Working in partnership with MedtalkZ, JCSE presents a series of webinars on the subject “Medical Technology: How to Innovate in the Midst of a Pandemic“. 

Webinar #1 has the title “Tools and Techniques for Digital Innovation“.

Date: 18 June 2020 @ 7:30pm

About this Event

This webinar forms part of the Series “Medical Technology: How to Innovate in the Midst of a Pandemic”. The COVID-19 pandemic calls for all sectors of society to be innovative in searching for solutions to the many problems being faced.

In this, the first Webinar of the series, our panellists discuss what to do if you have an innovative idea. In particular, how to build a prototype, how to develop a business model, and where to seek funding.

Who Should Attend

Medical professionals with innovative ideas; engineers and software developers; investors and funders; anyone with an interest in learning about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Meet the Presenters

Presentation 1: How to exploit modern technology tools. What is possible?

Presenter: Alex Ernst

Alex Ernst is a Designer Maker. He specializes in digital fabrication by designing in CAD and creating through additive processes like 3D printing and CNC laser cutting. His creations are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Instagram @unkellalex

Alex has worked in the film industry as a Props Master and Art Director on local and international productions. He has assisted international artists during “I At Joburg” event and designed and made stages for big brands such as Heineken and Corona.

He is the Fabrication Manager at TMG Makerspace (Tshimologong Precinct) as well as the lead facilitator. When he is not showing his interns how to design and make, you will find him teaching photography and editing.

Presentation 2: I have an idea, now what? Tools for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Presenter: Prof Barry Dwolatzky – JCSE at Wits University

Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor in the Wits School of Electrical & Information Engineering. He is also Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits and founder of the University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.

Barry has spent 40 years leading initiatives to promote the South African and African ICT Sector. He is a keynote speaker, author, researcher and podcaster. He is also the recipient of a number of awards including the “SA IT Personality of the Year” and the Wits Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Service.

Presentation 3: Brief introduction on how to access funding 

Presenter : Segopotso Moshapo 

Segopotso Moshapo is an engineer with more than 14 years experience in research, technology development and commercialisation of technology innovation in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. His work experience is in finding, sourcing funding for and growing early-stage technology ventures. Over the past five years he has assisted more than ten startup businesses that were either in the ideation or proof of concept phase to secure more than R70 million in funding.

Segopotso has worked for multinational companies such as Siemens and SAP in roles that include software engineering, technology solutions management and scientific research. He also supported the Department of Science and Technology (South Africa) as a National Contact Point for ICT in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for funding innovation and research. In the recent past, he was the Head of ICT Sector investments at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).

Date and Venue

Thursday16th July 2020 at 7:30pm

Via Zoom

Sponsors

Resources available before and after event

Presentation 1: How to exploit modern technology tools. What is possible?

Presenter: Alex Ernst

Presentation 2: I have an idea, now what? Tools for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Presenter: Prof Barry Dwolatzky

Presentation 3: Brief introduction on how to access funding 

Presenter: Segopotso Moshapo

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