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All posts tagged "Innovation"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 3 massive digital trends and how South Africa can use them to its advantage

    Financial markets are in flux, cyber crime is on the rise and millennials are taking over the business world. That's according to David Silverstein, the CEO of global consulting firm BMGI, who says that while these trends are not necessarily the biggest, they're certainly ones we should all take heed of and keep in our back pockets. 1. Anticipate chaos In terms of reacting to markets, companies should stop trying to prepare for the worst or the best. Instead, they should prepare for the worst, best and everything in between. "The global economy is in a state of chaos," Silverstein says. "The...

  • PWC’s Danie Fölscher chats to Ventureburn about the winning formula for African startups and innovation

    If you've been taking a sabbatical from Ventureburn within the last few weeks, you've probably missed out on the news of PWC's Vision to Reality Awards. A first for South Africa, the startup accelerator saw 10 tech startups partake in a three-month mentorship programme and showcase their ideas. Impressive transaction authentication service Entersekt came up top. The Vision to Reality Awards in South Africa is merely the tip of the iceberg. Brewing below is an ecosystem with internationally acclaimed innovations as well as those that fit into the unique local environments. Ventureburn had a chat with PWC Partner in Charge...

  • 5 significant innovations our smart homes will create by 2022

    From entertainment systems and washing machines in our homes to transport technologies and environmental control outside of them, connected devices open up a world of new possibilities. Gartner not only predicts the average affluent family home to carry over 500 hundred connected devices by 2022, it also highlights a couple of areas where opportunities for innovation might arise for business. Nick Jones, vice president and analyst at Gartner, refers to smart devices as those which have gained some level of sensing and intelligence combined with the ability to communicate. Gartner suggests that although a mature smart home won't exist until the...

  • Meet the Galactic Cap: a crowdfunding venture that is all about pleasure

    Last year the Bill and Melinda gates foundation challenged inventors everywhere to rethink the condom. The foundation's theory was that more people would be inclined to engage in safer sex if safer sex was more sensational (pun intended). In response, Charles Powell, a California native, proposed the Galactic Cap: A condom that encases just the tip of the penis. Unfortunately, Powell did not procure the funding he wanted from the Gates foundation, so naturally he is turning to the internet to launch the project. Crowdfunding is become synonymous with fund-raising for any venture in the last two years thanks Kickstarter and...

  • When the world ends, zip ties and duct tape will save you [#IntelISEF]

    Technology is advancing at an unstoppable pace, but what if we started thinking more about how tech and innovation can further humanity and build people up rather than just commerce? This is the idea Mick Ebeling and his company Not Impossible are pursuing. Speaking to the audience at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Ebeling discussed the idea of technology being used to enhance the world. Technology for the sake of humanity "I want to talk to you about two things," he said to the audience of some 1 300 students from over 70 countries competing in the renowned science fair. "Firstly,...

  • Asia still needs a decade before it leads the tech world: here’s why

    It is undeniable that Asia is one of the most important centers of technology growth for the next decade. It’s the key for Facebook’s continued growth. It’s where the majority of web data is being produced. And it’s home to China, where some of the biggest multi-billion dollar tech companies the world has ever seen reside. But Asia is not alone in watching Silicon Valley, the Mecca of the tech world. The Valley dominates and leads everyone forward into the next century of technological innovation. We all have Valley-envy. And despite the fact that Asia is coming into its own...

  • 13 great examples of mobile innovation [Meffys]

    The next time you're at a tech conference and someone tells you that mobile is the next big thing, you should probably stand up and correct them. In a world where Apple can sell 9-million people are willing to buy the iPhone 5S on opening weekend and where mobile advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry, mobile isn't the next big thing, it's "the" massive thing happening right now. That said, there's still plenty of room for innovation in the space, especially given that large portions of the world are only just starting to experience mass smartphone ownership and the...

  • Is the Chinese government adding to social problems by stifling innovation?

    From a purely mercenary point of view, one of the wonderful things about solving a problem is that there’s often a way to make money from it. Solving problems in a way that can help people and bring in profits is the goal of most technology companies at the most basic level, and it’s something that the past 15 years have proven they do quite well. China is not a country that is lacking for problems. Although its economic growth speed has set records, that growth has come along with some major growing pains. And time and time again, when...

  • How do we nurture Africa’s next great innovator?

    Globally, the discussion around innovation has been one of great interest especially in the wake of troubling economic times in the recent past. The discussion is strong in relation to Africa’s situation as well. Innovation sometimes can be a bit hard to describe in exact terms but one thing is for sure, you always know genuine innovation or innovativeness when you see it. Yet, it is a critical component to our ability to deal with the challenges of today and the future, as a continent as well as the world as a whole. If this is true, then societies or nations...

  • Innovation: It’s all about seeing David in the block of marble

    Think about the great innovators for a moment. They're different. Whatever field they're in, they don't just look at the world, they see it. Great innovators are constantly trying to fix things, even if they have to break them first. They're the kid who tears apart his remote control car in a bid to try to make it go faster, all grown up. Om Malik from GigaOm writes: The present isn't as interesting to most of us who live here, mostly because that would mean accepting the status quo. Instead, guys like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey want...

  • South African entrepreneurs are punk rock

    Like most people who grew up in America, I really had no idea what to expect when I first travelled to South Africa (besides gazelles and lions). My first trip was to Johannesburg two years ago to open a new office, and I have been back several times since, most recently Cape Town. Of all the places I travel for our company, South Africa is one of my favorites. After I overcame the shock of there not being any gazelles or lions, but instead razor wire and "taxis" crammed with people, the first thing that struck me was how...

  • Want to kill the status quo? Innovate

    I was recently asked, “how do you find innovators?” It’s an odd question really, one that I hadn’t thought about before, but one that is valuable to think through. You have to dig deeper and think why innovations happen at all, and what the power structures are that make them be identified as innovative. After all, innovation is just a new way of doing things than what is currently the norm. In any industry, society or business there are status quo powers at play. These are generally legacy structures, setup for a time and place that needed that design. Think...

  • Headphones of the future won’t care if you mix up left and right

    The story about these headphones reminds me a lot of the urban legend about the space pen, but you know how you sometimes put the “L” bud in your right ear and the “R” in your left? Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo, Japan have solved that. Instead of getting some headphones with distinct ear buds, spending a few seconds identifying which bud goes where, or you know, just not caring about the...