Sat 27th 10:00 - 16:00
10h00 - Moderator: Wessie van der Westhuizen
Head of Department: Multimedia Studies
Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography
10h05 - Daniel van der Merwe: PPC Imaginarium
In the PPC Imaginarium, concrete is the inspiration, stimulus and primary medium for revolutionary design thinking and artistry across six creative disciplines. Daniel tells us more…
10h30 - Simon Ratcliffe
South Africa’s “Barefoot Astronomer”, makes sense of the SKA, a mega-science project, that which will push the limits of engineering and scientific endeavour over the coming decades.
Building the SKA will require the development of cutting edge technology and innovation, including the design of the world’s fastest supercomputers to process data at rates greater than the current global internet traffic. The SKA will use thousands of radio antennas, with different antenna technologies. This will enable astronomers to probe the universe in unprecedented detail. The SKA project is an international effort comprising organizations from ten countries. In addition, a further 100 or so organizations from 20 countries have been participating in the design and development. Simon and his team have also become very adept at hacking equipment to manufacture products that didn’t exist before…
11h15 - Johanathan Smit and Brandon Pascal: LaunchLab
The LaunchLab, an initiative of Innovus, is a mixed-use business incubator based at Stellenbosch University that supports mainly technology and innovation businesses in ICT (specifically Payments &; Big Data and Paid Media), Cleantech, Agriculture and Education.
Although the main LaunchLab facility is based on Stellenbosch University campus, the LaunchLab programmes are open to all entrepreneurs in the Western Cape and beyond and are actively running on other partner campuses. Our speakers will tell us about all the latest – from nutbutters to SpaceCubes, and everything in between.
11h45 - Professor Sivakumar Pasupathi, Programme Manager, HySA Systems
HySA (Hydrogen South Africa) is a Centre of Competence for Technology Validation and Systems Integration on hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Prof Siva will tell us about the world first (hydrogen fork-lift) and other innovations attracting global attention to the work of the University of the Western Cape.
12h15 - Dane Chapman, Head of Studio, Bimgames
When the Chinese can build a 30-floor apartment building in 15 days, and 12-lane bridge upgrades are done in 48 hours; when residential units are being 3D printed with industrial scale concrete fabricators at the rate of 9 a day, there is something disruptive going on in the construction industry… Dane Chapman tells us how construction is increasingly becoming a manufacturing process that demands high-end tools like Building Information Management.
12h45 - Ralph Borland, African Robots
African Robotics creates interactive electronic “street art”. Well known in South Africa, street artists make all forms of handicraft using inexpensive materials like fencing and electrical wire, beads and waste wood, plastic and metal. With the robotic prototype, Ralph created a starling, running on a Nokia phone battery. It incorporates a sound-synthesizer whose pitch depends on light exposure, glowing LED eyes, and head and wing movement via a cheap hacked
13h15 - Alan Ball, Flying Robot
The world has gone drone-crazy. If you don’t own one yet, you will soon! Are these expensive toys, or the new frontiers for reseach and commercial applications? Alan tells us about the future of drones, where to get them and how to fly them.
13h45 - CLOSE
MakerSpeak: Afternoon Sessions
14h00 - Jackie & The Makers
Moderator: Cashandra Willemse
Head of Department: Graphic Design Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography
14h15 - Jackie Burger, Salon 58
In 2012, a visit to the Parisian salon of Coco Chanel stirred a deep desire in Jackie to create a space where women could come together, talk about style, taste and beauty. Salon 58 was born, and will host its seventh Salon this month. Jackie tells us about her travels across South Africa, talking with women who create community in their towns and villages. Jackie reflects on the maker movement, and how handiwork, craft and embellishment celebrate and elevate the ordinary into extraordinary.
15h00 - Feeding Creativity: Lianne Burton , design champion and trend analyst
Inspiration is everywhere if you see with new eyes… Uplifting stories of African designers and artists who have garnered global acclaim by turning other people’s rubbish into rare treasures.
15h45 - PLACEHOLDER – to be confirmed
16h00 - Making Stories: Uga Lisa Carlini, director of ‘Alison”,
Stuart Forrest - CEO Triggerfish.
Presented by PwC, Western Cape