Awards

Africa Tech Week Awards is the premier technology awards ceremony. The awards focus on educating African countries on the challenges and opportunities to be gained by their drafting appropriate plans and policies to catapult them into the digital and technological revolution. The Africa Tech Week Awards will also recognize and reward companies on the continent that have demonstrated excellence in the area of innovative product development. 

JUDGES

Abbas Jamie

Abbas Jamie

Aurecon | Director of Innovation & Transformation

Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon and the Community Liaison Africa for the World Design Organisation.

Abbas is a registered professional engineer and holds qualifications across the engineering, business and futures fields.  He is passionate about developing Afrikan solutions and has conceptualised the Afrikan Design Innovation narrative, which encourages engineers, architects, planners, designers and allied professionals to embrace transdisciplinary and participatory ethnographic tools in their quest for more creative and innovative Afrikan solutions.

Gareth Hawkey

Gareth Hawkey

redPanda Software’s | CEO

Gareth has 25 years of experience within the IT industry and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He has a passion for business, and began his first business while still at school. Having gained experience as an IT Technician, Service Delivery Manager and Team Lead, Gareth joined the Lewis Group as a Project Manager in 2001.

He soon progressed within the organisation, eventually taking on the role of General Manager and becoming a member of the Executive Committee before leaving to co-found redPanda Software in 2009. Gareth brings strategic business acumen to the redPanda Software team as Group CEO. His detailed understanding of and ability to identify process efficiencies allows him to guide business and software development to achieve the best results.

With a love for the magic that happens when technology and business meet, Gareth’s drive as redPanda Software’s CEO is to make software development and support easy and predictable for enterprise businesses, and change the landscape of custom software development for the global retail industry.

Lance Fanaroff

Lance Fanaroff

Joint CEO & Owner of Integr8 IT

A Professor at the London School of Business describes him as ‘A Marketing Man & Master Deal-maker”. Through sheer grit & determination, Lance co-founded Integr8 from a tiny bedroom in 2001 to its glamorous headquarters today. At a previous Topco National Business Award ceremony, Lance won the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as being a finalist for the Businessman of the Year award. He has also been honoured as one of the top Entrepreneurs in the Ernst & Young Worldwide Entrepreneur of the Year awards, as well as being named one of the top IT Personalities of the Year. Lance’s entrepreneurial attitude has been one of the cornerstones of Integr8’s culture. His mantra has always been “dream big & make it happen”. With a burning passion, clear vision & extreme confidence, Lance guided Integr8 to become one of the largest private ICT companies in South Africa & Africa.

Integr8 IT won many local and international awards & accolades, namely: Topco National Business award for “Innovation Through Technology” ; The Technology Top 100 Company – award winner ; The ICT African Achievers award for “The Most Innovative ICT Company in SA“ ; as well as previously winning the award for being Microsoft’s top partner in SA (namely Gold Partner of the Year). Integr8 was ranked by the MSPMentor Global – as only one of 2 South African companies in the Top 50, out of the Top 501 Managed Service Providers globally.

Business Connexion Group acquired Integr8 IT in 2013.

Lance is currently the co-Founder and Director of:

• OPEX RENTAL (Pty) Ltd – a broad range of specialist asset rental solutions to companies  http://www.opexrental.com
• INDOX (Pty) Ltd – An outsourced professional document collection service – specialising in servicing the largest Credit Providers in the country – http://indox.co.za/
• ROLA ROLA Group of Companies – Commercial & Residential Properties
• INSURECORP (Pty) Ltd – specialises in advising on and assembling a diverse range of insurance solutions that match both the personal and commercial needs of its valued Clients.  http://www.insurecorp.co.za/
• 1IDENTITY (Pty) Ltd – is a world leading remote biometric digital authentication and automated on-boarding technology platform – https://www.1identity.co/

Mathapelo Mzizi

Mathapelo Mzizi

Head of MSC & CMM, Ericsson MMEA

Mathapelo Mzizi is the Head of Managed Services Campaigns and Customer Marketing Manager at Ericsson for Ericsson Middle East and Africa (MMEA). She has more than 10 years’ experience in leading organizations and people in a global environment with specific expertise in the customer experience, marketing, change leadership and innovation. She’s part of the Ericsson South Africa advisory board member to drive positive change in the company.

