12 June 2019

Join us at Think 2019
12 June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa


Let’s put smart to work


Welcome to IBM South Africa’s flagship conference where over 1,000 C-level executives, IT managers, architects and practitioners gather to make the world of business work smarter. It’s where experts in Infrastructure, Cloud, AI, Data and Security convene amid meaningful communities, illuminating activations and inspiring activities.

It’s an opportunity to sharpen your skills. Get hands-on experience with the latest technology. Extend your professional network into one of the world's most celebrated communities of technologists and thought leaders. And have some fun while you're at it.

At Think's educational opportunities will give you the latest tools and solutions you need to improve and scale your business. Through thought leadership sessions, think tanks and labs, you'll take deep dives into AI, cloud, data, security, and other emerging technologies.

Hamilton Ratshefola
Country General Manager, IBM Southern Africa

Meet the experts

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Solomon Assefa

Solomon Assefa

Solomon Assefa
VP IBM Research Africa

Solomon Assefa is the Vice President | IBM Research : Africa & Emerging Market Solutions encompassing the South African and Kenyan labs. He leads by defining strategy, executing research-and-development projects, hiring top-notch scientists and fostering an innovation ecosystem. The lab aims to develop breakthrough technologies and advance science by gathering experts in decision analytics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, human-computer interaction and interactive design.

Previously, he was the director of research strategy and growth initiatives for Africa at IBM. In that role, he developed research strategies by identifying emerging trends, developing human capital and enabling the expansion of IBM Research in Africa. He has also served as a program manager in the office of science and technology, being responsible for evaluating science and technology roadmaps for IBM’s worldwide research laboratories.

As a research scientist, Dr Assefa has worked on IBM’s nanophotonics technology, with responsibilities spanning research, development and technology transfer to commercial foundries. His research contributions include high-speed optical detectors, nanostructured platforms for bio-sensing, and quantum information processing. He has co-written more than 50 scientific articles, has over 45 patents to his name, and has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous conferences worldwide.

Dr Assefa holds a BS in physics, a BS and MS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a PhD, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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John Granger

John Granger

John Granger
Senior Vice President, Cloud Application Innovation, IBM Global Business Services

John Granger is Senior Vice President Cloud Application Innovation, IBM Global Business Services.

John leads Cloud Application Innovation, helping clients transform their businesses at scale with quality, speed and consistency across end-to-end enterprise application implementations, cloud application migration and modernization, and application maintenance. He leads the GBS network of global delivery centers and has championed delivery transformation through automation, agile and DevOps methodologies. John is also responsible for operational discipline and profit performance across GBS, the consulting and professional services unit of IBM.

Previously, John was General Manager, GBS Europe, responsible for the strategy, execution and business results of the business consulting, systems integration and application management services business across Europe. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions in GBS Europe. He joined IBM in 2002 as part of IBM’s acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.

John holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern History from Lincoln College Oxford.

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Matt Candy

Matt Candy

Matt Candy
General Manager and Global Leader, IBM iX

Matt is the General Manager and Global Leader for IBM iX. With over 20 years of experience, Matt is an inspirational and dynamic leader who has worked for IBM his whole career, starting with PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting division prior to its acquisition in 2002. During this time he has focused on complex multi-channel business transformation engagements for clients across multiple industries around the world.

Matt leads a team of 16,000+ creators and makers, across a network of 42+ studios around the world, who blend strategy, technology and creativity to tackle every client challenge. Ambitious and fearless, everyone at IBM iX is an expert in pushing boundaries. This global multidisciplinary team applies IBM Design Thinking and puts emerging technology to work, helping clients with their biggest business challenge: Tomorrow.

In 2016, Matt was ranked No.1 and ‘Individual of the Year’ in The Drum's Digerati, an annual list celebrating the UK's most influential individuals within the digital industry. In 2017, Matt was also named in the BIMA 100 – their annual showcase of the digital industry's brightest stars, seeking to recognise the individuals who are shaping the future of Britain’s digital industry. Matt is a frequent public speaker and blogger on the impact of Design driving business reinvention, customer experience and digital transformation.

