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Innovation

  • Three trends to watch out for in the smart parking space in 2018 [Native]

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off yesterday and runs until Friday (12 January), is 0ne of the world's biggest trade shows and is a window into upcoming tech and trends, This year the conference will feature a focus on Smart Cities. Scheduled events include a Smart Cities Marketplace, so expect to see a lot of new tech innovation around public safety, energy consumption, mobility and parking assistance. The conference's organisers, the Consumer Technology Association predicts global spending on smart cities will reach $34-billion by 2020. With such a big market up for grabs, major companies like Ericsson and Deloitte -- which will be...

  • Innovators must disrupt market serving people with disabilities, says founder

    With December being Disability Awareness Month in South Africa, Ventureburn highlights four South African tech startups serving people with disabilities -- that we should all know about. South Africa has a national disability prevalence rate of 7.5%, says the Department of Social Development. That's the percentage of the population that have some form of visual, physical, aural, intellectual, learning and communication disability. That then is quite a significant percentage of the population that, depending on the extent and severity of their disabilities, face different problems around how they go about life. Many startups are trying to disrupt the business world, but they’re forgetting an entire market...

  • Here’s how Cape Town is using IoT to be smarter, safer, sustainable [Native]

    As more and more people move into urban areas, cities around the world are increasingly turning to tech, particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) to better manage their  growing urban populations. Late last year, Cape Town was named as one of 22 cities around the world leading in implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Cape Town is one of 22 smart cities acknowledged to be leading in the implementation of IoT in Nokia's Smart City Playbook A 2016 report titled the Smart City Playbook which was commissioned by Nokia looked at how 22 cities around the world are leveraging the power of...

  • Will electric cars substitute conventional ones? [Sponsored]

    The sharp decline in the cost of batteries is driving optimism for the future of the electric car. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, electric vehicles (EVs) are here to stay. Even more, they are going to become cheaper (a purchase price and maintenance cost) than conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2022. Switching over to electric vehicles is expected to solve probably the biggest ecological issue – carbon emissions – that causes dangerous climate change and shortens lives of many people living in big cities. But in spite of government-initiated subsidies, electric cars are still unaffordable for many people because...

  • Geekulcha VacWork encourages innovation in the Kalahari

    Geekulcha VacWork, a grassroots programme teaching high school pupils about ICT and startups, took place between 10 and 14 Juy in Mier, in the Northern Cape. Geekulcha co-founder and COO Tiyani Nghonyama told Ventureburn that the initiative, which was launched in 2014, aims to provide a platform for skills redistribution by university students to high school pupils. "There was a realisation that we need to monitor the transition from being a learner to university student to the job market," he said. Nghonyama said one of their main goals was to empower and elevate young female talent. 85% of the attendees at the Geekulcha VacWork Kalahari...

  • PeaceTech Accelerator looking for more startups for its next cohorts

    PeaceTech Accelerator, a Washington DC based cloud innovation centre and scale-up programme devoted to peace technology, is looking for more participants for its next cohort starting on 8 September with the third planned for January next year. PeaceTech Accelerator was launched earlier this year by tech investment firm C5 Accelerate and PeaceTech Lab , a peace building non-profit, in collaboration with cloud computing service provider, Amazon Web Services, and has since graduated its first cohort. It runs eight week programmes for companies and non-profit organisations involved in the development of innovative technologies that promote peace and build stronger, safer societies. Dimitra Hatzudis, external relations coordinator at C5 Accelerate,...

  • ‘Ghana’s impressive track record helped it secure 2017 IPA competition’

    An impressive track record -- that's what helped Ghana to secure the hosting of this year's Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), says the competition's director Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl. The event, run by the African Innovation Foundation, takes place in Accra, Ghana on 17 and 18 July. "Ghana's leadership have put innovation at the centre of the country's development agenda, and there is a clear commitment towards consolidating a thriving national innovation ecosystem. This is demonstrated by a commitment to dedicate one percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to innovation," Mujawamariya told Ventureburn yesterday. Singling out several innovation hubs in Ghana, she said the West African country is...

  • Q&A: Cape Town entrepreneur Lorraine Steyn laments shortage of women in tech

    Software development is a well-paying career and more women should be involved in the sector, laments Cape Town entrepreneur Lorraine Steyn. "I'm very sad about the falling number of women in software development, particularly. It is a well-paying career, requiring creative and analytical skills," says Steyn co-founded software development company Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS) in 1987. Steyn, KRS's CEO, will be in conversation with Guillaume de Smedt tomorrow at the next Startup Grind event, Women in Tech, in Cape Town at Workshop 17. Lorraine Steyn says she's sad about the falling number of women in tech Ventureburn caught up with Steyn to pick her brains on a...

  • Water Waste Management Challenge Workshop to tackle SA issues

    Ventureburn had the opportunity to attend the Stellenbosch Innovation District's (SID) Water Waste Management Challenge workshop held in partnership with Launchlab. The challenge, which is largely lead by Stellenbosch University's outgoing COO, professor Leopoldt van Huyssteen, aims to provide context for the current challenges facing SA regarding water and waste management. The workshop was chaired by various Launchlab representatives such as CEO Philip Marais, operations manager Brandon Paschal, and others. The panel of guests consisted of van Huyssteen, Julien Rumbelow of the Western Cape government, and Amahle Zakhele from Enkanini, an informal settlement currently facing water and waste management issues. "Our current water crisis can...

  • Is Microsoft Azure right for startups?

    Choosing the right technology for your tech startup or SMME can be a daunting task. There are a range of platforms and services out there and if you're not tech-orientated, it's going to be a difficult process. Software and hardware company Microsoft thinks it may have the solution with the Azure platform. Ventureburn had a chance to sit down with DPE Lead at Microsoft, Clifford de Wit, at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit event in Johannesburg, to talk about the company's Azure platform for startups and SMMEs. A shift in mentality De Wit started off by saying the company is seeing a...

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