This page features panels at SXSW Interactive 2013 that will be presented within the BiT House at the Hilton-Garden Inn.

Additionally - this page includes panels that will take place outside of the BiT House that self-selected BiT as a tag, or have panelists or subject matter that we think is of particular interest to blacks in tech. If you would like to have a panel included on this page, please email the SXSW schedule page url to us at info@wearebit.com.


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Saturday, March 9 • 11:30am - 12:30am
Frugal Innovation: The Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Africa LIMITED

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The global technological landscape is shifting. This is perhaps most felt in Africa, where the challenges and the opportunities for a technology-driven future are great. ThoughtWorks opened our first African offices in Johannesburg and Kampala last year with a fierce social agenda to create a more inclusive tech community. At the heart of all of our activities is the practice of Frugal Innovation.
We will discuss what Frugal Innovation is as illustrated by the panelists’ experiences and observations. Partnerships and platforms are informed by keeping Frugal Innovation at the forefront.  A greater emphasis is put on open source technologies and projects that will reach a greater audience via regionally-prevalent technologies like SMS.

We hope that the attendees of BiTHOUSE will leave with a better understanding of how we, as individuals and as organizations, can make a difference in the industry.


Montra Ellis

@Montra Ellis is a Project Manager at ThoughtWorks. She brings experience in analysis, Agile best practices, functional design, analyzing and resolving business issues, software development testing, and managing both client and internal relationships at all levels of the organization... Read More →

Michael Martin

Senior Strategy Consultant, ThoughtWorks, Inc.
@Michael Martin is an author, speaker and principal strategy consultant for ThoughtWorks, Inc. Michael has consulted in the software industry since the mid 90's. Michael has coached and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients over the years, with an emphasis on IT transformation... Read More →

Damilola Olutayo

Software Engineer, ThoughtWorks Inc.
@Damilola Olutayo is a developer at ThoughtWorks. She has helped clients solve problems in a variety of domains from investment banking, diamond grading, to telecommunications and vehicle wholesale. She was a trainer at ThoughtWorks' internal training program in India as well as at a skill building c... Read More →
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Rebeca Parsons

CTO, ThoughtWorks
@Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks' Chief Technology Officer. She has more than 20 years' application development experience, in industries ranging from telecommunications to emergent internet services. Rebecca has published in both language and artificial intelligence publications, served on numerous pro... Read More →
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Toby Shapshak

Editor + Publisher, Stuff
@Toby Shapshak is the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine; and is a contributing editor for Business Day's Wanted magazine. Toby was named in GQ's top 30 men in media and the M&G's 300 influential young South Africans list in 2009; and was the ICT Journalist of the Year. He has been the M... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 11:30am - 12:30am CST
BiT House | Red River Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

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