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DataCon Africa 2020

CTICC | Cape Town, South Africa
12 - 13 March 2020 Main Conference
11 March 2020 Focus Day
#DataConAfrica

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Focus Day
12 March 2019
09:00

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March 12 | 09:00 - 09:45

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09:45

Meetings Mashup

Meetings Mashup

March 12 | 09:45 - 09:50

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09:50

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Welcome & Opening Remarks

July 16 | 09:50 - 10:00

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10:00

What is a Truly Data Driven Company & How to Build the Way There?

- Defining what a data driven company really is - Building blocks of a data driven company - By-product of being data driven - So what now? Where to next?

Speaking:

Jaco du Toit

Jaco du Toit

Principal Data Scientist, Vodacom

What is a Truly Data Driven Company & How to Build the Way There?

March 12 | 10:00 - 10:45

- Defining what a data driven company really is - Building blocks of a data driven company - By-product of being data driven - So what now? Where to next?

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Jaco du Toit

Jaco du Toit

Vodacom

10:45

Get Refreshed! Mingle

Get Refreshed! Mingle

July 16 | 10:45 - 11:15

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11:15

Building a Data Science Practice & Driving The Culture

- Defining the role of your Data Science team - How to ensure well defined projects and business questions? - Importance of academic research in your Data Science team - Is your Data Science team actually doing Data Science work? - How to set up experimentation frameworks? - Conflict management between collaborating departments - Impact of data sources changing after POC development - Collaboration with subject matter experts in POC development - Technical Debt - Why project management methodologies often fail?

Speaking:

Jaco du Toit

Jaco du Toit

Principal Data Scientist, Vodacom

Building a Data Science Practice & Driving The Culture

July 16 | 11:15 - 12:00

- Defining the role of your Data Science team - How to ensure well defined projects and business questions? - Importance of academic research in your Data Science team - Is your Data Science team actually doing Data Science work? - How to set up experimentation frameworks? - Conflict management between collaborating departments - Impact of data sources changing after POC development - Collaboration with subject matter experts in POC development - Technical Debt - Why project management methodologies often fail?

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Jaco du Toit

Jaco du Toit

Vodacom

12:00

Lunch & Networking

Lunch & Networking

July 16 | 12:00 - 13:00

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1:00

Towards Business-as-Usual: On the Road to a Data-Driven Organisation through Change Management

One of the biggest hurdles in the implementation of data related initiatives is change management. During this interactive session, we will unpack the key aspects of change which will path the data road towards a Data-Driven

Organisation, embedding a data driven culture. Realising change management is all about people, then start with the business problem and ask why you would like to change. Define your objectives and make sure they are

measurable and realistic.

Speaking:

Elfriede Teske

Elfriede Teske

Chief Data Officer, FirstRand Namibia

PJ Bezuidenhout

PJ Bezuidenhout

CDO, WesBank

Towards Business-as-Usual: On the Road to a Data-Driven Organisation through Change Management

March 12 | 13:00 - 14:00

One of the biggest hurdles in the implementation of data related initiatives is change management. During this interactive session, we will unpack the key aspects of change which will path the data road towards a Data-Driven

Organisation, embedding a data driven culture. Realising change management is all about people, then start with the business problem and ask why you would like to change. Define your objectives and make sure they are

measurable and realistic.

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Elfriede Teske

Elfriede Teske

FirstRand Namibia

PJ Bezuidenhout

PJ Bezuidenhout

WesBank

2:00

Get Refreshed! Mingle

Get Refreshed! Mingle

July 16 | 14:00 - 14:30

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2:30

Treading Business Unusual: A Data-Driven Organisation Risking Everything, how to Prepare Through Change Management?

Being Data-Driven opens the organisation to certain risks. Risks that can be mitigated and others unavoidable. In this interactive session the facilitators will share some example when data controls fail and how organisations are

role-playing scenarios to prepare themselves for when these events do happen. We will be exploring another aspect of Change Management in a Data-Driven Organisation.

Speaking:

PJ Bezuidenhout

PJ Bezuidenhout

CDO, WesBank

Marisa Bennett

Marisa Bennett

Deputy Privacy Officer, WesBank

Treading Business Unusual: A Data-Driven Organisation Risking Everything, how to Prepare Through Change Management?

March 12 | 14:30 - 15:30

Being Data-Driven opens the organisation to certain risks. Risks that can be mitigated and others unavoidable. In this interactive session the facilitators will share some example when data controls fail and how organisations are

role-playing scenarios to prepare themselves for when these events do happen. We will be exploring another aspect of Change Management in a Data-Driven Organisation.

