Protocon Convention 2013


Garden route mall George, 14-15 March

“The Garden Route is hosting the most unconventional convention for creators ever seen in our area on 14 and 15 March at the Garden Route Mall in George.

ProtoCon 2013 is all about getting creative thinkers together to learn about creativity techniques and idea development, rapid prototyping, technology to kick-start your concept development and even the legal pitfalls of coming up with the next big thing. We will have both local and national speakers sharing their experiences in an informal “jeans and tekkies” event that is sure to leave the delegates enlightened and inspired to take their ideas to the next level.”

Awesome Speakers – including us!

Marita Durr, creativity expert from the Kobus Neethling group will get the creative juices flowing with whole-brain creativity techniques that really work. Our very own Carli Bunding-Venter, Local Economic Development expert from the George Municipality will show you some of the greatest creative spaces in the world and why we believe the Garden Route is a fantastic place to start up an innovative business. Imel Rautenbach, chairman of the George Business Chamber and CEO of the Garden Route Technology Incubator will share his trials and tribulations on getting a new business off the ground and the support systems for entrepreneurs that can help. If you’re thinking of starting a new business in technology you don’t want to miss this.

If you’re the impatient kind when it comes to seeing results, Nathan Jeffery is your man. He will show you the tricks of the trade that puts the “rapid” in rapid prototyping. Expect to be amazed with what the world has to offer in terms of internet-based tools. Microsoft is uploading Tania van Wyk de Vries from Infoware Studios to us via the cloud to show you some tools and products that can kick-start your application development effort. Keep an eye out how the BizSpark program can launch your idea onto a global stage. Rudie Shepherd will bring you back to earth with a hard look at what corporates look for when they invest in your idea. If you like to get paid for work, listen to this. Advocate Liesl Briel will lay down the Cyber Law. No need to worry though… the only arresting thing will be the talk.

Being an unconventional convention, Dr. Ernst van Biljon will deliver the keynote address at the end and share his views on the process of taking a great idea global. If you don’t walk out inspired to go put a dent in the international economy you were either not listening or your idea really stinks!”

Awesome line-up

“Have you ever experienced a Hackathon before? It is when a bunch of talented people get together and intensely work on solving a common problem – and walk away with a working prototype. Well, at ProtoCon, YOU are those talented people and every delegate has the opportunity to join a ProtoThon team and work on some challenges laid down by the municipalities in the region.

Can you come up with a great way to save lives on our cycle and hiking trails? Do you have an idea how to make your neighbourhood safer using technology? Is it possible to live in Knysna, have an office in George and have your clients in Dubai – all using technology? Put your thinking cap on and come prototype with us and share in prize money of R50,000. All will be revealed in March.”

Exhibit

“ProtoCon is also a showcase for local talent and we want your business to exhibit your innovative and unconventional products and services to the public. We’re taking over the entire mall to give you a great opportunity to reach the thousands of shoppers with your idea at a very low cost. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Register today at www.protocon.co.za !”


BY: RUDIE SHEPERD, PROTOCON 2013 ORGANISER


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