The 7th annual South African (SA) Innovation Summit is SA’s premier innovation event of the year and brings together thought leaders and practitioners in the field of innovation to showcase success stories, share lessons learnt, connect with peers, be inspired by those who keep on moving and practice by doing…innovation! This year, the event is in Cape Town for the first time!
The SA Innovation Summit forms part of World Design Capital (WDC) Cape Town 2014, an international city promotion project that celebrates the merits of design and highlights the accomplishments of cities. This years’ theme, ‘Local Innovation, Global Conversation’, showcases South Africa’s wealth of creativity, originality and ingenuity of developing solutions for unique challenges.
Here is what is in store during the three day event:
16 – 18 September 2014
Throughout the three day Summit, the Spark Lab is the central hub where inventors and innovators share their creations at the exhibition stands. Inventors’ Garage finalists exhibit the designs which awarded them the final places in the competition, and the Pitching Den stage showcases the wealth of local innovation in SA during the judging competition. Fragrant food stalls feed the hungry crowd, and escape from the buzzing atmosphere can be found in the chill zone. This is open for the public to walk in and enjoy from 9:00 to 16:00 every day. On the 18th we will close at 14:00
Tuesday 16 September 2014
The event starts at 07:30 where attendees register and mingle, and Master of Ceremonies (MC) Talia Sanhewe welcomes guests at 08:30. The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille gives an overview of the enabling environment of innovation in SA at 09:00.
Seminars – 09:30-10:50
The opening ceremony ends at 09:30, and the first speaker of the day, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town Mr. Chris Whelan, talks about how to create a system of innovation from a business perspective, until 10:00. A Q&A follows, and then the second speaker of the day, General Manager of Design Thinking SABS Mr. Gavin Magni talks about the challenge of how to take local entrepreneurs to global greatness through design thinking from 10:20 to 10:50.
The talk is followed by a coffee break, then it’s workshops workshops workshops!
Workshops – 11:20-12:45
There are seven workshops running simultaneously from 11:20 to 12:45 under four headlines being Entrepreneurial / Policy / Business Innovation / Academic.
Wesgro panel discussion – How to grow a small R5 million business into a mid-size global R50 million business. The interactive panel discussion will enrich attendees’ lives with pointers on how to move from a basic business plan and strategy to one with unlimited possibilities from some of the country’s foremost business minds. The workshop is moderated by Wesgro’s CEO Mr. Nils Flaatten and other participants include Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), MC Saatchi, Spoor & Fisher and Keet van Zyl from Knife Capital.
Dr Erold Noamab from the University of Namibia explains what open innovation is doing for the region of Namibia, Zambia and Mosambique. Peter Greenwall entertains with his insights about the vortex of innovation.
Mr. Kevin McCaffrey, Tr3Dent – How to take a business’ data to the third dimension.
Dimitri Markoulides, BMGI – The benefits of structured innovation.
Mr. Dov Paluch, Managing Director (MD) of Catalyst Research Solutions – Innovation incentives in SA; what is available and is the Government doing enough.
Dr. Carla Enslin, Vega School of Brand Leadership – Schooling teachers and learners by design.
Dr. Ron Beyers, Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa – Developing future leaders in innovation.
Seminar – 13:45-14:15
After lunch, Mrs. Patricia Gouws from UNISA talks about innovation in community engagement from 13:45 to 14:15. The talk is followed by eight more workshops in Entrepreneurial / Policy / Business Innovation / Academic.
Workshops – 14:30-15:30
Eight knowledgeable speakers keep attendees riveted with various talks about innovation.
Professor Wilma Viviers and Martin Cameron, North West University – A tool to assess the size of the market for a product.
Justin Coetzee, MD of Go Metro – My journey to raise venture capital for business growth.
Mr. Jukka Matikainen, New Factory Tampere in Finland – Innovation in New Factory.
Mr. Sybert Liebenberg, East London Science and Technology Park – A programme that accelerates innovation in the Eastern Cape.
Dr. Rolan Christian, Square Peg Innovation – Lessons learnt from applying an agile innovation approach to product development in a SA start-up.
MosambiqueMr. Arthur Lenk, Israeli Ambassador – How Israel’s innovative experience is relevant for Africa.
Wouter Grove, University of the Western Cape – Competencies for the successful use of digital gaming in building digimodern leadership.
