Samsung, SA varsity, collaborate on African mobile
INNOVATIONS| April 4, 2011, 2:09 p.m.
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.”
MORE INNOVATIONS NEWS
WAITRO agitates for knowledge transfer into solutionsThe World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations (WAITRO) and African Research Organisations are meeting in Gaborone to chart a way forward that will see a transfer of technological knowledge into solutions for the improvement of lives. Read More
African Innovators stun 2016 Global Innovation CompetitionAt the recent Global Innovation Competition awards staged in Accra, five young African innovators from Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Mozambique were awarded with various cash prizes to help them to develop and implement their innovative idea to benefit their respective communities. Read More
Hospitium brings 7D cinema to BotswanaHospitium, a 100 percent youth owned entertainment company, is changing Botswana’s cinema landscape by ushering in the 7D cinema experience. Read More
BIH Science, Technology Park opening in 2016The Innovation Hub conceived Science and Technology Park, which is being constructed on the fringes of the Botswana Diamond Park and Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, is expected to be ready for use during the current year. Read More
Nigerian students in electric car crowdfunding driveA group of Mechanical Engineering students from the University of Lagos has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support development of a zero-emission automobile built to reduce global warming. Read More
Government upbeat about hosting the IPA awardsBotswana is celebrating 50 years of independence in September this year and the pronouncement that the country is going to host the the 5th Innovation Prize for Africa event in Gaborone in the same year is a welcome development. Read More
Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 comes to BotswanaBotswana has won the bid to host the fifth annual Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). IPA is a landmark programme of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa. Read More
Volvo Cars, Ericsson developing intelligent media streaming for self-driving carsVolvo Cars is looking ahead to when its drivers can sit back and enjoy free time in their car on the daily commute. Read More
BITRI sets new research targetsThe Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) is already looking into 2016 with a cocktail of new research projects that will set apart the institution as the leader in innovation in the country. Read More
Royal Click to connect municipalities with the peopleRoyal Click has come up with an innovative application that helps local authorities and residents solve issues that affect them on a daily basis. Read More
FEATURED STORYNigeria satellite resources to boost economic growth
The Management of NigComSat says Nigeria’s satellite resources are primed to help the nation in accelerating robust ICT infrastructure to boost economic development for the country.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
COMPANY NEWSMTN and Ericsson lead the way with first LTE-U network
To future proof its business, MTN SA, together with Ericsson, has successfully trialled LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) at MTN’s flagship channel store in Morningside, Johannesburg.