From Wildcard to South African winner – IDWork, a platform for people to find the perfect fit for their service provider needs, is set to take on the best startups from 65 other countries, in the global finale of the Seedstars World competition in Switzerland on 06 April 2017. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious, with prizes that include USD 500k in investment, Software-as-a-Service solutions valued at USD 90k, plus insight and training for every startup, giving them a boost towards long-term stability and success. “Since winning the South African leg of the tour, we have been busy preparing for the finale in Switzerland to ensure that IDWork is ready to take on the rest of the world,” says IDWork co-founder Arjun Khoosal. “We recently returned from the continental summit in Rwanda where we met the other African contenders and began preparations for the finale in April. The African tech scene is flourishing - these startups are going to be fierce contenders.” The Seedstars Summit 2017 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 06 April and the 65 startups who qualified will battle for supremacy through competitions and presentations. It will be a gruelling seven-day process as the startups are whittled down from 65 to one, and IDWork is ready to represent South Africa and bring it home. “We were impressed with IDwork because of their early traction, strong founding team and the massive relevance of the problem they're solving - not just in their local market but across the region!" says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars Global. IDWork’s entrepreneurial co-founders Arjun Khoosal and Sayo Folawiyo may be facing a challenging start to April, but the benefits of the competition go beyond winning first place. All the startups will receive mentorship and the chance to network with some of the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders. “We know that this is an opportunity for us to build our . . .
Midrand, South Africa - Louis Fourie, Managing Director of Pansmart Southern Africa - a value added distributor of Panasonic Telecommunications, CCTV and Video Conferencing devices, is proud to announce the launch of the Panasonic KX-HTS32 - an extremely powerful yet reasonably-priced Hybrid IP-PBX ready for mainstream penetration into the SME market in South Africa. “This KX-HTS32 could not have come at a better time for South Africa – a market which is dominated by smaller businesses because Entrepreneurship is encouraged and fostered. These SME’s are highly valued and provide a significant contribution to the country’s economy. The versatility of this product makes it the perfect choice for business with up to 24 users. It is extremely cost-effective, and includes everything a business would need to get maximum productivity from their employees, and provide superior customer service. From voice to video, IP camera monitoring, Public Address (PA) system, and security assistance functions” the KX-HTS32 has it all”, says Fourie. Panasonic has been delivering Telecommunications products to the market for decades, is tried and tested, and as a company continually innovates proving its commitment to being a progressive Technology vendor, and ultimately the partner of choice for the Telecommunications partner community. The Ultimate All-in-One Platform There are no extra applications or interface cards – everything you need is built into the KX-HTS32 control unit, including a Wi-Fi access point for PCs or smartphones, support for multiple SIP trunks and advanced call handling functions. The device can be combined with the Panasonic KX-HDV IP handsets and KX-NTV door station to create a complete communication and monitoring solution. Ideal for SOHO and Small Business environments Built-in Wi-Fi access point 6 SIP / 8 Analogue Trunk capacity Up to 24 extensions Caller ID, call routing, voicemail notification and auto attendant (AA) Conference call . . .
Leading IT distributor Syntech – which celebrates its 15th year in business – has signed a deal for new offices in Johannesburg as part of its expansion programme which was outlined in 2011. Syntech's new office building in Midrand Established in 2002, Syntech has continued to source and introduce the world’s leading products, catering for several industries and operating in multiple vertical markets. With the particular focus placed on providing value added service and support to mass retail, niche retail, online retail, Value-added channel resellers, managed service providers, security and surveillance as well as Apple resellers. Syntech has developed a reputation for introducing and building excellent brands in South Africa and developing the market through an innovative approach to business. In 2011, CEO Craig Nowitz quoted: “We are expecting to grow our revenue, and are in the process of embarking on an expansion programme that will see us expand and diversify our product range and market focus, as well as moving into larger premises during the first quarter of 2012.” Not only did Syntech move into new premises in Cape Town, but opened new offices in Johannesburg, Midrand in September 2014. The expansion into Gauteng was in keeping with sustaining Syntech’s significant growth over the past four years and was a necessary step. Two years down the road and the Johannesburg office is now relocating to a larger building – including larger warehouse facilities. Syntech will invest more as it grows, says Nowitz. “Our new Midrand facility will enable us to provide 8X more local stockholding and will be supported with an expanding fleet of delivery vehicles.” Syntech’s headcount in Gauteng has doubled since inception and is expected to grow by a further 20 people in the next 18 months. “Marketing support and reseller focussed initiatives remain a key part of our growth strategy and we look forward to building even closer relationships with our . . .
