Discussions

The agenda for Stream Africa 2017 is in your hands. There are six session times a day, hosted in nine different meeting spaces. Each session runs for 1 hour (give or take) and all sessions are led by you, the Stream participants. Here's how it works:

  1. Before Stream - Share your idea - Create a New Discussion by clicking on the blue ‘add idea’ button on the left of this page
  2. Before Stream - Invite others to join you - you can see the participants list at the Participants page.
  3. At Stream - Book a slot - when you arrive on site, write your discussion on the Big Boards

The Stream team is on hand to help. Please get in touch if you'd like to talk an idea through before posting, or would like help finding some co-hosts.


John Beale

Pernod Ricard

Procurement killed the advertising star

Is procurement going to kill the creativity and replace us with robots? What are the positives and negatives of strong procurement led marketing departments, and what should we be doing to keep creativity, our best people, and our best work, alive!

Andrew Kramer

AdColony Africa

Digital is Dead Long Live Digital

Lets deal with the hot topic of Digital third party verification. Then try agree on a standard and who should pay.

Stephany Brewer

Kantar Insights AME

Stereotyping is alive and well!

Are stereotypical portrayals of gender, family, race and nationality really such a bad thing? Where does the line start blurring?

Kieran Duggan

CapeNetworks

Artificial Intelligence: possibilities and limitations, a look inside the black box of machine learning

Advances in machine learning in recent years has improved how we are able to aggregate and derive value from big datasets, group data and identify pattens. How can these advances be made immediately useful to those of us with big datasets available? What are the possibilities now that we have made a large leap? What are the limitations we face in applying the state of the art in machine learning? What is inside the ML "blackbox"? Join as we explore how it works, what the possibilities are, where the limitations lie, and what it means for the world we live in.

Benjamin Faes

Google

How Cloud computing can jump start the continent to best in class

Cloud computing is revolutionizing access to best in class computing and use of Artificial intelligence giving everyone the same tools as the large multinational companies.

Will Green

Apurimac / Colab

Can Blockchain Technologies with Cryptocurrencies impact Marketers in the future?

Crypto... what, Blockchain... huh! You're in good company here!

Wayne Wilson

Blue Robot

Beating the All Blacks!

We all want our teams going into every pitch knowing they are going to win, a bit like the All Blacks. How do we breed that winning culture within an organisation and what makes people stay? I know what works for us, lets compare notes.

Andre de Wet

2nd Base Inc

The 4th Industrial ...something or other...

Come and discuss the affect it will have on us, on others. And can someone please come and explain the 2nd and 3rd revolutions and how we got to 4. Let's discuss outcomes and how to prepare - and help others to prepare, cause it is coming and we need to be ready. Opportunity awaits.

Randell Maree

3D Echo Tech

How to entice merchants to a new e-commerce platform

This is a selfish information-finding exercise to explore possibilities for a new e-commerce platform that brings merchants on-board who have no or little understanding of the Internet and social media and to provide them with free listings for their products in exchange for a percentage of revenue when their products are sold via the site. That said, I believe that the topic can evolve into a very interesting discussion. Some points that can be included can be: How do you market to merchants who currently don't really use the Internet? How detailed should the agreement with them be so as to not scare them off? How do you launch a website to serve as a proof-of-concept to attract new merchants without losing credibility with prospective customers due to the initial lack of density of products?

Randell Maree

3D Echo Tech

Sculpting with technology - Q&A with top local sculptors

Last year, we explored how technology is used to scale sculptures to unimaginable sizes. We even demonstrated this at the conference via live-streaming of the production of a 7-meter tall sculpture that we assembled at the event! This year we want to explore other ways that technology is used in the production of sculptures. How does this affect the artist? What possibilities are there for the future for art as a result? I will have a panel of local renowned sculptors available to answer questions from the audience. Their art will be on exhibition at the conference to serve as discussion points.

Mineze Grobler

Think Ahead

Pinkifying tech - Igniting girls' interest in & passion for coding

Working within coding I often get asked what we're doing to include more girls and I wish it was as simple as making the logo pink and sprinkling some Tinkerbell dust. Most times, I'm left feeling discouraged and disappointed by the lack of female representation in tech. Let's use this platform to discuss what parents. teachers and industry can do to promote equality in coding.

Ryan Parkhurst

Investec

Ethics & Neuromarketing: should we give a shit?

