Conference Track 3: Digital Disruption

Day 1: Wednesday, 4 October 2017


08h30: Registrations Open

09h00: Exhibition & Networking opens

10h00 -10h10: Welcome Address

10h10 – 10h25: Official Opening – MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Department

10h25 – 11h15:


Keynote Address

Digital Disruption: Remodelling education to ensure an agile and relevant curriculum

  • Defining the country’s technology roll out strategy, the plans, objectives, available resources and key stakeholders.
  • Balancing South Africa’s technological needs to ensure progress and sustainability, with available infrastructure and investment.
  • Mapping future trends and how to prevent the negative consequences of ‘leap frogging’.
  • Understanding whether the legislative framework is capable of supporting industry growth and whether the foundations are in place to ensure inclusive roll out.


Chairperson: Carleen M. King, MBA, Assoc. DBIA, CEO|President|Founder, GK Inc., Senior Member of EduWeek Advisory Board

MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Department

Assoc Prof Dick Ng’ambi, Stream Head: Educational Technology Programmes, University of Cape Town

Mark Horner, CEO, Siyavula

Khaliq Dollie, Digital Advisor, Microsoft


12h10 – 12h40:

Reimagining the classroom of the future: Helping you understand how the impact of a digital reality is impacting the way we teach and learn

A closer look at the positive impact of:

  • Technology to scale, enhance and individualise learning
  • Technology for student driven learning
  • Using technology to enhance critical thinking


Speaker:  Khaliq Dollie, Digital Advisor, Microsoft


14h15 – 14h45:

Smart Inclusion: Utilising assistive technologies for those with visual impairment, to heighten the learning process


Pieter Labuschagne, Director, Edit Microsystems

Nkashaka Constance Mabaso, Principal, Rivoni School

Lindiwe Mhlungu, Principal, Sibonile School For The Visually Impaired


15h45 – 16h15:

Overcoming the challenges inhibiting the sustainability of e-learning roll out.

We discuss:

  • The rapid rate of tech evolution
  • Increasing accessibility
  • Coping with the paradigm shift
  • Professional development

Speaker: Paul Williams, Country Manager, Fortinet


16h30 – 17h00:

Roundtable Think Tanks: Delegates will separate into three roundtable areas to discuss the below-mentioned topics.

This highly interactive session will be led by expert facilitators who are considered thought leaders in their field. Comprehensive notes will be taken by the facilitator and distributed to all participants post event. These notes will contain the ideas, solutions and best practices discussed by the group.

Roundtable Three

Cyber bullying: Learning how to protect our learners from the threatening epidemic.

  • Preventative measures
  • Device management
  • Legalities
  • Life orientation skills
  • South Africa’s proposed policy on social media regulation

Facilitator: Alister Payne, Director at Cloud Education Solutions



NETWORKING COCKTAIL EVENING: Visitor Lunch Area, EduWeek Exhibition


EDUWEEK AWARDS GALA DINNER (Ticket holders only: Contact for more information)


Day 2: Thursday, 5 October 2017


08h00:  Registrations Open

09h30: Exhibition & Networking Opens

10h00 – 10h45:

Keynote Address

Changing mind sets: Facilitating a culture of adoption, across all generations and experience levels

Kurt Minnar, Founder, Dream Education

11h45 – 12h15:

Disruptions and The Digital: How to digitize and democratise knowledge disruption as pedagogical strategy for e-learning in African contexts

Speakers: Rudi Buys, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Cornerstone

Richard Mee, Head of Department: School of Ethics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Cornerstone 

Thulani Dube, Business Studies Lecturer, Cornerstone


13h45 – 14h15:

Veteran Teacher in the 21st Century: Insights gleaned on a teachers path from classroom to boardroom and back

  • Innovation as critical for an effective classroom
  • Leveraging the power of  tech used in business to enhance the way we teach
  • Rebranding education in South Africa
  • Challenges facing education in the African context

Speaker: Stephen Bestbier, EdTech Teacher, Snappifly


15h15 – 15h45:

Case Study: eZones

Design considerations of a flexible space that provides unique interactive and connected learning opportunities

Speaker: Paula Barnard, Lecturer E-Learning, WITS


16h00 – 16h30:

Closing Keynote & Final Remarks

Continuous professional development: ensuring consistent up skilling, through stakeholder buy in & universal tech integration, from ECD to tertiary

Lindsay Wesner

Senior Innovation Coach, Cloud Education Solutions