Let the innovation revolution begin

Online since 7.09.2017 • Filed under Conference/Event
Let the innovation revolution begin

The 10th annual SABC Education Innovation Summit kicked off at the Cape Town Stadium today, 06 September 2017. Thought leaders from every industry; from inventors and start-ups to international business leaders, are participating in this network of innovation until Friday, 08 September 2017.

During the opening ceremony, Ran Nue-Ner, Co-CEO of The Creative Council shared his model for a successful business, which is based on the idea of disruption. ‘Disruption’ seemed to be the word of the day, as speakers shared many examples of how some of today’s top companies came into existence by disrupting an entire industry and completely changing the way consumers connect with products and services. Airbnb is one such example; a hospitality service company that doesn’t own a single property, it has completely differentiated itself from every other hotel and accommodation company in the industry.

Patricia Norris, CEO of CTE Investments and one of South Africa’s top business leaders shared her personal philosophy during her speech in the opening ceremony. “Grow your sphere of influence”, said Norris. “Do what you know, and allow what you know to grow, and change the world,” she adds.

Delegates then scattered to join the various breakaway sessions taking place at the Summit. In one room, a CEO confession session took place, where top South African CEOs who have succeeded internationally shared from their lessons learnt.

Another session which took place on the first day of the SABC Education Innovation Summit was ‘Big data and space,’ curated by Adrian Tiplady, which focused on advancements in the capability of technology to process huge amounts of data. Among the themes covered during the session was artificial intelligence, improving cyber security and the role of people as automation increases in all industries.

The Summit not only brings stellar national and international speakers to entertain delegates, it also offers highly practical displays aimed at providing solutions to many global challenges. The Inventors Garage competition, where inventors displayed their unique prototypes, really raised a few eyebrows. Some of the inventions include a solar powered electric fence made from recycled plastic, an indoor evaporative food cooler made from recycled materials, and new technology which enables mobile applications as well as banking apps to do voice-transactions.

The Pitching Den at the Summit also provides a great opportunity for early stage start-ups to present their ideas to a panel of investors and venture capitalists. The winning pitch will be entered into the 2018 Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco, where they stand a chance to win a US$ 1 million investment prize.

The winners of the Pitching Den and Inventors Garage will be announced tomorrow evening, Thursday 07 August 2017. On Friday, delegates will depart from the Cape Town Stadium to explore Cape Town’s technology start-up industry on the Cape Town Start-up and Tech Ecosystem Tour. Workshops will take place at various institutions in and around the city.

Chivas Regal, a sponsor of the Summit, is calling on all entrepreneurs to enter the Chivas Venture 2018, a global search for the next generation of business trailblazers that want to change the world. If you have a life-changing idea that will positively impact society, whether you are an aspiring or established entrepreneur, enter now by visiting www.TheVenture.com. Entries close on 29 October 2017.

“The atmosphere at this year’s Summit is incredible, there’s a real buzz amongst delegates. This is the type of networking that could lead to the co-creation of great products and services that build better connections in society,” says Audrey Verhaeghe, Chairperson of the Summit.

For more information on the 2017 SABC Education Innovation Summit, please visit www.innovationsummit.co.za, email info@innovationsummit.co.za or call +27 82 708 1960.


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