SA INNOVATION SUMMIT

Capetonians in for SA Innovation Summit lead-up event

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South Africa’s innovation ‘event of the year’ is back! This year’s SA Innovation Summit, which is taking place from 21 to 24 September 2016 in Ekurhuleni, is hosting a co-creation day in Cape Town as part of a lead-up event. All Capetonians with a thirst for innovation are invited to join the inspirational day session focused on “Creating a City of Opportunity for All’. The lead-up event, called the High Impact Series, will be taking place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

“We are thrilled to pay a visit to Cape Town before the main event in September. The aim of the High Impact Series is to bring together thought-leaders, innovators, enablers and industry leaders to co-create around how to move South Africa’s beautiful Mother City forward,” says SA Innovation Summit Chairperson, Dr Audrey Verhaeghe.

The jam-packed full day programme, promises to bring to the table sustainable and innovative solutions to build and grow the city. Two main topics up for discussion include: ‘How could Cape Town become a real City of Opportunity?’ and ‘What would it take to create a city (and region) that allows all its people to thrive?’

The line-up of awe-inspiring speakers for the day include international and local industry leaders, namely; Abbas Jamie, the Director of Innovation for Aurecon Africa, Neil Jacobsohn, Senior Partner at FutureWorld International, Thomas Wittig, Chief Executive Officer of WITTIGONIA®, Martijn Aslander Entrepreneur and Founder of Permanent Beta, Aurelia Albert, the manager of the Innovate Durban programme for the eThekwini Municipality and Shannon Royden-Turner, Visionary Urban Strategist at Actuality.

“The revolutionary insights gained on the day, will be shared with cities across the globe with the help of our wonderful partners, the Futures Institute of Africa. This will help co-create smart cities, brimming with opportunity,” adds Verhaeghe.

On top of the co-creation session, the SA Innovation Summit will also host a 24-hour Hackathon on 19 to 20 August 2016 at the Lookout Centre in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. With the Hackathon, we hope to see creative and effective ideas to support and grow the local community,” adds Verhaeghe.

“We look forward to welcoming industry leaders. Your thinking, brilliant ideas and efforts to innovate can make a difference,” concludes Verhaeghe.

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