The Internet of Things: Coding and Connecting the Unconnected
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About the Event
Introducing our 1st edition of The Internet of Things: Coding and Connecting the Unconnected.
Your panelists are:
Ms. Phumza Dyani who is a Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Broadband Infraco. She has spent over 18 years in various roles in the ICT industry and is a partner in the Southern African region for the Regional Consortium of Experts for Development (RCD Africa). She has worked for the major Mobile Operators in the continent, MTN and Vodacom, and has operated across spheres in her career. She is currently employed as the Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Broadband Infraco, an organisation with a mandate of connecting the rural and underserved communities of South Africa to enable universal access.She prides herself with having witnessed the evolution of Telecoms from the era of 2G right up to the current emergence of 5G Technologies. She is fully conversant in policy discussions in Emerging Technologies like AI, IOT, Blockchain and Robotics. She is a Member of the Global Women in AI, a member of Women in STEM Leaders and a South African Ambassador for Celo (which is a Blockchain Ecosystem). She is also an International Partner for the World Business Angels Forum for Investments as well as the WBAF Women’s Committee. Recently, she has been appointed as the GCPIT Chairperson for Africa: Women.She holds an MBA from Bond Australia and a myriad of other Global Leadership Qualifications. Phumza is a Global Speaker on a myriad of topics in ICT, with a special passion for the involvement of women in ICT as a leverage for industries as well as AI and IOT and has spoken in International ICT platforms like the ITU (International Telecommunications Union). She is a Columnist for s well as the Voice (Columnist) for SHE-Community’s Digital Magazine called SHE-Insight, a Movement focused on progressing the Gender Parity narrative. Above these accolades, Phumza is a true Advocate to empowerment of women and continues the work of conscientizing women to stand up for their rights. She is recently a recipient of the GCPIT Top 100 Global Women Leaders Award.
Dr. Christy Fernandez-Cull is the Head of Sensors at Lyft, Level 5 Self-Driving Division leading a team to drive sensors architecture for Lyft vehicle platforms — designing the machine eyes to help transform transportation of the future. Prior to Lyft, she was a technologist at Apple spanning autonomous systems and the Camera and Depth Hardware team that released the first-of-kind Light Detection and Ranging module in the latest iPad. She has spanned both the execution and development of Defense and at-scale consumer-product technologies. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University and enjoys mentorship and recruiting in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Ms. Zandile Mkwanazi has a BSc Hons degree in Computational and applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand in 2012, Zandile joined the Johannesburg Centre of Engineering Coachlab program whilst working on her Master’s Degree. Here is where she found her love and passion for software development. Zandile Keebine has enjoyed success as a Business Analyst at Boxfusion, a software development company. In this role, Zandile was responsible for responsible for project and task co-ordination duties as well as requirements gathering and testing in various client projects. In the past 5 years working in the ICT sector, she’s worked on delivering various projects that required her to identify appropriate and innovative solutions and designing software solutions for various clients in the public sector. It is in this role that she realized the vast gender inequality that exists within the ICT sector. As part of her personal CSI portfolio Zandile Started GirlCode in 2014 as a hackathon to get more girls excited about tech and after hosting it for two years, she joined forces with her friends Jeanette Theu and Tinyiko Simbine to register GirlCode as a non-profit organization and lead it as the Chairwoman. Even though it is still in its infancy stages, Zandile with her team aims to grow GirlCode to become Africa’s leading Digital Hub for young girls and women who want to get into tech by providing them with various opportunities such as the hackathon and monthly Workshops, where the beneficiaries are given direct access to women working in the various ICT companies to gain skills and be recruited by the top tech companies.
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