Newly appointed Tshimologong Precinct CEO, Lesley Donna Williams, says that while digital disruption has largely been consumer-facing, manufacturing industries and natural resource sectors are starting to take both a human-centered approach, as well as looking to technology to assist with improvements and innovative ways to move these industries forward.
Setswana for “new beginnings”, Tshimologong is Johannesburg’s newest high-tech address in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein, where the incubation of start-ups, the commercialisation of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youths takes place.
The Precinct was launched in September 2016 with support from major companies including Microsoft, Cisco, Datacentrix, Telkom, ACSA and MMI. Gauteng Province through its Department of E-Government and the City of Johannesburg have also provided significant support.
The Precinct also houses the prestigious IBM Research’s Lab Africa – one of only 12 such facilities in the world.
In collaboration with RIIS, the Precinct hosted Mine.D: Zero Harm – a digitally-inspired hackathon in November 2017. The hackathon focused on Mixed Reality (MR) and Internet of Things (IoT) within the health and safety space of the mining sector.
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