Kirsty Sharman, global head of operations at influencer marketing company Webfluential, has won the Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa 2016 competition. The competition was open to female entrepreneurs in South African with start-up companies.
She will be heading to Tel Aviv in September to take part in the DLD Festival Week (www.dldtelaviv.com), Israel’s largest international hi-tech gathering. The event will feature hundreds of start-ups, venture capitalists, angel investors and lmultinationals, including top technological talent and companies like Intel, Google, and Microsoft, Kimberly Clark, Amazon, GM, Amdocs, and Facebook.
The entries this year were of the highest calibre for the competition to date, according this this year’s judging panel. The leading women judges on the panel included Noluthando Gosa, former Investment Analyst and a longstanding member of a number of professional organisations, Tanya Kovarsky, PR and Communications Lead of Core Group and an award-winning parenting blogger, and Hillary Joffe, one of South Africa’s most talented financial journalists.
The panel of judges also included Toby Shapshak, Editor in Chief of Stuff Magazine. He commented: “Israel is widely acknowledged for its prowess as a mecca for startups and innovation. Startup Tel Aviv is not only a great competition for South African startups to be involved in, but also for the winner to get to Tel Aviv itself and experience that thriving epicentre of innovation. This year’s focus has been on women entrepreneurs, which I think is very fitting and appropriate and is clearly the new reality in South Africa, given how many strong entrants we saw.
“Webfluential is an interesting and unique company that is doing something very different with the social media market. Well done Kirsty Sharman and her team. It’ll be interesting to see what new ventures come out of her trip to Israel where she will meet other innovators and venture capitalists.”
“The Webfluential team is incredibly excited about this opportunity,” said Sharman, “not only to help our business gain insight and experience in the international space, but also to shine light on the South African Technology scene. Israel is one of the few markets that has perfected the recipe of exporting technology at scale. The opportunity to learn about that process from the world’s leading engineers, VCs and entrepreneurs is not something that comes along every day – so I feel honoured that Webfluential has been chosen to do just that.”
AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense for app
DStv Now app expands, FNB gets Snapchat lens, Spotify offers data saver mode, in SEAN BACHER’s apps roundup
DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense
Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).
Expect to pay: A free download.
Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.
Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.
Santam Safety Ideas
Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding.
The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab, Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.
Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/
Click here to read about the FNB Snapchat lens, Spotify Free with data saver, and 00:37.
Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole
Epic Games has repaired a vulnerability that exposed Fortnite, the world’s most popular game of the moment, to hackers. The hole, which was left in Epic’s web infrastructure, allowed hackers to target players with email that appeared to come from Epic Games, but would have led them to a phishing site, where their log-in details would have been stolen.
Researchers at cyber security solutions provider Check Point Software alerted Epic to vulnerabilities that could have affected any player of the hugely popular online battle game.
Fortnite has nearly 80 million players worldwide. The game is popular on all gaming platforms, including Android, iOS, PC via Microsoft Windows and consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In addition to casual players, Fortnite is used by professional gamers who stream their sessions online, and is popular with e-sports enthusiasts.
If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and their personal information as well as enabling them to purchase virtual in-game currency using the victim’s payment card details. The vulnerability would also have allowed for a massive invasion of privacy, as an attacker could listen to in-game chatter as well as surrounding sounds and conversations within the victim’s home or other location of play.
While Fortnite players had previously been targeted by scams that deceived them into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, these new vulnerabilities could have been exploited without the player handing over any login details
Click here to read how the Fortnite hack worked
To win a set of three Fortnite Funko Pop Figurines, click here.