The organisers of eKasi Tech Fest say it’s “all systems go” for the much-anticipated technology event taking place from 18 to 20 October 2018, at the Dlamini Multipurpose Centre in Soweto. Over the three days, the festival will host a number of relevant platforms including the Gauteng Gaming Community Cup, interactive Panel Discussions and Exhibitions. The eKasi Tech Fest will provide Indie Game Developers with the opportunity to present their games and stand a chance to be incubated by Maxum Digital. Building up to the event will be a series of talks hosted in partnership with Maxum Digital every last Thursday of the month. The Maxum eKasi Gaming Talks will be a platform to share knowledge with key industry players on issues related to the township tech and gaming eco-system. In addition, eKasi Tech Fest is calling out to Gamers across Gauteng to take part in the Gauteng Gaming Community Cup Tournament. The GGCT final will take place at the tech festival on 20 October 2018. There will be knock-out stages that will take place in different regions within province, starting in August. All aspiring Gamers in Gauteng are requested to apply on our website or send their details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded by the Soweto based i-Village Foundation, the eKasi Tech Fest has the key objective of bridging the digital divide and enable township communities to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution to ensure sustainable development. Gauteng entrepreneurs, students, gamers and the general public are invited to come and be exposed to the latest technology developments, at no cost. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available on request. For further enquiries, please contact email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org or go www.e-kasifest.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Shaping Africa's digital future – AfricaCom launches FREE headliner conference tracks with world-class speaker line-up. London, 12 July 2018 - Whether your focus is connectivity infrastructure, disruptive technologies, digital services or ICT strategy, AfricaCom 2018 – 13 to 15 November at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa - will be the place to be to shape Africa’s digital future. AfricaCom in 2018, turns 21 and will be bigger and better than ever, taking into account the ever increasing influence of technology on everyday lives. As a result, several new features will be launched this year. As always though, the world’s largest Africa-focused technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) event, will offer visitors and delegates the prospect to discover and conclude business opportunities, as well as network with some of the most progressive minds in the sector. More than 30 of these thought-leaders, over three days, will advance the conversation around Africa’s digital transformation through a series of expert sessions - the AfricaCom Headliners - which are free of charge to all registered visitors this year. “We made a decision to open up a number of key conference areas, as we recognise the importance and significance of the conversations taking place around a multitude of topics all connected by the backbone of technology,” commented Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of KNect365, organisers of AfricaCom. “The more people involved in these discussions, the quicker Africa will advance towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Where do Telcos fit in the digital ecosystem? With greater connectivity comes greater responsibility and a requirement for new business models to address this latest era of communications. As the conduit for all this connectivity, telcos will need to explore how they can connect the next 1 billion and unlock the true value of Africa’s digital transformation – beyond the commercial. Addressing these issues, the Headliners . . .
South Africa, Johannesburg, Turbine Art Fair 2018, 11 July 2018 The quintessential little town of Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape of South Africa has recently hosted two Ivorian residents over the past few months - Paul Sika and Jean-Luc Gosse have proved to be a wonderful addition to the familiar characters of the area. Keeping most of the community on their toes about their “big project” and why on earth they would decide to reside in the smallest of villages amongst the tight-knit community of the Riebeek Valley, the dynamic duo have finally completed the first debut of Ponguibou studio’s Transmedia production - The Boy And The Cauliflowers - first to be exhibited at Turbine Art Fair 2018 in Johannesburg from 12-15 July. Paul Sika is previously known for his powerful storytelling through his colourful and vibrant photographs that represent various narratives of Africa in technicolour-saturation. His photographs are known to explore the impact of creativity and thought on society. Being acclaimed for his work on a worldwide platform, Paul humbly acknowledges that his role as “Paul Sika- The Photographer” has been fulfilled and is on its way to growing into something bigger than himself. Thus, the brainchild of Paul, Ponguibou and the story of The Boy And The Cauliflowers originated. At a more personal level, Paul explains that his vision is to “dissolve” Paul Sika and form something completely new. He felt a shift, wanting to manifest a certain universe, that he had acquired when creating these evocative photographs - but what he was seeing was something much greater in a different light, he had envisioned an illustration-based world and no longer a photo-based world. This project allows Paul and his team to narrate the stories from his internal universe using a different medium altogether, incorporating his love for computers and technology with his love for art. After having completed his studies in software engineering at the University of . . .