Puleng Makhoalibe, University of Cape Town – Design thinking as a catalyst for a culture of innovation in project management.
Seminar – 16:00-17:00
The day concludes with the highlight of the day, the MD of Siyaxusa Investments, Siya Xusa’s seminar titled ‘Journey to Jupiter, unleashing disruptive innovation’ from 16:00 to 17:00. The journey to Jupiter talk is a personal journey about Siya’s experiences in innovation from making rocket fuel in a kitchen in Mthatha, to high performance fuel cells in labs at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At only 25 year old, Siya has had some significant achievements. He was awarded first place at the 2007 Intel Science and Engineering Fair – the world’s largest youth innovation fair, and in 2008, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory named a minor planet “Siyaxuza”, found near the Jupiter asteroid belt, in his honour.
Wednesday 17 September 2014
As if day one wasn’t enough with its stellar line-up and thought-provoking workshops and seminars, day two is just as extraordinary!
Seminars – 09:00-10:15
The day begins with two exceptional speakers. Ms. Helen Bührs is the MD of Inscape Education Group and talks about quality and unique thinking at Inscape Design College from 09:00 to 09:30, followed by the CEO of NicSocks, Nicholas Haralambous’ seminar about manufacturing and e-commerce, the online / off-line marriage.
Workshops – 10:45-12:00
More tantalizing workshops take place from 10:45 to 12:00 under the Entrepreneurial / Policy / Business Innovation / Academic banners.
Alex Fraser, CEO of Stonetree – SA as an innovation hub.
Ms. Christine Strutt, Von Seidels – IP protection, local innovation with a global mindset.
Cor Schutte, Transport for Cape Town – Reducing the cost of access in Cape Town by doing things differently.
Dr. Anneline Chetty, Ethekwini Municipality – Innovation and enterprise development at Ethekwini Municipality.
Andrew Purnell, NNC Environmental Services – NNC as a case study.
Tasos Calantzis, SABS Design Institute, Design as the glue for commerce
Mr. Isaiah Engelbrecht, Innoworxx – Pathways to success: from idea to market, book launch.
Mr. Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Skopus Business Consultants – Dealing with the innovation crisis: re-thinking the entrepreneurial university.
James Ondari, Vaal University of Technology – Anaerobic degradation of pre-treated abattoir wastewater in an USB reactor.
Seminars – 12:00-14:30
The highlight of the day is the CEO panel debate from 12:00 to 13:00. The panel members explore some of the challenges that CEO’s face about innovation in the South African business environment. It also explores conducive legislation to innovate in SA and the importance of Intellectual Property to defend territories. CEO’s from DuPont, General Electric and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development Ltd tackle the theme: The connection between science and profit. Dr Francis Petersen from the National Advisory Council of Innovation (NACI) is the Panel Moderator.
The next informative seminar is given by the CEO of Innovation Shack, Charles Maisel who discusses a full system approach to innovation with success case studies at 14:00 to 14:30.
Workshops – 14:40-15:40
The Summit’s last eight workshops take place at 14:40 to 15:40.
Patrick Schofield, Thundafund.com – Crowdfunding for innovative and creative start-ups.
Mr. Veda Sunasee, African Leadership Academy – Model to idea incubation for African youth.
Lu Marie Sobey, Syneticsworld – Think, plan, ACTION: Three steps to powerful SA innovation.
Mr. Gysbert Kappers, Wyzetalk – Every business needs to be innovative, but not every business taps into the source of inspiration.
Kenneth Miya, Goll Innovation and Media Company – Goll Efrubot, Ecitrus, Enotifiii, Evision, Eworksop and Ecube
Andrea Bolnick, Ikhayalami – The rationale and trajectory of ‘re-blocking.’
Dr. Kit Vaughan, CapeRay Medical (Pty) Ltd – A novel engineering design for early diagnosis of breast cancer.
Nora Rasenti, Environmental Exchange – Environmentally friendly technology.
The second day of the Summit wraps up with a final act and prize giving for the Pitching Den, Inventors’ Garage and exhibition spaces from 16:20 to 17:00.
Thursday 18 September 2014
The third day of the Summit is dedicated to the youth from 10:00 to 14:00 where students are invited and encouraged to interact at the Spark Lab, share knowledge and spread ideas of innovation. 8 dedicated 1/2 hour sessions will be fun and learn workshops focused on the youth of tomorrow. All youth welcome.
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