Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Today part of our team hosted a workshop with Government officials and University Faculty heads to test drive some of the options that they are considering as they build the new e-Literacy Collaborative Laboratory (Co-Lab). There were interesting discussions on some possible “thematic areas” that this Co-Lab will be responsible for. The final thematic area that will be determined will be based on what the province’s priorities and the impacts on business and civil society. The 3 critical issues in South Africa that must be addressed are: Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality. Some current examples of ‘thematic areas’ being considered are things like ‘rural’, ‘tourism’, ‘mining’, etc. The final Co-Lab thematic area will be selected by the team next week and will be based on the ongoing research and analysis work. This new Co-Lab will be based in Mafikeng, South Africa at the “North West University” where we are currently based. There are 6 other Provincial Co-Lab’s currently operating in South Africa today–this will be the lucky #7 that the IBM team has developed.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Project progress is rapid however we will be breaking for lunch and enjoying local Mafikeng food. To close out the day, we will be returning to our hotel. Here is a view from my room overlooking the pools and lounging grounds.
Make it a happy day everyone! Talk soon!
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