Konica Minolta International University Contest winners
06 April, 2018
The Konica Minolta International University Contest (IUC), organised and sponsored by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, gives students from across the globe a unique opportunity to take part in an innovative international project that bridges the worlds of academia and business. Konica Minolta’s aim is to support tertiary education institutions in building the digital campus.
Students are given the unique opportunity to work with Konica Minolta to analyse a current document or information workflow within their universities and to propose an innovative improvement. Prizes are awarded at both national and international levels for the best proposals.
Alten Hulme, director of Sales and Marketing at Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) commented, “Out of 26 universities in nine provinces, there has to be potential to submit an entry that is of world-class standard.
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Researching affirmative action at UCT
06 March, 2018
A study by researchers from the University of Cape Town on the hotly debated issue of affirmative action has shown that the university’s policies have a substantial impact on the racial distribution of who is offered a place at the university.
The paper, titled “Estimating the size and impact of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at the University of Cape Town”, was recently published in the South African Journal of Economics.
Lead researcher Andrew Kerr from DataFirst in the Faculty of Commerce; Patrizio Piraino, associate professor at UCT’s School of Economics; and Vimal Ranchhod, the deputy director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) looked into various sources of data to estimate the extent and targeting of affirmative action at UCT.
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Blockchain hackathon winners
16 February, 2018
Blockchain technology isn’t just about trading cryptocurrencies – it can make everyday life better. The winners at Unlock the Block – the continent’s largest blockchain hackathon – proved this, delivering solutions that can facilitate cattle trading, improve governance in companies and more.
Unlock the Block was hosted by Linum Labs and the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM). Culminating in Cape Town’s first ever blockchain symposium, the 10-day event saw almost 80 participants from around the world attending.
The first five days were dedicated to a digital “boot camp”, during which participants were exposed to the blockchain tools needed to develop decentralised applications and protocols. At the end of the hackathon, participants were given three days to develop their own blockchain applications.
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