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa - Meet AxxonSoft, the leading software developer that combines IP-based physical security management, intelligent video surveillance, and an enterprise-wide platform into fully integrated vertical and horizontal solutions. With so many CCTV resellers out there, it’s not uncommon for businesses to assume that they are making the right decision by choosing the cheapest option as a way to be more cost-effective. However, how sure are they that their CCTV provider will not simply walk away after they’ve been sold the product, expecting them to rely on their own skillsets to manage and monitor their CCTV systems? Choose AxxonSoft if you want to make more intelligent business decisions, achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness, and implement powerful security for people, facilities and assets - all with less cost and less effort. With AxxonSoft award-winning products and services, you’ll be guaranteed proactive monitoring and management. AxxonSoft makes this all happen with intelligent video surveillance systems, plug-and-play modules, and a core technology platform that enables users to get the benefit of a fully networked, interconnected infrastructure - without the cost and complexity of a new enterprise-level solution. Plus, our solutions are completely customizable and are quickly and easily deployed right out-of-the-box. Axxon Next open-platform video management system With Axxon Next next-generation open-platform Video Management System (VMS), you get intelligent video surveillance that saves you time and money, while increasing your security and ability to prevent problems. Every day organisations around the world — just like yours — use Axxon's solutions to build their business, increase their profitability, and satisfy their customers by providing the best integrated security systems available. Video surveillance systems based on Axxon Next can scale infinitely: there are no restrictions on the number of video . . .
eCommerce is set to increase in popularity and buy-in consumers in South Africa in 2017. This is due to a number of supporting trends of greater variety offered by online shopping sites, the evolution of eCommerce websites offer Android and ISO shopping app's. South African consumers are increasingly turning to compare e-commerce shops when looking for, and purchase a variety of items. 26% of respondents of a recent survey do their first online purchase in June 2015 - a massive recent survey compared to the total number of new online shopping for the period July 2015 - June 2016 (14%). "According to Kevin Tucker, founder of Price Check" The use of mobile devices - such as the smartphones is an important consideration for online retailers in terms of ensuring mobile-friendly online display settings, in presenting the development of mobile applications and the introduction of new payment options. While the majority of the mobile online shopping transactions tend to take place on desktops, shopping programs that are easy and convenient to use on mobile devices is likely to increase in popularity in South Africa this year. In today's app-centric world, research suggests that customers prefer using the mobile web as a place to shop when compared to eCommerce apps. This means that having a high-performing, responsive site is just as important as investing in an app. This data also suggests that: 31% of consumers prefer shopping on the mobile web against the use of a smartphone app. 52% of mobile phone retail turnover is expected to come from the Web in 2017. 62% of smartphone shoppers use to find their mobile for products in online store. 47% of shoppers say they have a mobile website directly against 21% who say they use app a dealer in online shopping. The majority of online retailers under-utilise their chance to sell through a responsive eCommerce website. The big advantage now is that the latest App Technology has the ability to . . .
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017. "You can celebrate Earth Hour in a slightly different and completely guilt free way," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar who says that using green energy is the biggest and most visible way to make a noise for climate change. "Celebrate your commitment to our planet and your installation of energy saving solar panels on your roof by shining a light onto them during earth hour with the rest of your property in darkness," suggests Straton. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the parent organisation of Earth Hour and started Earth Hour with teams and partners in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 with a lights-off event. Starting in 2007 as a single-city event, Earth Hour is now celebrated across all continents. In the past decade, as global climate efforts gained momentum, Earth Hour has helped bridge the gap between the grassroots and the corridors of power, taking climate action from conference rooms to living rooms. It has empowered millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF and many others, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action. From the shores of Argentina where Earth Hour helped mobilize public support for the creation of a 3.4 million hectare-wide marine protected area, to the heart of Uganda where local communities and businesses helped create the first Earth Hour forest, the movement’s impact has been a game-changer for popularizing climate action. "We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about. For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives," said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour . . .
Creatives, developers and business strategists looking to seize an amazing opportunity to showcase their talents are invited to register for #CreativeHack2017. Taking place on 25 and 26 March 2017 at the V&A Waterfront’s Workshop17, this innovative 48-hour hackathon will see creatives and techies networking and pitching to industry leaders such as John Sanei and Alistair King. Hackathons provide a unique environment for inspiration and networking and are on the rise both globally and in South Africa. But gone are the days when these pressure-cooker initiatives were aimed exclusively at techies. #CreativeHack2017 – hosted by Tiger Tail Digital in association with HackON, hosted by Workshop17 – is for all creatives, who will be pitching their ideas for Tiger Tail’s brand identity. Trend specialist, business strategist, author and serial entrepreneur, and on his way to study at the highly revered Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University, John Sanei will be MC for #CreativeHack2017. “Hackathons provide a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate talent to a key audience so I’m looking forward to seeing what creative genius we uncover,” says Sanei. The judging panel includes Alistair King, founding creative partner of King James Group, Sabine Heckmann, Natasha Williams, Farai Madzima, Nikki Stokes and Julie Maunder. The initiative will ultimately form part of a clever launch campaign for Tiger Tail Digital, a specialist workforce solutions provider focused on digital skills recruitment. Natasha Williams, Managing Director of Tiger Tail Digital explains, “77% of organisations see digital transformation as their top strategic priority – but only 17% have the digital skills onboard to make it happen. That’s the gap Tiger Tail is helping to close – we’re a strong team of Agile trained specialists, operating in very specific areas to ensure we really understand the right skillset and fit. This space is not about matching a CV to a job, it’s about thinking . . .