The power to subconsciously influence behavior/decision making by applying neuroscience principles provides marketers with the ability to grossly influence decision making - from the most educated to the least. We'll explore neuroscience basics, how the brain works and, unpack the unintended consequences of widespread use of Neuromarketing.

Yaron Assabi

MMA

Permission Marketing

We all want to be treated differently and get personal service. Digital and Mobile Marketing is becoming more contextual and relevant with the advent of technology innovation , such as geo fencing , artificial intelligence and omni channel attribution analysis . How do we avoid consumers feeling that we are invading their privacy as we aim to get to know them better and give them more of what they want ? How do we increase the level of permission and opt in ? How do we create the balance between getting the right message at the right time and customers opting out because they feel violated ?

Patricia Safo

JCS Investments

The Internets of Rural Agriculture - the How's and Why's

The internet is increasingly changing the West African lived experience, yet it seems that its reach has been limited to its cities and urban areas. With the huge impact the internet has made on connectivity and development, and the potential to transform agriculture, we need to quickly think of ways to empower rural smallholder farmers with internet access and knowledge. Failure to do this will not only result in widened inequality gap, but also poses a food security risk and fewer chances of attaining real economic development. This discussion will seek answers to how private stakeholders can contribute to facilitating the inclusion of rural agricultural players in the internet boom that their urban counterparts benefit from.

Warren Harding

BBC

Marketing with fake news: A risky game to play?

In a world of post-truth and alternative facts. A world where the public believe what they want to believe, and discard everything else. What impact does this have on marketing? Is marketing ever fake news, or vice versa? Does fake news spell opportunity for Brands?

Jian Camara Reis

MTN

How do you protect internal disruption from the corporate immune system?

Any big corporate nowadays is trying to disrupt itself in effort to 10x growth, improve efficiencies and expand to new markets before smaller, more agile upstarts come and disrupt it. The challenge is that these disruption efforts are typically under pressure from the corporate immune system; subject to onerous governance and legacy processes and thinking that choke whatever innovation is being fostered. How are SA and international corporates successfully creating spaces within their organisations where digital disruption is encouraged, nurtured and protected from the corporate immune system?

Benjamin Schoderer

YUM! Brands Africa

How can Stream help fix South Africa?

We all know the dire state of affairs in South Africa 2017. Junk Status, corruption, unhealthy politics etc. Yet the most common responses in SA seem to be "Nothing I can do" accompanied by a lot of moaning, a Zumamustfall hashtag or something similar, almost always coming from a negative mindset. Surely with all the high profile influential leaders attending Stream we can come up with something POSITIVE that can make an impact, for instance in the education space? Looking forward to discussing some ideas (don't come to complain).

Lana Strydom

Vodacom

Talking to Tobi, bots and customer service

Where do bots fit into the customer service ecosystem? What are the baseline requirements for customers to feel comfortable interacting? What does the technology stack look like? Will bots really reduce service cost over time?

Howard Sackstein

Saicom

What the heck is going on....unravelling South African Politics using a Facebook Messenger Research Bot

As the race to lead the ANC hots up - South Africa sits dangerously on a precipice - they say "fools and prophets predict the future" - and I'm certainly not a prophet... Having once been Executive Director of the IEC and now working on the Ramaphosa campaign, I want to try share a little insight into what's happening in the ANC leadership race, and the 2019 General Elections. If you promise not to share I will show you some amazing polling research not available to the public.... The research was conducted using a Facebook Messenger Research Bot called Ratepop with more than 6 800 respondents.

Craig Corte

Barclays Africa

Is Capitalism obsolete?

will the current economic system undermine itself - thoughts from keynote by Yannis Varoufakis

May Lalloo

Nestle

The Silicone Valley of Europe - Learning's from Amsterdam

Netherlands is one of the five most competitive economies in the world. It's largest country, Amsterdam is quickly becoming one of the hottest global start-up destinations. Both at a public and private level, entrepreneurship and innovation are being prioritised. I had the opportunity to attend a tech and design leadership program with Popimedia and the En-novate group. I will share some of my learnings and the start-ups that we visited during the program.

Stephany Zoo

Phoenix Risen

China and Africa: What's next?

Given Belt and Road, we know what China in Africa means for infrastructure and development, but what does it mean for media and tech?

Floris Buys

SpliceWorks

South Africa 2050

What does South Africa look like in 2050? The economy? Unemployment? Education? Innovation? Global competitiveness? How do we create the future we want?

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