Nerd academy programme launches in the Karoo

Nerd academy programme launches in the Karoo

Nerd academy programme launches in the Karoo

A nerd alert has been issued by the Karoo Tech Hub, an initiative run by video production company Piehole.tv in collaboration with ProcurementExpress.com.

With an estimated 45% unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape, the tech hub has launched a free programme called the Nerd Academy aimed to uplift the platteland community.

By offering online studying opportunities and training in terms of pitching to foreign businesses, Priscilla Kennedy, founder of Piehole.tv, says that the Nerd Academy is one way that the jobless are able to find new and seemingly improbable ways to solve unemployment in the Karoo.

“Education at university level is not always possible for families in the Karoo. It places untenable pressure on the family, and if in rare cases they do complete a course, finding a job is near impossible. The Nerd Academy is one way in which we can assist to upskill unemployed people of any age, and then assist them to market themselves successfully,” says Kennedy.

She says that the programme caters for technical as well as creative skill sets. Creatively driven individuals often don’t believe there are viable careers available and part of the Nerd Academy approach is to assist those who display creative potential to find a way to build a career using that same talent: “We are currently working with three young people who are good at drawing, so we are coaching them to become storyboard sketch artists, while also putting them onto Photoshop and other design courses, with the ultimate goal being animation.”

Piehole.tv and ProcurementExpress.com predominately service international clients from Somerset East and are encouraging participants from the Nerd Academy to pursue careers working with international companies while based in the Karoo. A rising global trend, these candidates would become part of the Gig Economy, a new approach that is growing the number of self-employed freelancers worldwide. “We believe in earning dollars, spending rands”, says Kennedy.

“Independent workers are on the increase, Freelancer.com alone advertises over 10,000 jobs for ‘medium-skilled’ projects, while writing and content creation lists nearly 33,000 opportunities. By turning our Karoo Tech Hub into a Tech Campus we can assist in developing the right skills and then empowering these individuals to canvas for work across Europe, the United States and Asia,” says Kennedy.

Believing in earning Dollars and spending Rands, Kennedy says Piehole.tv works with over 400 global brands and majority of the roles they have fulfilled have been fully trained without any previous experience. She says that using this as a backdrop, the Karoo Tech Hub has already assisted in uplifting more than 20 individuals: “The model works and we are working towards making it more sustainable. We have experience and are passionate about transferring our skills and creating a pipeline of talented youth with sought-after skills in project management, online marketing, pitching, brand management as well as basic English and computing skills.”

The Nerd Academy was recently visited and endorsed by Athol Trollip, Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Quoting the initiative as ‘mind-blowing’ Trollip was impressed by the Nerd Academy: “Visiting Piehole.tv in Somerset East has been mind-blowing. These guys are creating jobs from this small Karoo town where smart local talent is conducting online international business. They are bringing money and opportunity into the platteland. Well done.”

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EARTHLOCK demo now available on Steam

EARTHLOCK demo now available on Steam

EARTHLOCK demo now available on Steam

Indie studio Snowcastle Games announced the release of a free EARTHLOCK Steam demo for PC and Mac players.

Available through the EARTHLOCK Steam page, the demo allows players to explore the beautiful surroundings of Umbra, a harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. Inspired by the classic 3D Japanese RPGs of the late 90s, EARTHLOCK boasts a fresh spin on turn-based combat and character progression. Players enter a beautiful world haunted by a fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon’s uncle from an ancient cult. Only then might they uncover the secrets of EARTHLOCK.

“Since launching on Steam, we’ve had multiple request from the adventure RPG community to release an EARTHLOCK demo,” said Bendik Stang, CEO at Snowcastle Games. “In the try before you buy demo, all progress that you have made in your two hour playthrough automatically transfers over to the full game. You’ll able to take off right where your demo finished.”

EARTHLOCK takes the rich, linear story and turn-based combat of JRPGs and presents a gorgeously realised, unique world, rich with history and lore. Battles are challenging, highly strategic affairs, whilst the game’s extensive crafting and perk system is crucial to success. The demo puts players in control of 6 different characters across its run-time, guiding them through the early stages of character building and team management. You begin playing as Ive, accompanied by her storm dog, Taika, before taking control of Amon and a few other unforgettable characters, each with their own unique abilities.

