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Samsung and UWC Take Digital Social Innovation to the Next Level

-January 2020 is the launching pad for a new phase of the pioneering Future-Innovation Lab

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 13 November 2019 – Following the launch of its R280-million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP) in May this year, Samsung South Africa has announced the next phase of its Research and Development (R&D) Academy Project in conjunction with...

Video: DVC Academic R&I Professor Jose Frantz

Samsung Innovates Today to Create a Better Tomorrow 

Innovation Drives Growth

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 7 August 2019 - Just weeks after unveiling its R280-million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP), Samsung South Africa has announced its Research and Development (R&D) Academy Project.

EEIP is a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) initiative where multinational companie...

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution becomes a reality to rest of the world, as citizens we are becoming more dependent on digital technology, more specifically, internet connectivity to conduct our daily activities; which contributed to the rising of a new economy commonly known as the digital economy. A proper understanding and effective use of digital technology is becoming a main enabler for economic growth for most countri...

The 4th Industrial Revolution has brought forth a great deal of opportunities for individuals and industries alike.  However, the importance of one’s digital identity and their subsequent awareness around cyber security has failed to be prioritized by civil society, policy makers and organisations. With the push for universal Internet access, the increasing use of social networks and a growing reliance on digital services, in...

The Western Cape CoLab for e-Inclusion and Social Innovation in collaboration with Suff Academy celebrated the hard work and achievements of students in Oudtshoorn and George on the 5th and 6th of June 2019, respectively. During the two ceremonies 300 certificates were awarded to participants. Recipients received certificates for courses in Digital Identity Management, e-Literacy and Mobile Technology for SME Business Support.

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The Colab team recently exhibited some of our innovative projects at the occasion of the 2019 Budget Vote of Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies at the National Assembly, Parliament, Cape Town.

We received a lot of interest in both our Ultimate Celebrity Manager game aimed at teaching youth about the importance of managing their online identity in a safe manner, as well as our digital inclusion Starter Packs.

For...

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for government and local citizens, with the push for universal access to the Internet, the increasing use of social networks and the growing reliance on digital services, and given a growing range of threats from criminals. People around the world are becoming increasingly connected with smart devices. Sending and receiving massive amounts of data back and forth, we rely on the transfer and s...

On the 8th of March 2018 S-Direct presented a technical workshop on Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networks. The S-DIRECT seminar is an initiative of the International Joint Research Group (IJRG) combining the expertise of imec-Smit (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), University of Gent, University of the Western Cape (UWC) and its extended partnership.

Attendees of the March 2018 S-Direct on Artificial intellig...

A recent newsletter of the Cape Digital Foundation featured the work of the CoLab!

You can read the newsletter article here 

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Past Projects

March 9, 2018

9 MAART 2018

Onderwyser leer kunsmatige intelligensie

Dieter Vandroemme en Wouter Gevaert werden zeer hartelijk ontvangen in the University of the Western Cape en hebben tal van interessante mensen ontmoet waaronder Umesh Bawa van het International Relations Office. Het was ook een heel prettig weerzien met Wouter Grove.

De aanleiding voor dit tegenbezoek aan Capetown is het derde S-Direct Seminar. Bij een bezoek aan Zuid-Afrika...

March 8, 2018

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been identified as productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa and around the world. Some researchers have estimated that, in South Africa, SMEs make up 91% of formalized businesses, provide employment to about 60% of the labour force and total economic output accounts for roughly 34% of GDP.

While contributing significantly to the economy, SMEs foster...

October 16, 2017

CITY OF CAPE TOWN

12 OCTOBER 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

City helps Leonsdale youth to bridge the digital divide

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the University of the Western Cape (UWC), last week kicked off a training course in programming (coding) for unemployed youth and Grade 11 – 12 learners. This initiative is linked to the City’s SmartCape Programme. Read more below:

A first of its kind for the City, the accredited CoLab d...

February 20, 2017

An often cited gap in attempts to develop coding skills in South Africa, is the fact that sufficient computational logic skills are not developed earlier in the educational process. This Java focused  Coding Bootcamp is a response of the Colab to this highlighted challenge.

Along with local NGO, Isibaloluntu, the Colab team presented an introduction to Java Bootcamp at Fezeka High School in Gugulethu.

This training course is aim...

July 20, 2016

Welcome to the Android Digital Solutions short course.

This course is designed to function as:

  • a short course over 7 half-day sessions with additional practical work and assignments between sessions (allow a total of 100 notional hours)

  • for advanced students, a 5 day, full time short course, with additional evening exercises (allow a total of 50 notional hours)

  • a standard second year level undergraduate module tak...

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