Pretoria, Gauteng - 6 July 2018 - Bounz Media (Pty) Ltd is pleased to announce its brand new social media platform. The team consisting of two 19-year-olds believe they have found a way to overcome the two biggest hurdles in social media today by allowing users to literally bounce interesting posts they have received by pulling them down and then having them sent onwards to all their followers. This process can continue indefinitely and allow the posts of people with a limited following to theoretically reach everyone on the platform. The ability for posts to be shared is not a new concept but Bounz places emphasis on this and “gamifies” the experience through a fun, interactive bouncing motion which incentivises sharing. Furthermore Bounz has been designed for the sharing of creative graphical posts to strangers and for that purpose only. What this means is that everything on Bounz is public and should be posted with that intention. This is significant because it solves the privacy issues that current platforms are battling with by providing no privacy and making that clear to users. Ishe Mabugu realised that most people are very creative and should not be limited to only being able to share posts with people that happen to follow them. Ishe had a brilliant idea to solve this problem with an app that allows posts to be bounced. Unfortunately Ishe is not a software developer and had to find a partner who could bring his idea to life. Ishe managed to get in contact with local coding prodigy, Gerhard de Clercq and the two have been working tirelessly for the past year to make Bounz a reality. Gerhard has pulled off a miracle to single-handedly craft a working prototype and work on completing an engineering degree (for which he is still currently top of his class) but simply cannot find the time necessary to bring the app up to public release standards. The team realised that they needed to find funding in order to complete their app but could not manage . . .
PDT wins Hypervsn™ partner status and rights to bring 3D holographic technology to South Africa. [Johannesburg, 04 July 2018] – Hypervsn™ (by Kino-mo) is a cutting-edge visual solution for creating, managing and displaying unique 3D video content with holographic effect. “Hypervsn™ is a cutting-edge visual solution for creating, managing and displaying unique 3D video content,” says Cornel van Lingen, PDT CEO. “We are always looking at new technologies and solutions that deliver that “wow” factor in terms of campaign capabilities, usability and practical applications. Partnering with Kino-mo is a logical (and exciting) step forward, helping us deliver on our brand promise to support client ambitions through cutting-edge innovations.” About Kino-mo’s Hypervsn™ solution Kino-mo is an award-winning British company developing hi-tech visual solutions. The company is backed by Sir Richard Branson and Mark Cuban, with its Hypervsn™ solution receiving an array of awards including Top 3 British Innovations of the Year. Over and above the obvious benefits to businesses in the retail and entertainment industries, Kino-mo’s Hypervsn™ technology offers practical applications for Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Automotive industries. The company was named among World’s 10 Most Impressive Technologies by Mashable and USA Today. PDTs Partner Status In order to qualify as a Hypervsn™ partner, PDT had to provide evidence of proven ability to deliver on a host of technical and operational competencies. “Kino-mo is strongly committed to launch Hypervsn™ technology and grow its footprint in South Africa,” says Kino-mo Co-founder, Art Stavenka. “We are thrilled that PDT will be bringing their profound experience and leadership to our global partnership network.” Commenting on the partnership, PDT Hypervsn™ Product Owner, John Paul Higgins said; “Over our 15 plus years’ existence we have seen many technologies come and go, we believe Kino-mo is . . .
Software as a Service technology company, e4 has reiterated its support for conveyancers and legal practitioners following a recent ruling in the Pretoria High Court, which found that administrative processes inherent to property transfers in South Africa should remain within the ambit of the legal fraternity. Despite the High Court’s dismissal of newly established ProxiSmart and its business model, which proposed aspects of administrative work within property transfers be dealt with outside the legal profession, ProxiSmart now plans to launch an appeal. “Conveyancers are highly skilled and qualified members of the legal profession and provide a specialised, professional service. For numerous reasons, our view is that it is in the public interest for this work to remain in practiced hands,” says Clive Bredenkamp, Head of e4’s Legal Studio division. Papers filed by ProxiSmart in the High Court suggest the use of a custom-built, partitioned conveyancing software platform. “For a newly established entity like ProxiSmart, it is our view that the creation of such a platform would take years to complete in order to cater for the level of functionality and integration with institutions as described in the court papers. e4 approached ProxiSmart twice with a written request for more detail on whether the platform has been built and its current state of readiness, or if they have engaged with an existing software vendor in this regard. ProxiSmart’s response was that it would not be appropriate to comment until the case before the court is finalised including the appeal. The judgment of the court states that it is common cause that ProxiSmart has not yet developed the software, but this gives no status as to how it is being built.” “Given that e4 is categorically not involved with this initiative, the market should be asking how this software platform is being or will be provided and by whom, with the intent on disrupting the conveyancing process,” notes . . .
