In addition to being an analyst, one of the most fun things I get to do is chair the Symposium event in Cape Town. With about 1000 delegates, it is one of the smaller Symposium sites, certainly compared with the hordes who go to Orlando. The scale of the Cape Town event means that I get to try some fun, new things.
For the second time this year, we ran a programme that highlights local high tech startups from Africa. We asked on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for companies doing interesting things, and selected six out of the 35proposals from five countries to highlight at the event. We were not necessarily looking for the best vendors out there, but wanted an interesting sample of what was going on in the startup scene in Africa. I think we achieved that.
We asked the startups to create a short video introducing themselves and their product, and to be present at an ITxpo stand to talk to delegates. The traffic to the stand was encouraging. Sincere thanks to MTN Business for sponsoring the programme.
Here are links to the videos created by the participating aspiring innovators.
provulo: Lightweight worklflow automation.
Tuse: Mesh-enabled communications
IoT.nxt: Internet of Things platform
Kriterion: Mobile procurement platform for reducing fraud and improving transparency in government bids.
Invoke: reporting, analytics and data integration
Impression: digital signatures
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