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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UCT’s innovation lab sparks great excitement
17 November, 2017
An ‘innovation lab’ complete with virtual-reality 3D headsets, a drone, a 3D printer, Amazon Echo smart speakers, Emotiv brain-computer-interface headgear and credit-card-sized computers, has been launched at the University of Cape Town, bringing theory to life for hundreds of students.
Students flocked to the Department of Information Systems’ (IS) Think Tank room to try out a range of gadgets and equipment. They said they were very excited about the enterprising new lab, which would give them the opportunity to try out technology that they wouldn’t normally have access to.
The lab has been set up for students to “come and play without rules, where they can discover and figure out new things”, said Kevin Johnston, head of IS, at the launch on Tuesday night.
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PhD student hones research in Germany
09 November, 2017
PhD student Khangelani Vuke has returned from an enriching and successful visit to Germany. He was the UCT Department of Information Systems’ first doctoral student to be sent on an exchange programme to Philipps University in the historic city of Marburg in Germany.
Vuke described his month away as “mind-opening, enriching and a great learning opportunity”.
With the help of international researchers, he spent some of his time there honing his research on how South African businesses can pursue strategic digital transformation to achieve a competitive advantage. He also found out more about the rapid technological advances taking place in Germany.
The PhD student, who hails from Mqanduli in the rural Upper Ngqwarha region of the Eastern Cape, said he made progress in narrowing down his research and aligning it to much-needed information and communications technology-based developments in South Africa.
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