“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.
The Broke Ass Showcase is an event that celebrates and promotes youth creativity and excellence by providing our digital trailblazers with a physical platform to showcase their works. Hosted at The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct with MC’s Nikiwe Buhlalu and Thabo Rametsi, a crowd that eclipsed 100 guests were treated to some incredible content in the form of live music and comedy as well as the screening of web-series, short films and an exclusive sneak peek preview of upcoming South African horror film, Tokoloshe. The evening kicked off with a DJ set by Stickx followed by a pair of screenings from Broke Ass Independents