9:00-9:30 Creative and Digital Economy A New Fusion for Innovation

Presenter:
Dr Kevin Kativu
Mr Loic Ndame

Dr Kevin Kativu

Dr Kativu, originally from Zimbabwe, but now living in South Africa, holds a PhD in Information Technology.  Dr Kativu is currently a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Community Technologies at the Nelson Mandela University.  As an experienced ICT Professional with a keen research and academic focus on ICTs for Development(ICT4D), his technical expertise also include enterprise networking, software development, webapplications, database development, advanced Windows and Linux server administration.

 

Mr Loic Ndame

LoicNdame is a PhD candidate and researcher assistant in ICT from the school of ICT at the Nelson Mandela University. His fields of research comprised of e-Mobility, e-Agriculture and User Experience. He is currently researching how ICT can improve the uptake of electric vehicle in a middle income country like South Africa. Loic is the co-author of several papers available in the proceedings of international conferences.

Loic is also a developer with a preference for mobile development. Loic has contributed to the development and implementation of projects such as School health assessment for the DST, KaziHealth, Impilo, MHealth4Afrika. He has worked with foreign research institutes like Fraunhofer Portugal, and was contracted at the CSIR. Loic is passionate about the application of digital technology at every level of our life, helping younger audience to accustomed themselves with new technologies, passionate about the expansion of renewable energies across the continent, particularly solar and wind as they have the potential to achieve higher level of energy independence.

“I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,” said Steve Jobs. The most creative innovations of the digital age came from those who were able to connect the arts and sciences. They believe that beauty matters. The people who are comfortable at this humanities-technology intersection helps to create the human-machine symbiosis that is at the core of this talk.

It is easy to confuse the creative economy with the digital economy. Equally, it is almost impossible to separate them because, in many ways, they depend on each other. Some prominent creative industries did not exist before the advent of digital technology, videogames for example, while others, such as film and publishing, pre-date digital technology but have been transformed by it. The digital world has opened up radical new possibilities for building new businesses, raising investment, and marketing. It has created whole new sectors of social enterprise. And its power extends far beyond the economy. Social innovation movements and digital technology are now inseparable, they drive each other and promote each other’s creativity whereas, even fifteen years ago, they had no relationship at all. Social media is changing people’s relationships with each other and with their community and is radically changing politics and the political engagement of citizens.

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