Sessions and experiences


Designed for you to learn based on emotional, outcomes-based stories in a variety of engaging formats; Key Notes; Think Tanks; Fish bowl debates and Workshops. Leading thinkers (both global and local) to share their views and experiences.


Designed to allow you to see technology in action, through key activations, demonstrations, meeting spaces and expert advisory areas. Focus on your interest with 4 campus areas (Business and AI; Security and Resiliency; Cloud and Data and Modern Infrastructure); business partner areas, and innovation and skills hub a dedicated developer zone.


With more than a 1000 delegates and dedicated areas throughout the venue, that will allow you to relax, network and reflect on the content the opportunities to think are endless.

Think Campus:

A Campus is a space for you to explore specific topics and connect with your peers, business leaders, and technologists who understand your enterprise goals and challenges.



Focus on the topics you care about most

Data & AI Campus

Unlock the value of your data and put smart to work with AI.

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Cloud & Infrastructure Campus

Optimize your infrastructure with faster, smarter platforms and services.

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Security & Resiliency Campus

Build trust and resiliency with the biggest advances in cybersecurity at work.

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Smarter Business Showcase

Put smart to work for your enterprise with guidance from top experts and industry-leading service solutions.

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Think Johannesburg Highlights

This is probably the best event experience we had going to a technology event in South Africa.


Fantastic day! Well done to the speakers and organisers. Great interactions and learning for me personally. Thank you!


Brilliant and inspiring messages. Super excited to see these technologies of the future today. Fantastic.

Experience Think Johannesburg 2018 video


Become a sponsor

Align your brand with the conference that's helping the world put smart to work. Learn more about becoming a sponsor at Think. Contact us today to find out how you can benefit from participating in Think Johannesburg. Contact Ashley Mosala.

Previous series supporters include:



EOH is the largest ICT services organisation in Africa and provides technology (including IBM Systems, Information Management and IBM Analytics), knowledge services, and end-to-end solutions to medium and large enterprises.
EOH ICT combines state-of-the-art, digital technology with industry best practice to enable operations, facilities, and infrastructures that are efficient, smart and safe. To this end, EOH assists in building digital businesses by providing solutions, consultants and services based on five pillars: Cloud solutions, digital solutions, business by design, big data, and smart cities.
EOH isn’t just built on technology; EOH is built on people and culture. Our global presence ensures that we understand customers' unique business objectives and challenges, and are able to partner with them to not only provide the technology, but also the knowledge, skills and organisational ability critical to success and growth.



QBIT is a niche business consultancy that specialises in enhancing business performance by implementing integrated solutions which are based on a deep understanding of the relationship between an organisation, its work and its people.
Founded 13 years ago, our core business philosophy, which has remained unchanged, is that organisations should be designed and built around work first, and only then linked to people. Understanding what work is done, and how it should be structured, lies at the heart of designing and building a systemically integrated organisation, work and people data architecture.



mySolutions is a Gold IBM Business Partner and consists of a dynamic team of dedicated professionals committed to delivering high level Business Solutions and quality service. Our aim is to deliver unparalleled solutions aimed at assisting business to continuously improve their business processes. mySolutions specialises in Social Collaboration Solutions, IBM Kenexa Talent Management Solutions for HR as well as the IBM OpenPages Governance, Risk and Compliance Solution. Our extensive experience in providing solutions for business makes our team of highly skilled professionals one of the knowledgeable and eligible players in this field.



BITanium is a proudly South African company. We expose the power of data to make our customers more competitive.

We believe that data is the last remaining competitive differentiator – how you treat it, keep it and use it defines the difference between mediocrity and success. We help our customers transform their data from its raw state into a finished, valuable and actionable product. This is achieved through data storage, analysis, visualization and deployment solutions. The insight produced enables intelligent business decisions that make the difference between remarkable and average.

Each of our offerings encompasses a combination of technology, effective processes and skilled people to ensure that our customers rapidly achieve real measurable returns.

As IBM Worldwide Data Warehousing Business Partner of the year for 2016 and IBM South Africa Software Top Partner for 2016, we are proud of the value we bring to the local IBM customer community.



