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Featured image: Tshimologong Digtial Innovation Precinct head of marketing Kendal Makgamathe (Supplied)

Smart meter firm Conlog, Tshimologong launch blockchain incubation programme

Durban-based smart metering solutions provider Conlog has partnered with Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct to launch a blockchain incubation programme, Reapele.

The programme — which has a strong focus on blockchain and smart city solutions — will be hosted and run by Braamfontein-based Tshimologong.

In a statement yesterday (13 February), Tshimologong said the programme will be delivered in seven phases which will nurture tech businesses, digital products and ideas into viable businesses.

Conlog and Tshimologong’s Reapele blockchain incubation programme is aimed at developers with experience in Java, Javascript, C++, Python or C#

Tshimologong head of marketing Kendal Makgamathe (pictured above) said the digital precinct is “excited” to launch the programme which he said will also help in developing Conlog’s open innovation capability in smart connected metering technology.

“The programme will enhance Conlog’s business transformation journey by forging technical advisory partnerships with Wits University faculties and its research students,” added Makgamathe.

Seven-phase programme

In the first phase of the programme aspiring software developers — with at least three years experience in Java, Javascript, C++, Python or C# — will get the chance to participate in a meetup on 19 March.

Thereafter, the second phase of the programme — which will take place between 20 and 25 March — will see about 20 developers selected from the meetup, participate in an online assessment to identify the top performers who will be trained on the core principles and foundations of coding using blockchain.

To meet BEE requirements, Reapele’s website states that preference will be given to black software developers.

Between 1 and 5 April about 10 developers will be invited for initial training, and to participate in the third phase between 8 and 12 April. Subsequent to that, in phase four of the programme — which will take place between 15 and 17 April, as well as on 23 and 24 April, participants will receive training in blockchain and smart metering.

The fifth phase of the programme entails a three-day hackathon set for between 2 and 4 May, where candidates will be challenged to develop a blockchain proof of concept in partnership with Johannesburg-based blockchain hub and business incubator Blockstarters (see this earlier story). Winners of the hackathon will receive a R20 000 grand prize.

Phase six of the programme , will feature a five-day Design Sprint between 13 and 17 May where candidates will have their tech solutions tested with Conlog’s clients.

In the last phase of the programme, which will take place between 20 May and 27 June, developers that have developed a blockchain solution will enter into an intensive incubation period.

The incubation will provide a platform for further development of participants’ respective proof of concepts, culminating in live demos of the blockchain solutions to potential clients.

Participants will also get help in developing a marketing plan and a business model, before solutions are presented on 28 June.

Featured image: Tshimologong Digtial Innovation Precinct head of marketing Kendal Makgamathe (Supplied)

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