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How is enterprise dealing with Data Breach & Cybercrime?

We look forward to discussing these key issues at the CIO Challenge CT.

The new Cybersecurity Act comes out in April. How are you implementing preventive measures for your company.

Other key issues discussed include POPI, King IV, Mobility, Big Data and more.

For more info email juliano@itconferences.ner

Added by Juliano Velacci on January 29, 2016 at 12:27 — No Comments

Gyft founder Vinny Lingham scores $2.75m for identity protection startup

South African serial entrepreneur Vinny Lingham has just revealed that his latest startup, calledCivic, has raised US$2.75-million in seed funding. Based in Palto Alto, Civic is described as an identity protection service that relies on bitcoin blockchain technology to secure consumer data.

“The key thing is that we are offering prevention of identity theft and fraud. The current solutions in the market only clean it up after the…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 29, 2016 at 12:15 — No Comments

EventRoom: the Cape Town startup that wants to be the Airbnb of events

If you want to book a table at a restaurant, a hotel room, or a cab, you can do so with a few swipes on an app. If you want to book a venue for an event though, you still have to do a lot of your own searching.

In Cape Town at least, one startup is looking to change that. Founded by sisters Moira Johnston and Nicky Rosin (the two left careers in law and accountancy to start the company) EventRoom sees itself as the Airbnb of…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 29, 2016 at 12:08 — No Comments

Less than one month to go to the eCommerce Africa Confex

Tasking themselves with paving the way for eCommerce growth in Africa; Global eCommerce solution providers and the industry’s most visionary individuals are gearing up to exchange inspired and innovative ideas, discuss emerging trends and make lasting connections at the eCommerce Africa Confex in February 2016.

The event has become a ‘must attend’ on the conference/expo calendar and will once again connect the regions’…

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Added by Kinetic on January 29, 2016 at 10:54 — No Comments

Broadreach Private Equity announces investment in rapidly growing electronic security sector

Broadreach Private Equity in partnership with Grindrod Financial Services, has entered into an agreement to acquire an equity stake in FS-Systems, a leading African player in the fast developing electronic security and life-safety services…

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Added by M4C on January 28, 2016 at 11:25 — No Comments

Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 reveals speaker list

The 12 official speakers for Blockchain and Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 have been announced. The conference will take place on 3-4 March in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Amoungst the speakers are technology entrepreneur, VC, and Dragons’ Den investor Vinny Lingham; Federal Prosecutor at the United State’s Attorney’s Office, William Frentzen; co-founder and CEO of BitX, Marcus…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 11:07 — No Comments

Facebook Q4 and full year 2015 results are on fleek, 1.59bn MAU, 100m hours of video watched a day

Facebook reported its fourth quarter results, ending 31 December 2015, and full year 2015 earnings today. Nobody really expected Facebook to do badly but the manner in which it has smashed expert estimations is beyond impressive.

Facebook hit 1.59-billion monthly active users on average…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 11:03 — No Comments

Apple’s Q1 results: smartphone market maturity finally hits Cupertino’s finest

Make no mistake, Apple had a very good Q1 , just not as good as many were expecting it to be. And according to analysts, that’s because it’s finally been affected by the same smartphone market maturity that’s hit everyone else.

The quarter saw Apple sell 74.8-million units. It’s a record, but its only one percent up from the 74.5-million units it sold in the…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

2016: the year of multimedia convergence

It’s about that time of the year where digital marketing experts and industry leaders pen their thoughts on what we can expect over the course of 2016. Granted, the end of 2015 saw our screens layered with tab after tab of blogs and articles, all opened in the hopes that we’d catch onto the trends before we rang in the New Year. What we didn’t account for were the ideas and statistics that have only come to light within the first month of 2016 and so, we’ve seen a number of new predications,…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 10:54 — No Comments

Two SA startups to battle it out in international pitch competition

South African companies Newtech Rail and Adfire Creative M3dia’s iMORPH3D app will compete in the international Get In The Ring finals in Colombia later this year. This comes after the two startups battled it out against seven other African startups in a pitching session in Johannesburg recently.

