Ubiquitous broadband as an enabler to transform the lives of ordinary South Africans.

In 2014, the Telkom Centre of Excellence (CoE) network’s flagship conference, SATNAC, was brought back to the Eastern Cape province. SATNAC 2014 took place at The Boardwalk, in Port Elizabeth, from the 31st of August to the 3rd of September. Its theme, Ubiquitous broadband as an enabler to transform the lives , was relevant towards delivering broadband to all by year 2020.

The event’s welcome address was delivered by Rhodes University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (and former Rhodes University CoE Head), Dr Peter Clayton, while the keynote address by Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

The main aspects of the SATNAC conference series are the plenary sessions and presentations by the international telecommunications vendor community, and the participation of Masters and PhDs researchers linked to the 16 national CoEs. Of the 91 student oral presentations, 5 were given by Siyakhula Living Lab researchers based at the Rhodes and Fort Hare universities. A further 4 of 30 posters were displayed on the first day of the conference.

The researchers were accompanied by the Rhodes and Fort Hare CoE Heads, Prof Alfredo Terzoli and Dr Khulumani Sibanda.

Android Mobile Application development series: A step towards building an Eastern Cape Developer community

A small East London developer community has seen the start of exciting developer activities, thanks to the multi-stakeholder collaboration between the Eastern Cape CoLab, the Makana Apps Factory, WSU, Rhodes University and University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape IT Initiative and the East London Industrial Development Zone’s Science and Technology Park.

As a start, this community were involved in a 20-seat, three part Android Mobile Development workshop series started on the 29th of May, with the second session scheduled for the 25th of July. The facilitator, Prof Mamello Thinyane, presented a much commended, captivating session, assisted by the workshop coordinater Sibukele Gumbo.

The workshop series demonstrates the willingness of the SLL team (from Rhodes and Fort Hare) to develop the Eastern Cape community where possible. It also strongly indicates the need for support for the Eastern Cape developer community by provincial organisations.

Follow the progress of the workshop series here.