of JUMO, and is one of Africa's most exciting entrepreneurs. Andrew spoke about the process of JUMO and how JUMO monitors the behavioural patterns of the mobile banking and finance world, because everyone that has a phone has a digital footprint.
Damn, but 2016 was a heavy year. And not in a good way. There's no people more irritating than those insensitive creepy 'nice' people that say things like "Well, 2016 was actually a really enjoyable year for me!" Screw those people, and watch this selection of choice presentations from the year that David Bowie, George Michael, Prince, Professor Snape and Princess Leia died.
Craig founded the @southafrica account on Instagram as his personal passion project. It has now become an account that gathers over 1 million impressions a week and is a spectacle of how amazing the country is. Listen to him speak about how he started and the journey it has take him on.
As top 100 Mars One candidate, Dr Adriana Marais explained, it’s not just human beings who will be going to Mars – it’s an entire ecosystem.
Dr Taddy Blecher is a pioneering advocate of the free education movement in South Africa and an award-winning entrepreneur who has played a major role in transforming the lives of thousands of students.
Rich Mulholland is a familiar face on the landscape of South African entrepreneurship and education, and is the founder of the country’s largest presentation consultancy firm, Missing Link. At Heavy Chef, Mulholland presented on “how not to suck at presenting.”
Xolisa Dyeshana – the executive director at Joe Public, the largest independent ad agency in South Africa. In his presentation, Dyeshana highlighted some of the harsh realities that the industry is facing and provided actionable insights on how we can work together in overcoming those hurdles.
Mike shared his insights on the 3 C’s of influencer marketing: content, community and commerce. His talk centred on how brands should see influencers as a media channel and leverage the viral potential of community interaction and talkability.
Aidan, Head of Facebook Africa, was the first lead taking Facebook in Africa and he speaks about the journey and the impact that Facebook can and does have.
Alex shared her experience of becoming a social media influencer in the digital environment which has only taken shape in relatively recent times. Her novel, This One Time, tells the story of a social media influencer who loses control of the power that this pervasive medium affords its users.
Glenn Gillis, the founder and MD of animation and gaming company, Sea Monster. Glenn spoke extensively about the “theatre of the mind” – a concept that describes the engagement of the imagination in dealing with some of the complexities that the world is facing. In an age where interactivity is on the rise, Glenn explores how gamification is changing the way we experience the digital world on a day-to-day basis.
A bustling year for events. We were taught how to present; what it takes to write a best-selling first novel; how gamification will change your business; a look at the process of building an application that beat Facebook on the app charts; why you should never film yourself having sex; the three 'C's of Influencer Marketing - and a close look at the state of Africa's digital economy. Phew! How smart will you be after watching all these videos?
Heavy Chef hosted innovation leader and CEO of First National Bank, Michael Jordaan. His presentation focused on how FNB is leveraging digital as a tool for advancement and innovation in the banking sector. The talk also encompassed some of Jordaan's key learnings during this exciting phase of development.
Shirley Wakefield, CEO of Pondering Panda, focused on mobile usage in Africa and provided the latest statistics and trend predictions on the future of this industry.
The Wizard of Moz aka. Rand Fishkin, who presented the latest trends in search marketing. Providing key insights into seo and other search marketing
At the foremost authority on market and technological trends, Arthur Goldstuck presented the digital state of the nation. His talk included the latest stats, charts and insights into the African digital economy.
Chris Rawlinson (Head of Group Innovation, Ogilvy) spoke at the Heavy Chef Strategy Event, this session also marked the launch of the inaugural edition of the Heavy Chef Quarterly Review - an online magazine and digital learning tool.
Emma Sadleir - social media law expert and co-author of “Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex,” headlined the first Heavy Chef event for 2015.
The year of 'unradio', where we saw Africa's most controversial deejay, Gareth Cliff, talk to our audience about why he left his cushy job to start a pirate online radio station. 2014 was also the year we saw a debate rage between traditional and digital, and whether Africa still needed the good old stuff.
Global digital marketing expert, Rand Fishkin at World Wide Creative’s studio in Cape Town. Fondly known as The Wizard of Moz, Rand presented on The Paradox of Exceptional Marketing.
CEO of Ad Dynamo, Sean Riley looked at the ways in which Twitter is making a global impact as a social network and as a marketing tool for brands.
Luke Townsin, Twitter’s Head of Brand Strategy (Multinational EMEA) speaks about the major trends in content consumption and what can be called the “mobile stream."
Gareth Cliff answered a number of fascinating questions from our audience. It was so good that we've decided to break them up for you
Alan Morrissey, MD of Effective Measure reviews the latest statistics on the state of South Africa's digital landscape. According to studies conducted over a five year period, South Africa is the third fastest growing internet population in the world.
Arthur Goldstuck, Head of World Wide Worx presents his findings on the state of South Africa's digital landscape.A key focus was placed on the ever-increasing growth of smartphone usage
Justin McCarthy, MD of TBWA Durban shares his views on the future of South Africa's digital landscape at the Heavy Chef event.
Andrew Smith, CEO and Co-founder of Yuppiechef (Africa's largest online cooking store) told us about their journey to winning five 'best e-commerce site' awards in a row.
Andrew Smith, Founder of Yuppiechef, tells us is story of a successful e-commerce startup.
Remember Mxit? One of the most successful African tech startups was acquired by a bold young entrepreneur in 2012. Alan Knott-Craig Jr shared his sweeping (ultimately doomed) vision for the future in a seminal session in Johannesburg. We also looked at the rise of 'm-commerce' and the speed at which business was changing.
