Agenda day 1

Tuesday, 7 November

Arrival & registration

Rory Moore, innovation pioneer, AccentureRory Moore, innovation pioneer, Accenture

Latest digital opinion: The digitisation of business

Matt Brown, CEO, Digital KungfuMatt Brown, CEO, Digital Kungfu

We live in an era of risk and instability. Globalisation, new technologies, and greater transparency have combined to upend the business environment and give many business leaders a deep sense of unease. If your competitive reality is uncertain and rapidly changing, you need a dynamic and sustainable way to stay ahead. The key to growth – even survival – is to unlock a new competitive advantage.

  • A new understanding of how exponential technology is changing the shape and future of your business
  • What the heck is "digitisation" anyway?
  • Why digital is more than marketing
  • The 6 D's of digitisation
  • The three types of Artificial Intelligence
  • Insights into Blockchain technology
  • The impact of disruptive competition
Accelerator and start-up: Hidden menace: The HouseME case study

Ben Shaw, CEO, HouseMEBen Shaw, CEO, HouseME

HouseME is a digital rental management platform that has taken the residential property market by storm since its launch in September 2016. The transparency and efficiencies realised through its technology platform allows expert, on-demand services to be available to landlords at a fraction of traditional fees. Find out about the damage that incremental change does to incumbent business, and why disruptive technologies remain a threat. And examine how technology start-ups challenge the status quo, and how they can best position their business to effectively ride the next wave.

  • Gain insight into the disruptive technologies that are threatening incumbent business
  • Learn how you can ride the next wave from the horse's mouth
  • A disruptor explains how HouseME has taken the residential property by storm and how this type of disruption could just as easily happen to you

Accelerator and start-up: Accelerating the next generation of African startups

Philip Kiracofe, Managing director, Startupbootcamp Cape TownPhilip Kiracofe, co-managing director, Startupbootcamp

Startupbootcamp is the world's leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator programme. Startupbootcamp Cape Town is Startupbootcamp's first programme on the African continent, and is focused on high-growth startups in block-chain, connected devices, payment solutions, capital markets and asset management, integrated supply chain, e-commerce, retailtech, insurtech, alternative financing, identity management, digital connectivity, data and behavioural analytics and enabling technologies. Over the 3 month programme, 10 selected high potential startups from across the globe will accelerate their companies with the help of a team of top entrepreneurs, investors, and partners. In 3 months, the selected teams will achieve what normally would take 12-18 months, by leveraging direct access to key contacts in the industry, €15,000 in investment, €450,000+ in services, access to 100+ highly engaged mentors, free office space and facilities, and access to funding from a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms.

  • Why are accelerator programmes necessary?
  • What types of sectors are the next 'batch' of startups going to disrupt?
  • Find out what you can learn from the types of businesses they are already supporting

Networking and refreshments
Start-up and disruptor - Interviewed: How mobile start-up Giraffe is shaking up the recruitment game

Anish Shivdasani,CEO and co-founder, GiraffeAnish Shivdasani, founder and CEO, Giraffe, interview by Rory Moore, innovation pioneer, Accenture

Johannesburg-based tech start-up, Giraffe, aims to address SA's high unemployment rate by linking job seekers with employment opportunities, and to help employers recruit the most suitable staff, quickly and at a low cost. Find out how it did this, what it has accomplished to date, and where to from here.

It made the news in 2015 first for the major uptake of nearly 10 000 job-seeker registrations for its recruitment services in just two months, followed by winning top South African start-up by Seedstars World 2015 – a global seed-stage start-up competition for emerging markets. Shiddasani has over 10 years' experience in strategy consulting and start-ups – working with teams across the UK, Africa and Asia.

  • How do you know when you can be considered a success?
  • How have they disrupted the recruitment environment? Why the recruitment environment?
  • Find out what challenges they experienced and how they overcame them

Digital Thought-leadership How do you construct a business environment and culture that can adapt and innovate effectively, and compete successfully in an ever accelerating business environment?

Arun Babu, Digital lead, strategy & operations, Deloitte AfricaArun Babu , Digital lead, strategy & operations, Deloitte Africa

The digital era that we have entered was recently termed the fourth industrial revolution (2016 World Economic Forum in Davos). Having the benefit of hindsight, we know these industrial revolutions have previously had a dramatic and notable impact on all businesses and industries, resulting in the elimination of well-established industry stalwarts and the creation of new business giants. We have the opportunity to prepare our businesses to thrive in these tumultuous times.

  • Prepare your business to thrive in a disruptive environment
  • What does an agile and innovative workplace look like?
  • Determine if it is possible to successfully disrupt an incumbent business?

