BY Fast Company SA 2 MINUTE READ

BigFive Summit, a platform to showcase digital solutions providers for SMEs in Africa and the Middle East (AME), has secured Gareth Murphy, General Manager of Online Channels at MTN, and Sifiso Mazibuko, Managing Director of Social Scope and a former Facebook executive.

From 13 – 15 May, Workshop 17 in Cape Town will play host to the Africa-first event featuring some of the biggest names in the digital industry.

Pioneers in the provision of digital media and marketing technology solutions to the region’s SMEs will gather for knowledge-sharing, networking and a dynamic debate on five key elements fuelling the rise of the digital ecosystem: Search, Social, Mobile, Location and Payments.

The 2019 line-up includes speakers from Africa’s largest mobile operator and a world-leading social media platform.

Gareth Murphy, the GM of Online Channels for MTN and Sifiso Mazibuko, Managing Director of Social Scope and a former Facebook executive, are expected to share insights and best practice at the Summit.

Murphy will share his vision for how SMMEs will use mobile to acquire and engage with customers, accept payments, and more effectively run their businesses.

Increasing numbers of businesses are recognising the growing importance of social messaging as a vehicle for customer engagement. Mazibuko will share his views on the roadmap for the future of social during his headline talk: Messaging, the Future of Social Media.

The BigFive Summit is a first for the continent with a vision to determine growth opportunities and routes to market for digital solutions providers.

“This event brings together leaders in the industry to challenge thinking and stimulate ideas. Advice will be shared to help improve the offering for those with the common goal of bringing to market digital solutions for SMEs throughout the AME region. It is an incredible honour to have some of the biggest names in digital such as MTN on our speaker line-up. We hope that 2019 is only the beginning of the BigFive presence in Africa,” states Thabo Seopa, Co-Founder of BigFive Digital, creator of BigFive Summit.

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