The Get In The Ring competition made its debut last year in South Africa and is part…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 10:46 — No Comments

Want to increase sales in 2016? Here are 5 mCommerce strategies you can’t ignore

If you are planning to deploy mobile commerce in 2016, there are certain key elements that you will need to get right in order for this solution to work for you. The most important thing is that you must have an m-commerce strategy to guide your mobile commerce deployment. Without that, even the most basic kind of it, you are going to find it extremely difficult to compete in this fast growing ecommerce market segment.

You just have to look at the stat in order to realise why…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 10:39 — No Comments

Bitcoin's Rapid Growth Is Unlocking Its Technological Advantages

The thing about Bitcoin is that it's only effective when people use it. On paper (or in ones and zeros) it is cheaper to send and receive (free if done between individuals), costs less for merchants to accept than PayPal and credit cards (just 1% of the transaction with BitPay), and it's a seamless 24/7 experience as long as you are connected to the internet (no bank holidays or waiting for things to clear). Customers…

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Added by Georgi Georgiev on January 28, 2016 at 10:35 — No Comments

Does my startup need a health and safety guy? Yes. Yes, it does

When first starting out in business, the temptation can be to run headlong into making your product and your brand as popular as possible and just hoping that the “non-business” issues (such as safety) will iron themselves out. As a result, it is far too often the case that some startups forget about workplace safety altogether. This is surprising when you consider that…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 10:34 — No Comments

African mobile VoD platform Tuluntulu boasts user growth [update]

New African Video on Demand (VoD) platform Tuluntulu is turning heads with its services. The company offers African-focusses content to a global audience and has received international recognition in the process.

Since launching in 2014, the startup was not only a finalist in…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 10:21 — No Comments

Meet the SA-born chaps who built a Slack for developers

Chat rooms used to be popular hangouts for cyber dating, gaming and a whole bunch of things. Today, they’ve undergone a professional makeover. They’ve become billion dollar communication tools catered for the modern workplace, which is fast-paced, knows no borders and encourages collaboration.

“It’s weird that you end up taking a conference call at home and do Amazon shopping at work. Tech today enables you to do anything from anywhere,” says Mike Bartlett (pictured top…

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Added by Silicon Cape Initiative on January 28, 2016 at 10:17 — No Comments

Entries now open for inaugural West Africa Mobile Awards

The West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS), the first truly West African technology awards targeting the leading mobile and tech companies across the region, are now accepting entries from companies across Africa driving mobile in West Africa.

The provision of mobile…

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Added by Andrew Fassnidge on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

US territory to get help from Start-Up Chile

Since its launch in 2010, policymakers and geeks from around the world have been in awe of Start-Up Chile. Six years on a former director of the programme is now in a US territory to roll out a similar initiative there.…

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Added by Stephen Timm on January 28, 2016 at 8:15 — No Comments

Enter the FinTech Innovation Challenge by Sony Corporation

In partnership with Matchi, Sony Corporation is challenging the global FinTech community to showcase their innovative products / solutions in selected areas. 

Fintech firms who enter the Sony FinTech Innovation Challenge will compete for a PoC project (Proof-of-Concept project) within the multinational conglomerate. 

The challenge is now open and will close on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at midnight JST. 

The challenge by Sony calls for relevant market-ready responses…

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Added by Cat Miller on January 26, 2016 at 17:17 — No Comments

Why crowd control matters

Crowd control is essential aspect of managing large scale events. We tend to forget this is a necessary aspect when creating situations where large numbers of people will be moving. Yet, to forget crowd control is to negate an important aspect of managing an event itself - and mismanaged events can be detrimental to your and your business’ success.

The bigger the event, the more concerned we need to be about controlling the crowd. After all, we…

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Added by Terrence Stoker on January 26, 2016 at 15:02 — No Comments

5 startups to watch in Nigeria in 2016

Only one month in and 2016 has already been an eventful year in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem with big announcements  such as the availability of Netflix in the country and Uber’s…

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Added by Andrew Fassnidge on January 26, 2016 at 13:02 — No Comments

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