Angus Robinson is the Director of Mobile at Native and spoke to us about the future of M-Commerce.
Jon Hoehler is Manager of Mobile at Deloitte Digital
Don Packett is the Co-Founder of 21Tanks speaks about instant gratification and how social media is playing its roll is this world for constant and instant communication.
Alan Knott - Craig Jr - Former CEO of Mxit and serial entrepreneur speaks about how to build a social network.
Christo Davel is the CEO of 22seven and he speaks to us about Irrational Behaviour, UX and Design.
Dave Duarte is the Head of Ogilvy South Africas Digital Marketing Academy and he gives us advice about online community building.
Jennifer Grace Moreno is the former Head of Media Planning at NATIVE and is now the global accounts marketing director for Facebook - and she demystifies online advertising for us.
Serial entrepreneur Nic Haralambous unpacked how his team at Motribe built a community of over 1 million users within a year. Rich Mulholland kicked off the year with the third of his record six Heavy Chef talks with 'anti-social networking', and Nikki Cockcroft shared her views on the new media ecosystem. Rob Stokes, founder of one of the southern hemisphere's biggest digital agencies, spoke about 'the agency of the future', and Alistair King spoke from his perspective running KingJames, South Africa's biggest private advertising group.
Styli Charalambous is the CEO of the Daily Maverick which is a niche online website. He demystifies online advertising in a time where it was an early form of advertisements.
Nikki Cockcroft discusses how brands should and are becoming online publishers.
Alistair King is the Co-Founder of King James in Cape Town, he speaks about the future of digital agencies in South Africa and the world.
Rob Stokes is the CEO of Quirk - digital marketing agency based in Cape Town, South Africa, speaks about the future of digital agencies.
Nikki Cockcroft, head of the auspicious digital division over at Woolworths, recounted her experience in the brave new world of the 'New Media Ecosystem'.
Richard Mulholland speaks to the Heavy Chef audience about Anti-Social Networking
Nic was the CEO of Motribe, a mobile community platform that grew to over a million members. It was acquired by Mxit in 2012 and was labelled a Forbes top 20 start-up.
Online gurus Nic Haralambous and Vincent Maher presented a fascinating insight into mobile usage and using mobile for community building within Africa
Rich Mulholland, founder of Africa's largest presentation company, and Seth Rotherham, editor of 2oceansvibe (it's not a blog!) asked the question: "Is blogging dead?" Rich also spoke in Joburg about the new craze of Augmented Reality sweeping the globe. Uber-investor Justin Stanford spoke about hacking and security, and Tim Shier spoke on ORM.
Digital marketing maven, Walter Pike talks about how interaction is changing. Walter highlights how traditional brand building theory is changing and how new technology and the dawn of the attention economy means we need to interact in new ways.
Tiffany Markman explains how engagement is totally different to print and what you need to do to write in order to build a community, rather than just an audience.
The dynamic duo, Seth Rotherham and Rich Mulholland (not sure which one is Robin?) asked the question "Is blogging dead" to a packed crowd at Deloittes in Cape Town.
Paul Galatis from Yuppiechef shares with us the true story behind the fantastic case study of Online Reputation Management, that has become known as The Woolies Lovebirds Saga.
Andy Hatfield and Craig Rodney come together in an exciting duo to discuss the sudden focus on ORM and how brands and personalities can manage and improve their online reputation.
Tim Shier from Brandseye offered us a lucid explanation of the intricate workings of Online Reputation Management
Rich Mulholland, a Heavy Chef fan favourite, gives insights to Augmented Reality and the future of this new technology.
Justin is the co-founder and MD of 4Di Group, a diversified investment management group and he is an angel investor. He speaks to us about web security.
Rob Stokes, founder of Quirk, explained the basics of digital marketing. Rui Esteves, founder of Vida e Caffe and Brewers & Union, gave a seminal talk on building a brand. Fiona Phillips, CEO of CyberCellar, spoke on building an international e-commerce store. And the original South African dragon, Mr Vinny Lingham, gave us a 'behind-the-scenes' glimpse into raising funds in the Silicon Valley scene.
During our November Heavy Chef Session we asked Robert Maconachie, CEO of Channel Mobile to come talk top us about Mobile Marketing.
Andrea Kraushaar is Director of research and insights at Youth Dynamix, which create online digital strategies tailored specifically for the Youth Market.
Rob Stokes founded Quirk before we had even even of the term "SEO" or "E-Marketing", from just a thought while studying to now having offices in Cape Town, Jozi and London
Fiona Phillips gave a tantalizing talk about e-commerce and its difference use in the online business world. Fiona founded Cybercellar in 1998 and it became the number one online source for South African wines - with 70% of their customers being from overseas.
Andrew Smith, the founder of one of South Africa's largest e-commerce websites, Yuppiechef, speaks about how to create a successful e-commerce website.
Rui Esteves, co-founder of two of Africa's most iconic consumer-focused companies, Vida e Caffe and &Union beer, takes the Heavy Chef stage to discuss the secrets behind building a successful consumer brand.
In this seminal talk from 2009, serial entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, one of South Africa's best business personalities, took to the Heavy Chef stage to share his views on how to raise funds for an online business. Vinny relates his story of the website building business Yola.com and how he generated the startup capital to make the venture one of the fastest growing in its category.