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December 2, 2019

The International Joint Research Group (IJRG) for S-DIRECT combines the expertise of iMinds-SMIT (VUB), UWC (CoLab and academic departments) and the Material and Sensory Cultures of Africa - Study Centre  - MASC (UGent) to explore the possibilities of and apply living lab research to foster and facilitate social innovation (projects) for digital inclusion in order to address (community) challenges in South Africa.

The overall a...

November 14, 2019

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...

August 28, 2019

PhD Public Defence: CARLYNN POKPAS

The public defence of the PhD in Media and Communication Studies by Carlynn Pokpas took place on Friday August 23, 2019 at University of the Western Cape.

This PhD is part of a cooperation agreement between the University of the Western Cape (UWC)  and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

The PhD thesis is called “Exploring the Access, Usage and Perceptions of the ICT of Women in Marginalised Commu...

August 28, 2019

“Digital technologies have changed our world perhaps most significantly in how we think about data”

- David Rogers (2016, p.4) 

On the 22nd of August the CoLab hosted a Roundtable Discussion on the concept of DATA. Data is one of the key drivers of digital transformation and innovation, but it is a complex and multi-dimensional concept with differing perspectives often adding to the complexity of unlocking its value.


August 22, 2019

Below are the podcasts of our recent interview with Benito Vergotine's The Honest Truth programme on Smile FM.


August 7, 2019

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...

July 29, 2019

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...

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