Calling all aspiring digital entrepreneurs

Are you up for Wits’ first Digital Innovation Challenge? Do you have the smarts and skills in location technology? An exciting new initiative is calling on developers and entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on how to solve the Wits Campus Personal Navigator Challenge to submit their entries at before applications close on 3 March 2017. The[…]

#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.[…]

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,[…]

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 2016: Videos from the awards evening

The winners of the Hack.Jozi 2016 Challenge were announced at The Wits Club on 19 May 2016. In case you missed it (or just want to experience the announcements all over again), here are the videos of the evening, as well as interviews with the winners and some fun banter from MC, Ashraf Garda. And[…]

#Hack.Jozi 2016 Challenge: WINNERS

Friday, 20 May 2016: The winners of the 2016 #Hack.Jozi Challenge, announced by the City of Joburg and Wits University last night, will scale their businesses to create jobs and help beat real issues they identified in healthcare, education and local government administration in the City of Joburg. The top three contestants, selected from over[…]

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[…]

Hack Jozi

#HackJozi is BACK!

In case you missed the big news, the HackJozi Challenge is back! Calling all digital entrepreneurs with great ideas on how to change the City of Johannesburg for the better. Visit: or watch Professor Barry Dwolatzky from the WITS JCSE and Zolani Matebese from City of Johannesburg give the lowdown on this incredible competition.[…]

2016 promises to be an exciting year…

In this video clip, Professor Barry Dwolatzky from the WITS JCSE talks about his expectations for 2016. He says the major focus is going to be on the ‘operational implementation’ of the Tshimologong Precinct as a living, breathing, working IT hub in Braamfontein. He says, the second aspect of focus is going to be the[…]