Technology

Faculty of Computing hosts Tech Innovation Bazaar to highlight research, local inventions


WINDHOEK, MAY 20 – The Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and
Technology (NUST)  announced the acceptance of 37 local technology inventions to the Technology Innovation Bazaar, which will be held at the Namibia Business Innovation Institute in Windhoek during 22-23 May 2019.

The public is welcome to explore these inventions and other Bazaar activities, including faculty presentations on cutting-edge research relevant to the nation. Most sessions are open to students and members of the public and entry is free of charge.

Details are available in the event programme available at https://ictechhub.com/technology-innovation-bazaar-2019/.

The Bazaar offers a rich mix of activities on technology innovation and its applications in the fields of business and culture, as well as social issues.

For corporates, investors and entrepreneurs, the Bazaar demonstrates how to use digital technologies to improve products and services. The Bazaar is also a good place to identify talent to hire and corporate social responsibility projects to support. All visitors to the Bazaar can attend interactive workshops, informative research briefings and fun demonstrations – including drone flying and a virtual reality game called The Tales of the Tokoloshe.

In particular, visitors are encouraged to attend the Dragon’s Den and the Pitch Auction. These exciting sessions introduce the most promising Bazaar inventions. In the Dragon’s Den, they compete for support from seasoned business leaders, while the Pitch Auction lets companies and individuals pledge financial or in-kind support to their favourites. If you do not have money to spend in the auction, you can lend your support by rating the inventions in a mobile app, which has been created specifically for the Bazaar.

The 37 inventions span a wide range of business and social endeavours and many are applicable to more than one field.

For example, the line-up of local inventions to be exhibited in the Bazaar include health and business administration applications; service, gig work, retail advertising and music platforms; automobile accessories; distance education platforms and contents; products for the souvenir market; technologies to ensure safe Internet for children; software and hardware to help in business administration, as well as various digital learning tools that enhance reading skills.

The Bazaar is organised by the Faculty of Computing and Informatics and the Inclusive and Collaborative Local Tech Innovation Hub. The Hub is a faculty project supported by the Finnish Embassy. The main sponsor of the event is MTC. Other partners include 99FM and Veya ICT. For more information about the inventions in the Bazaar, kindly contact Technology Innovation Coordinator Mark Mushiva, tel. 085 717 3466, email mark@ictechhub.com.

For more information about the event in general, kindly contact Mr Riundja Ekandjo, ekanjo@ictechhub.com, tel. 081 227 9965. – NDN Staffer