Mathapelo is a One Young World Ambassador, a UK-based charity and a preeminent global forum that gathers the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.

She is an enthusiast human being fueled by a constant drive for innovation, human equality, internet for all and leveraging the unlimited power of technology to solve the socio-economic issues and business opportunities.

HULT PRIZE Dubai Intra competition winners 2018, an annual, year-long competition that crowd-sources ideas from MBA and university students to solve a pressing social issue around topics such as food security, water access, energy, and education.

Mathapelo is an Executive MBA student at Ashridge/HULT Business School in the United Arab Emirates. Also, co-founder for an energy peer to peer startup company Genr8. Shortlisted by Entrepreneur Magazine as 10 Startups to look out for. She’s a social entrepreneur, technology for good advocate and technology enthusiast.

Maureen Grosvenor

Maureen Grosvenor

Director - Head of Custom Applications at APPSolve (Pty) Ltd

The entrepreneurial and technology bug bit me at an early age. In 1986, when I was 16, my father bought one of the first home personal computers on the market and I took the opportunity to learn the software languages available at the time. I loved the idea getting to know and understand new innovations and being ahead of the pack. Plus I have always suffered from FOMO (fear of missing out). While still attending school, I started developing custom applications for friends and family and the rest is history. Software development came easy to me and my life since then has emulated the same problem-solving logic that computers run on.

After finishing high school in 1988, I joined Anglo American and since then, have built solid experience in all areas of software development. I established my own software company in 1998.  During this time, I built numerous industry software solutions for the agricultural and logistics sector. After 10 years, I sold the business to  a listed South African IT company. From there, I headed up the project management office for the EMEA region for a global telecommunications and real estate company. I have managed numerous ERP and custom application projects in Africa and Europe.  I love building teams and inspiring them to work together to achieve unimaginable successful results. I joined APPSolve (Pty) Ltd, a South African IT consultancy company in 2014, and am responsible for new business development in the custom applications space. Two of my custom applications have won international awards.  I work with an incredible team of people. Without good people and a good team behind you, you are setup for failure. No one can achieve success on their own.

I am passionate about the upliftment of women in South Africa and inspiring the younger generation to reach for the stars. I enjoy helping new entrepreneurs with their business ventures and guiding them through those first few challenging years. Hard work and determination is all you need. I have incredibly high standards and one of my motto’s is, “if you going to do something, do it properly and with passion otherwise don’t do it at all”.

My other interest are my community. I have worked closely over the past 10 years with a children’s NGO, Ditshego House of Laughter, based in Mooiplaas, Pretoria. It gives me the greatest satisfaction to see children happy, safe, warm and fed.

On a personal note,  I am married, have two adult children and 3 huge but lovable dogs! Our large family is where our heart is.  I am also a dedicated food addict, and absolute love cooking. If I had my life over again, being a chef would definitely have been my career. I love bringing people together with food. It is my favourite delight. I have a Facebook page where I share all my food adventures.

Rynier Van der Watt

Rynier Van der Watt

Etion Connect: Chief Technology Officer

Rynier, is an engineer and entrepreneur at heart who is passionate about technology, leadership and business. He leads at his best when there is a clear challenge, especially in uncertain circumstances.
He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Etion Connect, the connectivity business of Etion Limited. His role is to drive the strategic growth of the business, and is responsible for innovation, technology development and services operations.

Prior to this, in his role as Chief Mergers & Acquisitions Officer of the Etion group, he was instrumental in the successful acquisition of LawTrust (Pty) Ltd, by Etion Limited, and its integration into the group as Etion Secure. His success in business is driven by his passion for, M&A activities and for negotiating contracts and transactions.

