Month: March 2010

Improving the Knowledge Exchange landscape on the Cape Flats using Web2.0

Improving the Knowledge Exchange landscape on the Cape Flats using Web2.0

One of our papers titled “Improving the knowledge exchange landscape in the Cape Flats, a developing community in South Africa” published in the South African Journal of Information Management (SAJIM) explores the use of Web 2.0 services to ease the access to information by people living in a socially and economically deprived area. Even more …

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Stephen Fry on Mobile Phones

Stephen Fry on Mobile Phones

Below is an exclusive interview with writer, broadcaster, actor and self confessed technophile Stephen Fry. In this video he describes his passion for mobile technology, and his excitement at visiting the Mobile World Congress for the first time.

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Kontax: A M4Lit study

Kontax: A M4Lit study

Increasingly popular South African Mobile Social Network MXit have attracted various media attention over the past years, but recently Shuttleworth Foundation’s m4Lit project commissioned a teen m-novel (novel written to be read on mobile phones), entitled Kontax that could possibly change the literacy landscape for many youth who do not have access to literacy resources …

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Meeting with Taneli Tikka – Ex Dopplr, IRC-Galleria

Meeting with Taneli Tikka – Ex Dopplr, IRC-Galleria

This evening I had the privilege meeting with Taneli Tikka a self professed serial entrepreneur. He has been CEO of a large number of Finnish technology companies including IRC-Galleria, RuntoShop and many others. He also served on the executive board for Dopplr a popular travel social network that was acquired by Nokia during 2009 for …

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Social Media for Social Change – South African Edition

Social Media for Social Change – South African Edition

Below just a presentation to indicate some of the activities at RLabs and how we using Social Media for Social Change. These include Social Media training with mothers and women from Cape Flats community (Mom 3.0), ex-drug addicts and unemployed (The Reconstructed), Senior Mobile Sessions and Social Media for Teenagers. Other activities also includes the …

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FREE eBook: Enhancing Innovation in South Africa

FREE eBook: Enhancing Innovation in South Africa

Localised solutions and innovations are indispensable tools for facilitating local appropriation and socio-economic development. By co-opting and engaging the creative aspirations of end-users through a consensual participatory process, the likelihood of successful adoption and buy-in is greatly enhanced. A key driving force for innovation in a variety of sectors is the proactive and inspired engagement …

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Let’s chat…with Mel

Let’s chat…with Mel

Thanks to Christopher Mills for the recommendation I appeared on a local TV talk show “Let’s chat … with Mel” hosted by the beautiful Melanie Bala. I had the opportunity to share more about how women on the Cape Flats was using blogging as a tool for social change to share stories and messages of …

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First few days in Finland Helsinki

First few days in Finland Helsinki

This week has been an exciting adventure for research, development, business and innovation. First it was a visit to the new Aalto University where I am hosted by Prof. Matti Hämäläinen and we were discussing the role of mobile phones in emerging countries. With the UN research report suggesting 5 Billion mobile devices by the …

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Vodacom and RLabs Community Information Challenge 2010

Vodacom and RLabs Community Information Challenge 2010

Vodacom and RLabs have teamed up to bring you the “Community Information Challenge 2010”. Many people in local communities have mobile phones and use them for voice and text. However, the use of mobile Internet is growing fast and can be used to enhance local communities. The mobile Internet can be used to share many …

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Visit to Finland

Visit to Finland

Well it has been a few months since my last visit to Finland but I will be making my way back to one of my favourite countries in the world tomorrow. I will be staying in Helsinki and this visit has such an exciting iternary that includes visits to Aalto University, University of Applied Science, …

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