This years’ EOH Connect conference, Fast Data: Business at the Speed of Thought, focuses on data at the centre of the digital revolution.
Taking place on May 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre, this year’s event will offer attendees the chance to experience some remarkable guest speakers.
“Our line-up is designed to challenge conventional views about the future of data and technology. We are confident that our guests will be thinking very differently about what they can achieve for their businesses by the end of the conference,” says CEO of EOH’s ICT business, Rob Godlonton.
Keynote speaker, Vinny Lingham, is regularly ranked in the top-5 most influential FinTech, Blockchain, and crypto sphere “insiders” on the planet. Known as one of South Africa’s most famous technology entrepreneurs, he is nicknamed the “Bitcoin Oracle” for his accurate forecasts of movements in the cryptocurrency’s price.
Frequently writing on topics relating to the decentralisation of the financial industry and the sovereignty of the consumer, Lingham never fails to “disrupt” when sharing his controversial views on the future relationship of the banking and technology industries.
Opening about his view on The New Financial Revolution and Why Tokens are Eating the World, Lingham has famously argued that, “Blockchain technologies are changing the way the world functions and tokens appear to be yet another killer app… If we’re able to move land registry & title deeds, identity, commodities and stocks to the blockchain, we will succeed in making the world far more efficient and secure.”
Most recently, his article The Value Trap Dilemma challenges the presupposition that value of the future can only be financial. Using the token economy model as a case in point, he argues against the value of short-term economics versus the value of the longer-term promise of decentralisation that blockchain and distributed ledgers offer.
With over a decade of experience in e-commerce, Lingham launched Civic after identifying that there was no universal identity solution that balanced security and privacy with ease of use and ubiquity. Today, Civic, based out of Palo Alto in California, is a business designed to solve problems relating to identity theft, fraud, and ultimately, democracy – topics he speaks about candidly, along with contemporary issues facing the Bitcoin & Blockchain community.
Lingham, a “shark” on the South African edition of the global Shark Tank TV-franchise, is one of South Africa’s major technology entrepreneur exports to Silicon Valley and will be flanked during the day by other top speakers.
Welcome address: Rob Godlonton
EOH ICT CEO, Rob Godlonton, will open the conference sharing insights into Fast Data and the importance of forums such as this for industry leaders, to share knowledge and best practice for the betterment and acceleration of the industry. Godlonton is an advocate for promoting knowledge sharing and fostering dialogue among ICT role players who share a common interest in the transformation agenda of South Africa’s Public and Private sectors.
Guest speaker: Simone Zanetti
Zanetti, VP Cloud for EOH International, has made huge strides in innovative consulting and technology practices that have shaped application of cloud services the world over. Previously International VP for Allos, Zanetti took the company to Europe and Africa, and co-founded Allos South Africa in 2004. Also the host of popular YouTube channel, MrCloud.tv, Zanetti is ‘everything Cloud’.
Afternoon address: Hein Wagner
Global adventurer, Hein Wagner will close the conference, with a talk on overcoming challenges. Describing himself as a “A blind man with vision”, Wagner has overcome challenges to surmount some of the world’s greatest physical and mental challenges including the Absa Cape Epic, the Antarctica Marathon, he climbed the ten highest mountains in the Western Cape, and completed the Cape to Rio yacht race. Hein Wagner is living proof that despite the challenges that come our way, anything is possible. He will take the audience through his experiences and aim to inspire many along the way.
Theme: Fast Data – Business at the Speed of Thought
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Date: Wednesday, May 09
Full Day Conference: 7:00 to 17:30
Evening of Entertainment and Networking: 17:30 to 21:00
For registration enquiries, please contact: Yasmeen.Kaleb@eoh.com