Zenzeleni Networks is a project developed at the UWC's Computer Science that facilitates the sustainable creation of community-owned ISPs in the most disadvantaged rural areas of South Africa. Zenzeleni Network is a semi-finalist at the Mozilla's Equal Rating Innovation Challenge that was presented in New York. We are trying to get the public to vote for Zenzeleni as the voting closes at midnight on Thursday 16 March 2017. All you have to do is click on the link provided. https://equalrating.com/vote/ Zenzeleni Networks, is a bottom-up telecommunications co-operatives that allows the most disadvantaged rural areas of South Africa to self-provide affordable communications at a fraction of the cost. With South Africa’s internet penetration about 50%, projects like this will help grow the digital footprint of the country and provide more communities with access to the World Wide Web. Mozilla is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to putting you in control of your online experience and shaping the future of the Web for the public good. mozilla.org The Zenzeleni website: zenzeleni.net and the video about the project itself is in IsiXhosa with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxTPSWMX26M Another shorter video from Mozilla where the project was present in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Cto3BG6DM CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Samsung’s Women Technical Programme was an ‘Invigorating Challenge’ Graduate says it’s a fantastic opportunity for females to make a significant contribution to the technical industry JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 13 March, 2017 – The electronics repair industry is a field that has traditionally been dominated by men, which is why Samsung Electronics South Africa has been running its Women Technical Programme with the aim of helping to level the playing field. To date the programme has trained 20 female students at their academy in Boksburg. The syllabus consisted of ten modules and eight weeks practical training, with new subjects being initiated on an on-going basis. Nosipho Majola (23), from Thembisa, was one of the original group trainees and explains that after completing matric in 2011, she went on to study at the Ekurhuleni West College, focusing on electrical infrastructure, systems and principles, as well as digital and electronics. “After college I spent a few months doing various jobs, seeking work and life experience, so I did a bit of everything and it exposed me to so much. At one stage, I waitressed at a convention centre where I had the chance to speak to a lot of influential people. That awoke a fire in me as I realised I also wanted to become an influential person. This made me determined to go back and study further,” Majola says. To this end, she enrolled part time at the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy and completed a two-year course in Electronics and Information Technology, after which she was selected to participate in the Samsung Woman Technical Programme. “The most challenging part of the course was the fact that the work was so in-depth and we focused on a wide range of mobile devices and tablets. We had many modules to complete so it felt like I was running a marathon, at times I was worried that I wasn’t going to finish,” explains Majola, who persevered to meet the demands of the programme through her dedication . . .
Johannesburg, 2017. Fincheck, a financial services and loan comparisons site, recently announced it’s personal financial management tool, MyFincheck Finances. The MyFincheck Finances tool aims to make South Africans more financially savvy and improve their financial health. Through Fincheck’s integration with 127 financial service providers in South Africa, your personal financial data can be managed under one dashboard, everything from your current credit score to your cash flow and transactions. Fincheck’s integration with financial service providers, allows for an easy and secure link between your bank account and your own personal finance dashboard. Security has not been compromised with bank level security around your personal and banking information. The Features of Fincheck’s financial management tool include, one free credit score check and four more automated checks that occur quarterly. The credit check can be conveniently downloaded in PDF format should you wish to use it to apply for a loan or lease. The dashboard provides you with data of your assets, liabilities and your net worth. The tool also shows your exact transaction history with the option to edit the category you would associate your transaction with. An important feature of the MyFincheck Finances tool is that it prompts users to save more as it recalls how much you have saved to date. The status of your loans is easily accessible with the MyFincheck Finances tool, revealing your current loan situation and the amount you are indebted for. The SovTech development team was able to get the personal financial tool up and running in just over two and a half months, when asked about the Fincheck’s integration and how difficult this was to achieve, Gina Bergh, project manager for the development project revealed, “Whilst the project was driven by tight deadlines and included great complexity we are very happy with the outcome of MyFinances. The tool has proven to be very powerful for users, . . .