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Current Projects

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...

“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.

Partic...

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...

In this picture: Felencia Lawrence, Atoofah Gierdien, Angezwa Gagayi, Dominique Goch, Ilse Kariem

The MOVING to MASTERY: WOMEN IN TECH & DIGITAL CONFERENCE was held on the 12th of  June 2019 at the Belmont Square Conference Centre, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

This conference was organised by Lynette Hundermark, an IT entrepreneur and leading advocate for and enabler of the advancement of women in the ICT industry.

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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.

Some of...

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.

You can learn more about this exciting project here: https://www.mitinclusiveinnovation.com/

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 

Prof Leo van Audenhove (imec-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) presented a keynote at the 3rd S-Direct Seminar on March 7, 2018 at UWC.

He gives a short overview of his thoughts on this fast-emerging topic in the video below.

A copy of his presentation can be downloaded here

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Past Projects

June 8, 2018

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...

April 24, 2018

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”.

From left to right: 3rd S-Direct Sem...

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...

April 24, 2017

For quite some time the dominant discourse related to internet, broadband and ICTs focused on the provision and facilitation of access and necessary skills for utilisation. However, it becomes necessary to shift the conversation to focus on “beyond access”, to explore...

September 8, 2016

The Thought Leadership Series on the Digital Economy continued on the 19th of  August 2016. 

  • The fourth discussion in the series was hosted on the 19th of August at UWC as a collaborative initiative between the CoLab and EMS Faculty

  • The topic of the d...

July 11, 2016

The ‘S-DIRECT: Social Digital Innovation Research to Empower Communities in Transition’ was held on 8 March 2016 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The seminar showcased current projects of the International Joint Research Group (IJRG).

The one-day seminar rep...

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