In an ideal world, all waste in the world would be prevented. Sadly, current realities point to a different fact – the consumption habits of the modern consumer are causing a huge worldwide waste problem. Our farms, rural areas, cities and seas are clogged with waste products that are threatening the very life fabric of our environment. South Africa alone churned about half a billion kilogrammes of waste in each of the last two years, with little being brought back into circulation. Besides, there are a number of third world countries that have provided a haven for export waste from rich countries that have overfilled their landfills.
But there is a way out of this waste mess, and most traditional methods have pointed to waste products being disposed of, reduced, recycled, reused or recovered. Then there is the option of Waste-to-Energy – the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste. This has been slow in taking root in South Africa, but in other parts of the world, alternative energy companies are developing new ways to recycle waste by generating electricity from landfill waste and pollution, thereby creating completely circular economies where virtually nothing is lost as waste.
Locally, waste-to-energy plants are slowly cropping up, and this is an encouraging sign in the fight to keep waste products off the landfill by 2030. LafargeHolcim has been one of the industry leaders in this vein, erecting a recycle kiln that has been making strides turning waste into useful energy and bi-products for its cement plants. At other waste-recovery complexes, most Waste-to-Energy processes produce electricity and/or heat directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels.
Against this background, the 2018 edition of the Waste-to-Energy Conference seeks to gather thought papers on measures that can be taken to fast-track the circular economy bandwagon. At the conference, latest waste-to-energy conversion technologies and systems that include thermal (Gasification, Thermal depolymerization and Pyrolysis) and non-thermal (Anaerobic digestion, Fermentation and Mechanical biological treatment) means will be discussed.
There is an array of latest solutions that can be applied to the waste problem before we turn to landfills, and these will also be explored at the conference. Government officials, heavy industry leaders, climate change and environmental conservation campaigners are among many prospective attendees that will benefit from the event; which will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2018 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
Over the years, constant and consistent technological innovations have revolutionised the Financial Services sector globally. FinTech is described as the use of software to offer financial services. In this regard, these services are not only restricted to mobile phones but as well go as far as currency exchange as well as mobile wallets.
This innovation has a key focus on “disruption”. Due to the fact that there offer similar services to banks shows how far they have gone in embracing technology and have changed the game. It is however interesting to note that banks (Globally) have also stepped up in their quest to remain relevant as their actions are crucial because it determines their relevance.
Collaboration among the Financial Services units has been a key theme over the years as there is an intrinsic need for the two to work hand in hand. This Summit seeks to unpack the South African/African Fintech ecosystem, funding, growth opportunities. Global best practices for FinTech’s, impact of Bitcoin, Block Chain and Cyber Security, employment creation and next generation Banking are other aspects that will be covered in this summit.
As the world get smaller and smaller, thanks to advancement in technology that has seen people getting interconnected in virtually all spheres of life, there has been a massive rise in innovations that have disrupted the way people previously conducted business.
In this venture, insurance as an industry has not been spared. Insurers who wish to remain current or start innovating to stay ahead should be experimenting with the many ways in which the innovations can simplify the way insurance business is done. With the reality of technology in place, there is a need for the insurance industry to claim its place in the face of this inevitable wave of worldwide disruption.
The answer, obviously, lies in insurance companies investing in technology. Wearable technologies are one example; now people can monitor their blood pressure and other health concerns by just looking at a watch on their wrist or a bracelet on their ankle. In future, a chip inserted in your skin my reveal your whole medical history. A life assurance or funeral cover organisation can take advantage of this technology and provide health monitoring devices to help clients stick to healthy habits.
There are other advantages for insurance companies to embrace the latest advancements in technology:
- Use it to keep track of things, big and small
- Think of ways to make the insurance technology available to people at affordable costs.
- Technology (big data) brings insurers closer to their clients
- Replace legacy communication channels with anywhere, any-time communication.
Besides, the data gained from such intimate engagements with clients is invaluable, and insurance companies can use it to make future decisions and plans that are based on sound research and knowledge of their client base. It also helps in predicting future disruptive technologies and making the necessary advancement measures.
