An Update from BigFive Digital

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In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we are deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of BigFive Summit 2020, which had been rescheduled from our original May dates to October.

With the virus still not under control in our host country of South Africa, coupled with the severe restrictions on the hosting of large group events, it has become obvious that our rescheduled dates in October 2020 are still too premature to proceed. In addition, the severe travel restrictions into and out of South Africa, are now set to be in place until the end of the year. As such we feel it is the correct decision to rule out any thoughts of going ahead with BigFive Summit in 2020.

Here at BigFive we remain committed to live networking events as a cornerstone of our operation, however we will strictly adhere to local and international guidance in all our areas of operation before committing to any new dates.

All registered Summit 2020 delegates will be offered a full refund, or have their tickets transferred to BigFive Summit 2021, once its dates are confirmed.

We know this crisis will pass, and when it does, the digital media and technology sector will be hungry for the knowledge-sharing, networking, and partner development that live events uniquely provide. When that time arrives, we will be ready to support this ecosystem as we all get back on our feet.

Virtual Events

Until we are once again able to host physical networking events, we will continue with more episodes and interviews on BIG5Dtv (please subscribe), which has proved to be extremely popular since its launch in April, helping us to grow audience while continuing to provide valuable and interesting content. Our aim is to produce two episodes per month, and we are always looking to add to our line-up of great speakers and interview subjects, including entrepreneurs and thought leaders, exciting new start-ups, disruptive product or technology innovations, as well as listening to those with views and predictions on how the business world will respond to life after lockdown. To get involved, please contact: charles@bigfivedigital.org

Additionally, and in response to the cancellation of our 2020 Summit, we are now planning a half-day “Virtual Summit” for the afternoon (SAST – South Africa time) of Wednesday 4th November 2020, which

will include presentations based on our recent audience survey, and interviews with prominent figures and thought-leaders, exploring the latest global developments from around the industry, including the impacts of Covid-19 on the small business sector, and what needs to be done to reignite local economies across the Africa & Middle East (AME) region. Further details and timings will be released soon.

Plans for 2021

There is no certainty as yet when the pandemic will be completely over, at least to the extent that events can start being organised with any degree of confidence. We will therefore not be making any firm date commitments for live events until the post Covid landscape becomes much clearer.

Within our current scope is a second event in the MENA region, plus new Networking events in Johannesburg and Nairobi. We also plan to build on the recent surge in our audience growth from West Africa. And of course, BigFive Summit will return to Cape Town, just as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sponsorship

While live events are on hold for the time being, we continue to build out a complete platform for providing our community with insight, brand exposure, and meaningful business connections.

Our BIG5D.tv YouTube show has received more than 800 viewing hours since its launch in April. Sponsor an episode to brand yourself to our audience of AME local digital influencers. Our weekly newsletter is distributed to more than 2,000 AME industry professionals. Share your latest announcement or run an ad to associate your brand with a thoughtful weekly curation of local digital news and insights from around the region.

Our leadership team is also available for consulting engagements to leverage our experience, expertise and extensive networks. This includes our new Market Entry program, an excellent way for international software companies to connect with local decisionmakers, and vice versa. We are also pursuing new market research opportunities in the region. For example, assessing industry and SME sentiment around business conditions, technology use and other factors that drive decision making for the BigFive Digital audience. Talk to us about partnering on a new survey. Please contact: paul@bigfivedigital.org


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