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Marisa Bennett

Marisa Bennett

WesBank

PJ Bezuidenhout

PJ Bezuidenhout

WesBank

3:30

Conclusion of Pre-Conference Focus Day

Conclusion of Pre-Conference Focus Day

July 16 | 15:30

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Day 1
13 March 2019
07:30

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July 16 | 07:30 - 08:30

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08:30

People Bingo

People Bingo

March 13 | 08:30 - 08:40

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08:40

Welcome & Opening Address

Welcome & Opening Address

July 16 | 08:40 - 08:45

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08:45

Lead Partner Presentation - From the Edge of Analytics

Microsoft

Speaking:

Steve Dunbar

Steve Dunbar

IoT Commercial Director – Middle East & Africa, Microsoft

Lead Partner Presentation - From the Edge of Analytics

July 16 | 08:45 - 09:00

Microsoft

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Steve Dunbar

Steve Dunbar

Microsoft

09:00

Moving Past Model.Fit() – Data Science & Machine Learning in the Wild

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Guy Taylor b

Guy Taylor

Head: Data Driven Intelligence, Nedbank

Moving Past Model.Fit() – Data Science & Machine Learning in the Wild

July 16 | 09:00 - 09:45

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Guy Taylor b

Guy Taylor

Nedbank

09:45

Data Monetisation – Feasibility, Strategy & Challenges

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Siobhain O'Mahony

Siobhain O’Mahony

Head: Analytics, Investec Private Bank

Data Monetisation – Feasibility, Strategy & Challenges

March 13 | 09:45 - 10:30

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Siobhain O'Mahony

Siobhain O’Mahony

Investec Private Bank

10:30

Get Refreshed! Mingle.

Get Refreshed! Mingle.

July 16 | 10:30 - 11:00

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11:00

Associate Partner Presentation - Winning Strategies to Overcome Analytic Obstacles

Alteryx

Speaking:

Vishal Soni

Vishal Soni

Data Solutions Architect, Alteryx

Associate Partner Presentation - Winning Strategies to Overcome Analytic Obstacles

July 16 | 11:00 - 11:30

Alteryx

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Vishal Soni

Vishal Soni

Alteryx

The Big Question

11:30

How did AB InBev Increase Price Point & Revenue through Data Science Insights?

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How did AB InBev Increase Price Point & Revenue through Data Science Insights?

July 16 | 11:30 - 11:50

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The Big Question

11:50

How is Liberty Driving Business Value & Assurance through Data Driven Audits?

Speaking:

Tebogo Mabitsela

Tebogo Mabitsela

Manager: Data Analytics, Technology & Innovation, Liberty Group

How is Liberty Driving Business Value & Assurance through Data Driven Audits?

July 16 | 11:50 - 12:10

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Tebogo Mabitsela

Tebogo Mabitsela

Liberty Group

The Big Question

12:10

How is Mediclinic Improving Patient Outcomes & Safety in a Data Driven Environment?

Speaking:

René Toua

Dr. René Toua

Chief Clinical Officer, Mediclinic International

How is Mediclinic Improving Patient Outcomes & Safety in a Data Driven Environment?

July 16 | 12:10 - 12:30

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René Toua

Dr. René Toua

Mediclinic International

12:30

Deploying an AI strategy – Are you Ready & What to do Next

Speaking:

Manish Dullabh

Manish Dullabh

Head: Artificial Intelligence, Absa

Deploying an AI strategy – Are you Ready & What to do Next

July 16 | 12:30 - 13:00

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Manish Dullabh

Manish Dullabh

Absa

1:00

Associate Partner Presentation – Still Not Moved Your Data to the Cloud? Really?

Altron Karabina

We move-to-the-clouds evangelists have obviously not convinced everyone. There’s still plenty of CIOs asking, “Isn’t it unsafe? Isn’t it more expensive?” The answer is - if cloud isn’t a major thread of your data fabric over the next two years, your analytics users are definitely going to be left in the cold. It’s time to move on from worrying about how to keep your data centre running to generating data-driven business returns for your users.

Speaking:

Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan

Business Unit Lead: Data, Planning and Analytics, Altron Karabina

Associate Partner Presentation – Still Not Moved Your Data to the Cloud? Really?

July 16 | 13:00 - 13:30

Altron Karabina

We move-to-the-clouds evangelists have obviously not convinced everyone. There’s still plenty of CIOs asking, “Isn’t it unsafe? Isn’t it more expensive?” The answer is - if cloud isn’t a major thread of your data fabric over the next two years, your analytics users are definitely going to be left in the cold. It’s time to move on from worrying about how to keep your data centre running to generating data-driven business returns for your users.

