Innovative Western Cape residents in the spotlight
Tomorrow, Alan Winde, will kick off a month-long programme focusing on innovation in the province’s public and private sector.
There will be a special focus on how residents are using innovation to respond to challenges and grow opportunities in their own communities.
Minister Winde’s programme starts at the ICAN Centre in Elsies River, where residents are registering for a range of tech and business skills courses. The centre has recorded 18 000 visits since its launch.
Minister Winde’s programme includes:
ICAN Centre, Elsies River
An initiative of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the ICAN centre is a digital skills training centre. Launched in 2015, Minister Winde will receive an update on the progress of the centre and the innovations being developed there.
Date: Tuesday, 4 July
Venue: ICAN Centre, Halt Road, Elsies River
The Barn Khayelitsha provides a space for young innovators from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain to work on their concepts. The Department of Economic Development and Tourism is supporting 40 entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, many of whom are seeking to respond to challenges in their own communities.
Date: Thursday, 6 July
Venue: corners of Spine and Mew roads, Khayelitsha
Elsenburg drone demonstration
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is playing a leading role in innovation in the sector. Minister Winde will attend a demonstration of the drone technology currently being piloted on the farm.
Date: Thursday, 19 July
Venue: Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Muldersvlei Road, Elsenburg
Absa Aliens, Absa’s development centre, is a training ground for talented young software developers.
Date: Monday, 24 July 2017
Venue: Absa, Block B, Ground Floor, Longkloof Studios, Darters Road, Gardens
Source: Government of South Africa