GIBS held a very interesting forum evening at their auditorium the other day. Titled The Fourth Industrial Revolution, an array of new-tech savvy speakers took to the floor and shared their views.
Bani Kgosana, Solomon Assefa, and Aki Anastasiou were all full of interesting thought-provoking stuff. David Bullock talked about 3D printing, which, after all the hype, is still pretty remarkable. The ability of this tool to produce masses of customised items such as orthodontics stands out for me.
Stephen Narsoo took the biscuit in my opinion, but then I am particularly biased toward his topic of smart cities. He brings an entrepreneurial attitude to smart city development which, while sometimes seeming a little idealistic to me (I can just imagine how hard it must be to work with committees who run cities) he was clearly very in touch with the problems and opportunities, and seemed to have some workable solutions. He also spoke with passion and enthusiasm!
Q&A afterwards was the cherry on top. With the problems and potential at the confluence of South African cities and tech, discussions n this territory can only be provocative!
Speakers and their talks
- Stephen Narsoo, entrepreneur and co-founder of Kite, a lab for developing creative digital technologies
- David Bullock, MD, 3D Printing
- Bani Kgosana, Chief Operating Officer at Britehouse – A Division of Dimension Data
- Solomon Assefa, Director, IBM Research – Africa
- Aki Anastasiou, Technobyte, Talk Radio 702
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