IBM research lab to work with the cool kids

IBM announced that it would be opening a research laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, in the Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg. (AFP)

IBM announced that it would be opening a research laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, in the Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg. (AFP)

Multinational research company IBM announced on Friday that it will be opening a research laboratory, in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand, in the Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg.

The premises was once a bar, and still has a long bar counter and heavily-graffiti’ed walls, but in a year this will be one of the top information communication technology (ICT) research laboratories in the country.

In the up-and-coming suburb of Braamfontein in Johannesburg, computer programmers and tech-preneurs will soon be rubbing elbows with artists, hipsters and those attracted to the rejuvenation in the city centre.

“We’re expanding our global research network to South Africa,” said Dr Solomon Assefa in a telephonic interview on Wednesday. He is director of the laboratory, which falls under IBM Research Africa…

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Sarah Wild is an award-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn't work and she is now the Science Editor at the Mail&Guardian. Sarah writes about particle physics, cosmology and everything in between. In 2012, she published her first full-length non-fiction book Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars. In 2013, she was awarded overall winner of the Pan-African Siemens Profile Awards for excellence in science journalism.

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