Samsung, SA varsity, collaborate on African mobile

INNOVATIONS

|
Image: By BizTechAfrica
Samsung, SA varsity, collaborate on African mobile

Samsung Electronics and the University of Cape Town in South Africa have launched a multi-million dollar partnership to develop innovative mobile phone applications in response to unique African needs.

The UCT Samsung Mobile Innovation Laboratory (SMILe) – Samsung’ s first innovation unit in Africa – is a multi-million dollar project that aims to increase mobile innovation and skills development.

The partners in the joint venture include UCT’ s Information Systems Department and the Computer Science Department as well as the Cape IT incubator, Bandwidth Barn. The lab has been launched for an initial period of three years.

Professor Gary Marsden of Computer Science said: “ The UCT Samsung Mobile Innovation Lab has been established due to the awareness that the African continent in general, and South Africa in particular, poses unique challenges, constraints and opportunities in respect of innovative mobile applications. There is a need for a creative application development space where innovative ideas responding to these unique opportunities can be explored. Opportunities for innovative African mobile applications have been identified both in the individual user and social development markets.

“ This is the first time that a multi-disciplinary laboratory of this nature has been developed and we are committed to exploring how Samsung mobile technology might be used by African students to address technology needs within Africa.”

The laboratory is the brainchild of Professor Jean-Paul Van Belle, head of Information Systems at UCT, who said: “ We are very excited at the opportunity to showcase the great innovative talent of our students. The Department of Information Systems at UCT is recognised internationally as an ideal environment for nurturing the innovation professionals of the future and we are delighted that Samsung has selected our campus as its first research partner in Africa.

General Manager of Bandwidth Barn, Chris Vermeulen added: “ Each year, between 10 and 20 prototype mobile applications will be developed and the most promising of these will be fast-tracked into Cape Town’ s business incubator, the Bandwidth Barn with the view to commercialise the technology. The laboratory will also provide a rich source of material for research.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE INNOVATIONS NEWS

BIH and SaiS bring Demola to Botswana

Ville Kairamo and Jere Wessman of Demola Network The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has brought to the country, together with Southern African Innovation Support (SaiS) programme and Demola bring the Demola Collaboration in Southern Africa Workshop, to be held at the Lansmore hotel in the capital.  Read More

Malawi uses ICT to promote public health messages in interactive radio drama campaign

Malawi has developed an innovative and highly successful interactive communications campaign in a quest to solve problems surrounding public health in the country.  Read More

2015 Youth mHealth Innovation competition now on

Botswana’s 2015 mHealth Innovation Competition has been launched with much promise from those taking part to excel beyond limit.  Read More

Two African leaders unite to boost innovation on the continent

The UCT Graduate School of Business and MTN have formed a multi-million rand partnership to catalyse sustainable innovation in emerging markets. Read More

Africa 118 launches online business directory

 Ezana Raswork, founder and Chief Executive of Africa 118 You can now find local services in Uganda at the click of the button, with the launch of Africa 118’s online directory. Read More

Agriculture startups stand to win $50,000 each in seed funding

Innovators have two weeks left to apply for an accelerator programme for agriculture in East Africa.  Read More

Airtel, UP Magazine to award key change-makers

Airtel has partnered with UP Magazine to launch a first of its kind awards to reward innovative elements in Kenyan society. Read More

MasterCard launches $50m fund to boost rural financial services

The MasterCard Foundation has launched a US$50 million challenge fund to improve the lives of smallholder farmers by enabling businesses to begin or expand financial services in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.   Read More

Ghanaian startup Beam heads for Seedstars World Final

Seedstars World, the most exclusive startup competition for emerging markets and fast growing startups, is bringing Ghana-based startup Beam to Geneva for its Final Event on February 4.  Read More

Minister tours Botswana Innovation Hub projects

Botswana’s Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, took time for a tour of some of the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) projects on a familiarisation mission.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

2bn priced out of internet access2bn priced out of internet access

A new report from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that the price of broadband remains prohibitive for billions in developing and emerging countries, with women and rural dwellers hardest hit.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.