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CDI Creative Exchange (CX): December
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When: 12 December 2018
13:00 - 14:00
Where: Workshop17, The Watershed
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, Western Cape 
South Africa
Contact: Lisa Parkes
021 461 1488

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New realities, new opportunities – what on earth is AI, AR and VR and where is it taking us?

Our December CX shines a spotlight on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality - we'll explore emerging new territories in software development skills, the design of immersive technologies, and the direction education is taking into the future.

Hear from Rodain Joubert of Sea Monster, a videogame designer with 10 years of professional experience, who will be speaking about online learning, gamification experience and the intersection of VR/AR and educational material - particularly aimed at children; Dr Michael Norman of UWC, who will speak about the new Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in E-Skills (Immersive Technologies stream) which will be offered full-time at UWC as of January 2019, as well as from Ralph Borland of African Robots, who will showcase their project which produces new forms of interactive electronic and mechanical wire art in collaboration with street wire artists - a project which aims to democratise access to technological knowhow.


Join us as we tap into these thought leaders and make the most of this great networking opportunity.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Workshop17, The Watershed, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (map here)

The CDI Creative Exchange (CX) is proudly hosted in partnership with Workshop17.


More about the CX:

The CDI’s Creative Exchange (CX), now being hosted in partnership with Workshop17, is one of Cape Town’s most popular monthly creative industry events and has been running for many years. It is aimed at connecting creatives and promotes the design sector, offering access to information on what’s new, interesting and transformative. Each month it attracts around 100 people from across the sector, from architects to fashion designers, policy makers to photographers, manufacturers, producers and innovators to listen, engage, share and exchange ideas. 


More about our speakers:


Rodain Jourbert
Rodain is a videogame designer with ten years of professional experience in one of South Africa's youngest industries. Rodain’s portfolio includes independent games creation for a commercial audience, B2B work, freelancing for many of South Africa's prominent gaming studios, and offering gamification services for companies outside the industry. With a passion for serious and educational projects especially, Rodain currently works at Sea Monster Animation and Games in hopes of changing lives meaningfully through this rapidly expanding field.

Dr Michael Norman

Dr Michael Norman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape. His key research area is the software industry in developing countries and as such his research focuses on the software development successes in developing countries such as India with the intention of determining what other developing countries could learn from this. A study of software development in the Western Cape region (Cape Town) has also been undertaken to determine the status thereof. Dr Norman recently started co-supervising projects in Cyber-security in collaboration with the CSIR as a mechanism to start to establish this within the department and primarily teaches software engineering at both undergraduate as well as graduate levels.

The new Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in E-Skills (Immersive Technologies stream) is part of a project that aims to enhance students’ engagement through the establishment of a virtual three-dimensional learning platform, a regional Digital School and an App Development laboratory at UWC. 

Ralph Borland

Ralph Borland is an artist, designer, curator and interdisciplinary knowledge worker based in Cape Town, South Africa. His project African Robots is a collaboration with street wire artists in Southern Africa to introduce electronics and mechanics to their practice. He has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, and a master’s in interactive telecommunications from New York University. His PhD from Trinity College Dublin is a critique of first world design interventions in the developing world. His post-doctoral work has focused on North-South knowledge inequalities. His art-design piece Suited for Subversion (2002), a protective and performance suit for street protest, is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

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