Of course, there are regulatory and ethical factors to consider when adopting such innovations; but there is no question that various technologies have disrupted and will disrupt the way insurance is carried out in all its entirety – vehicle insurance, life assurance, health insurance, underwriting and all other spheres of an insurer’s life. The intricacies and eventualities of such will be discussed at the Disruptive Technologies in Insurance Conference; scheduled for the 23rd and 24th of November, 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre.
- Discuss major areas of disruption in insurance
- Measure impact of disruptive technologies on insurance
- Estimate the impact on the workforce
- Examine the state or readiness of insurance companies in the face of disruption
- Discuss the availability and accessibility of infrastructure that enables the easy adoption of latest technological advancements
- Explore the future of insurance in an increasingly advanced world
- Outline the regulatory framework surrounding the new technologies
- HR and Training Managers
- Actuarial scientists
- Technology Officers
- Risk Managers
- Business Development Executives
- Re-Insurance Experts
- Insurance Brokers
There is no doubt that the uptake of generators and standby power is increasing as companies aim to address the interrupted grid energy supply. This is despite the generator industry facing various challenges owing to the struggling south African economy. The increase in this uptake can be attributed to poor maintenance of ageing substations, unstable transformers, cable theft and overloading on the national power grid amongst other reasons.
With the construction and mining sectors being the biggest spenders on generators and standby power, scaling back on equipment and big projects spending has been noted in these sectors. This has impacted negatively on the output from these sectors.
Traditional standard generators remain a standard solution for most companies in the country although other alternative sources of energy are being explored. Various innovations in the generators and standby power are gaining momentum with the aim to address the issues of power supply.
While the generators and standby power alternatives are coming in handy in the country, issues such as health and safety, compliance, installation regulations, maintenance are still hot issues that require continuous discussions.
It is against this background that this conference has been organised. Various issues affecting the generators and standby power subject will be discussed. Topics willinclude, technological developments in generators as backup energy suppliers, importing of generators, risk factors in generators and standby power and mitigation plans amongst other topics. This is a must attend event to all those interested in the alternative standby power.
The demand for information management specialists has been one of the fastest growing occupations in the world in recent times. Software corporations such as Software AG, Oracle, IBM,Microsoft, SAP, EMC, HP and Dell have spent more than $15 billion on software firms and jobs; thanks to the exabytes of data that might have lain idle had somebody not paused to take a second look and ventured into the process of analysing how all this information could beneficial to organisations. The challenge of big data has been with us for as long as man started collecting information. As data accumulated – whether in physical or digital form – questions soon arose as to the storage, analysis, curation, search, sharing, transfer, visualization, querying, updating and privacy.
Corporations, government organisations, media organisations;among several institutions; possess large amounts of information on the people and other organisations they conduct business with. The internet and mobile phone boom has ushered in the Information Age, where organisations have found themselves saddled with humongous amounts of data, which a few years ago they would have no idea what to do with. But by the turn of the millennium, software – Hadoop, Spark, Pig and Hive among the popular ones – was engineered which could simplify the data into meaningful text that could be manipulated to influence policy formulation in organisations. Businesses realised that they could analyse the data they had gathered over the years to determine client behaviour and hence make business decisions that were in line with their clients’ desires.
That is because the importance of big data doesn’t revolve around how much data an organisation has, but what it does with it. Data can be analysed to find answers that enable cost and time reductions, new product development and optimised offerings, and smart decision making. Besides, when big data is combined with high-powered analytics, organisations can accomplish
business-related tasks such as:
- Determining root causes of failures, issues and defects in near-real time.
- Generating coupons at the point of sale based on the customer’s buying habits.
- Recalculating entire risk portfolios in minutes.
- Detecting fraudulent behaviour before it affects organisations.
First world nations like the USA have set up government departments to look at big data because they value how the information gleaned would help them better serve their citizens in spheres of life that include health, social security, demographics,finance, education and general service delivery. It would be prudent for our own South African local government, corporates and business organisations to take advantage of the data sets they have at the disposal to serve the people better.