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Nigerian hackers steal thousands of dollars from shipping firms

Nigerian hackers steal thousands of dollars from shipping firms

Nigerian hackers, grouped as Gold Galleon, are menacing shipping firms and bleeding them of thousands of dollars. Network security firm Secureworks has red-flagged the group, whose focus appears solely to be the maritime industry.

The group, according to a report by Maritime Executive, an online platform, uses basic email scams and publicly available hacking software to try to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting ship managers and service providers.

Secureworks said Gold Galleon is a group of about 20 individuals who work together to hack maritime firms all over the world using basic techniques. They rent hacking tools for just a few dollars per month; they communicate via Skype; and they identify targets using online company directories and commercially-available contact lists.

While the criminal gang uses an online proxy service to disguise its location, several cues indicate that it is of Nigerian origin, Secureworks said. The group communicates in pidgin, an English creole language, and it uses phrases assocated with a Nigerian social organization called the “Buccaneeers Confraternity” for usernames and passwords.

Once the group has identified a new target, it sends a spearphishing email carefully tailored to the recipient. The email has an attachment containing malware, which deploys on the unsuspecting victim’s computer and logs his or her keystrokes, recording the username and password for the victim’s business email account. Once the account is compromised, the group uses a software tool to collect all the email addresses with which that user has had an interaction, and it sets itself up to intercept business transactions between the user and his or her clients. Many maritime firms use email to handle invoicing and payment details.

When the Gold Galleon group sees payment details relayed on an invoice in a compromised email account, it intercepts the invoice, alters the account numbers to direct the money to its own “mule” bank account instead, and uses a similarly-worded email address to send the altered request on its way to the intended recipient. Often, the buyer will not detect the change to the sender’s email address and the bank details, and will simply pay the fraudulent invoice.

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African businesses benefit from late mover advantage in the cloud

African businesses benefit from late mover advantage in the cloud

Matthew Barker, divisional sales manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at F5 Networks.

Established information technology markets – like the UK, Europe and even South Africa – often take cloud computing for granted as the ideal platform for innovation and global expansion.

One reason could be that these markets gradually adopted cloud computing as and when their legacy infrastructure and budgets allowed them to. The slow creep of cloud into the organisation meant they could innovate in increments, perhaps starting with collaboration and then offering their services as APIs. Now, it’s just business as usual.

Cloud through new eyes

They say that if you want to rediscover the joy of something, you should watch a child experience it for the first time. Children don’t have preconceived notions about anything – they play and explore and are curious about how things work and how they can be manipulated to their advantage.

In a sense, Nigeria, Kenya and – to a lesser degree – South Africa, are the children experiencing the wonder of cloud computing for the first time. There’s no legacy infrastructure holding them back and, because cloud is more affordable and accessible than when established markets first dabbled in it, they can jump in with both feet and see how big of a splash they can make.

This was one of the key findings of Cloud Africa 2018, a research project we conducted with World Wide Worx across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa earlier this year, where we asked decision-makers at 300 medium and large organisations about their cloud computing usage, benefits and intentions.

While the full benefits of cloud have not yet arrived in these markets, the fact that they can leapfrog traditional technology means they’re seeing an instant impact from their cloud investments – and Nigeria seems to be making the biggest splash.

Positive impact

Even though Nigeria was late in its cloud uptake, 100% of respondents report seeing a positive impact on innovation and brand perception. This isn’t surprising, considering the two are closely related.

In Nigeria and Kenya, businesses use the cloud to overcome obstacles that get in the way of efficiency. These obstacles are usually caused by infrastructure challenges, which are the enemy of innovation. But, with the cloud, they can break down technology barriers, improve integration and, essentially, pick and choose from a menu of digital services to build entirely new infrastructures with the ability to scale.

So, it’s also not surprising that business efficiency and scalability were ranked as the most important cloud benefits in these markets, with 80% of respondents in Nigeria and 75% in Kenya selecting it as an advantage.

Africa vs the world

It was fascinating to see how vastly different the South African market was in terms of cloud computing benefits, compared to Kenya and Nigeria. In South Africa, which has a more mature IT landscape, organisations tended to focus more on what their competitors were doing than on what they themselves were doing.

While Nigeria and Kenya placed massive importance on innovation in the cloud, South African businesses regarded it more as a platform for global expansion, with the most important benefit being speed of deployment of new products and services, as cited by 68% of respondents. In contrast, only 48% of companies in Kenya and 28% in Nigeria named this as a key benefit.

