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Top speakers present at Accenture Innovation Conference

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Accenture has announced the line-up of speakers presenting at the Accenture Innovation Conference, which is taking place on 26 February at The Country Club Johannesburg, Woodmead.

William Mzimba, chief executive of Accenture in South Africa, says the event has been dubbed "Dare to Disrupt" and provides an unparalleled opportunity for business leaders to tap the brains of some of the world's foremost innovation thought leaders, famous innovators, inventors and ideation specialists. "The hosting of this event is opportune as most South African companies are currently looking at best ways to use innovation to achieve greater competitiveness, productivity, efficiency and growth."

The keynote addresses will be delivered by two internationally-renowned thought leaders in innovation. The first being Professor Clayton Christensen, Harvard University professor, the architect of and the world's foremost authority on 'disruptive innovation', best known for his first book, The Innovator's Dilemma. The second is Greg Brandeau, the former president and COO of Maker Media, and former executive vice-president and chief technology officer at The Walt Disney Studios, and former senior vice-president of Pixar.

Also gracing the stage at the Innovation Conference will be three other top, world-famous innovators, inventors and ideations specialists. The first is Ludwick Marishane, the youngest South African patent holder and inventor of Drybath and aspiring Polymath Entrepreneur. The second is Sebastian Thrun, Stanford professor, Google Glass inventor, robotics developer, educator, CEO and co-founder of Udacity, an Internet-based learning company. The third is Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink, an internationally-recognised innovation research and training firm, and bestselling author of the book, Kill the Company.

Mzimba says, aligned with the theme "Dare to Disrupt", conversations with these thought-leading individuals will highlight how they have leveraged innovation to disrupt industries and challenge technologies, re-invent companies and create phenomenal success out of barren market landscapes.

"We can leverage open innovation, we can leverage disruptive innovation, reverse innovation and we can leverage the intersection of innovation and technology to solve many of the challenges that South Africa is facing today," he concludes.

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