Equipping the data analytics personnel with the right skills would be paramount in achieving this goal.
It was for this cause that the Big Data Analytics Conference was organised. Set for the 3rd and 4th of August 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the conference seeks to pool together data experts, decision makers, data scientists, data engineers and policy makers; to discuss trends in data mining, analysis and processing for the benefit of a business.
At the conference, attendees will undergo a hands-on experience on the approaches to data capture, analysis and processing and conversion into information that would help organisations make informed decisions about policy, future direction and product development.
The conference will run under the theme, Transforming the World through intelligent, Data-driven Operations.
- Chief Information Officers
- Chief Data Officers
- Data Architects
- Data Analysts
- Data Scientists
- Data Steward
- Database Administrators
- Information Architects
- Metadata Modeler
- Chief Data Officer
- Data Modelers
- Researchers and Students
- Information Security Specialists
- IT Directors and Managers
- Database Administrators
- Cloud Technology Experts
- Application Developers
- Software Engineers
- Technology Specialists
- Project Managers
- Business Directors and Managers
- Software developers
- Business Development Executives
- Business Intelligence Professionals
- Advertising executives
- Health Practitioners
- Education professionals
- Media Practitioners
- Retail professionals
- Telecommunications Specialists
- Real Estate Managers
- Banking and Finance Executives
- Data Governance Managers
- Key Account Managers
- Account Managers
- Government Organisations
- Finance and Banking
- Telecommunications and Media
- Information Technology
- Transport and Logistics
- Advertising and Marketing
- Non-Government Organisations
- Wholesale and Retail
- Health and Medicine
SAPPMA is extremely excited and privileged to present PIPES XI in conjunction with the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) on 4 & 5 September 2017. As you may know, PPCA hosts the biggest international pipe conference every second year in either
Europe or the USA. Their spin-off conference, which is organised every alternate year, is coming to South Africa this year! The South African edition of the conference will this year include at least 10 of the best papers from PIPES XVIII, which was held in Berlin in2016.
This is in addition to our usual line-up of national and international speakers. The conference will take place over two days to provide for an outstanding offering to our industry. Over 35 speakers will present their papers at this two day event. This is an event you cannot afford to miss.
Vehicular telematics – the integrated use of telecommunications and information processing, such as the invention of the emergency warning system for vehicles, GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cell phones, wireless safety communications and automatic driving assistance systems – is now entering an exciting phase where the internet of things has revolutionised the fields of fleet management, vehicle security and manpower behavior on the roads.
At its well-attended conference last year, Vukani Communications had telematics experts shedding light on the overall scope of telematics insofar as it related to vehicle security, the regulatory framework, recovery and rescue situations, driver behavior; among others. This year, discussions will go further into the in-depth analysis of big data and how it can be processed and packaged into information that can be useful to fleet managers and decision makers in fleet management organisations. And since companies are big on saving costs, there will be presentations on how telematics technology can help on fuel saving and route optimisation. Discussions will also venture into how disruptive technologies have affected the commercial vehicle and telematics sector, as well as trends and the future of telematics technology.
The 2017 Commercial Vehicle Telematics Conference is scheduled for the 22 nd until the 23 rd of August 2017 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and its running theme will be Unpacking the Value of Telematics Data in the Commercial Vehicle Industry. As usual there will be refreshing insights from experts in the commercial vehicle, vehicle security and telematics industry, on the challenges and opportunities that abound in the industry.
- Explore how big data analytics is impacting the telematics industry
- Analyse the importance of tracking devices in telematics
- Explore the world of the Internet of Things and the connected car
- Discuss the emergence of disruptive technologies and their relationship with conventional telematics implements
- Examine the effects of regulatory frameworks on telematics
Occupational Health and Safety in Mining Conference – 9 & 10 March 2017.
Battery Technologies Conference
Venue:Emperors Palace Convention Centre
Project Management for Non-Project Managers Workshop – 14-17 March 2017
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre