Kirst Bisset

Durban Digital Day happens at the end of October
03 October 2013

I spend my time equally between Johannesburg and Durban and have become increasingly amazed at how underrated business opportunities in Durban are. Many think that it is a slow, coastal town and all the action happens in Jozi. Well, they couldn't be more wrong. Durbs is bustling with opportunities and growth, especially in the digital sphere.

That's why I was so stoked when Fred Felton informed me that Durban Digital Day would be happening at the end of this month and, furthermore, requested that I talk kak on the day.

The event will bring together some of Durban's best in the blogging, social media, PR, and innovation space, and promises to be fun, informative, and raining Patron (ok, that last bit is a mere dream for now.)

The line-up of speakers includes:

Catherine Jenkin: This media consultant, writer, and content developer is full of life and always has a refreshing outlook on various topics. She will be talking about 'Your Digital Judgement Day', so trolls and assholes beware!

Cath Jenkin

Mike Saunders: The CEO of DigitLab will talk about succeeding in the digital world. It will be interesting to hear a different take on this.

Mike Saunders

Bob A.K.A. Bob Perfect A.K.A. Bobness Monster: The dude behind Durban-based youth blog, Durban Is Yours, will sit on the panel of bloggers and provide his two hundred cents during the discussion.


Fred Felton: Fred is a highly-accomplished MC, blogger, speaker, author, and CEO of Falcons Cove. There's very little this man can't do and I am looking so forward to his talk on how to rock Twitter for business.

Fred Felton

Jonathan Darker: As an executive at the African Innovation Summit, this guy knows his stuff when it comes to innovation, entrepreneurship and ideas. His talk on commercialising your intellectual property is not to be missed and a must for all, especially when your IP ends up online.

Jonathan Darker

Nadia can der Mescht: Nadia is creative consultant and mainly deals with creative business development for various clients and brands. She will also be contributing to the panel discussion on the day and I am looking forward to hearing her opinions. And she's a hottie! Yay!

Nadia van der Mescht

Glen Bo: Glen will be your MC for the day. The comedian and tech entrepreneur will also be hosting a workshop from Digit4l for on inbound-marketing vs outbound. Should be an interesting chat!

Glen Bo

Chia Kougianos: Presenter, editor, and the lovely lady behind online magazine, The Socialite, will also have her say during the panel discussion, and will, no doubt, provide some very valuable insights.

Chia Kougianos

Sandile 'Sandy' Nene: I haven't even met this guy, but from following him for the last few weeks, I love him already. Sandy runs his own blog, works as a content creator and social media manager at Conversation LAB, and founded SA Bloggers. With all this insight and experience, he is sure to be a fascinating addition to the panel chat.

Sandy Nene

Me: My partner in crime and I will be doing a talk together on how brands need to behave like human beings online. Sounds simple enough, but I am in awe of how many brands I see getting it so wrong.

Barry Tuck will also be running a workshop on photography. Barry's experience as a photojournalist, editor of ZigZag and Blunt (RIP), as well as his extensive social media knowledge (Barry is now heading up the digital arm of Paton Tupper) will definitely leave us feeling more informed.

Barry Tuck

Durban Digital Day happens on the 31st of October 2013 at The Factory Cafe and you can grab your tickets here. They're just 80 bucks.

Keep up with #DbnDDay on Twitter and Facebook.

See you then!

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