Middel & Partners Go FORTH and PROSPER POWWOW

Thu. 19 Apr, 2018 2:00pm - 9:00pm SAST
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Price: R400.00
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Explore applied innovation

The GO FORTH and PROSPER POWWOW is an interactive event in the form of presentations, conversations and experiential exploration of applied innovation from a global perspective.

The main driver behind the event is a practical, implementable glimpse at answering the brain-busting question on the agenda of every organisation concerned with staying relevant, competitive and prosperous - How to start effective innovation?

Brexit, Donald Trump’s election and the Steinhoff debacle caught most of by complete surprise.  This fluid, challenging socio-economic context has seen certain brands and companies thrive, while others appear caught in the past, doing what they have always done and hoping for a positive outcome. High profile brands like Apple, are widely praised for their ongoing ability to “innovate”. But the reality of innovation is far more complex and nuanced than the media hype suggests. Every organisation, regardless of size or sector, must decide exactly how, when and why to innovate.

The GO FORTH and PROSPER POWWOW will offer significant development opportunities to organisations seeking to improve their ability to apply innovation to strategy, product development and customer relationships. The event will host a series of debates and interactions centring on the application of innovative thinking in your organisation.

This event is for you to move and be moved. To experience opportunities to speak, as well as be spoken to. To explore and challenge as much as you are challenged and given new things to explore.

Innovate. Everyone claims to. Few actually do. Ask yourself:

  • Do you really innovate?

  • Can your company convert social and economic uncertainty into strategic opportunity?

  • How and where do you start on innovation?

  • Why do some companies succeed and others fail on innovation?

  • How do you address innovation for the enterprise, business systems, products, services and customer-facing elements?

  • Do you want your workforce to be visionary, agile and innovative thinking machines?

What happens at the POWWOW doesn’t stay at the POWWOW:

The event brings some of the best minds in the world together to share experiences, practical applications, methodologies and ideas. It is a multi-layered conversation and sharing of experiences between world-leading innovative thinkers – with lots to take home.

Presentations & Conversations

Delegates are exposed to important ideas and innovative intellectual property. They are also able to share in, and learn from the way the world’s creativity leaders approach team work, discussions, debates and idea sharing. Witness and be part of conversations between leading innovative figures, discussing entrepreneurial success stories, aspects of business innovation and the practical implementation thereof.

In order to explore applied innovation, delegates will have the opportunity to view and be part of the physical reality of innovative thinking and technological implementation through our experiential POD session taking place from 14:00-16:00.

The facilitators that will be presenting are:

  • Dondoo Studios – VR and AR

  • Chocolate Tribe – Motion Capture

  • Createch Interactive – Simulation

  • Nico Steyn – IOT.next

  • Gill Arbel

  • Ian Rothman – Xtrapolate

Our panel discussion will exists of a FORTH keynote, presented by world renowned Gijs van Wulfen followed by a two panel discussion sessions with selected Industry influencers as per below.

Panel 1: Technology as an enabler of growth

The acceleration of change and scale of disruption from data, digital technologies, globalisation and other forces means organisations have to evolve to survive.Digital business researchers Mark Raskino and Graham Waller report that the latest wave of innovation further erodes the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds. Now, virtually every enterprise must become a technology company or risk irrelevance.


  • Nico Steyn – IOT.nxt

  • Teddy Daka – Ansys Limited

  • Jonatan Jacobs – University of Pretoria: Research centre in Mining and Engineering

  • James Gaydon – Dondoo

Panel 2: Applied Innovation & Entrepreneurship

For innovation to succeed it has to be woven into the everyday fabric of the company just like any other organisational capability, such as quality, or supply chain management, or customer service. In other words, for innovation to really work, and to be sustainable, it has to become a way of life for the organisation.


  • Murray Barlow – Rustenburg Wines

  • Gill Arbel – Agri-living and Agri-mining

  • Hasan Darwish – North West University and Entrepreneur

  • Russel Stone – Russel Stone Group

  • Eugene Preis - University of Pretoria: Research centre in Mining and Engineering

What you’ll gain from the Go FORTH and PROSPER POWWOW:

  • Eye-opening insight into the technical skill of applied innovation

  • An introduction to the FORTH Innovation Method’s skills and processes

  • Skills to instill a culture of structured innovation in your organisation and grow your confidence in your people’s ability to create and solve problems

  • Discover your organisation’s potential within the context of global innovation and applied creative thinking processes.


14:00-16:00     Experiential POD viewing and Collaboration

16:00               Welcoming

16:10               Forth Keynote - Gijs van Wulfen

16:50               Panel 1: Technology as an enabler of growth

18:00               10 Minute Break

18:10               Panel 2: Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship

19:20               Closing

19:30               Cocktail Evening

You must decide exactly how, when and why to innovate!

Don't miss out on this opportunity. For more information contact [email protected] or alternatively visit our website at www.middel.co.za


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