It seems that, for now at least, organisations in Kenya and Nigeria are focused on getting their infrastructure and customer service right in their home markets before considering global expansion – fewer than one in five Kenyan organisations and one in 10 Nigerian organisations are even considering taking on the world.

One step at a time

Here’s the conundrum from the study: while Nigerian respondents were unanimous in their use of cloud to innovate, the one area were all three countries were level was in using the cloud as a platform for service innovation, which came in exceptionally low, at around 15% across all markets. This was despite all three markets reporting a high impact on the customer experience, ranging from 81% in South Africa to 96% in Nigeria.

The cloud has made it easier than ever to gather information about customers, to understand how they use a product or service and to offer them more relevant products and services. This is what service innovation is all about. Yet, none of the markets surveyed saw this as a major benefit yet.

Unlike in established markets, where customer experience is closely tied to service innovation, in Africa, customer service appears to go hand-in-hand with brand perception. In these markets, customers and organisations are not yet fully benefitting from the likes of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, and still find services like mobile integration novel.

With the rapid advancement and uptake of cloud in these markets – which has seen cloud use more than double from less than 50% of organisations using it in 2013, to pervasive use in 2018 – we expect these benefits to look vastly different five years from now. This is especially true as more services become available exclusively through the cloud, with no option to use them on-premises.

If they want to stay relevant and expand outside their borders, African organisations have little choice but to be disrupted. But, with the late mover’s advantage, they won’t be making the same mistakes established markets made in their journeys to the cloud and they’re already reaping massive benefits.

By Matthew Barker, divisional sales manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at F5 Networks

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Telecoms contributed N8.6trn to Nigeria’s economy in 2017, says BudgIT

Telecoms contributed N8.6trn to Nigeria’s economy in 2017, says BudgIT

A telecoms mast

The telecoms and the information service sector contributed a whooping N8.6 trillion to the Nigerian economy in 2017.According to findings by BudgIT Nigeria, the figure was based on the number of workforce in the telecoms industry, money expended by Nigerians on phone calls, data usage, among other services provided by the telecoms industry.
 
BudgIT is a civic startup that liberates budgets and public data from an inactive state into a more engaging format mostly through infographics and interactive application with the aim of improving civic discussion and institutional reform.
 
The firm in a report on the operational and fund management analysis of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) said, “as at the end of 2017, the telecoms and information service sectors direct contribution to Africa’s largest economy as approximately 8.7 per cent or N8.6 trillion.
 
The report launched yesterday in Abuja, during the BudgIT session at the ongoing Internet Freedom Forum, stressed the need for planning and decision making, saying with rapid expansion of the Nigerian mobile telecoms industry due to the proliferation of the Internet, computers, smartphone, social media and the advancement of digital sensors technology is pushing up the volume of data generated.
 
The report further revealed that telephone penetration has 145 million subscribers as at 2017 with total number of Internet subscribers put at 100.9 million people as at February 2018, representing 22 per cent. It lamented the increasing gap in the accessibility to Internet between the rural and urban areas as the increasing Internet accessibility remain largely in the rural center.
 
The General Manager Operations BudgIT, Gabriel Okeowo maintained that the impact of the USPF working towards promoting universal access and services that facilitates connectivity and development was yet to be felt in the urban areas.
 
He maintained that as at 2016 an estimated 51.4 per cent of Nigerians reside in the rural areas but very few of them feel the impact of Information and Communication Technologies, adding that the USPF has been established to close the existing gap in the telephoning and data usage.
 
Okeowo explained that owing to the inability of telecommunication companies to expand connectivity to rural areas, there is a certain percentage of their tariff that goes into the funding of the USPF that the agency was used to spread Internet broadband to underserved or un-served in the country.
 
To enable the USPF improve broadband connection in the rural communities, he stressed the need for needs assessment and community involvement, saying that though the government through the USPF has been claiming they are implementing project to increase broadband penetration, but unfortunately most of them are not seen.He said “to ensure that the projects are not vandalised, there was need for the USPF to ensure community ownership of the project and also encourage public private partnership of the project so as to enhance sustainability.’’

The report also recommended the need for the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and USPF to rework the regulatory system so as to drive more investments in rural telephony, which according to them, is critical for the development of the rural economy.It also underscored the need for NCC and USPF to dedicate significant resources to community-based network systems as the model would need regulatory makeover to work in Nigeria, commending the recently released regulatory regime on spectrum management that allows trading and transfer of spectrum and license rights.

