During this time of COVID-19, the need for a complex Multi-tool that was both simple to create and use was identified, in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at taps and door handles in shared public spaces, such as malls, toilets and communal taps in townships. Therefore, a key application of an innovation by the principal investigators, Dr. David Oyedokun and Kai Goodall towards fighting COVID-19 was identified. This led to the IEEE HAC (Humanitarian Activities Committee) and SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) funded project named Tool for COVID-19 Spread Prevention to mass produce 2 500 units of the tool. The tools are 3D printed with PLA Filament which is 100% biodegradable in order to make the project sustainable. These 2500 tools produced through the above funding for donation to communities in South Africa.
Summary of the updates:
- Upcoming events and conferences (incl. ECSA CPD ones)
- IEEE Day 2019 – celebrate, have fun
- IEEEXtreme – a global programming challenge
- US$1 for ComSoc membership for students (and a unique opportunity to set up new Student Branch Chapters)
- New (5th) IEEE Fellow in South Africa
- New Senior Member in the Section
- IEEE South Africa received 2019 MGA Outstanding Medium Section Award – our heroes
2019-02-06: Renewals, Upcoming Events, and Updated List of Conferences and more
Following the last newsletter (http://www.ieee.org.za/summary-report-ieee-south-africa-section-2018), here are some updates.
Thank you to our volunteers for making the 2018 a great success! As per discussions within IEEE South Africa leadership, the most visible impact has been made by the following volunteers: Upasana Singh (UKZN), David Oyedokun (UCT), Darryn Cornish (WITS),
We have recently been informed of and with great sadness inform the IEEE community about the passing (on 30 November 2018) of one of our esteemed IEEE volunteers Prof. Hendrik Christoffel Ferreira.
The Student Branch will enable the UWC access to a wide spectrum of IEEE resources, including student specific resources, and support development of future technology leaders.
Dear Valued IEEE Student members and their Advisors
You have a chance to participate and win prizes (up to USD10000 value) in the IEEEXtreme programming competition (http://ieeextreme.org/).
IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of student members, supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE Member, compete in a 24-hour time span, starting on October 20, 2018 at 00:00 UTC (2AM South Africa time) and ending at 23:59:59 UTC, against each other to solve a set of programming problems.
The University of Johannesburg's Centre for Telecommunications and The Information Theory Society Chapter of the IEEE South Africa Section cordially invite you to a round table discussion by Pieter van Rooyen, a successful entrepreneur from San Diego, California (https://www.linkedin.com/in/pietervanrooyen/)