His journey into the Etion group started as, being one of the co-founders of Parsec Holdings, which grew from an engineering consultancy in the mid-1990s employing 6 engineers to a group that employed over 130 employees and was later acquired by Etion Limited (then Ansys) in 2015. A planned transaction that gave Parsec Holdings an opportunity to be part of a JSE listed entity.

His track record is a clear demonstration of his leadership in technology businesses. During his career he has acted as founder and managing director of various businesses, as well as business development director, mergers & acquisitions officer and chief technology officer.
Rynier is happily married with 3 children

Shashi Hansjee

Shashi Hansjee

Entelect | CEO

Shashi Hansjee in the Chief Executive Officer of Entelect, a South African software engineering and services business. Since he was appointed head of Entelect in 2010, the company has experienced exceptional growth from a personnel and financial perspectives and is now one of the largest software organisations in the country.

 

Shashi graduated from Wits University in 2004 with a Masters in Engineering and is passionate about creating a place where SA’s best software talent can thrive and grow as well as proving to the world that while our talent pool may be relatively small, it is truly world class. Under Shashi, Entelect has become a company renowned for its culture of learning and growth and has won numerous Best Company To Work For awards. He is also the IITPSA’s IT personality of the year for 2017.

 

Shashi believes that education is key to transforming the country for the better and that all of us have a role to play in that transformation, however small or large.

Veronica Motlotsi

Veronica Motlotsi

SmartDigital Solutions | Chief Exectutive

Veronica Motloutsi is the Chief Executive of SmartDigital Solutions. A licensed Internet Service Provider focusing on broadband connectivity, and IoT and data analytics capability. She is also the founder of Africa Lead with Veronica Motloutsi, a platform aimed to challenge government, funders and policy maker to create a new digital economy that will propel Africa to compete better with other markets. She is one of the leading ICT and Education Executives in South Africa, highly talented black woman who continues to make her mark in the ICT industry.

Her qualifications includes B-Tech: IT (CUT) M-Tech: BIS (TUT), PDBA (GIBS – 2008), MBA (GIBS- 2010), ASCEND(WITS 2015),VAEP (GIBS 2017)

Awards:
Nedbank Top Performer 2011, Vodacom Women in Red Award 2016; Standard Bank Top Women Awards Finalist (2017); Vodacom-GIBS Top Action Learning Project (2017), National Business Awards – Top Executive Under 40 Winner (2017), Inspiring Fifty Women in STEM (2018), Standard Bank Top Entrepreneur of the Year- Winner (2018); Top Entrepreneur of the Year – Finalist ( 2018) National Business Awards, Top Executive under 40 – Finalist (2018).

Skills:
Digital Transformation Programmes, Enterprise Architecture, ICT Strategy, ICT Governance, Customer Experience Management, Digital Banking Platforms, Convergence, Cloud, Big Data and Network Solutions, Application Management, Money Transfer, Business Analysis, Programme Management, Leadership, Strategic Management, Corporate Governance

HOW TO SUBMIT A WINNING ENTRY FORM:

  • Carefully determine the category or categories you wish to enter.
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  • Tick the boxes for the categories you wish to enter.
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CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA:

Demonstrate your motivation with measurable data / criteria.

JUDGES WILL LOOK AT:

Company / Individual Motivations – Should be in Video Format or PowerPoint and need to be presented to the judges at the Judges Review Forum or submit online. 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 

AFRICA TECH YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD (under 35 yrs)

This award is for an individual in IT, technology leader who has progressed rapidly through their career and demonstrate business value and innovation using technology.

Criteria:

Highlight the initiatives you have developed in your organisation, detailing the success of these initiatives

What has been your biggest success?

What were the challenges you had to overcome?

Highlight any innovation attributable to you and how it has affected your organisation.

 

AFRICA TECH CEO OF THE YEAR AWARD

The individual will have a clear passion for the tech industry, be an inspirational role model, determined and motivated with a strong flair for all things tech.

Criteria:

Demonstrate your approach as a leader to leadership and how it influences your actions and activities in your organisation/business.

