Posted by Andre Van Kets, October 15th, 2009

I was very privileged to attend 2 very inspiring events in Cape Town in the past week.

1. Silicon Cape

The Silicon Cape initiative, hosted at the Rotunda in Camps Bay, Cape Town saw more than 500 of Cape Town’s top tech-savvy minds gather for the launch of an initiative that aims to create a hub of technology, innovation and investment in Cape Town – similar to San Francisco’ Silicon Valley.

Speakers included entrepreneurs and Silicon Cape founders Justin Stanford and Vinny Lingham amongst other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Dr. Mamphela Ramphela and Western Cape premier Helen Zille also addressed the audience.

Silicon Cape vision: The Silicon Cape vision is of an ecosystem in the Western Cape of South Africa, that serves to attract and bring together local and foreign investors, the brightest technical talent, and the most promising entrepreneurs, to foster the creation and growth of world-class IP start-up companies in an environment that competes with other similar hubs around the world against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful settings and pleasant places to live, work and play on the globe.

Read more at the official Silicon Cape website.

2. Cape Town Tourism

The other event I attended was the Cape Town Tourism AGM held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The event was hosted by popular radio DJ Nigel Pearce. The formalities were handled swiftly.

Cape Town Tourism’s CEO Mariette du Toit-Helbold unveiled the tourism body’s strategy for the coming year and the greater vision for 2020.

Head of Tourism Barcelona, Pere Duran, was the keynote speaker. He shared many interesting facts, statistics and insight into the effect of a major event like the Olympic Games or Soccer World Cup can have on a city.

Cape Town Tourism’s 2020 vision: To double the economic impact of tourism on the city by 2020.

Visit Cape Town Tourism website for stories and photos of the event.

Cape Town Tourism + Cape Town Technology = Our Passion

As an online travel company based in Cape Town, we find ourselves at the intersection of these 2 inspiring initiatives/organisations.

We are extremely passionate about tourism and technology. We believe that Cape Town is very fortunate to have such passionate people spearheading these key aspects of our city and our countries’ economy.

The big question is: Can these 2 industries (independently or together!) fill the very big shoes of South Africa’s current “bread-winners”. It is vital that government, business and the average man on the street support both industries. Because – once all the gold, diamonds, coal and platinum run out – what is going to bring in the Dollars and Euros?

Did anyone else attend either or both events?

We would love to hear your views or comments…

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