“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.
Airports Company of South Africa and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, earlier this year launched a search for disruptive and innovative developers to come up with a suitable Single Sign On (SSO) access management system.
The exercise has come to its conclusion and the two finalists were locked down to a hackathon set out to find a unique and impactful security solution utilising a Single Sign On (SSO) approach.
Johannesburg-based team, Authentic8, was announced as the ultimate winner with its unique identity management authentication solution and team Wakanda, with its “bringing it together” solution, placed second.