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Innovation

  • Three meals a day is the new tobacco: one geek’s guide to losing weight

    The geek’s guide to rapid weight loss: 10kg in four weeks, while sitting at a desk in office hours. In summary: this is a sure way to to make your body run on just fat for a full three days per week. Intro I've tried low carb and paleo diets over the last two years, maybe eight weeks at a time, on and off, and I’ve gained some muscle in the gym, but I never really felt that I was seeing real impact and results. I see results as dropping a jeans size and/or losing 10kg. So, I did a bit of...

  • Julius Akinyemi: Africa needs to harness big data to really innovate

    Africa needs to start using big data to solve its issues. But before this can happen, it needs to understand how to leverage this data to its advantage. That's the word from Massachusetts Institute of Technology-based thought leader Julius Akinyemi, who today spoke about the importance of harnessing big data on the African continent at the SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town. Akinyemi's recently also cut the ribbon to introduce the continent’s latest tech cluster for innovation, Workshop17, of which he is a co-founder. Apart from pointing out the importance of collaboration and communities, Akinyemi spoke about the need to for...

  • 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...

  • Why South Africa really needs to embrace the Maker Movement

    "More so than any other time, we are able to make things that can actually make a difference," Steve Sherman, the CEO of Living Maths and self-proclaimed maker said at the recent Cape Town Maker Conference. Thanks to the internet, people today have access to more information than ever before. And thanks to things like micro computers, 3D printers, and accessible programming languages people can make more, experiment more and become more self-sufficient. Concepts like crowdfunding, for instance, enable people to finance and share their passions more easily. More than 200 000 people recently pledged nearly US$9-million to bring a...

  • Creativity unlocks the power of technology

    Today the bar for creativity is extremely high. It starts with people. Anyone can use the phone in their pocket to shoot and edit high quality video - something that would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. Anyone with a mobile phone has a computer in their pocket -- from shooting and editing video on a smartphone to banking on a feature phone. Small businesses can shoot a video of their product, market it and accept payment all online. Brands and consumers now exist side to side, and often face to face, in a vast digital landscape. The...

  • Philips launches search for the #nextbigidea in SA healthcare

    South Africans reckon they're pretty innovative. In fact, a good percentage of people in the country reckon they're sitting on "the next big thing". That's according to a recent survey conducted by Dutch electronics giant Philips. According to the survey, 60% of South Africans consider themselves to be innovators, with 20% expressing the belief that they are not reliant on others to create solutions. Innovation is also deeply rooted in people who are educated, independent in their businesses or hold senior positions in companies. Interestingly, KwaZulu-Natal is the province with the highest number of people who consider themselves innovators....

  • 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...

  • Is disruptive technology driving innovation or causing chaos?

    The only constant is change and today this has never rung truer. We are in an age of change where disruptive technologies are not only changing lives, but transforming markets. Two critical elements become important – that your company is not being made obsolete and that rather than seeing chaos, businesses see the opportunity. We are in an era of engagement and those technologies that enable collaboration, communication and connection also provide a platform that allows businesses to create. However many businesses are still beholden to traditional models driven by silos and hierarchies and as a result, are finding...

  • Connecting the Karoo: how the internet is changing South Africa’s semi-desert heartland

    Back in the Victorian era of the late 1800s, farm life in the Karoo was hard and isolated. There were great distances between farmsteads, and the families saw each only on special market days and when they held nagmaal gatherings in the local dorpie. So imagine, if you will, sitting on such a farm in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but the same-old-same-old spouse, kids and household help for company. And then you hear, over the veld, the tinkle-tinkle of a heavily laden horse-drawn wagon in the distance. As it comes closer, you see the swaying cast-iron pots, the carefully...

  • Women In Engineering Fellowship Week: empowering the next generation of women innovators

    Sixty of the top female engineering students were selected from universities around South Africa to attend the Women In Engineering (WomEng) Fellowship Week from 6-10 July, in Cape Town. Co-founded by Hema Vallabh and Naadiya Moosajee in 2006, when they themselves were both engineering students, WomEng is a recognised non-profit organisation established to develop the next generation of engineering leaders. The core philosophy of WomEng is to provide engineering education – creating awareness and raising the profile of the engineering industry; attraction and retention of females into the engineering sector; skills and leadership development; innovative problem solving; mentorship and enterprise...

  • Dion Chang to headline 2015 SA Innovation Summit

    Corporate trend analyst and design consultant Dion Chang will headline the 2015 SA Innovation Summit, set to take place between 26 and 29 August at the Cape Town Stadium. The summit will include debates, discussions, workshops, competitions, talks, presentations and demonstrations. The conference is meant to celebrate local ideas and innovations that are going into the market. Among the speakers, Chang will discus trends that cause disruptive innovation, and Gijs van Wulven will present his Forth Innovation Methodology, a method that is said to double the effectiveness of the innovation process. Read more: Want to see real...

  • 3M, HIP2B² on the lookout for high school innovators

    It's never too early to start innovating. And if you're a South African high school student in grade 9 or 10 the rewards for doing so could potentially be very big. And we're not just talking about the thrill of doing something no one else has done before either. Just take a look at what's on offer for the winners of the 2015 HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge. The competition, run by multinational technology company 3M and non-profit youth organisation HIP2B², is open to grade 9 and 10 learners and tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they...

  • 5 things to look for when you’re hiring for innovation

    With innovative digital companies bringing new business models and fierce competition to nearly every industry from telecoms to transport, traditional companies are under pressure to step up innovation if they are to grow and remain relevant. But to do so, they’ll need to attract innovative employees into their organisations and give these innovators the space and resources they need to do what they do best. As companies recruit innovators, it is important to remember that innovation is not necessarily the same thing as invention. Where invention is a flower – nurtured through a careful process and often driven by...

  • Google introduces News Lab, a project to birth journalists on steroids

    Google has announced a new project called News Lab, designed to give journalism more power. The site is a new effort by the company to empower innovation in which technology and media work far more closely and efficiently together. The site, the company explains, will feature different tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and advice for journalists on how to use the numerous Google products in their reporting. And when Google develops new products it will continue to update these resources. “From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we offer many tools that newsrooms can use...

  • Meet Bartesian, your personal robobartender

    Waking up to the sound of your coffee machine starting up and brewing you a fresh cup of coffee beans you can possibly imagine, is magical. Coming home to the sound of your cocktail machine shaking a most needed cocktail, is a game changer. Bartesian is the robot arm that uses mixes your cocktails for you. Apologies, this is something that needs pinching or repetition just to double check that it is real. Really awesome, the Bartesian uses the spirits you want and combined with a flavour capsule, the cocktail you needed all day will arrive shortly. You can even select...