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Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan

Altron Karabina

1:30

Lunch & Networking

Lunch & Networking

March 13 | 13:30 - 14:30

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Stream A Data Governance

2:30

Stream Sponsor Presentation - Unlock Your Data to Deliver More Valuable Insights

Hitachi Vantara

Speaking:

JP Smith

JP Smith

Pre-Sales Director: Emerging EMEA Markets, Hitachi Vantara

Stream Sponsor Presentation - Unlock Your Data to Deliver More Valuable Insights

July 16 | 14:30 - 15:00

Hitachi Vantara

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JP Smith

JP Smith

Hitachi Vantara

Stream B Strategy & Operations

2:30

Stream Sponsor Presentation - Release the Breaks & Accelerate Your Journey to AI

IBM

Speaking:

Wolfgang Knupp

Wolfgang Knupp

Lead Data & AI Architect, IBM South Africa

Stream Sponsor Presentation - Release the Breaks & Accelerate Your Journey to AI

March 13 | 14:30 - 15:00

IBM

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Wolfgang Knupp

Wolfgang Knupp

IBM South Africa

Stream C Data Science - AI - ML

2:30

Use Case: Bootstrapping Data Science in a Large Organisation; Using FOSS & Containers for Quick Wins

Speaking:

Riaz Arbi

Riaz Arbi

Principal Professional Officer: Data Science, City of Cape Town

Use Case: Bootstrapping Data Science in a Large Organisation; Using FOSS & Containers for Quick Wins

July 16 | 14:30 - 15:00

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Riaz Arbi

Riaz Arbi

City of Cape Town

Stream A Data Governance

3:00

Identifying & Implementing MDM Strategies & Linking it to Your Business Processes

Speaking:

Steve Naudé

Steve Naudé

Head of Data, Netstar

Identifying & Implementing MDM Strategies & Linking it to Your Business Processes

July 16 | 15:00 - 15:30

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Steve Naudé

Steve Naudé

Netstar

Stream B Strategy & Operations

3:00

Building a Trusted & Value-Adding Data Analytics Office

Speaking:

Jannie van Schalkwyk

Jannie van Schalkwyk

Group General Manager: Analytics & Reporting, Mediclinic International

Building a Trusted & Value-Adding Data Analytics Office

July 16 | 15:00 - 15:30

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Jannie van Schalkwyk

Jannie van Schalkwyk

Mediclinic International

Stream C Data Science - AI - ML

3:00

Use Case: Optimising public transport in Sub-Saharan Africa with Big Data & Data Science

Speaking:

Ketan Tailor

Ketan Tailor

Analytics Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber

Use Case: Optimising public transport in Sub-Saharan Africa with Big Data & Data Science

July 16 | 15:00 - 15:30

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Ketan Tailor

Ketan Tailor

Uber

Stream A Data Governance

3:30

Get Refreshed! Mingle

Get Refreshed! Mingle

July 16 | 15:30 - 16:00

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Stream B Strategy & Operations

3:30

Get Refreshed! Mingle

Get Refreshed! Mingle

July 16 | 15:30 - 16:00

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Stream C Data Science - AI - ML

3:30

Get Refreshed! Mingle

Get Refreshed! Mingle

July 16 | 15:30 - 16:00

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Stream A Data Governance

4:00

Being Effective While Being Compliant: Managing the Impact of GDPR & POPI

Speaking:

Janine West

Janine West

Data Privacy Officer , Investec Private Bank

Marisa Bennett

Marisa Bennett

Deputy Privacy Officer, WesBank

Being Effective While Being Compliant: Managing the Impact of GDPR & POPI

July 16 | 16:00 - 16:30

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Marisa Bennett

Marisa Bennett

WesBank

Janine West

Janine West

Investec Private Bank

Stream B Strategy & Operations

4:00

How to Retain the Data Team – Keeping them Safe from Poachers

Speaking:

Monika du Toit new

Monika du Toit

Data Scientist, Capitec Bank

How to Retain the Data Team – Keeping them Safe from Poachers

July 16 | 16:00 - 16:30

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Monika du Toit new

Monika du Toit

Capitec Bank

Stream C Data Science - AI - ML

4:00

Use Case: How Data Science, Analytics & Drones are Being Used for Crop Protection on Farms

Speaking:

