Tech4Africa – The Only Good Reason to Visit Johannesburg

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I really really really loathe traveling to Johannesburg. It’s ugly, traffic kills me and there are no mountains. It’s all about the mountains. I have nothing against the residents of the massive city though. The one reason and only reason (for me) to go to Jozi is to attend Tech4Africa. Previously covered here. Tech4Africa promises that they are the premier mobile, web and emerging technology conference, bringing global perspective to the African context.

It ticks all this blog’s category check-boxes and the speaker line-up looks killer. How does a Web AddiCT get from Cape Town to Johannesburg to attend Tech4Africa by spending little or no money? A simple mash-up. My work at MIH SWAT, my hobby (what you’re reading now) and the project I’m continuously iterating in my free time are all intertwined in on way or the other and what better way to get to Joburg to be attend Tech4Africa than combining all of the above?

We’ve recently started the MIH Incubator and what better way for the start-up founders to learn, connect and grow than to attend Tech4Africa? So we secured 2 tickets for them. One of the companies I assist on a regular basis, DSTV Online, require some one-on-one time with yours truly so we’ve scheduled some time with them, a day before Tech4Africa.

The Tech4Africa Innovation Award was announced and all they asked was that you submit a one-pager…

on why your product embodies African innovation, for African problems, and how it can or does already have global potential. Your submission should cover these two criteria, as well as showing the traction you have already gained (users, downloads, visits, etc). If you can’t explain the above in one page, then you have bigger things to think about 😉

Hang on, I did this kinda thing already for Cape Town Entrepreneurship Competition 2011 (see the winners here). As your Web AddiCT I love to Copy/Paste and that’s exactly what I did when applying. Copy/Pasted the introduction to the CTEC competition which focused on economic, community and social development– added 88 words covering the traction & results achieved and it all fits onto one page. Clicked send. 3 Birds, 1 Stone made up of 88 new words.  Repurposing content previously created to share an idea I believe is worth spreading.

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6 days ago this message arrives…

Thank you for your Innovation award application. We are pleased to announce that your project has been selected as a finalist in this years Tech4Africa Innovation awards.

<insert big smile here>

Free ticket to Tech4Africa and get to connect with all the other innovative teams behind the projects in the finals and other awesome individuals at a dinner the night before 🙂 Watch out now. If that is not a reason for someone from Cape Town to travel to Jozi what is?

Will you be at Tech4Africa 2011?

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