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Conference Chair:  Prof Millham

Technical Chair:   Dr Heukelman

Programme Chair:  Dr Singh

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Prof Jean-Paul Van Belle


Jean-Paul Van Belle is a professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre for IT and National Development. His research areas are the adoption and use of emerging technologies in developing world contexts including mobile, cloud computing, open and big data. His passions are ICT4D and adoption of ICTs by small organisations.


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Emerging Technologies and Emerging Economies: Research Directions for Researchers in Africa


Research of and into Emerging Technologies tends to be dominated by the contexts, agendas and paradigms of researchers in developed countries. However, most emerging technologies offer radically different innovation options and implementation issues in an African context where the infrastructure, technological and social ecosystem and challenges are often dramatically different. This was perhaps most vividly illustrated in the innovation space around mobile technology. However, perspectives in research into cloud computing, IoT, big data, Open X, crowdsourcing, to name a few, should also be modulated to Africa’s context. This presentation will offer some thoughts and perspectives into how researchers in Africa could strategize their research to have a globally unique cachet and distinctiveness while make real-world impact.