The BigFive Summit

13 - 15 May 2019

Workshop 17

V&A Waterfront,

Cape Town,

South Africa

Why Attend the BigFive Summit?

The BigFive Summit assembles an exciting mix of technology companies, digital agencies, influential thought-leaders, and disruptive startups, from across the Africa/Middle East (AME) digital technology ecosystem. The Summit will highlight the enormous opportunity for bringing to market digital marketing and back-office solutions for local small, medium-sized and micro businesses (SMMEs) while addressing the challenges in doing so.

The BigFive Summit's target audience is not the SMMEs themselves but rather the community of media, telecom, financial, and technology companies bringing digital products to market for SMMEs.

The Summit takes place 13-15 May at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, and will host some of the finest digital practitioners from Africa, the Middle East and worldwide, to share strategic insights, best practices, and practical guidance for success, through a combination of thought-leading headline talks and targeted, tactical workshops. Finally, the Summit provides ample opportunities for networking and business development.

Who Should Attend the BigFive Summit?

The BigFive Summit will be an important event for anyone with an interest in advancing the local digital media and commerce ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East. The following list offers examples of the types of organizations that would benefit from participating in the BigFive Summit:

  • Search engines
  • Social media platforms
  • Adtech and martech software providers
  • Programmatic ad platforms
  • Mobile network providers
  • Online and mobile payment platforms
  • Location data suppliers
  • Investors
  • Media publishers
  • Sales agencies
  • Digital agencies
  • Ad agencies

What Will the BigFive Summit Cover?

The BigFive Summit is organized around the five key elements of the AME digital ecosystem –Location, Mobile, Payments, Search, and Social. The Summit takes a holistic view of the challenges faced by local small businesses, addressing the interconnections between the five pillars. Here's a sample of the topics covered at the BigFive Summit:

Why Africa is Poised for a Small Business Revolution

The Changing Face of Media & Solution Selling

The Payments Revolution and the Transforming of Africa’s Small Business Ecosystem

Running a Digital Agency in an Automated Age

Messaging Apps and Conversational Commerce

Unlocking the Location Data Opportunity

The Service Imperative – Preventing Customer Churn

The Do’s and Don’ts of Search & Social Marketing

The Path to E-commerce for Small Businesses

The Unfiltered Truth – SMMEs Talking Digital Transformation

Key Speakers

The BigFive Summit has assembled a remarkable group of speakers representing the leading edge of innovation in Location, Mobile, Payments, Search and Social across Africa and the Middle East.

Nivani Govinder

Partner Marketing, Google (South Africa)
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Gareth Murphy

General Manager - Online Channels, MTN (South Africa)

Katlego Maphai

Co-founder & CEO, Yoco (South Africa)

Philip Kiracofe

CEO, Startupbootcamp (USA & South Africa)
Workshop 17

The Venue

The BigFive Summit will take place at Workshop 17, a premier mixed-use space in Cape Town’s famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area. This modern, stylish event facility is located in the heart of Cape Town’s most popular area for international visitors, and is presently home to one of South Africa’s growing number of digital start-up accelerators, hosting a diverse range of exciting tech ventures and entrepreneurs.

Travel & Accommodation

BigFive Summit attendees will be required to book their own travel and accommodation, however the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area is densely packed with three to five-star hotels, accommodating a range of budgets. BigFive is currently negotiating preferred rates with nearby hotels for Summit delegates. May is also outside of the main holiday season in the Cape, and many attractive flight deals can be found to Cape Town, which is served by numerous international carriers.

 Delegate Registration

We are now accepting registrations for the BigFive Summit. BigFive Digital members and Charter Sponsors have registrations included in their packages. However, for those who wish to attend the event without first joining BigFive Digital or for members and sponsors who want to purchase additional passes, we offer delegate passes at the following rates:


  • Early Bird (before 15 February 2019): US$345
  • Standard Rate: US$445
  • At the Door: US$545
  • Single Day: US$275
  • B2B Sales Workshop: US$175
  • Spouse/Partner Rate* (max one per delegate): US$195

*Access to evening functions only

Become A Sponsor

Exhibit space at the BigFive Summit is available a la carte for US$4,000 (this includes 2 passes to attend the conference). Substantial discounts on exhibits are available to BigFive Digital members and Charter Sponsors.

View BigFive 2019 Sponsors