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  • This prize aims to reward people innovating basic solutions to big problems

    Have you got a simple solution to a problem affecting your community? Then you might want to enter the Empowering People Award, which once again has a technology category. Sponsored by Siemens Stiftung, the competition is looking for innovative technical solutions to tackle global challenges in basic needs, and inventors and developer teams can submit their low-tech innovations in one of eight categories. “The goal of the contest is ultimately to empower people in developing regions to have access to basic services for their daily needs," says Siemens Stiftung MD Rolf Huber. "We want to locate creative solutions and...

  • Weekly Round Up #33: Facebook’s M, Moments app, Cortana for Android and #StrongerthantheRand

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thoma and Andy Walker discuss Facebook's M, a digital personal assistant for Messenger, Cortana for Android, Moments, a photo sharing app by Facebook, and the hashtag #Strongerthantherand. This week, Facebook announced the arrival of M, a personal assistant that is within Messenger. There is not doubt that Facebook is set on building Messenger into a messaging app that does more than send and receive messages. In doing this however, it runs the risk of complicating it....

  • Elizabeth Gould, Derrick Kotze on the need to catalyse collaboration in Africa

    Memeburn recently sat down with Elizabeth Gould (pictured right), the CEO of programming academy CodeX, and Derrick Kotze who's the CEO of African developer and startup hub initiative mLabs. Alongside the South African entrepreneurship network, Silicon Cape, both CodeX and mLabs are key residents of Workshop17 -- a tech cluster that officially opened its doors this week. In the interview, Gould and Kotze share their insights with Jacques Coetzee about uplifting skill development and creating environments that are empowering South African developers and entrepreneurs. The trio also chatted about why it's important to drive initiatives such as Workshop17 to further collaboration and...

  • Next Online Tuesday South Africa event to explore ‘your craft’

    The next Online Tuesday South Africa event, which takes place on 8 September, will explore the theme "What is your craft?". The event speakers, who include Hello Pretty Head of Strategy and Social Lee Geldenhuys and League of Beers founder Rob Heyns, will talk about how technology has empowered them to turn what would once have been hobby crafts into full-scale businesses. Hello Pretty serves as online marketplace for 1 288 design entrepreneurs and enables them to embed their online stores into their websites as well as Facebook brand pages. League of Beeers meanwhile is an online craft beer store...

  • Lenovo Africa wants South Africans to share ‘goodweird’ ideas

    Lenovo Africa is looking to reward South Africans for who come up with creative and innovative ideas around the theme "Goodweird". The campaign, which appears to be a celebration of the Chinese electronic giant's Yoga range, will see Lenovo give six people -- two from Gauteng, two from Kwa-Zulu Natal and two from the Cape Region -- tablets, laptops and R30 000 study bursaries. Read more: Lenovo: why the world’s biggest PC maker isn’t really a PC company any more According to a release sent to Memeburn: #GoodweirdSA will call on South African millennials to share their creative ideas on what Goodweird...

  • Weekly Round Up #32: ShowMax, Ashley Madison, Android One, Android Marshmallow and Tesla’s Autopilot

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made discuss Naspers' launch of ShowMax, Android One coming to Africa, Android Marshmallow, the Ashley Madison hack, and Tesla allowing drivers to Beta test its Autopilot software. Rumours had been doing the rounds for sometime but the announcement of ShowMax by Naspers' was still exciting. The launch itself revealed little new, the rumours had been spot on. The news is exciting for the South African audience. With the launch...

  • Ashley Madison user data now leaks online, possibly includes 175k South Africans

    A few weeks back, we reported that popular infidelity website Ashely Madison had been hacked. Hacker group Impact Team, threatened to release user data it had acquired if the website wasn't taken down by parent company, Avid Life Media. All user details have now been leaked. The account details of an estimated 32-million users of the social networking site have been dumped online for the world to see. The data leak includes information of the estimated 175 000 South Africans, who are probably not having a great week with their spouses. The file is 9.7GB in size and was dumped to the...

  • Extra tickets available for Digital Edge Live

    The organisers of digital marketing event Digital Edge Live, now in its seventh year, have put up an extra 500 tickets for sale to the public. The event, which is sponsored by Nedbank and NATIVE VML in collaboration with 360 Degrees, will see the likes of US filmmaker Spike Lee take to the stage at the Sandton Convention Centre on 9 September. “Due to the incredible demand we’ve expanded our capacity in the Sandton Convention Centre Pavilion to allow more delegates the opportunity to see our headline speaker Spike Lee along with a powerful line-up of SA’s leading digital...

  • Weekly Round Up #31: Alphabet, Bic’s fail, Naspers’ Netflix, M4JAM buys Pondering Panda

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee and Graham Van Der Made discuss Google's new parent company Alphabet, Bic SA's Women's Day fail, Naspers' attempt at opening a Netflix competition, and M4JAM acquisition of digital market research company Pondering Panda. This week started with a bang as Google announced that it was starting a parent company called Alphabet. The news caught the world unawares and as a result a lot of confusion ensued. Some people thought Google had changed its name but...

  • Accenture partners with TEDxCapeTown to help foster innovation

    Renowned conference TEDxCapeTown will be taking place in the Mother City this coming weekend. Dedicated to the wider TED slogan "Ideas worth spreading", tech consulting multinational Accenture has announced that it's partnering with the event this year. The theme of this year's TEDxCapeTown is "Open Access Ctrl". This resonates with Accenture's vision of encouraging innovation around the globe. The company emphasises that these kind of forward-thinking initiatives are important to help level the global playing field: We now see that South African companies are beginning to apply innovation to their businesses more over the business-as-usual requirement for entrepreneurship, especially as they recognise that...

  • Bic SA #HappyWomensDay poster stirs up social media, misses the point

    Probably one of the most renowned brands in the niche world of ballpoint pens, Bic is the latest company to cause a stir on social media. Its social media shoutout to #HappyWomensDay just backfired after it tweeted a poster with a controversial quote. The Bic-branded image is of a stock imaged young professional women with the following tagline: "Look like a girl, Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a boss." Needless to say, this sentiment didn't go unnoticed and the brand was at the end of an immediate backlash. After deleting the tweet and removing the Facebook post,...

  • DIY geek-fest Maker Faire comes to Cape Town this August

    If you're into robotics, DIY drones, Arduino projects, space projects and 3D printers, listen up. Cape Town's first Maker Faire is coming to town. Taking place from 20 to 23 August, the world-renowned festival will bring together a motley crew of techies, tinkerers, hobbyists and makers. The event forms part of the third annual Open Design Festival in partnership with Trimble. Described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is a celebration of the global Maker Faire Movement -- celebrating innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Omar Pierre...

  • Weekly Round Up #30: Geek Crate, Gamescom, 3D printing and Drone racing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made geek out about Gamescom, 3D printing, Drone competitions and an actual subscription service for geek merchandise. Ventureburn looks at a new ecommerce company in South Africa called Geek Crate, which sends you a monthly crate of all things geek, from comic books to actual toys. The team debates how the startup will satisfy its picky customers. Getting a car fixed is not a small matter, worse if the car needs to...

  • 6 highlights from EA’s Gamescom 2015 briefing

    For all related news, views and analysis from the heart of Cologne’s gaming epicenter, have a look at our Gamescom 2015 Hub here. The show floor is now open in Cologne, Germany and the public can finally sink their teeth into some of Gamescom 2015 exibitor's wares including hardware, new games and fraternizing developers no one has ever heard of. While Microsoft had a fairly positive conference last night, Electronic Arts tried to keep pace with Redmond, also hosting a briefing at E3 2015 and this week's Gamescom. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...