BigFive Summit 2020

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Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town, South Africa

BigFive Summit 2020 Speakers

Herman Singh, CEO, Future Advisory

BigFive Digital is very excited to have noted digital thought leader Herman Singh join BigFive Summit 2020 as a headline speaker. A former Chief Digital Officer at MTN, Herman now advises startups as CEO of Future Advisory. Herman also shares his knowledge as a professor in practice at the Johannesburg Business School.

Nyari Samushonga, CEO, WeThinkCode

BigFive Digital is excited to have Nyari Samushonga, CEO of WeThinkCode, join us as a Summit headline speaker. WeThinkCode is a tuition-free education institute that is committed to building Africa’s top tech talent. She is also a co-founder and Director of FoldLeft, a digital consultancy. Her passion lies in demystifying the world of technology and driving the inclusion and participation of Africa’s youth in the world digital innovation.

Claude S. Blatter, SMB Marketing Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, Google

BigFive Digital is pleased to welcome Clause S. Blatter as a headline speaker at BigFive Summit 2020. Claude will provide the BigFive audience with an update on Google My Business and Google Ads. Based in Johannesburg, Claude is responsible for developing and managing marketing initiatives that drive Google Ads growth across the region.

Top Row: Jasmine de Guzman, Partner Marketing, Mono Solutions; Brendan King, CEO, Vendasta; Tanja Lategan, CEO, Enlight Strategic

Middle row: Charles Laughlin, Co-founder, BigFive Digital; Katlego Maphai, CEO, Yoco; Thabo Seopa, Co-founder, BigFive Digital

Bottom row: Dana Buys, CEO,; Yogan Naidoo, Head of Data Acquisition, MEA, HERE Technologies

More speaker announcements coming soon….

Why Attend BigFive Summit 2020?

BigFive Summit 2020 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 highlights 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 hosts some of the finest digital practitioners from Africa, the Middle East and worldwide, to share strategic insights, best practices, and practical guidance for success. We achieve this 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 among the five pillars. Here’s a sample of the topics covered at the BigFive Summit:

BigFive Summit 2020 topics

The age of customer experience

Product-led growth – why your solution should be your best salesperson

How on-demand services empower Africa’s micro-economy

Social, mobile, voice, GMB — the new SMME digital presence

Is Africa ready for the voice revolution?

Messaging — the new commerce platform for African SMMEs

All-in-one or one for all? Do SMMEs want full-service or specialized solutions?

The new way of selling — sales leaders talk about the evolution of SMME sales

Building your brand with podcasts (with

First-person — SMMEs share their digital transformation journeys

African Small Business Fintech Forum topics

Africa’s small-business fintech revolution

Beyond cash — how payment solutions empower Africa’s SMMEs

How innovators are transforming small-business capital

Will Africa’s SMMEs embrace crypto

SMME Fintech Hot Startup Showcase

Topics are subject to change

View Our 2019 Agenda

BigFive Summit 2020 Programme

Day One

09.00 – 11.00              Registration Open

11.00 – 17.00              General Summit Sessions

19.00 – 22.00              Gala Dinner

Day Two

09.30 – 16.30              General Summit Sessions

16.30 – 18.30              Cocktail Reception & Wine Tasting

Day Three

09.30 – 13.30           African Small Business Fintech Forum

13.30 – 15.00              Closing networking lunch

All three main Summit days to be hosted at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront

BigFive Summit 2020 Gold Sponsors

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.

View All BigFive 2019 Speakers

 Delegate Registration

Registration is now open for BigFive Summit 2020. BigFive Digital members and sponsors will have registrations included in their packages.

Workshop 17

The Venue

The BigFive Summit will take place at Workshop 17, a premier digital co-working and event space in Cape Town’s famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area. This modern, stylish 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.

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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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