Datacentrix is an ICT solutions provider that uses leading technologies to deliver sustainable value to corporate and public sector organisations predominantly in South Africa. The Group has maintained its approach to strategically partner with its customers, equipping them with valuable insight and helping them to align their technology undertakings with their business strategy. Datacentrix has the expertise to assist customers in navigating the ever-changing IT landscape. It offers a holistic value proposition by delivering complex integrations between technologies that help safeguard customer relevance and competitiveness into the future. As an Alviva Holdings Group company, Datacentrix has access to an extended solution set, positioning the Group uniquely amongst its peers by eliminating the need to source alternative vendors or solutions in non-core areas. This move to becoming a more comprehensive technology solutions provider makes the Group more cohesive, more reliable and a stronger IT partner.
Datacentrix’ mature offerings; its national footprint; and proven execution capability reinforce its position as one of the top ICT players in the local market.



Rogerwilco is a multi award-winning South African advertising agency with a particular focus on performance-driven digital marketing.
Applying its Think, Craft, Elevate process, the company provides strategic advice marketing to brands and NPOs, build platforms and creates engaging content, and uses a variety of tactics to surface this content in front of targeted audiences to deliver defined marketing outcomes.
Rogerwilco is best known for its work in search, content marketing, data and campaign automation. It is an IBM Watson Customer Engagement partner, a Google partner and Acquia’s preferred partner in Southern Africa



Performanta offers independent cyber security services, providing a consultative approach to people, process and technology, focusing on security projects in line with adversarial, accidental and environmental business risk. We believe good security is bespoke security and we recognise that technology is only one part of the solution. To understand your full business risk profile, you need to take a step back from technology. By combining offensive and defensive security you gain visibility of your security posture, allowing you to be in control. Let us take you on the journey from AWARE to SECURE to SAFE.

Ocular Technologies

Ocular Technologies

Ocular Technologies is a specialist Customer Engagement and Digital Experience solutions provider, with a unique set of individuals that are experts in understanding, managing, and ultimately ensuring, an optimal customer experience. With a vision of being regarded as an internationally respected leader in the customer engagement market, we strive to have our customers appear as heroes in the eyes of their customers.

With over 13 years’ experience in the customer contact life-cycle space, the team at Ocular creates quantifiable business impact through Intelligent Interaction Management, Robotic Process Automation, Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Analysis & Design.

Drawing from a focused selection of best-of-breed technologies and methodologies, Ocular is uniquely positioned to offer everything from strategy and planning, through implementation and delivery, all the way to enablement and operations. As a 100% Black-owned, Level 1 BBBEE contributor, Ocular has the added advantage of offering a Preferential Procurement level of 135%.



Grapevine is a leading provider of digital communications solutions. We help large organisations build and deliver curated omnichannel customer experiences that flows seamlessly across channels (Email, Mobile Push, SMS & USSD) and devices. A Tier-1 Wireless Application Service Provider with a 16-year track record of serving over 400 large brands and businesses in South Africa, Grapevine delivers over 2 billion digital touchpoints per year. We are an IBM Business Partner for Watson Campaign Automation and provide a team of highly skilled professionals to execute, manage and monitor your email marketing campaigns and marketing automation programs on your behalf, and support and train your teams to do this work themselves.



OneConnect is an innovative provider of turnkey ICT solutions.

We are proud of our Innovative Solutions and products complemented with the experience and capability to offer after sales service and support on an on-going basis. OneConnect’s core business focuses on Service Excellence, while our Value-Added Product offerings provide a platform for a single integrated Technology Solution.

At OneConnect we believe in Turning Technology into Business Solutions. Our Business Solutions include:
1. LIMS Analytics: Bringing Smart to your Labs
2. Blockchain: Improved Customer Experience, and Cross Border Payment
3. Real-time Risk Management: Real-time Risk, Compliance and Processes with key Controls
4. Managed Services: Systems Integration and Business Process Management

As an IBM Business Partner, we leverage IBM Technology to provide high-end solutions. Visit our stand to experience live Demo of exciting Blockchain Solutions we have developed using HyperLedger Fabric.

The Venue

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre
Allandale Rd & R55, Midrand

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