Describe how you inspire and motivate people in your workplace.

Demonstrate what does success means to you?

Highlight your biggest successes and your biggest failures/challenges?

 

 

AFRICA TECH CIO OF THE YEAR AWARD

The award recognise an exceptional individual who has been using technology to support and grow business.

Criteria:

Demonstrate your leadership, strategic focus and IT innovation in your organisation.

How does the CIO deploy his team to meet the business requirements and encourage innovation?

Demonstrate your overall responsibility for IT strategy and vision in your organisation.

 

 

AFRICA TECH AI LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award recognises an individual, a community minded thought leader who demonstrates the drive to improve business engagements.

Criteria:

The individual should demonstrate the success he/ she contributed to the strategies transforming parts of a business through AI innovation

Demonstrate what success you have had in your role over the past 18 months.

 

 

AFRICA TECH SECURITY LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award recognises an individual who assisted the company deal with cyber threats; driving new security innovation in the industry; creating security awareness.

Criteria:

Demonstrate your successful results in protecting your company from cyber threats.

Demonstrate the breadth of your training and experience, and its impact around innovation in the creation and delivery of your training materials.

Demonstrate the breadth of your training and experience from an IT Security perspective.

Demonstrate your innovation & strategic vision in IT Security)

 

 

AFRICA TECH WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award goes to a woman who has shown outstanding IT excellence and innovation over the past 18 Months.

Demonstrate your overall responsibility for IT strategy and vision in your organisation.

Demonstrate your approach as a leader to leadership and how it influences your actions and activities in your organisation/business.

Demonstrate what does success means to you?

ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS

BEST TECHNOLOGY START-UP AWARD

This award recognises companies in any sector that display great potential for future growth.

The company must be under 2 years old.

Criteria:

Demonstrate your business model – Organisational structure, sales strategy, strength of team, vision & strategic plan.

Demonstrate why should a customer buy or use your product or service?

Demonstrate scalability by comparing current market reach vs potential market reach and how to reach that goal

 

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award recognises the companies that have leading technological change, disrupting the status across all industries.

Criteria:

Companies should demonstrate how they have developed the technology within the company / in-house.

Demonstrate how the technology has overcome a defined problem and what positive impact it made.

Demonstrate the quality that the innovation will show in a particular product or service with the potential to change what you do and how it is done.

 

TECHNOLOGY GROWTH BUSINESS AWARD

The award recognise large companies that are in full growth mode and that have overcome their funding barriers.

Criteria:

Demonstrate your success and excellent service products and insight that the company have overcome in the past 3 years.

Demonstrate the determination and impact that your company has shown to their success.

 

BEST DIGITAL COMPANY AWARD

The award recognises the company that has the power of digital technologies, including mobile, social, and the cloud.

Criteria:

Demonstrate the digital platform that users experience to create more profitable and connected businesses.

Demonstrate an effective, innovative use of digital to deliver real results and ROI.

Demonstrate the digital tools and software that are essential to monitor, evaluate, plan and execute in the digital environment.

HEADLINE AWARD

BEST TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award recognizes the tech companies for their technological achievements with a sound strategy in place to ensure successful delivery of its commercial advantages and build shareholder value.

Criteria:

Demonstrate an outstanding and innovative product or service, which had the overall success of the business.

Demonstrate relevant achievements your company received over the years in the tech industry.

KEY CONTACTS:

Nominations & Awards: Aisha Crombie aisha.crombie@topco.co.za

marketing@topco.co.za or call 086 000 9590

ENTRY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Only organisations operating within Africa qualify to enter (in certain categories exceptions may apply)

Companies and/or individuals will be charged a fee of R2 750 per entry. • Entries are limited to qualifying as finalists in two categories, if a separate motivation letter and supporting documentation is provided for each category.

Only one entry form with company details need, to be submitted. An independent judging panel will assess the entries.

Nominations will be judged on how well they meet the published criteria for each category and not judged against each other. Judges look for clear and concise applications. Examples may be used to demonstrate how the nominee meets the criteria of the category.

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