“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.
The CoLab recently embarked on a project to use innovative geographical and spatial technologies to create a publicly available data visualisation portal for Digital Inclusion data. Our focus at present is specifically on the Western Cape and we hope this resource will be useful for academics, government, community intermediaries and citizens in general.
In the process of construction of this data portal we also aimed to start...
Digital platforms are reshaping the world. The 2018 Platform Strategy Summit, presented by the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy took place at the MIT Medialab, Boston, USA on the 13th of July 2018. This event gathered a global community of executives and thought leaders to explore the economics and management of platform-centered markets and discuss their implications for managers, industry and governmental policy.
Recently, Wouter Grove had the opportunity to serve as a judge for the Africa region submissions to the very exciting 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge. This is a global competition with a $1million purse aiming to reinvent the future of work.
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...
On the 6th of June 2018, Dr Johan Breytenbach (UWC IFS Department); Wouter Grove (CoLab) and Dr Leona Craffert (Director: CoLab) presented an interactive workshop to key managers within various provincial departments of the Western Cqpe Provincial Government. This work...
The third S- Direct Seminar took place at the University of the Western Cape on Wednesday 7 March 2018. The theme of the 3rd S-DIRECT Seminar was “The Data-Driven Economy: Implications for Developing Societies, Cities and Citizens”.