Net Prophet 2010 – celebrating African digital innovation
Net Prophet 2010 will be taking place on 13 May from 8am to 5pm at the Old Mutual Business School, in Pinelands, Cape Town. Net Prophet, hosted by the RAMP Foundation, is a one-day conference where internet experts and successful entrepreneurs offer insights, data, sound business advice, and practical ways to turn knowledge into profits. This year the conference has a strong focus on digital innovation in Africa, as well as on building a globally competitive IT economy in South Africa.
“œThe opportunities that the internet provides in South Africa and Africa for businesses are simply too important to ignore,“ said Tim Price, marketing manager for the RAMP Group. “œThis year‘s event is a celebration of digital success in Africa, and also intends to empower delegates with the knowledge to go and create new success stories, and become our future Net Prophets.“
Speakers at Net Prophet 2010 will include Erik Hersman (Ushahidi, AfriGadget, TED Fellow ““ a.k.a. “˜White African‘) talking about innovation and technology in Africa, Vinny Lingham (yola, Clicks2Customers) talking about building global technology start-ups, and Stuart Ntlathi from the Stuart Ntlathi Institute of Science and Technology explaining why it is so important to encourage previously disadvantaged South Africans to choose technology as a career path.
World Wide Worx‘s Arthur Goldstuck will share his latest online trends and stats with the Net Prophet attendees, including World Wide Worx‘s latest connectivity and mobile statistics. He will also chat about strategies needed to succeed in the mobile internet space, and share some valuable lessons about how today‘s youth are acquiring digital skills.
A recent (and exciting) addition to the speaker line-up is Sarah Lacy, editor-at-large for TechCrunch.com, the largest blog on tech entrepreneurship in the world.
View the full list of Net Prophet 2010 speakers.
Speak to anyone who attended last year‘s event and you‘ll hear the same story: this is one conference that is not to be missed. Mike Stopforth from Cerebra, who spoke at Net Prophet 2009, described the event as “œhow conferences in SA should be run.“ And it‘s not just for geeks: Net Prophet should be attended by anyone wanting to tap into the power of the internet to grow their business.
The conference is free to attend, but delegates must pre-register at www.netprophet.org.za. Only registered delegates will be allowed access to the conference.
The last word goes to Jack Kruger, head of digital at Old Mutual: “œFree access to enabling knowledge is the true killer app. As platinum sponsor of Net Prophet 2010 we are proud to be associated with an event that makes it possible.“