Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/02/2016]

Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier.

This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

Cape Town

AWSomeDay Cape Town

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Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront
Date: 1 March

Diamonds and Blockchain- The Everledger Story

Leanne Kemp is the founder & CEO of Everledger, she will be sharing her experience and insight.

Everledger a digital global ledger that tracks and protects items of value. With a wealth of successful startup companies under her belt, Leanne is pushing boundaries in protecting the global market of diamonds and luxury items. Everledger is leading the market in real world application of blockchain boasting an impressive set of peer recognition and awards including the Meffy Award 2015 for innovation in FinTech, BBVA Open Talent 2015, Fintech Finals Best in Show Award 2016 Hong Kong and nominee for The FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards 2016.

Location: Barclays Rise – Woodstock Exchange (Block B)
Date: 1 March 2016, 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Media Innovation Workshop with MultiChoice

Startup incubator LaunchLab, on behalf of MultiChoice, is hosting a workshop to engage with the media, tech and innovation community. The aim of the workshop is to help find ideas with business potential that will move towards the next breakthrough innovation in media.

Location: AFDA, Obversatory
Date: 3 March, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Developing Android Apps Using C# with Xamarin

Learn to develop cross platform mobile apps using Xamarin with C#.

In this talk, partipants will re-create the Praat Android Group chat using Xamarin with C#. This is a great way to develop Android Apps if you already have a strong C# background than Java.

Location: Microsoft Office, Mowbray

Date: 5 March, 9:00am to 1:30pm


How to access the $500 000 impactAFRICA fund for data-driven stories

impactAFRICA is looking for 10 editorial projects in a variety of fields to support with financial, technical and learning resources – and at this stage all you need to start your application for a share in those resources is an idea.

This special event, organised by Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg looks the opportunities this presents.

Location: 111 Smit Street, Braamfontein
Date: 1 March, 6:00pm

Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016

Bitcoin Events will be hosting the Bitcoin Africa Conference 2016 in Johannesburg on 3 and 4 March 2016.

The Bitcoin Africa Conference will bring together various digital currency and blockchain experts to share their knowledge with businesses, banks, legal and financial institutions, government and regulators, merchants, IT professionals, start-ups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Jozihub Academy – ‘First Bite At Building IPhone Apps’

This bootCamp is an introduction to building apps for iPhones. The event is targeted at anyone who is interested in learning what it takes to design and build apps for iPhones regardless of their level of experience.

Location: JoziHub 44 Stanley
Date: 5 March, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fireside Chat with Heather McGough – Co-founder of Lean Startup Co.

Lean Startup Company, founded by Eric Ries, Heather McGough and Melissa Moore, is the official place for entrepreneurs and corporate innovators seeking ways of working that support continuous innovation and sustainable growth through Lean Startup methodology.

This event involves a chat to Heather about the Lean Startup Movement, where it is today, how it is being applied by startups and corporates alike, why now is the time to start applying it and we’ll let you ask her some of your own questions.

:Standard Bank Incubator, 5 Cradock Ave, Rosebank
Date: 4 March, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


PHPKE March 2016 Meetup

A monthly meetup for PHP developers, this week’s event sees the community hosting Nelson from Web4All, a Kenyan based web design company that provides Innovative online solutions.

Location: iHub Nairobi
Date: 2 March, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

NRBuzz: Tech and Civic Engagement in Kenya

This event looks at how do citizen engagement, government responsiveness and public deliberation play out in an increasingly Internet-connected era. How do you use social media to engage on civic issues in Kenya today?

: iHub
Date: 3 March 7:00pm – 10:00pm



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