BigFive Summit 2020

BigFive Summit 2020

18 – 20 May

Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town, South Africa

Why Attend BigFive Summit 2020?

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 18-20 May 2020 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
  • SMB SaaS solutions 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 Does 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

Read Our 2019 Agenda

Past Speakers

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

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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)

See All BigFive 2019 Speakers

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 soon be accepting registrations for the BigFive Summit 2020. BigFive Digital members and sponsors will have registrations included in their packages. We will soon publish a la carte rates for those who wish to attend the event without first joining BigFive Digital or for members and sponsors who want to purchase additional passes.

Become A Sponsor

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities will be available at the BigFive Summit 2020. Substantial discounts on exhibits are available to BigFive Digital members and sponsors.

If you would like more information about Exhibiting at the BigFive Summit 2020 or becoming a BigFive.Digital member or sponsor, please complete the form below. We will contact you to discuss how you can participate.

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