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Pandemics & Wars: There’s an app for that

May 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the early days of the Ukraine invasion, IT enthusiasts on quadbikes helped prevent a colossal 65km Russian tank convoy from reaching Ukraine’s capital. Armed with drones and night-vision goggles they ambushed the tanks and supply points during a series of night raids. Blocked by wreckage and paralysed by fuel shortages, 15,000 soldiers and heavy …

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May 22 2020

Ventilator Makers: The Plan C Team

According to last night’s Vent-Con 2020 conference, about 10,000 people worldwide are trying to build ventilators to help solve the anticipated shortage due to COVID19. Highly qualified speakers from various countries shared a panel to showcase their projects, discuss design considerations and help get teams from “workbench to deployment”. I was interested in all these …

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Nov 18 2019

Academic writing for meaning and clarity: An online course from WitsX

Everyone writes, but we don’t always write effectively and with our readers in mind. This course is aimed at postgraduate students in any field and includes principles and practices of writing well in an academic context (click here to enrol). Whether you are writing articles, reports or emails, the principles in this course are widely …

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Oct 15 2019

[Book Review] “Red Notice” by Bill Browder

From hedge fund manager to Russian fugitive; Bill Browder and his international quest for justice. Bill Browder made Billions of dollars for his clients; his lawyer was tortured and killed in a Russian jail and the world’s human rights movement applauds him for the Magnitsky Act – a tour de force of human rights legislation. Most of this book you …

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Jan 13 2019

[Book Review] The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes all Americans should be given $1000 per month from the government, this is his Universal Basic Income proposal which he hopes will help him win the White House next year. Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and other leading tech thinkers support similar proposals and Yang says UBI will help avoid a …

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Sep 18 2018

FNB and Entelect: Skills Partnership for Business Value

FNB Business Banking serves nearly a million clients; these businesses are the lifeblood of communities and depend on our range of financial solutions. In addition to great products, our service sets us apart in the industry and is one of the reasons we have been voted Best Business Bank 5 years running. Whether a small …

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Sep 12 2018

ITU 2018: African connectivity for local solutions

Africa’s first hosting of the largest telecomms conference in the world was an important opportunity for the industry to showcase South Africa to the 91 attending countries. Not just Durban’s beautiful foreshore and local cuisine but the innovation of a sector that Nelson Mandela urged in 1995 to work towards “information riches” for all countries. …

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Sep 10 2018

“This is how we do things in South Africa” – President Cyril Ramaphosa opens ITU World 2018

In welcoming 91 countries to Durban, Ramaphosa has stressed the importance of bridging the digital divide to create an inclusive society. This builds on the theme of Nelson Mandela’s speech at Africa’s first ITU in Geneva during 1995 when he said that telecommunications can help developing countries become “information rich”. Ramaphosa also hopes that the …

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Sep 5 2018

Leaderex 2018: Agility, the future of banking and SME support

11000 people packed into the Sandton Convention Centre for Africa’s largest annual gathering of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs. Featuring over 250 talks and exhibitions at this year’s event it is a market place of ideas covering venture capital, education, digital, insurtech, AI, banking and much more. During the day I presented a talk on …

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Aug 31 2018

FNB Portside hosts SA-UK Forum

The views of Table Mountain from the top floor of our Portside building in Cape Town are outstanding. Even more so when the British Prime Minister stood in front of them recently to open the SA-UK business forum. An historical, first ever visit to Africa for Theresa May she brought a high profile delegation of …

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Aug 16 2018

AI 2018: Lessons for humans, selfies with robots

ITWeb’s “Meeting of the Minds” Artificial Intelligence conference took place in Johannesburg recently. Keynote speaker and professor of ethics Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe called for future-proofing AI with responsible design. Named one of Netherland’s top 400 influential women she is driving ethical-robotics thinking through her research and foundation work. She cited examples of human fatalities …

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Aug 7 2018

“I Will” – A surfer’s code for a personal mission

World champion surfer and motivational speaker Shaun Tomson inspires thousands of people every year to take their next wave by committing to 12 simple and personal statements of intent. School kids, students, corporate teams and CEOs have all experienced the power of his message – one that was developed in the highs and lows of …

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Jul 17 2018

“A Disciplined Viewpoint” with Scott Ambler and Mark Lines

IndigoCube’s Business Agility 2018 offered expert insights from two leading Agile thinkers who have practiced their craft for decades with leading companies around the world. Building on their key roles in the Agile movement, they have developed and applied ways to help teams “Be Awesome”, especially in complex transformational journeys. Their Disciplined Agile framework drives …

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