Meet a new breed of insurgents who are driving disruption at the frontline of technology, business and beyond at the BCX Disrupt Summit 16 – 17 November at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre.
From the great minds who are imagining what future data storage looks like - not just 100 years from now, but 100 000 years from now to enlightened thinkers who are bringing together ideas from vividly diverse spectrums. This is disruption.
At the BCX Disrupt Summit, you'll immerse your mind in the possibilities to create the business of tomorrow. Get inspired by the potential of what you can accomplish, and how you can accomplish it. Book your tickets now and get ready to discover new potential directions or wake up to possibilities that have been lying in wait all along. One thing is certain, you'll never think the same again.
will.i.am is a creative innovator with a passion for merging the worlds of technology and design. His i.am+ company is fusing the worlds of technology, culture, fashion, and AI (artificial intelligence), to offer stylish products including BUTTONS Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. will.i.am previously served as Chief Creative Officer of 3D Systems, and Director of Creative Innovation at Intel. He also created EKOCYCLE, a sustainable fashion and accessories brand in conjunction with partner, The Coca-Cola Company. Additional business and creative content leadership roles include: founding equity shareholder in Beats Electronics; Co-creator & Partner in ill.i Optics eyewear. will.i.am is the frontman for the global music hit machine, the Black Eyed Peas, and has been recognized by seven Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a CLIO Award, and the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award.Visit will.i.am
Charlie is best known as, “the chef who fed Google.” It was a job he won in a cook-off in 1999, judged by the company's then 40 employees. By the time he left Google in 2005, his team of five chefs and 150 employees were serving 4,000 lunches and dinners a day at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Ayers was the guy who started serving free, gourmet meals to Googlers and after six years with Google, he did the same for other tech companies. He was hired by places like Facebook and Youtube to do similar programs. At the same time, Charlie opened Calafia Café & Market A Go Go in Palo Alto, CA. His concept epitomizes the idea that "being green" is good for the producer, consumer, environment and local community. A former private chef and (still) personal chef to the Grateful Dead, Charlie continues to consult for startup companies, cater private events and coordinate food service and backstage catering teams at open air music festivals. Charlie has published a cookbook, Food 2.0: Secrets from the Chef that Fed Google, that exemplifies his culinary vision. In May, 2014 Charlie received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Johnson & Wales University for his contributions to the culinary arts. He brings this same pioneering spirit to his work with the Chowbotics team, ensuring that Chowbotics robots produce delicious food that is good for the people they serve and the world around them.Visit chefcharlieayers.com
A seasoned executive with global experience in human capital and financial management, Ettling recently led the SAP SuccessFactors business for SAP SE, which includes the leading cloud solutions from SAP SuccessFactors, and its 60 million users, and the SAP® ERP Human Capital Management solution with today over 19,000 customers worldwide. Successfactors was one of the few cloud business larger than $1billion in revenues which averaged 29% quarter on quarter growth during his tenure. Unlike many cloud businesses Successfactors also delivered operating profits in excess of 25%. Ettling is the former chief executive for NGA Human Resources, a multimillion global HR and payroll services provider. At NGA, Ettling managed relationships with leading HR technology companies and successfully guided many of the world's largest companies in finding HR solutions that fit their business needs. Ettling was named to the HRO Today 2014 Superstars list, which recognizes the top leaders of HR annually. He was awarded the 'Global Thought Leader of the Year 2012' by the HROA recognizing his innovative contribution and influence around HR transformation and the HRO industry as a whole. Ettling is a Non-Executive Director of Impellam PLC, the second largest recruiting company in the United Kingdom; NCC Global PLC the leading UK based cybersecurity company; and Telkom Business Connextion Ltd, the largest IT Services company in Africa. Ettling's early career began in his native South Africa. He holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School, UK, is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a member of the South African and English Institutes of Chartered Accountants.