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National roaming will end rural-urban digital divide ,says NCC

National roaming will end rural-urban digital divide ,says NCC

Umar Danbatta, NCC Boss.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Wednesday said that national roaming and active Infrastructure Sharing in Nigeria would end rural-urban digital divide.

The NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known at a stakeholders’ forum on “Development of Framework for National Roaming and Active Infrastructure Sharing in Nigeria’’ held at Digital Bridge Institute, Lagos.

Danbatta, represented by the Director, Spectrum Administration, Engr. Austin Nwaulunne said that national roaming had the potential of promoting seamless communication of subscribers.

According to him, subscribers will be able to roam on the network of other service providers where their own service provider is unavailable or has limited network coverage.

“The benefits of encouraging active infrastructure sharing can also not be over emphasised.

“Not only will there be noticeable reduction in network deployment costs, the industry will also witness acceleration in the take-up of broadband services and gradual elimination of the rural-urban digital divide.’’

Danbatta said that NCC was committed toward ensuring the continued growth and development of the telecoms industry.

He said the industry in 2017 inaugurated an Industry Working Committee (IWC) to work out the procedure and modalities for implementing National Roaming and Active Infrastructure Sharing.

“The past few years have seen the trajectory of the global telecommunications industry shift toward the implementation of cost-saving mechanisms which facilitate the effective utilisation of network resources for the provision of telecommunications services.

“National Roaming and Active Infrastructure Sharing are two of such initiatives which have been successfully utilised to achieve improved coverage, cost reduction and the efficient utilisation of scarce network resources by regulatory agencies.

“To ensure that these benefits are realised, pertinent issues such as quality of service, mobile number portability, issues of fair competition, billing and reconciliation, appropriate roaming agreements, extent of regulation required the need to continue to incentivise operators.“To rollout infrastructure in under populated areas which were also considered in the articulation of the framework,’’ he said.

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SqwidNet launches  Universities Challenge in South Africa

SqwidNet launches Universities Challenge in South Africa

SqwidNet launches Universities Challenge in South Africa.

SqwidNet, the licensed SIGFOX IoT network operator in South Africa, has on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, announced the launch of its new technology competition for university students across South Africa. The challenge will kick-off on 25 April, with entries being accepted until 25 July 2018.

This nationwide competition has been designed to challenge students to develop and create innovative projects focused on building solutions that make use of SqwidNet / SIGFOX technology. The applications of IoT have been seen in a number of industries and SqwidNet would like to see young South African minds using this technology to address African socio-economic problems.

According to Phathizwe Malinga, Acting CEO of SqwidNet, “statistics show that the IoT market opportunity for the Middle East and Africa region is poised to grow by 10% CAGR from $85.1 billion in 2017 to $114.4 billion by 2020. Meaning – the market is ripe with opportunities and these young students and graduates from across the country are welcome to submit the ideas for their projects focusing on environmental and animal protection, energy, health, transportation, and any other areas of sustainable development.”

All qualifying entries will be afforded the opportunity to have their designs seen by SqwidNet partners, with the possibility of commercialising successful solutions. In addition, SqwidNet will offer participants access to their entrepreneurship programme, (IOT)E. The participants will also be given the opportunity to register as a SIGFOX University Partner, which will give them access to dedicated content.

Winners will be announced on 01 August 2018, with the winning entry standing to win cash prizes for their team and institution faculty. The winners will also get a chance to present their design in IoT Valley in Toulouse, France. All participants will be provided with hardware and software development kits, free access to SqwidNet’s IoT network and API access, and mentoring /support both from SqwidNet’s South African team, in relation with the Sigfox Adoption & Evangelisation team.

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As AI shapes the Future of Work, employers focus on human skills

As AI shapes the Future of Work, employers focus on human skills

As AI shapes the Future of Work, employers focus on human skills.

After years of talking about disruption, executives are determined to turn talk into action. According to Mercer’s 2018 Global Talent Trends Study – Unlocking Growth in the Human Age, 88% of companies in South Africa have innovation on their core agenda this year and 96% are planning organisation design changes. At the same time, employees are seeking control of their personal and professional lives, with 62% asking for more flexible work options. As the ability to change becomes a key differentiator for success in a competitive global climate, the challenge for organizations is to bring their people along on the journey, especially as the top ask from employees is for leaders who set clear direction.

