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From concept to global impact:
The art of scaling innovation
Pioneering Cape Town's success story across the continent

1 February 2024 | Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers
Brought to you in collaboration with ITWeb Brainstorm and BCX


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09:00 (GMT+2)

Cape Town, often recognised as South Africa's thriving 'tech hub,' has embraced innovation, emerging as a dynamic tech ecosystem attracting foreign investments and fostering startups.

One of the key takeaways from Cape Town's tech success story is its relentless commitment to innovation. The city has been at the forefront of embracing emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), and this drive for innovation has led to the development of scalable tech solutions with a global reach.

BCX in collaboration with ITWeb will be hosting the, From concept to global impact: The art of scaling innovation Forum, part of its Enterprise Forum series, for the first time ever in Cape Town. CIOs will get the opportunity to share best practices, brainstorm on practical solutions to common challenges and trade stories and ideas with their counterparts.

With a primary focus on AI, this forum will bring together CIOs from the private sector to discuss AI's evolving landscape and the ethical considerations surrounding its adoption.

The From concept to global impact: The art of scaling innovation Forum, will be an enriching exploration of tech innovation and AI ethics, featuring prominent speakers and thought-provoking discussions.

Benefits of attending


the latest trends and developments in AI and how this transformative technology is shaping industries and decision-making processes.


directly from tech giants and industry leaders about what makes Cape Town a tech hub and the role of government policies in supporting high-growth businesses.


with industry peers and share ideas, solutions and explore areas of collaboration.

Keep up

with the ever-evolving tech landscape and AI advancements to stay competitive and innovative in your field.

Take home

practical strategies, solutions, and best practices that can be implemented in your organization, to drive tech innovation.

Who should attend?

The From concept to global impact: The art of scaling innovation Forum, will be of considerable interest to job descriptions, including – but not limited to – the following:




Arrival, registration & networking


Welcome from the MC

Clifford Martin, Managing Director: Third Stage Consulting EMEA


Opening remarks from the Enterprise Forum chairman

Lungile Mginqi, group CIO, Sasol


Sponsor welcome address from BCX

Siyabulela Mpahlwa, chief sales officer, BCX


The South African AI Landscape

Nathan-Ross Adams, Associate: AI, data and technology, Michalsons

  • Gain insights into the local AI ecosystem
  • Understand the potential of AI for spurring economic growth in South Africa.
  • Understand the reasons behind the reluctance to adapt AI, including IT maturity and fears of losing control.

Demystifying Generative AI: What is it and how does it work?

Dino Bernicchi, AI strategy consultant, AI Strategy Consulting

  • Recognise the need for ethical guidelines to govern Gen AI usage.
  • Explore how Gen AI like ChatGPT is being used by employees and companies.
  • What does the future hold for Gen AI?

Fireside chat: The path forward - replicating success

Tim Parle, Chief Director: Digital Economy, Western Cape Government

Clifford Martin, Managing Director: Third Stage Consulting EMEA

  • Discuss the strategies needed to replicate Cape Town's tech success in other parts of South Africa and the African continent.
  • Examine the importance of regulatory support, funding, and infrastructure.
  • Share insights into mitigating challenges such as load shedding and workforce development.

Refreshment break


The legal framework of AI ethics

Dr. Dirk Brand, independent legal consultant and an extraordinary Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch School for Public Leadership

  • Discuss existing and emerging legal frameworks aimed at regulating AI and holding organisations accountable.
  • Explore how data privacy laws like POPIA impact AI systems and the legal consequences of data misuse or breaches.
  • Understand potential legal consequences, fines, and penalties for organisations that violate AI ethics and regulations. 

Panel Discussion: Cape Town's tech titans

Eimear Costigan, Senior portfolio manager of technology, Wesgro

Dan Southwood-Wells, co-founder, EskomSePush

Clifford Martin, Managing Director: Third Stage Consulting EMEA

Stefan Steffen, executive: data insights and intelligence, BCX

Norman Roberts, technical operations manager, Ayoba


Closing remarks from the MC

Clifford Martin, Managing Director: Third Stage Consulting EMEA


Networking lunch


Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

Address: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town, South Africa, 7441
Phone: +27 21-5253888

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Event Sponsor

About BCX

At BCX, we pride ourselves on being one of the leading South African end-to-end digital partners for corporates and enterprises across the African continent, within the Private and Public Sector. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Telkom Group, we aim to become the number 1 digital partner of choice for clients within our chosen markets.

BCX drives business results by helping our clients place their customer at the heart of their organisations. Enabled by our technological capabilities such as converged communications, cloud services, industry solutions, cyber security and digital edge, BCX will innovate solutions to deliver exceptional value through better experiences along the value chain.

To do this we combine local market understanding and deep industry expertise with some of the world’s most advanced Information and Communication Technology, together with a tireless commitment to make your unique digital journey as seamless as possible.

For more information, please visit www.bcx.co.za