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All posts by Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again.
  • UJ students use tech to strike a blow against tender corruption

    A group of four University of Johannesburg (UJ) students have struck a blow against corruption in the tender space with an app developed as part of the South African leg of global student software development challenge, the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup. The four, all Honours students at the UJ Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE), hail from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. According to team leader Chukwudi Obodoekwe, from Anambra State in Nigeria, the drive to design this system initially came from his uncle (who is also his guardian): "When he heard we are entering for the challenge,...

  • SA publishers join up to create digital co-operative

    Like it or not, programmatic advertising is going to play an increasingly large role in the digital publishing landscape. South Africa is not immune to that, with a number of local publishing houses already involved in co-operatives exploiting the technology and new ones forming all the time. The latest such co-operative, called AdJoin, is a joint effort between Us-based online advertising firm Rubicon Project, local programmatic buying house MaxAxion, and Kagiso Media. Launching in April 2016, AdJoin is a bid to serve local campaigns and global buyers looking to reach the African marketplace at scale, bringing together both its...

  • The world is finally learning not to trust the internet

    For most of the internet's recent history, people have been more than happy to share their personal information online. But thanks to numerous hacks, breaches, and government spy scandals, that's all starting to change. According to the results of a new survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, people are increasingly worried about their online privacy and security, especially when it comes to ‎how their personal data is handled by private corporations and governments. Conducted across 24 countries around the globe, the survey found that a majority...

  • Shuttleworth Foundation on the hunt for social innovators

    The Shuttleworth Foundation is on the hunt for social innovators to join its 2016 Fellowship intake. This year, the foundation says, it's particularly interested in "ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement". Founded by South African tech icon Mark Shuttleworth, the Foundation funds people from all over the world regardless of gender, age, nationality or experience. Since 2000, it has promoted African education in Maths, Science and Technology, as well as innovative ideas for social change. The aim of the fellowship grant is to multiply the money they put into their own...

  • SA developers, creatives invited to take part in NASA Space Apps Challenge

    Space is cool. That's a simple statement of fact. And even though we can't all be astronauts, we can all play a part in fostering innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space. At least that's the message behind NASA's Space Apps Challenge, a 48 hour global hackathon aimed at bringing together engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers to connect over mission-related challenges. While there is capacity to work on the challenge remotely, Cape Town-based participants can come together at Workshop 17 in the V&A Waterfront to collaborate and work on their ideas. Hosted by MLab South Africa,...

  • This free workshop will help you get to grips with social video

    When it comes to social video, there are people doing it incredibly well, and others doing it incredibly badly. In the case of the latter, it's largely because the people running the accounts know they need to have a presence, but aren't exactly sure what to do with it. In a bid to remedy that, the Red and Yellow school of advertising is hosting a free workshop on 20 April 2016 in Cape Town aimed at developing participants' social video skills. The school has partnered with cinematographer Stephan Hambsch for the event, which it says will address the fundamentals...

  • Digital marketing is totally mainstream right now

    Attention digital marketing hipsters, it's time to put away your ugly sweaters, over-sized glasses, and latte art kits because digital marketing is now totally mainstream. That's according to the results of a new survey from Gartner, which shows that digital commerce is a top priority for corporate marketing departments, and that marketing budgets are likely to keep growing through 2016 and beyond. The survey included responses from business leaders responsible for marketing — in particular, digital marketing — in 339 large and extra-large companies in North America and the UK Respondents represent organizations with more than US$500-million in annual...

  • White House wins global political YouTube shootout

    We all know that most world governments and political leaders have woken up to the fact that they need to be active on social media. But while their efforts on Facebook and Twitter grab most of the headlines, it turns out that most of them also have a presence on YouTube. In fact, a new study by strategic communications and public relations firm Burson-Marsteller shows that as many as 77% of governments around the globe have a YouTube presence. According to the study, there around 340 channels when you include heads of state and government and foreign ministries. ...

  • This tuition free, P2P programming school wants to find tech’s next hero

    This is pretty cool. A new incubator, aimed at creating the next generation of African innovators, has launched. Called WeThinkCode_, the digital training programme is free, uses peer-to-peer principles, and has no teachers or classrooms. Created through a founding partnership between First National Bank, BBD Software Development and Derivco, the incubator has partnered with various companies, foundations and individuals to sponsor students as it looks to eliminate the gap in tech skills on the continent. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the programme doesn't just want to source and train Africa's future coding talent, it also wants...

  • 10 massive tech trends changing education

    For many of the people reading this article, the pinnacle of technology in the classroom was the school's computer room. But if they stepped into a classroom today, they most likely wouldn't recognise it. It's big business too, with educational bodies spending more on technology than ever before. In fact, according to technology research house Gartner, higher education sector spending will grow 1.2% to reach US$38.2-billion in 2016. A large part of that spend comes from the fact that for institutions to thrive in the increasingly competitive education ecosystem, they must become more innovative and it is often technology...

  • Naspers injects R3.9bn into Indian online travel play

    Emerging markets internet and media giant Naspers this week announced that it would be pumping another US$250-million into Indian online travel outfit Ibibo. The company, which facilitates the booking of plane and bus tickets, also operates a ride-sharing service and provides hotel accommodation owners with room-booking and sales platforms. According to a press release put out by Naspers, the investment will be used to extend ibibo’s "leadership position in the Indian hotels category and on additional technology innovations". Ibibo reportedly processed more than 6.5-million transactions for the period October to December (Q3) 2015. It is the largest online travel company...

  • On Nigeria’s digital integration: Q&A with Anakle COO

    Nigeria's digital industry is getting very interesting. More social media campaigns are popping up and during the last elections digital ideas took centre stage. In September 2015 the number of mobile internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks clocked in at 97.21 million, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). This is huge, according to the GSMA this is the largest mobile market on the continent. Nigerian digital agencies see this, they see the potential of an internet connected society and the are playing to that. In 2014, a cheeky little game pop up on the web call The Brideprice app....

  • Zambia to get solar-powered WiFi network

    This is interesting. Zambia's capital Lusaka is set to get a solar-powered WiFi network, courtesy of a company called Plexus Wifi. The pay-as-you-go network is the brainchild of Allan Okello of City Wifi UK and aims to bring "fast, resilient and affordable internet to residents and businesses of Zambia". Read more: Solar-powered ‘WiFi bench’ pops up in Johannesburg According to a press release sent to Memeburn, Plexus Wifi has built its network on the premise of ‘fibre through the air’ using "world class cutting edge technology to delivery broadband performance without the need for a single cable or modem on the users’...

  • This tech hub wants to change the way Africa approaches disease outbreaks

    Every year hundreds of thousands of Africans die of malaria, HIV/Aids, and a variety of other communicable diseases. The cost on lives, economies, and health systems is immense. In a bid to better understand and track those diseases, a new tech hub has been set up in Egypt. The aim of the hub is to use technology to trace and control diseases, predict outbreaks and engage communities in affected areas across Africa. Called The African Health Data and Disease Control Hub (AHDCH), the hub is an initiative by the Government of Egypt through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development...

  • Toby Shapshak hands over Stuff Magazine editorship

    Toby Shapshak has handed over the editorial reins at Stuff Magazine South Africa some eight years after launching the magazine in South Africa. Taking his place at the helm of the tech publication is Craig Wilson, who has been Stuff's deputy editor since November 2014, a position he previously held at Techcentral for two years. At the same time, Brett Venter has been appointed digital editor and will oversee the publication’s website and digital channels. Jon Tullett, formerly of ITWeb, joins the team as associate editor. All three appointments are effective from 1 March 2016. Read more: Andrew Trench...