“This year we saw palpable excitement from executives about shifting to the new world of work. They are pursuing an agenda of continuous evolution – rather than episodic transformation – to remain competitive,” said Ilya Bonic, President of Mercer’s Career business. “They recognise that it’s the combination of human skills plus advanced digital technology that will drive their business forward.”

In pursuit of new technologies, executives must focus on the “human operating system” to power their organisation. Mercer’s study identified five workforce trends for 2018: Change@Speed, Working with Purpose, Permanent Flexibility, Platform for Talent, and Digital from the Inside Out.

Change@Speed: How companies prepare for the future of work depends on the degree of disruption anticipated. Those expecting the most disruption are working agility into their model and placing bets on flatter, more networked structures (36% are forming more holacratic work teams). Placing power in the hands of individuals makes it critical to build capacity and readiness early. However, HR leaders feel less prepared to reskill existing employees (46% are confident that they can do this well) than to hire from the outside (57%).

As more than half of South African executives predict at least one in five roles in their organisation will cease to exist in the next five years, being prepared for job displacement and reskilling is critical for organizational survival. Yet, only 48% of companies are increasing access to online learning courses and even fewer (32%) are actively rotating talent within the business.

Working with Purpose: Three-quarters (75%) of thriving employees globally, those who feel fulfilled personally and professionally, say their company has a strong sense of purpose. To find purpose, employees crave movement, learning, and experimentation. If not received, they will look for it elsewhere – 39% of South African employees satisfied in their current job still plan to leave due to a perceived lack of career opportunity. In addition to purpose, the new value proposition includes health and financial wellbeing. Employees on average spend almost 11 work hours per week worrying about financial matters, yet only 36% of companies have policies in place to address financial health. Fairness in rewards and succession practices are also top of mind – only 42% of employees say their company ensures equity in pay and promotion decisions. “Organisations that help employees worry less about basic security needs and invest more energy on their career aspirations will be rewarded with a workforce that has more pride, passion, and purpose,” said Bonic.

Permanent Flexibility: Individuals are vocal in their expectations of work arrangements that put them in control of their personal and professional lives. Employees want more flexible work options, and organisations are listening – 82% of executives view flexible working as a core part of their value proposition. Only 4% of executives consider themselves industry leaders when it comes to enabling flexibility and 43% of employees fear that choosing flexible work arrangements will impact their promotion prospects. “The lack of flexible work arrangements hurts women and older workers disproportionally, leading to absenteeism, lower energy levels, and burnout,” said Bonic. “As the skills gap widens and human competencies become more important, making sure that a diverse pool of talent can participate in the workforce at all life stages is both a business and a societal imperative.”

Platform for Talent: Given 90% of executives expect an increase in the competition for talent, organizations realize they must expand their talent ecosystem and update their HR models for a digital age. The time is now – nearly one in three companies plan to “borrow” more talent in 2018 and 81% of employees would consider working on a freelance basis. “Gaining greater access to talent through a broader ecosystem is part of the solution. Companies also need to deploy talent faster and with precision to unlock the potential of their workforce,” said Kate Bravery, Global Practices Leader in Mercer’s Career business. “Adopting a platform mentality to talent requires a radical mindset shift, embracing the notion that talent can be accessed for the benefit of all rather than ‘owned’ by one manager, department, function, or even organisation.”

Digital from the Inside Out: Despite improvement over last year, companies lag on delivering a consumer-grade experience – only 16% consider themselves a digital organisation today. While 66% of employees say that state-of-the-art tools are important for success, less than half (47%) say they have the digital tools necessary to do their job and only 44% have digital interactions with HR. Executives are starting to put this on their agenda, reporting that enhancing the employee experience would have the most significant impact on business performance this year. Business leaders are confident in HR’s ability to be a strategic partner in setting the course for the future, with 72% of executives reporting that HR aligns people strategy with the strategic priorities of the business. “In turbulent times there is a tendency to hold on to the rafters. Intuitively, we know success involves riding the crest of change and this requires a healthy risk appetite and a willingness to break and re-make talent models,” said Bravery. “When we are living digitally, working flexibly, and being rewarded uniquely, we will unlock growth in the Human Age.”

Mercer’s study shares insights from over 7,600 senior business executives, HR leaders, and employees from 21 industries and 44 countries around the world. The report assesses the new drivers of the future of work, identifies critical disconnects concerning change, and makes powerful recommendations to capture growth in 2018.