The General Data Protection Act (GDPR) may set the guidelines for the collection and processing of personal data within the European Union (EU), but it also has far reaching global impact. Alongside South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), GDPR compliance has to be an essential part of business process and investment to minimise risk. For organisations that want the assurance of compliance without the complexity, GFI Unlimited provides a bundle of tools in one subscription that’s both GDPR and POPIA compliant. “GFI Unlimited is a Netflix-style software solution that allows organisations to pay one subscription fee to gain access to multiple tools and software packages,” says Henk Olivier, managing director at Ozone Information Security Solutions. “Launched earlier in 2018, the existing bouquet consists of 12 different software products that allow for organisations of any size to gain access to high-end, enterprise-level solutions and compliance. These services hand the business the visibility it needs into its systems and provides a full audit trail of the software or tools that are used by the business or managed service provider.” Organisations that process the data of EU citizens, organisations or employees have to ensure that they are compliant. The same goes for any business that provides full data services to EU partners, employees or persons. The primary areas that require compliance include data identification and classification tools, data encryption solutions, identity and access management, network security and breach prevention, email security, and audit trails and reporting. “GFI Unlimited includes tools for email security, email and data archiving, network security, network auditing and reporting,” concludes Olivier. “It can provide the business with reports and information around security and data breaches as well as potential hazards located on the network. The solution also advises on how to prevent certain security . . .
IMImobile SA has launched a new commercial messaging service, MiniMailers, a rich media messaging solution that is delivered directly to a consumer’s messaging inbox. MiniMailers has been successfully trialed with some of South Africa’s largest banks who were impressed with MiniMailer’s functionality, particularly for sending digital bank statements. Similar to Email, MiniMailers messages allow for the use of imagery, rich media and can be personalised for individual customers. The advantage of sending large volumes of customer communications for corporate enterprises through MiniMailers are lower distribution costs, significantly higher open rates and delivery attempts, including delivery reports, far more successful than email. The content delivered through MiniMailers is not reduced to the size of the receiving user’s mobile phone or screen. The content is sent to the user’s mobile messaging inbox where consumers can zoom and enlarge content as if it were a standard email message. MiniMailers capitalises on the current gap in the market between email and MMS-based customer communications. Furthermore, the service is designed for local market conditions where a limited number of consumers are connected to the Internet via laptops and desktops. Devon Meerholz, Chief Creative Officer at IMImobile SA commented: “Customer communications are now being designed specifically for mobile-first environments and I anticipate that consumers in South African will increasingly start to receive messages from businesses that stand out from regular text-based messages. MiniMailer messages deliver greater levels of customer interaction due to their rich media content, interactive display as well as being highly personalised.” “South Africa is very much a mobile-first market which means the majority of consumers never check their email on personal computers, with over 75% of all website traffic originating from mobile devices. MiniMailers are designed to offer . . .
Is your finance department ready to manage unpredictable change? Financial transformation has a new buzzword – OCF – the outperforming CFO Framework that enables finance organisations striving to focus more effort into driving business outcomes. WNS, a leading global business process management company, will be introducing this cutting-edge framework, designed to manage and handle unpredictable changes, at two events aimed at CFOs and finance leaders in Cape Town on the 21st of August 2018, followed up by an event in Johannesburg on the 23rd of August 2018. Targeting outperforming CFOs These two exclusive events will provide valuable insights to CFOs and finance leaders into how they can improve shareholder value by revealing market insights and a competitor landscape assessment that will demonstrate the “Art of Possibilities” in enhancing working capital management. The event will also focus on how to build an agile business model by analysing future readiness of the industry, taking into account multiple business disruptors and readiness levers. Last, but not least, it will explore how to build a best-in-class finance organisation through a benchmarking and maturity assessment for defining the transformation roadmap to enhancing business outcomes of the finance organisation. Challenging the norm WNS offers business value to 300+ global clients by combining operational excellence with deep domain expertise and is ideally positioned to help clients assist and transform their finance and accounting (F&A) function through their proprietary Outperforming CFO Framework (OCF). Their Proprietary OCF tool defies the traditional model of benchmarking with maturity assessments that encompass the overall end-to-end finance environment. It is executed by experts spanning across domains to analyse, build and implement a robust transformation roadmap to achieve optimal results with minimal effort from an organisation’s day-to-day resources. The OCF tool . . .
Help your customers understand why workplace noise affects productivity and profitability. And how they can fix it. Today, work happens everywhere — in busy open-plan offices and contact centers, at home, even coffee shops. This flexibility is great for business and people, but with it comes a new challenge: noise. Distraction caused by noise reduces productivity and well-being and, in contact centers, detracts from a positive customer experience. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to recover from distraction, and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day. That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where they work. Together, we can help your customers reduce distractions caused by noise so their businesses can thrive. Plantronics in South Africa offers several solutions for managing noise. This week we focus on the Voyager 6200 UC, a Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds that offers professional-grade audio and versatility. On any given day, you might need to collaborate with colleagues remotely, field calls from customers or listen to music to help you focus on your latest project. Now there’s a headset that’s flexible enough to meet the demands of your role inside the office and out. Voyager 6200 UC offers everything you’d expect from Plantronics — active-noise canceling, clear voice transmission and premium audio — in a versatile Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds. Intuitive controls make it easy to use, and the neckband vibrates to signal an incoming call. Voyager 6200 UC is so comfortable and low-profile that you can use it all day long, in the office and on the go. IT Managers The professionals in your organization have different roles, responsibilities and work styles, so why offer them . . .