Exploring the relationship between universities and digital technology innovation hubs
Prof. Barry Dwolatzky
Dwolatzky is professor of software engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and is the founder and director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). He is passionate about South Africa’s information and communications technology sector and believes that Africa’s youth must be given opportunities to develop digital solutions to the continent’s many challenges. This offers a solution to the endemic problem of youth unemployment. In 2013/14, Dwolatzky was named South Africa’s IT Personality of the Year, an honour he shared with Mteto Nyati, then head of Microsoft South Africa and now CEO of MTN.
About the talk: A new model of innovation and entrepreneurship is driving the rapid growth of digital technology around the world. Digital hubs have been established in most major cities. From London to New York and from Nairobi to Cape Town, start-ups are being launched in these hubs. Many of the most innovative new digital products and services have been launched in technology hubs rather than university or corporate laboratories. In this talk, the very important relationship between universities and successful digital innovation hubs will be explored. Work being done at the University of the Witwatersrand to establish a hub in Braamfontein, Johannesburg’s inner city district, will be described.
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