“Given the heightened focus on innovation and skills development, we find that most HR teams, especially in the emerging economies, recognize the need for a “build” strategy to drive growth. We will see an increasing number of organizations investing in online learning technologies as a way to raise their collective digital competence. The concept of “managing a pipeline of talent” is wearing thin; a platform approach offers an aspirational alternative by creating skill demand that aligns with where the business wants to be in the future.” added Puneet Swani, growth markets business leader for Mercer’s Career business.

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WhatsApp bans European under-16s from using app

WhatsApp has raised its minimum age for users in the European Union to 16 years, as the bloc prepares for a new online privacy law to come into force next month.

In an update to its terms of service on Wednesday, WhatsApp said the minimum age for users outside the EU was still 13 years.

“If you live in a country in the European region, you must be at least 16 years old to use our services,” WhatsApp said on its website.

In its blog, the app said it was preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to come into force on May 25.

Under the law, children must be 16 years of age in order to give consent for their personal data to be processed.

“Next month, the European Union is updating its privacy laws to require greater transparency for how people’s information is used online,” WhatsApp said.

“WhatsApp is updating our terms of service and privacy policy where the law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is taking effect,” it added.

However the company did not say how it plans to enforce the change in the rules.

Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has also pledged to change how it handles private data to comply with the forthcoming law change.

But unlike WhatsApp, which will only apply the new law to its European users, Facebook plans on rolling out changes for its users worldwide.

The change in the European law was already planned prior to the recent privacy scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.

But the scandal raised the alarm for internet users around the world over issues relating to online privacy, in an unprecedented way.

It has also prompted social media giants to go all out in a bid to assuage users’ fears of their data falling into the wrong hands.

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Creating an e-learning strategy that works

Creating an e-learning strategy that works

Creating an e-learning strategy that works

In a fast-paced digital world, the adoption of technology devices in African schools is at an all-time high.

With education being a key foundation for Africa’s development, progress has been made over the past decade and according to a recent report by Ambient Insight, Africa has the highest growth rates in e-learning in the world.

Despite the progress, there is still a need for careful consideration in the implementation of e-learning strategy in schools. Factors including; costs, internet access, connectivity, availability of locally developed content, online curricula and even training and professional development are some issues that need to be accounted for.

For South Africa, Gauteng’s Education MEC (Member of the Executive Council), Panyaza Lesufi has begun building a socially cohesive education system; introducing smart paperless classrooms to ensure that all learners and teachers have progressive access to innovative learning and teaching tools which will enable learners to meaningfully participate in the economies of the future.

The Department conducted a province wide ICT Audit to identify resources and interventions required in schools to support the use of ICT to attain effective teaching and learning. Based on these findings and the province’s e-learning strategy, the department plans to develop a fully costed business case to secure the necessary resources for successful rollout.

Unpacking this topic and giving in-depth insight is the Education Innovation Summit set to take place on 31 May 2018 at the Hilton, Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit will provide discussion topics about cutting-edge education technology challenges facing the industry today. Moreover, the summit will explore technology innovations that will enhance teaching and learning in academic institutions.

Key topics to be discussed:

• How assistive technology is changing special education.
• Overcoming barriers to tech adoption in education.
• Change management: administrators and educational technologies- narrowing the divide.
• Fostering creativity through introducing design thinking to the educational process.
• Practical challenges of digital learning: getting the balance right for future-thinking.
• Transforming education: the power of ICT policies.
• Navigating the road blocks to innovation in education.
• Transforming Education: The power of ICT Policies.
• Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education.
• Innovation in Education: what works, what doesn’t, and what to do about it?
• ICT Integration in Education – Incorporation for Teaching & Learning Improvement.
• Creating an e-learning strategy that works.

Speakers at this year’s event include:

• Riaan Van Der Bergh, Technology Manager Education Lead, FEDSAS
• Anele Davids, Director, Ict And Teacher Development, Sci-Bono, Discovery Centre
• Dr James Keevy, Ceo, Jet Education Services
• Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director, Think Ahead Education Solutions
• Michele Botha, Assessment Specialist: Primary Schools: Independent Examination Board (IEB)
• Prof Duan Vd Westhuizen, Professor: Learning Technologies, University of Johannesburg
• Tom Parry, Co-Founder and MD South Africa, Instill Education

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