#GeoJozi 2017: And the winners are….!

Winners of GeoJozi Challenge will help solve Jozi’s street address problems and improve service delivery. Three young, talented developers came out tops in the 2016 GeoJozi Developer Challenge – the first to be held through a partnership between the City of Joburg, Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and mapping software company, Esri South Africa. This[…]

Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival lights up Johannesburg

  With a superb line-up celebrating technology and creativity by Africans for Africa, the 2016 Fak’ugesi African Innovation Festival was once again a resounding success. This year’s festival ran from 19 August to 3 September 2016 and brought together diverse digital and technology sectors to collaborate and share skills in digital media and technology innovation.[…]

VIDEOS: TSHIMOLOGONG IN MOVING PICTURES

  There was quite a bit of media hype around the launch of the Tshimologong Digital Precinct on 1 September (see the blog titled: Coffee, Pizza and Bandwidth), here are some of the videos that celebrate the occasion, including informative videos from the Wits University PR Department. The following video was produced by SABC News:[…]

Coffee, pizza and bandwidth…

  The launch of the Tshimologong Precinct on 1 September 2016 created something of a media buzz… eNCA led the way with an article titled ‘Coffee, pizza, bandwidth – Braamfontein tech hub opens‘ and Independent Online published their story: “Wits launches digital innovation hub“. For a look at the fantastic coverage on the Precinct launch,[…]

WITS’ NEW DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB IN BRAAMFONTEIN

The University of the Witwatersrand and its partners in government, business and industry today officially launched the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Setswana for “new beginnings”, Tshimologong is Johannesburg’s newest high-tech address in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein, where the incubation of start-ups, the commercialisation of research and the development of[…]

Tshimologong – Looking Back…

It’s incredible to think that Professor Barry Dwolatzky has been working on his dream of a digital innovation hub in Juta Street Braamfontein for over three years. Just take a look at some of the images… and watch the video, shot in 2013.  On 1 September, the first day of Spring, the Tshimologong Precinct will[…]

City of Joburg launches developer challenge to solve city’s address issues

If you are a developer with an interest in apps, maps, data, urban development, cities or technology then enter the 2016 GeoJozi Developer Challenge. The challenge calls on developers aged 30 or under to help the City of Johannesburg improve its systems of allocating and maintaining addresses across the 1,644 km2 municipality. It is being[…]

Tshimologong Precinct Update

Video (above): Professor Barry Dwolatzky from the WITS JCSE talks about exciting upcoming events including the Fakugesi Festival, the launch of the IBM Research Lab and of course the official launch of the Tshimologong Precinct on 1 September… See the latest image gallery, below as the Tshimologong Precinct moves towards its very own “new beginning…”

#Hack.Jozi Challenge selects Joburg’s top ten digital ideas

The top ten of the 2016 #Hack.Jozi Challenge has been announced. The varied ideas include ways for parents to reduce screen time for their children, a free pick up and drop off laundry service and an online platform to upload or download building plans for quicker approval by local authorities. #Hack.Jozi Challenge is a project[…]

Countdown to find Jozi’s top three digital entrepreneurs begins

Johannesburg, Thursday 7 April 2016: Well over 400 aspiring tech-preneurs have submitted their original digital ideas that they believe will make Joburg a better city for the 2016 #HackJozi Challenge. Of these, some one hundred contestants have been selected and are undergoing the first training and mentoring leg of the challenge. The #Hack.Jozi Challenge is[…]

2015 – what a year it was!

For the team at the JCSE, 2015 was definitely a milestone year. Take a look back at some of the highlights… The creation of ‘The DIZ’ – a fantastic space for creatives, innovators and programmers to get together and do what they do best. The Transformation of the Braamfontein IT Precinct continued with a vengeance[…]

Tshimologong Photo Blog: A work in progress

Professor Barry Dwolatzky’s dream of creating an IT Hub in Braamfontein is not becoming a reality, it already is a reality. However, this is a dream not made overnight and during 2015 the big focus has been on the construction process… With IBM moving into Juta Street in early 2016, sees the next step in[…]