Benji Meltzer

Benji Meltzer

Co-Founder & CTO, Aerobotics

Use Case: How Data Science, Analytics & Drones are Being Used for Crop Protection on Farms

July 16 | 16:00 - 16:30

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Benji Meltzer

Benji Meltzer

Aerobotics

Stream A Data Governance

4:30

Data Ownership – Accessibility & Accountability

Speaking:

Siobhain O'Mahony

Siobhain O’Mahony

Head: Analytics, Investec Private Bank

Data Ownership – Accessibility & Accountability

July 16 | 16:30 - 17:00

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Siobhain O'Mahony

Siobhain O’Mahony

Investec Private Bank

Stream B Strategy & Operations

4:30

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast – Enforcing the Data-Driven Culture

Speaking:

Guy Taylor b

Guy Taylor

Head: Data Driven Intelligence, Nedbank

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast – Enforcing the Data-Driven Culture

July 16 | 16:30 - 17:00

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Guy Taylor b

Guy Taylor

Nedbank

Stream C Data Science - AI - ML

4:30

Use Case: Can (A)I Get you a Drink? How Data Science & AI is Being Used to Help Customers Choose their Drink of Choice

Speaking:

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas

Chief Data & Design Officer, ask-jean

Use Case: Can (A)I Get you a Drink? How Data Science & AI is Being Used to Help Customers Choose their Drink of Choice

July 16 | 16:30 - 17:00

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Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas

ask-jean

5:00

Cheers to the end of Day 1! Let’s have some drinks and mingle.

Cheers to the end of Day 1! Let’s have some drinks and mingle.

July 16 | 17:00

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6:00

Think{Tank} Dinner Masterclass - (Only 4 seats left. Stand-alone session, registration required)

Bridging the Gulf Between AI Research & Production Data Science

Thousands of new research papers appear every year pushing AI forward at an ever increasing pace, widening the gap between the frontiers of AI and the typical data science and BI algorithms deployed in practice. How can this widening gap best be managed in the coming years? We will review the latest progress in machine learning, discuss where AI is headed and highlight some best-practices for effectively bridging the AI-data science gap.

Bruce Bassett, Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA South Africa

(SOLD OUT – Breakfast Masterclass added for 14th)

Speaking:

Bruce Bassett

Prof Bruce Bassett

Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA Project South Africa

Think{Tank} Dinner Masterclass - (Only 4 seats left. Stand-alone session, registration required)

July 16 | 18:00 - 20:00

Bridging the Gulf Between AI Research & Production Data Science

Thousands of new research papers appear every year pushing AI forward at an ever increasing pace, widening the gap between the frontiers of AI and the typical data science and BI algorithms deployed in practice. How can this widening gap best be managed in the coming years? We will review the latest progress in machine learning, discuss where AI is headed and highlight some best-practices for effectively bridging the AI-data science gap.

Bruce Bassett, Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA South Africa

(SOLD OUT – Breakfast Masterclass added for 14th)

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Bruce Bassett

Prof Bruce Bassett

SKA Project South Africa

Day 2
14 March 2019
07:00

Think{Tank} Breakfast Masterclass - (SOLD OUT!)

Bridging the Gulf Between AI Research & Production Data Science

Thousands of new research papers appear every year pushing AI forward at an ever increasing pace, widening the gap between the frontiers of AI and the typical data science and BI algorithms deployed in practice. How can this widening gap best be managed in the coming years? We will review the latest progress in machine learning, discuss where AI is headed and highlight some best-practices for effectively bridging the AI-data science gap.

Bruce Bassett, Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA South Africa

(Stand-alone session, registration required)

Speaking:

Bruce Bassett

Prof Bruce Bassett

Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA Project South Africa

Think{Tank} Breakfast Masterclass - (SOLD OUT!)

July 16 | 07:00 - 09:00

Bridging the Gulf Between AI Research & Production Data Science

Thousands of new research papers appear every year pushing AI forward at an ever increasing pace, widening the gap between the frontiers of AI and the typical data science and BI algorithms deployed in practice. How can this widening gap best be managed in the coming years? We will review the latest progress in machine learning, discuss where AI is headed and highlight some best-practices for effectively bridging the AI-data science gap.

