Tech4Africa is the premier mobile, web & emerging tech event in Africa.

October 9th & 10th 2013, Johannesburg

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Investment, Invention and Inspiration @ Tech4Africa

Here are three of the top speakers that will be presenting at Tech4Africa on Thursday, November 1st. Check out the rest of the speakers and buy your ticket now!

Sim Shagaya, Nigeria @Simdul

The Nigerian born Harvard graduate plans to create the of Africa, ‘selling Lagos's increasingly affluent consumer class everything from refrigerators to perfume to cupcakes’. After leaving Google’s South African operations in 2005, Sim raised $1million for DealDey, starting as a voucher-comparison site, gradually moving to selling experiences, products and services.

DealDey is now the top-grossing ecommerce site in Nigeria, with 350,000 subscribers, growing at 20% month on month. While there may be an e-commerce platform at the core, Sim has had to face offline challenges: from a lack of credit cards and online payment fraud to high storage costs and poor transport infrastructure; even drivers being ambushed or robbed!

But the site is succeeding in Africa's most populous nation, and one of the fastest growing and most challenging markets on the continent. If DealDey peaks your interest then check out Sim’s latest invention – - and come hear about it in person!

Mbwana Alliy, Tanzania @mbwana

Mbwana is the founder and managing partner of Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund. He understands a broad spectrum of technology, with a career that spans military flight testing to product management at Microsoft. His entrepreneurial credentials are also strong, having co-founded Tanzania's first ecommerce travel portal, and then worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at i/o ventures- a Silicon Valley based accelerator and seed fund.

Returning to East Africa he now focuses his time on finding early-stage high growth technology (web and mobile) startups in Sub-Saharan Africa. Savannah Fund is a seed capital fund that aims to bridge the early stage/angel and VC gap, with US$25k -$500k investments.

You may well have read his blog on, focusing on funding and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa - now come and hear him speak! &

Verone Mankou, Democratic Republic of Congo @vmktech

26-year old Verone designed and architected his touchpad entirely in Congo-Brazzaville, using a customized version of Android, priced at less than half the cost of a Samsung Galaxy and less than a third of what an iPad will set you back. After launching the Way-C in 2011, Verone has now introduced his African smartphone, the "Elikia", which means "hope" in Lingala language.

Verone is now looking for investment to build a production line for the Way-C in the DRC, while also developing a developer ecosystem and market for apps, monetization of content etc. His next ambition? ..“to give all African households access to technology, and develop a new tablet for education priced at about US$100”.

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Flying to Johannesburg? We've created an accomodation guide, including details on rooms available. Startups from around Africa can register for startup pitching competition. All details are on our Ignite page. For the first time you can have your say for Tech4Africa using our feedback platform. To find out more, visit our voting page.

Who goes to Tech4Africa?

Account Manager, Africa correspondent, BDFM Online Editor, Blogger, Campaign Manager, CEO, Chairman, Chief Sales and Marketing Office, Co-founder, Communications Officer, COO, CTO, Corporate Communication Specialist, Customer Experience Lead, Developer, Digital Brand Manager, Digital Platforms Manager, Editor-in-chief, Enterprise Architect, Executive Editor, Founder, Group CEO, Group Communications Manager, Hacker, Head of Analytics, Optimisation and Usability, Head of Digital Communications, Head of Digital Media and Marketing, Head of Engage, Head of Optimise, Head of PR and Communications, Head of Social Media, Head of Technical Operations, Head of Technology, Head: Digital Marketing Campaigns, Head: Digital Presence, Head: Product Development & Portals, Managing Director, Managing Editor, Managing Partner, Marketing & Commercial Manager, Marketing & Sales Manager, Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, MD, Online Manager, Operations Manager, Owner, Partner, Product Development Manager, Product Manager, Project Manager, Researcher, Sales Director, Senior Business Analyst, Senior Manager: Strategic Contract R&D, Social media evangelist, Software Engineer, Technology Solutions Manager, Surveys Editor, Systems & Devices Manager, Talent Development, Technical Director, Technical Evangelist, Technology Editor, Technology Strategy, Usability expert, User Interface developer, Writer

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Quotes from previous attendees:

@rudshep: Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks!

@ShawnGraaff: @Tech4Africa has reached out to over 150 cities, mostly main cities in Africa, this is how you empower and innovate a continent #T4A

@liambeeton: We have come to the end of @Tech4Africa #T4A. I really enjoyed myself, met some great people and am taking so much info away.

@imel: @Tech4Africa great being here, fantastic optimism in the air #t4a

@glenbvuma: Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A

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History of Tech4Africa: Did you know that Tech4Africa was first conceived in 2006, launched in 2010 and is now in it's 4th year? Read more about our history.

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