SA students off to Brazil for WorldSkills 2015

by LUNGELO SHEZI via htxt.africa Twenty one South African youngsters currently studying tech, robotics, motoring, arts, hospitality and beauty at varsity have been selected to show off their skills at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil. The WorldSkills Competition, which takes place in August, brings together young professionals from 50 countries and regions to participate in various challenges and tasks…

Jozi’s disadvantaged kids to prep for Afrikabot competition

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) have announced a programme that will see disadvantaged children around Joburg getting the chance to build their own robots. UJ and SAIEE are taking the university’s Technolab engineering education training programme out of the lecture rooms and into Soweto, Alexandra and the…

Academics make jump to lightspeed internet

Data and computing initiatives are joining forces to forge a high-speed research network for South Africa. In bandwidth-thirsty South Africa, the country’s universities and research institutions are oases of the stuff, with a torrent of capacity, up to 10 gigabits a second, running between them. With this internal capacity and international linkages, South African researchers…

Jozi’s planning a digital revolution

Barry Dwolatzky, University of the Witwatersrand Over the past two years, an initiative has been underway to put an area of central Johannesburg on the map as a place where digital innovation and entrepreneurship happens in South Africa. There is a growing belief that the work being done by the University of the Witwatersrand a…

Free coding program targeting under-priveleged youth to launch in SA

A French non-profit program which offers free coding internships and incubation for young people will be making its way to South Africa to help equip under-privileged youths with the skills needed to enter the working world. The brainchild of South African IT entrepreneurs, Justinus Adriaanse and Yossi Hasson, founder of the Breteau Foundation, Camille Agon and former investment banker, Arlene Mulder, WeThinkCode_…

Bussing the web in Tshwane

  by LUNGELO SHEZI via htxt.africa It’s been just under six months since the Project Isizwe free WiFi service was first made available on the Tshwane Bus Rapid Transit system and so far, 163 126 unique users have logged onto the network while waiting for or on a bus. More stats reveal that a total of 6…

Invitations are out for early childhood development hackathon

  by Matshelane Mamabolo, HTXT.africa  Developers, hackers, tech creatives and designers will join “unlike minded” folks at UCT’s Graduate School of Business in three weeks for a hackathon that’s aiming to improve the lives of children. If you want to take part, simply sign up through the UCT GSB website and you join in the efforts to develop…