2020 BCX Digital Innovation Awards
Recognising Excellence in Digital Innovation
2020 Judges Commentary
Listen to what the 2020 BCX Digital Innovation Awards Judges had to say about their expectations during the Digital Warriors Judging this year.
Jaco Gerrits, FOUNDER of Dynamus Technologies
Jaco Gerrit’s is a previous winner of the Top Technology Entrepreneur in Africa Award and has been featured in numerous publications across the world. His latest venture Roadsave, a smartphone app developed to save lives, recently received the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Top Leadership in Technology Award. Jaco believes that it’s possible to do good while doing well, where enterprise and investment are used as powerful forces for good. This saw him winning “The Venture” South Africa, a global search for the best social entrepreneurs, where he had the honour of representing our country against 26 others in New York.
Benji Meltzer CTO & Co Founder
Benji grew up with an enthusiasm for design and entrepreneurship. He obtained a BSc in Mechatronics Engineering at UCT, after which he worked as a software engineer and business analyst at the Cyest Corporation in Johannesburg, Chile and Australia. Next he returned to his passion for engineering and study, and obtained an MSc in Neurotechnology at Imperial College London. His main research areas at Imperial focussed on machine learning and computational neuroscience. He developed niche skills in these areas and completed his research looking to use analytical, computational and biomedical skill-sets in innovating unique and powerful technology.
Thereafter he joined Uber, where he worked as an Operations Manager for Sub Saharan Africa. He was responsible for building the analytical models that led to data-driven, strategic decisions around supply growth, efficiency and performance.
Benji is currently the co-founder and CTO of Aerobotics, a Cape Town based company using aerial imagery to help farmers find problems early and optimize performance. Benji is responsible for both the data science and software application areas of the business, designing and building predictive, automated insights that farmers can use to easily make decisions through a range of web and mobile applications.
Alistair Mokoena – Country Director for Google South Africa
My 22 year career is a story of 5 chapters. These chapters include Law, Marketing, Advertising, Academia and Technology. I’m a Chartered Marketer with the following qualifications: BCom, LLB, MBA and MDP from Rhodes University, Mancosa GSB and UCT GSB. I’m currently finalizing my PhD in Business Administration at the North West University Business School.
I spent 14 years in various marketing roles at Unilever, Tiger Brands, SABMiller, Cadbury and Absa bank. These roles ranged from Brand Manager to Marketing Director. Thereafter I spent 8 years heading up advertising agencies such as FCB and Ogilvy South Africa as Chief Executive Officer. My current role is Country Director for Google South Africa.
I serve on various marketing and advertising industry bodies such as MASA, IAB, ARB and serve as a jury member for the Bookmarks awards, Adfocus awards and Marketing Achievement Awards. I have received numerous industry awards over the years, most notably the Best Advertising & Marketing Leader for 2019 in South Africa by Global Brands Magazine.
I have a deep passion for teaching and have been a regular guest lecturer at various business schools for over a decade. I’m currently a Professor of Practice and MBA Coach at the Joburg Business School.
Nadia Mather, DIRECTOR at Tabacks
Nadia Mather has over 10 years’ experience in private practice in well regarded firms in Johannesburg. Nadia is currently a director at Tabacks Attorneys.
Nadia acts for and advises a number of clients in the ICT sector including media, analysis and reporting technology, digital communication and mobile financial technology companies. Nadia acts for start-ups and established multinationals.
Nadia has experience in both commercial law as well as dispute resolution and accordingly has experience in negotiating and implementing transactions as well as instituting and defending technology related claims.
Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen, BCX Chief Marketing Officer
With more than 25 years of experience in marketing, Mandisa is an empowering leader who believes in the importance of working within a collaborative environment, surrounding herself with talented people. She expects delivery and accountability but is never afraid of getting her hands dirty. Mandisa’ s key interests lie in brand strategy, content marketing and driving sales through opportunity-centric and personalized marketing, which she has been working towards for BCX, since taking on her current role in August 2018.
Before joining BCX, Mandisa was General Manager of Enterprise Marketing at MTN Business, had served as Marketing and Communications Director of Accenture South Africa, and held positions at Dimension Data and Nokia, both in South Africa and in Helsinki, Finland.
Shaheen Vawda, Chief Sales Officer
Shaheen has over 20 years’ experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arena and plans to drive strategic initiatives and provide executive-level support to top decisionmakers, both within BCX and for our customers. Shaheen joined us in June 2019 and has experience in leadership and management in all areas of finance, sales and delivery.
Before joining BCX, Shaheen was Channel Sales Director at Dell EMC South Africa. He led the Channel Sales organization in South Africa and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, implementing and heading up a consultative selling approach to position Dell EMC’s global strategy. Shaheen previously held positions at Microsoft and T-Systems.