Welcome to Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct. Setswana for “new beginnings”, Tshimologong is one of Johannesburg’s newest high-tech addresses in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein. Owned by the University of The Witwatersrand, Tshimologong is where the incubation of Digital entrepreneurs, commercialization of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youth takes place.
We exist to fulfil our “Africa Rising” destiny by producing world class developers, entrepreneurs and innovators of digital technology. The Tshimologong Precinct is a digital innovation ecosystem in Braamfontein that propels entrepreneurship and grows the skills pipeline for the digital economy through collaboration with academia, corporates, government and entrepreneurs. Tshimologong provides an exemplar for similar University-based incubators across Africa.
“This is the latest outcome of the joint partnership between IBM Research and Wits, which started in 2016 when IBM opened its second lab in Africa in Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg,” said Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Wits Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs.
31-year-old South African engineer Neo Hutiri has added another prize to the pile his Pelebox concept has already won: the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
Hutiri is the first South African to win the prestigious medal – and accompanying £25,000 (R470,000) cash prize – from the London-based organisation.
DJ Sabby and Tshepi Mabs spoke to our Chief storyteller, Kendal Makgamathe to find out about we do and who we do it with. Have a listen… https://echocast.fabrik.fm/pLXW3Xqp8mDBKr
This month has been a busy one for the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.
The organisation has signed official partnership agreements with the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA) and the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM).
MIT Global Startup Labs is back! Running from the 18 June – 12 July 2019. If you’re a 2nd/3rd-year university student with an innovative solution or interest in the following fields – look no further: Machine learning Artificial intelligence Apply via here before here before closing date on the 10 June 2019
Channel Africa’s Asanda Beda caugt up with two of the ten Digital Lab Africa project winners , Lwazi Msipha, the founder of Old Fashioned Youngin South African winner in the Animation category and Shaka Ramulifho, for project SUNKAMBE winner in the Digital Music category. Lwazi and Shaka’s interview starts at 2:42 mins Listen here