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Top award for innovation

By Adrienne Carlisle Source: Daily Dispatch, 19 November 2012

RHODES University’s Professor Alfredo Terzoli has won the 2012 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Technology award in the human resource development category. The awards recognise individuals and organisations that significantly contribute towards technology development and innovation in South Africa, Rhodes University said in a statement.

Terzoli, who heads the Telkom Centre of Excellence in distributed multimedia in the Computer Science Department at Rhodes University received the award for the centre’s ‘Mobile Services for Ubiquitous Communication and Multimedia Delivery’, or MobiSer, project at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley last week.

Plugged in on the Wild Coast

Neziswa "Pinky" Mcinga was 23 years old and at a dead end when computers came to her community in the deep rural region of Dwesa on the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast. "I completed my matric in Dwesa in 2001 and afterwards I worked here and there as a domestic worker in East London, but what i really wanted to do was study, " explains Mcinga.Her prospects for tertiary education were nonexistent because her father, Fundile Mcinga, who raised her and who lives in Dwesa, is unemployed and lives on a disability grant...

Read more of this interesting article, featured on the 4th of November 2012, in South Africa's national newspaper City Press by clicking this link.

 

SATNAC 2012 : An Overview

The Southern African Telecommunication, Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), this year celebrated its 15th anniversary. This Telkom Centre of Excellence (CoE) flagship event was held at Fancourt, in George, Western Cape, South Africa, from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2012. The theme, “The Internet of Things – Smart Homes & Cities" … Evolution or Tsunami, attracted 399 delegates from industry, operators, government and academia. SATNAC presents a platform to discuss the progress achieved in ICT applied research, an opportunity to share challenges affecting this industry and a chance for postgraduate students to network with leaders in the ICT industry.

Cape Town hosts Living Labs in Southern Africa workshop

An interactive Living Lab in Southern Africa workshop was hosted at Cape Town’s Clara Anna Fontein private game reserve on the 15th and 16th of May 2012. It was attended by over 25 delegates and featured presentations from the Department of Communication’s eSkills Knowledge Production Hubs and various European and South African Living Labs, including the Siyakhula Living Lab.

Growing and Weaving with ICT: The Siyakhula Living Lab and Reed House Systems

Look out for the recently released LED Progress South Africa 2011 publication which features the Siyakhula Living Lab as its 4-page front cover story! This 100+ page bi-annual LED SA bumper edition looks into the impact of ICT on poverty alleviation in rural areas, in the form of new ICT applications appropriate for rural areas.

Siyakhula Living Lab at the 4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research

The 4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research was held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from the 14th to the 15th of November 2011. This event was hosted by the Government of South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology and organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT initiative and CSIR.

Fort Hare Project Leader wins Outstanding Black Researcher award @ DTI Technology Awards

It is our pleasure to announce the nomination and subsequent honor bestowed upon Dr Mamello Thinyane, Head of the Fort Hare Telkom CoE under the category Outstanding Black Researcher at the 2011 DTI Technology Awards. A certificate and trophy was presented by the Honourable Minister Dr Rob Davies at an event witnessed by over 500 guests in Polokwane on Thursday, the 21st of October.

Supporting the Evolution of Sustainable Living Labs and Living Labs Networks in Africa

The White Paper, Supporting the Evolution of Sustainable Living Labs and Living Labs Networks in Africa, presents a proposed approach to achieving the sustainable adoption of Living Labs Networks (and Methodologies) across Africa. It is targeted at a range of Key Stakeholders including Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Government Officials, and potential funding agencies. It takes account of lessons learnt from establishing LLiSA in Southern Africa, regional perspectives to ensure cultural and other differences are taken into account, as well as international best practices.

Siyakhula Living Lab at SATNAC

The 14th annual Southern African Telecommunications Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) was held at the East London International Conference Centre from the 4th to the 7th of September 2011. This year’s conference entitled “Social Communications – Challenging the Limits of Technology Innovation” was attended by 398 delegates from industry, academia and operators in the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector.

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