Thought-leadership Leading the disruption

Valter Adao, chief digital and innovation officer, Deloitte AfricaRory Moore, innovation pioneer, Accenture

  • How the competitive playing field is changing
  • Why your acquisition strategy isn't what it used to be
  • Organising for disruption

Lunch and networking
2017 report on the SA start-up ecosystem: Unicorns, gazelles and leapfrogs – fast-tracking our ecosystem

Jason Levin, director, Elevation Jason Levin, director, Elevation interview by Rory Moore, innovation pioneer, Accenture

Engage in conversation with Jason Levin, chief explorer, author, entrepreneur, intrapreneur and director at Elevation, who – from November 2016 to May 2017, interviewed role players which led to secondary research that supports this paper: 'Unicorns, gazelles and leapfrogs'.

Unwrap with some assistance, more about the 'leapfrogs' –

  • SA as a resource hub
  • Impact investor haven
  • Access public investment funds
  • Vertical, sector specialisation

Behavioural data in digital finance

Warren Squires, Director of MTN Channel, JUMOWarren Squires, director of MTN channel, JUMO

Fine out how data analytics, specifically behavioural data can be used to democratise financial services.

  • Achieve multiple x scale, performance and cost efficiency utilising digital/behavioural data, cloud and cross functional partnerships.

Digital Thought-leadership:Digital transformation: enhancing performance through digital technology

Anton Cabral, Partner and managing executive, LRMG Performance Agency DigitalAnton Cabral, partner and managing executive, LRMG Performance Agency Digital

Digital Transformation is the hot topic on everyone's lips. But while many organisations are succumbing to corporate FOMO and chasing every digital fad to try and keep ahead of the pack, they're often forgetting the most essential factor in realising true digital maturity: their employees, and the Employee Experience (Ex) they deliver

Anton will share the:

  • Ins-and-outs of transitioning organisations from their traditional platforms across to digital environments
  • How employee performance can be enhanced through innovative digital engagement, particularly during times of change
  • How being able to engage, upskill and align employees with the business goals of an organisation lays a foundation that welcomes evolution, and fosters agility and success from its greatest assets – its people

Networking and refreshments
Thought-leadership from the inside out Moving from analogue to digital - product distribution to a platform business

Andrew J Moodley, chief digital officer, AxizAndrew J Moodley, chief digital officer, Axiz

Axiz's digital transformational journey captures a trajectory of moving a business from being a pure traditional distributor of products (hardware and software) to a platform for trade facilitating a value driven ecosystem. This journey not only transcends technology but fundamentally entails redefining a new business identity in digital presence, redefining and investing in new core business competencies with value proposition to market while challenging, but leveraging, traditional business thinking.

The obvious complexities and challenges clearly eliminates the possibility of a "one size fits all" strategy to all business, "or does it?" Nonetheless the digital age demands unprecedented business designs to survive this unpredictable but inevitable wall. The "platform business" perhaps present a methodology to begin unravelling key business concepts in transforming a business.

  • Discuss the critical strategic decision points involved in this trajectory he leads within Axiz
  • Determine the importance of design thinking principles that are essential to navigating through the digital transformational journey
Digital Thought-leadership The future workforce of organisations that will enable disruption, and what to do with or about them

David Ambler, people and organisation digital product development and manager, PwCDavid Ambler, people and organisation digital product development and manager, PwC

Discussions about innovation in a corporate context are typically framed around new technologies and the impact they will have on how business will be done. Focus is placed on how successfully these new tools and methods can be adopted and implemented in order to remain relevant to clients and deliver value to shareholders.

Little emphasis, however, is often placed on the impact these new technologies are having on people and the inherent disruption that this brings. This is especially true as the global workforce is getting younger and many of the new staff will have grown up in a completely different, and often foreign, world to the current business leaders.

The need to better understand the incoming generations at work and how to adopt them is becoming an issue as important to an organisation's sustainability, or perhaps more so, than being able to adopt the latest technology.

David will share and comment on some of these observable trends, what they mean in a business context and what a company like PwC is doing to try keep up.

Disrupting human resources

Nicola Columbine, managing director, Integrative ConsultingNicola Columbine, managing director, Integrative Consulting

As a new world of work emerges, technology is already playing an instrumental role in transforming traditional Human Resources functions to automate and augment business support processes. In the future, innovative technologies from AI to robotics will play a greater role in managing both routine HR tasks, as well as enabling greater workforce optimisation.

Find out how technology is transforming traditional HR functions and inviting opportunities to realise greater efficiencies in workforce management.

The future of digital marketing – big data in action

Ryan Smit, managing director, BMI-TechKnowlege and head of the measurement Council for the IAB SARyan Smit, managing director, BMI-TechKnowlege and head of the measurement Council for the IAB SA

In the past few years many technology companies have been talking about "Big Data", and the massive potential it has to help companies to transform their businesses in a digital world. However, how many real-world examples have you ever seen of big data in action, and of those how many are something that you can use today? We are going to have a conversation about how big data has completely revolutionised the way that digital media is bought and sold, and how your business is probably not capitalising on some of your greatest assets. What does this mean for the way you plan your products and services, and what impact could this have on your business model? Finally, we take a look at what impact this this have on the future consumer's experiences, and what will the world look like in 10-15 years when this data explosion is fully integrated into our digitally augmented lives.

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