Best-selling author and New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell wants people to think again about what they thought they knew. His book, Tipping Point, has sold over five million copies and his podcast, Revisionist History, is number one on the iTunes list. He says we need to constantly revise our conclusions, and that's a prescription for disruption.Visit gladwell.com
Nick Goldman is a mathematician and genome scientist. He says humans are producing more and more digital information, and the systems we are using to store it are less and less permanent. If we kept building data centres like the ones we have in Sweden and Fort Meade, they'd cover the entire surface of the planet in about a hundred years from now. His DNA data storage discoveries could be the minuscule molecular miracle we need.Visit www.ebi.ac.uk/about/people/nick-goldman
Mariéme Jamme is not afraid of unfamiliar territories or gargantuan goals. Her consultancy SpotOne Global helps tech companies get a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. Her latest venture – iamtheCODE – mobilises governments, businesses and investors in supporting young women and girls in STEAMD (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design) education and achieving a giant global goal of one million women and girls coders by 2030.Visit mariemejamme.com
Sipho Maseko was recently heralded as 'the controversial CEO and saviour of Telkom'. Since he's headed up Telkom, it has been one of the JSE's biggest stars. The company racked up gains of 150 percent – performing the best of all companies on the JSE. A major Telkom focus now is getting businesses across Africa ready for tomorrow's customers.Visit www.telkom.co.za/about_us/companymanagement/board-of-directors.shtml
Jane McGonigal designs alternate reality games - taking real-life and reframing it as a game. She's not just doing it for fun, she's helping people deal with depression and pain, making them feel stronger and braver. Jane is the brain behind SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that can give you 10 extra years of life.Visit janemcgonigal.com
Richard Mulholland kicked off his career as a rock 'n roll roadie operating lights for bands like Iron Maiden and Deff Leppard. At the age of 22 he started Missing Link, a global presentation firm operating out of Johannesburg South Africa, and later HumanWrites, a Cape Town based social entrepreneurship venture that is trying to save the world one notebook at a time. Richard is the author of the best-selling business book, Legacide, and writes monthly columns for Longevity and Stuff magazines - he's even written for Playboy - how rad!? He was voted one of the Mail and Guardians Top 300 Young South Africans to take to lunch, and as one of Destiny Man's Top 40 under 40 (Sadly though, he no longer qualifies as under 40… or young). He is a renowned global speaker, and has spoken in many countries including Canada, Puerto Rico, UK, USA, Germany, and Kenya. As well as providing presentation coaching to many CEOs and TED speakers. When not getting tattooed you'll find him riding motorbikes… and playing board games. He's a bit of a geek, really.Visit www.richardmulholland.co.za
Rapelang Rabana is a computer scientist and tech entrepreneur. She's sparking a palm-sized education revolution by delivering learning in bite-sized chunks. Rapelang has positioned her company Rekindle Learning Inc. at the crest of a rapidly rising online community across Africa. She believes they'll drive data usage not just for entertainment and social networking, but for educational content too.Visit rapelang.com
Ian Russell is the CEO of BCX, a bold business with a single-minded mission to provide the world's most advanced information and communication technologies to companies of all sizes, across the continent. BCX has also invested millions in computer programming education so that young people from all social and economic backgrounds have the opportunity to become programmers at no cost to them.Visit www.bcx.co.za/about/director-ian-russell
When Lars Silberbauer walked through the doors of LEGO in 2011 as the new social media strategist, they didn't even have a Facebook page. Today LEGO has well over 12 million followers on Facebook and more than three million on YouTube where they've just knocked up five billion lifetime views. The big idea behind their social media campaigns is to leave the thinking to their fans. He says the creative power of the crowd is infinitely greater.Visit larssilberbauer.com
Dion Chang is an innovator, creative thinker and walking ideas bank. He is one of South Africa's most respected trend analysts and the founder of Flux Trends. The business specialises in tracking disruption across all industries and compiles trend reports that assist businesses to find innovative solutions and new business opportunities within shifting trends.Visit www.fluxtrends.com/about-dion-chang
We first got to know Pippa Tshabalala as a presenter on The Verge. She's also a writer, producer, speaker, voice over artist, gamer and tattoo enthusiast. She's written for PlayR, Spliced Magazine, Gearburn, gMz and has her own blog – Unexpected Pippa. She did her masters on Gaming in Art, which looked at the appropriation of computer game technology by artists.Visit unexpectedpippa.co.za
Ever since the launch of his debut best-seller, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can make a Big Difference, in 2000, Malcolm Gladwell has made his mark as one of the new century's sharpest minds, casting a laser beam of insight and understanding on the ways in which we think, act, adapt, and react in an ever-changing world.
Combining his ability to filter, distil, and interpret academic research from the cutting-edge of science, with his intuitive skills as a journalist and storyteller, Gladwell is a modern seer whose body of work enlightens and entertains, as much it can inspire us to transform theory into everyday action.
At the BCX Disrupt Summit, you'll immerse your mind in the possibilities to create the business of tomorrow. Get inspired by the potential of what you can accomplish, and how you can accomplish it.
BCX Disrupt Summit takes place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre
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