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Mammoth BI Conference & Bursary

The Mammoth Business Intelligence conference is focused on building the local BI community, provide discussions around ideas of Big Data and just help the community understand the myths, challenges and immense opportunities in BI. The event is run by passionate volunteers and partners and is packed with some fantastic local and international speakers.

Mammoth BI is a not-for-profit event and we’re very proud to facilitate this year’s Mammoth Bursary: crowd-fundraising for previously disadvantaged students, entering their second year of study in either Information Systems, Computer Science, Statistics or Electrical engineering.


Conference details


8:00 – 9:00 registration

Session 1: The world we live in

  • Mike McDougall – Business Intelligence – Perdition or Paradise
  • Jerry Chetty – Myths about data and investigation
  • Gary Hope – Machine Learning: An Introduction… because it’s not as hard as you think
  • Gillian Staniland – Interconnected BI – a systems thinking approach

Session 2: Emergence

  • Eric Siegel – How predictive analytics delivers on the promise of big data
  • Steve Burnstone – Data Analytics: Building a competitive culture
  • Tristan Bergh – Predictive analytics in action: real business results in South Africa
  • Marc Smith – Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL

Session 3: Debunking the myths

  • Martin Willcox – What Is A Data Lake, Anyway
  • Anthony Miller – The second half of the chessboard: thriving in a time of exploding possibilities
  • Jeff Fletcher – Building a Hadoop based Infrastructure as a Service product as an ISP
  • Barry Devlin – Future information architecture and direction
  • Gareth Woods – The Words Don’t Matter

Session 4: Futures re-imagined

  • Jasper Horrell – SKA and Big Data: The Development of a Continent
  • Theo Priestley – Internet of Things – Forget the numbers, lets talk realities
  • David Shorten – Artificial Intelligence
  • Georgina Armstrong – Data visualisation as a means to make otherwise boring data exciting and empowering

4:30 – 6:30 Close & Networking party


Various workshops, hosted by Eric Siegel, Marc Smith, Gillian Staniland and Saratoga.

Click here for the full programme.

Charity details

The Mammoth Bursary will be awarded to previously disadvantaged students who will be entering into their second year of their undergraduate degree.


Visit to see the PayFast-powered Mammoth Bursary crowdfunding page in action and learn more about the initiative.


As a proud supporter of the event, we’re happy to extend a discount to all PayFast followers. Simply enter the promo code PayFast and a R120 discount on the (already-affordable R700) ticket will be applied.

Thanks for reading and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the event!