Bruce Bassett, Head of Data Science & Machine Learning, SKA South Africa

(Stand-alone session, registration required)

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Bruce Bassett

Prof Bruce Bassett

SKA Project South Africa

08:00

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July 16 | 08:00 - 08:30

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08:30

People Bingo

People Bingo

March 14 | 08:30 - 08:40

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08:40

Welcome & Opening Address

Welcome & Opening Address

March 14 | 08:40 - 08:45

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08:45

Lead Partner Presentation - Modern Data Estate – Key Enabler for Analytics & AI

Microsoft

Speaking:

Ken Habson

Ken Habson

Sales Director: Data & AI, Microsoft

Lead Partner Presentation - Modern Data Estate – Key Enabler for Analytics & AI

July 16 | 08:45 - 09:00

Microsoft

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Ken Habson

Ken Habson

Microsoft

09:00

International Case Study: The Development of a Data Driven Enterprise

Speaking:

Alexander Metlewicz

Alexander Metlewicz

Senior Manager – BI & Data Science, Al Tayyar Group (UAE)

International Case Study: The Development of a Data Driven Enterprise

July 16 | 09:00 - 09:30

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Alexander Metlewicz

Alexander Metlewicz

Al Tayyar Group (UAE)

09:30

Mutual Data Pools & Fraud Detection

Speaking:

Claudia Fah

Claudia Fah

Fraud Analytics Manager, BankservAfrica

Mutual Data Pools & Fraud Detection

July 16 | 09:30 - 10:00

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Claudia Fah

Claudia Fah

BankservAfrica

10:00

Implementation of an Adaptive Fraud Detection System in Life Insurance - Lessons Learnt

Speaking:

Marc - Hollard Logo

Marc van der Zon

Head of Analytics, Hollard Insurance

Implementation of an Adaptive Fraud Detection System in Life Insurance - Lessons Learnt

March 14 | 10:00 - 10:30

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Marc - Hollard Logo

Marc van der Zon

Hollard Insurance

10:30

Get Refreshed! Mingle

Get Refreshed! Mingle

July 16 | 10:30 - 11:00

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11:00

Associate Partner Presentation - The AI Driven Organisation: What is Hype, What Is Not & What Can be Implemented Now?

Xineoh

Speaking:

Vian Chinner

Vian Chinner

Founder, CEO, Xineoh

Associate Partner Presentation - The AI Driven Organisation: What is Hype, What Is Not & What Can be Implemented Now?

July 16 | 11:00 - 11:30

Xineoh

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Vian Chinner

Vian Chinner

Xineoh

The Big Question

11:30

How Has Data Driven Insights Effected Change at Nedbank?

Speaking:

Guy Taylor b

Guy Taylor

Head: Data Driven Intelligence, Nedbank

How Has Data Driven Insights Effected Change at Nedbank?

July 16 | 11:30 - 11:50

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Guy Taylor b

Guy Taylor

Nedbank

The Big Question

11:50

How is Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator Leveraging Data & AI to Tackle the Challenge of Youth Unemployment in Africa?

Speaking:

Paul dos Santos

Paul dos Santos

Data Scientist, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

How is Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator Leveraging Data & AI to Tackle the Challenge of Youth Unemployment in Africa?

July 16 | 11:50 - 12:10

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Paul dos Santos

Paul dos Santos

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

The Big Question

12:10

How the City of Cape Town is Using Real-Time Flow Data Analytics & Intelligent Data Imaging to Minimise Bias in Decision Making?

Speaking:

Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson

Manager: Valuation Surveys & Data Quality, City of Cape Town

How the City of Cape Town is Using Real-Time Flow Data Analytics & Intelligent Data Imaging to Minimise Bias in Decision Making?

July 16 | 12:10 - 12:30

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Matthew Ferguson

Matthew Ferguson

City of Cape Town

12:30

When Data & Culture Collide: Misconceptions of Informal Lending

Speaking:

Theunis

Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

Head of Credit, Wonga ZA

When Data & Culture Collide: Misconceptions of Informal Lending

July 16 | 12:30 - 13:00

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Theunis

Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

Wonga ZA

1:00

Associate Partner Presentation - The SAS Data Science and AI Platform for the Modern Data Scientist

SAS

Choice and Control – How to find the right balance to successfully execute analytics and achieve optimal ROI on data, talent and technology?

Speaking:

Aneshan Ramaloo

Aneshan Ramaloo

Advanced Analytics Practice Lead, SAS

Kelly Lu

Kelly Lu

Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Solutions Manager, SAS

Associate Partner Presentation - The SAS Data Science and AI Platform for the Modern Data Scientist

July 16 | 13:00 - 13:30

SAS

Choice and Control – How to find the right balance to successfully execute analytics and achieve optimal ROI on data, talent and technology?

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Kelly Lu

Kelly Lu

SAS

Aneshan Ramaloo

Aneshan Ramaloo

SAS