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Showing posts from November, 2011

Finweek and Aurik: R2.5 million in Gauteng Entrepreneurship Bursaries

This is well worth a look ladies and gents. Aurik and Marc Ashton from Finweek have been involved with the Mzansi Gold Investor Network project and I have immense respect for both of them. From what I've heard, the deadlines have been extended past 6 December 2011 for another week. This is for Gauteng entrepreneurs only. Opportunities like this don't come along often. JUMP. I've pulled out the important details here: --- snip --- Announcement  Finweek, in conjunction with business acceleration experts Aurik, is looking for 10 South African entrepreneurs in Gau- teng who are going to set the world alight in 2012. We have 10 entrepreneur- ship bursaries aimed at taking promising businesses to a new level and positioning your business to double its revenue over the next two years. What are we looking for? The business must be registered as either a closed corporation or private company. The business should also be in the early stage of the business life cycl

Office 365 in the cloud - free trial for South Africans...

The cloud, the cloud, the cloud... Some interesting movements here, especially from Microsoft because of their dominant base of corporate and home users. Google Docs going to get a run for their money here? I like the fact that they're targetting SME's... but the eternal African "but" is bandwidth. Even Google Docs can feel a bit slow if you're not pounding a 4mb/s ADSL line. Microsoft has had notoriously "rich" internet applications. Will have to try it see... --- snip --- Microsoft launches Office 365 cloud trial in South Africa Office 365 combines Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync online at predictable subscription JOHANNESBURG — 30 November 2011 — Microsoft today announced the public trial of Microsoft Office 365 in South Africa, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. Office 365 is Microsoft's business productivity platform, hosted in Microsoft’s data centres. The trial will allow

MindBullet: Put your best foot forward (20 November 2014)

Wired, digital shoes. YES! This one of the easier future scenarios to defend. It leads on from the "Internet of Things" trend - objects being connected to the Internet, not just people. Wired shoes present some amazing opportunities for cool technology: Measuring health Rewarding walking Route mapping for hikes Time estimates for walking routes Auto check in for locations (ha!) Finding lost friends in a club (ha ha!) MindBullets are a fantastic series of articles from the FutureWorld group. Essentially they're news broadcasts from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets or read more about the FutureWorld Group (of which Andy Hadfield is a member).

Business Intelligence in the Conversation Economy (SAP Workshops)

Was honoured to speak at and facilitate another set of workshops for SAP South Africa and their User Groups ( AFSUG ). These sessions follow the World Cafe approach - I'm particularly fond of it. Very open, very flowing and usually sets the right environment for creativity and discussion. As usual, Manti Grobler from SAP has outdone herself by covering the event on Storify. There are some GEMS of information locked in here, so make sure you read it all and keep scrolling to you reach the thank you paragraph. Storify remains one of the most incredible tools for covering the backchannel and content of events. Click here to visit the coverage of the SAP / AFSUG World Cafe on Business Intelligence in the Conversation Economy . View the story "#CafeBI in Cape Town & Johannesburg" on Storify ]

Real Time Wine wins Tech4Africa Samsung Ignite...

Warning, shameless self promotion :) But we're stoked. Development ho! Real Time Wine wins Samsung Ignite Real Time Wine has been named as the winner of Samsung Ignite, an initiative that forms part of the 2011 Tech4Africa conference, which recognises start-ups that have developed revolutionary technological innovations that hold the potential to make a serious impact in the market. Real Time Wine was chosen at the close of the first day of this year’s Tech4Africa conference in Bryanston, Johannesburg following presentations by eight shortlisted companies to a judging panel and conference delegates. The initiative, made possible through a partnership between Samsung Apps and Tech4Africa, was introduced this year to showcase and foster local technology development and mirrors the conference goal of promoting and inspiring the local industry. “The Samsung Ignite platform aims to give start-ups great exposure and we were certainly very happy with the ideas and creativity tha