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E-kasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo
What you will learn

Over the three days, the festival will host a number of relevant platforms including the Gauteng Gaming Community Cup, interactive Panel Discussions and Exhibitions.

The eKasi Tech Fest has the key objective of bridging the digital divide and enable township communities to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution to ensure sustainable development

  • share knowledge with key industry players
  • Gauteng Gaming Community Cup Tournament
  • Exposure to the latest tech developments
What we will do

Building up to the event will be a series of talks hosted in partnership with Maxum Digital every last Thursday of the month.

The Maxum eKasi Gaming Talks will be a platform to share knowledge with key industry players on issues related to the township tech and gaming eco-system.

About e-Kasi Techfest

The e-Kasi Tech Fest is an initiative by the Innovation Village Foundation NPC, based in Soweto. Developed in response to the need for the establishment of a platform that will serve to harness the power of diverse thinking, talent and skills and to identify, develop and connect those inventors doing that of which no other has thought of.

e-Kasi Tech Fest hosted at Dlamini Multi-Purpose Centre, will feature esteemed industry leaders, policy makers, innovators from underrepresented communities and a diverse yet influential audience.

SPEAKERS

DAYS

WORKSHOPS

CUP TOURNAMENT

Keynote speakers

Meet our most valued speakes

Martin Fritzen

esport Project Manager, DGI

Martin has given more than 1,000 talks about grassroots esports and worked with more than 100 international sports clubs and

CUKIA KIMANI

Co-founder, Nyamakop

Cukia “Sugar” Kimani is a co-founder of Nyamakop, a game development studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

KATIE WILTER

Head of Sourcing & Marketing, WeThinkCode_

Katie believes that digital is the future and education is key in creating opportunities for Africa’s youth.

MLONDI MASHININI

Founding Partner, FanBase Analytics and GAMES

Mlondi Mashinini operates at the confluence of technology, business and sports. He is a founding partner of two businesses, F

HANLI GEYSER

HOD, Digital Arts

Hanli Geyser is Head of Division of Digital Arts.

DR KIRU PILLAY

Chief Director: Cybersecurity Operations @ DTPS

Dr Kiru Pillay has 28 years of experience in the ICT sector with five of those as an academic and researcher.

    EMILAR GANDHI

    Public Policy Manager @ Facebook (SADC)

    Emilar Gandhi is Facebook’s public policy manager for the SADC Region.

    NICK HALL

    Head @ Interactive Entertainment South Africa

    Nick Hall has been involved in the South African game development scene for 8 years, first as a legal representative for the

      BONGANI GOSA

      Founder @ BWD Advertising

      Bongani Gosa is the Founder and Creative Director of BWD Advertising, a full service marketing agency that was established in

        Schedule

        Come and be exposed to the latest technology development

        08:00 AM
        Registration

        E-kasi Tech Festival & Gaming Expo Event registration

        E-kasi Tech Festival & Gaming Expo Opening Remarks

        Transforming and revitalising the township economy through technology

        The Session will look at policies and strategies that government needs to implement in order to develop a competitive township economy through technology

        Tea Break 1

        Shaping the Future of Education – Preparing the next generation with skills for future work

        Cyberbullying: Empowering children and youth to be safe online and responsible digital citizens.

        Day One Lunch

        eKasi Women In Tech: Addressing the gender gap in the Tech Industry and inspiring the next generation of Women in Tech.

        Developing a Vibrant Township Digital Economy

        01:45 PM
        Tea

        Celebrating Successful Townships Start-up

        Closing Remarks & Day 1 wrap up

        08:00 AM
        Registration

        Welcome to Day 2 of E-kasi Tech Festival & Gaming Expo

        09:00 AM
        Opening Remarks

        Game Design & Development: Market strategies and mechanism to grow the adoption and uptake of  locally developed games.

        Tea Break

        5 Indie Game Developers presenting their games

        Show up your Start-up– Innovation and Creativity.

        12:15 PM
        Lunch

        Understanding Esports and Marketing : The economic opportunities

        Developing Esports culture through grassroots programmes.

        Esports – Turning your passion

        Feed back on the Pitch the Game Session

        Closing Remarks & Day 2 wrap up

        08:00 AM
        Registration

        Welcome to day 3 of E-kasi Tech Festival & Gaming Expo

        Gauteng Community Cup Finals:

        • Tekken 7
        • FIFA 2018

         

        Girls in Gaming Exhibition Match

         

        Counter-Strike Competitive Match

        Newsletter signup

        Shortest way to explore what will happen on Ventcamp

        Event tickets

        Ekasi Tech Fest is a Free to Attend event that requires registration.

        TESTIMONIALS

        what people say

        We must take into account the players that have been left behind, the smaller players, we must not only work with the big companies and the monopolies. We are taking this Tech Fest to all other areas, and it is going to be an annual event, it will be moved to other provinces and we seek to contact everyone in South Africa.
        Stella Ndabeni AbrahamsDeputy Minister in the DTPS
        One of the biggest draw cards at the event was the focus on the development of women in gaming
        Charmaine Van NiekerkHead of Gaming, Acer Africa
        Three years ago the gaming industry has been perceived to be R2.6 billion and i believe this figure will increase to R3.6 billion by the end of 2018, initiatives like Ekasi Tech Fest and Gaming Expo focusing on the developement of the esports ecosystem in the grass roots level for townships and rural areas to access gaming opportunities are at the forefront to making the realisation of the 2018 goal achieveable
        Cambridge MokanyaneCEO, VS Gaming

        Register to attend Ekasi Tech Fest

        identify, develop and connect those inventors doing that of which no other has thought of

        Techfest sponsors

        these awesome companies support us

        EXHIBITOR SPONSORS
        Digital Lab Africa
        maxum digital
        Nexus Hub
        Richfield Graduate Institute
        Goethe Institut ekasi techfest

        Location

        • Dlamini Hall, Soweto
        • info@e-kasifest.co.za
        • +27 78 952 8570