JamiiX: from the Cape Flats to the world

first_imgJamiiX allows users to manage all theirsocial media accounts from one interface. (Image: JamiiX) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marlon ParkerRLabs+27 21 699 1453RELATED ARTICLES • Low-cost phones for Africa • Fight HIV with your phone • Skills via phones for rural women • Mobile internet booms in South AfricaJanine ErasmusNew social media aggregator JamiiX, which was developed in the Western Cape’s impoverished Cape Flats, is set for a global launch in June 2010.JamiiX works by bringing social media and instant messaging functionality into a single application, allowing users to manage many accounts, and carry on several conversations at the same time, using a computer or mobile phone.JamiiX developer and CEO Marlon Parker describes himself as a social entrepreneur. An avid blogger and tweeter, he holds a masters degree in Information Technology (IT) and is working on with his PhD at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where he has lectured in IT since 2000.Parker’s thesis, due for completion in 2010, focuses on the use of technology to facilitate change in communities.The new media specialist and his team have worked for almost three years to develop JamiiX, and their efforts come to fruition on 8 June when the site goes live.The tool gets its name from the Swahili word “jamii”, which means “social” or “community”. The x represents an exchange between users.“[We hope that JamiiX] will prove to be more than just an average aggregator for social networks and instant messengers,” wrote Parker on his blog, “but will come with a little dash of colourfulness that will certainly change communication channels using Web 2.0.”The JamiiX team identified a desperate need in their community for affordable and accessible communications, especially in terms of social services. Many people need support but can’t afford to run up big bills on a landline, likewise small organisations and service providers also have to keep an eye on the phone budget ‒ they turn instead to the cheaper alternatives of social media sites, text messages, and instant messaging.At the same time, the team was aware that mobile phones are the most commonly used piece of technology in communities. Building on this realisation, they designed an application that provides a single interface for all these services.The application is aimed at individuals and organisations alike, and has been tested by NGOs such as the National Aids Helpline and the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.Developing organisations especially, that provide support services such as counselling, information and education, marketing, and call centre operations, will benefit as they need dedicate just one adviser to handle multiple conversations.JamiiX has partnered with South African success story MXit to make its interface available through a special gateway on the popular instant messaging application.The project received funding from the South African Finland Partnership, and consequently has been able to set up operations in the UK, Finland and Malaysia.Passion for community developmentParker is deeply committed to community development and upliftment through the innovative use of technology – this gives direction to his research.Two years ago he pioneered a MXit drug counselling service known as the Advice Support Network. This innovative mobile platform enables South Africans to receive online counselling on substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV/Aids. In April 2010 it surpassed the 50 000-conversation mark.He founded RLabs, or Reconstructed Living Labs, in the Cape Flats community of Athlone with the aim of “reconstructing communities through innovation”. Focusing on the areas of health and social care, the team’s mission is to empower the community through education and training.A living lab is an open innovation environment that is led by a community of users, and development takes place in real-life settings.The RLabs initiative is the first Western Cape-based project, out of 10 around the country. Partners in the venture include the Cape Peninsula’s technology university, the Athlone-based Bridgetown Civic organisation, and faith-based community organisation Impact Direct Ministries, also based in Athlone.Among RLabs’ numerous activities are the Reconstructed project, which rehabilitates former gangsters and drug-users through mentoring and training; Mom 2.0, which teaches women from the community how to use a computer and social tools such as Gmail and Facebook; and the Seniors Mobile Session, which teaches the elderly how to use their mobile phones efficiently.Parker’s PhD thesis is titled Using ICT as a change agent to empower citizens in a community in tension, and one of the initiatives that has arisen out of it is the Advice Support Network.Area of tensionDescribed by Parker in a 2008 technical report as a “community in tension” because of factors such as social inequality and lack of education and economic development, Athlone struggles with numerous social issues, including drugs and gangsterism.The area is situated on the Cape Flats close to Cape Town International Airport and is known for its football stadium, home to the Ajax Cape Town and Santos football clubs, and recently upgraded for its role as the city’s main training venue for 2010 Fifa World Cup teams. Its other distinguishing feature is the two cooling towers of the decommissioned Athlone power station, which loom over the N2 freeway.last_img read more

One for the Little People — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedMitten im Pott – Geocache of the WeekAugust 22, 2018In “Community””Down the Rabbit Hole” GCXQ5C GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 28, 2010December 27, 2010In “Community”Visit Geocaching HQOctober 28, 2019In “Community” Virtual CacheGCA4BCby bazzle Welcome to Mill Ends Park in Portland, OregonGeocaches come in all styles, types, shapes, and sizes. But did you ever stop to think about the area around geocaches? They can vary greatly too. This Geocache of the Week is a Virtual Cache located in a city park, but with a twist. After all, it’s the little things that count. This Geocache of the Week is a Virtual Cache located in a city park, but with a twistWelcome to Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. The official city park is a small circle 2 feet (0.6 meters) across, with a total area of 450 sq inches (0.3 sq meters). That makes this the smallest park in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.The park is located in the center of a busy parkwayThe park is located in the center of a busy parkway so logging this Virtual Cache doesn’t take much besides answering a couple of easy questions and carefully following crosswalk signs. But once you’re there, you must make sure to stop and smell the… flower?The only leprechaun colony west of IrelandOriginally, the plans were to install a light pole on the spot but it never arrived. In 1948, a local newspaperman planted flowers in the hole and named it after his column “Mill Ends,” a lumber mill reference. It became an official city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976 as “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland.”Past decorations have included a swimming pool, Easter egg hunt, Ferris wheel, zoo, dinosaur exhibit, and of course holiday decorOver the years the park has showcased many types of landscaping including miniature evergreens, shrubbery, perennials, cacti, and tropical flora. The landscaping is enhanced even more when local decorators indulge. Past decorations have included a swimming pool, Easter egg hunt, Ferris wheel, zoo, dinosaur exhibit, and of course holiday decor.So geocachers, look right around you. You never know where you may find a clever little geocache.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1 Location:Oregon, United StatesN 45° 31.064 W 122° 40.406last_img read more

Roborace autonomous car steps it up for Formula E Paris ePrix

first_imgTags:#automotive#Autonomous#cars#driverless#Formula 1#Formula E#motorsport#robocar#Roborace#Self-Driving For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Currycenter_img Roborace, a collaborative autonomous development that uses Formula E tracks to test the robocar, managed to complete a full lap at Paris ePrix last week.The robocar is built from scratch, tires are provided by Michelin and Nvidia supplies the Drive PX2 processing unit, capable of 24 trillion operations per second.See Also: First autonomous Roborace event ends with a self-driven crashIt can reach speeds of up to 200 mph, although on the track it barely went over 20 mph, as seen in the video below. The robocar also had to stop a few times to figure out its next move.Roborace is seeing better performance off track, it said the car reached a speed of 115 mph. The robocar and other test vehicles have also been in a few crashes.Congratulations @roborace ! ? #fia #FormulaE #ParisEprix #robocar pic.twitter.com/zEDFKxanCV— Geraldine Gaudy (@GeraldineGaudy) May 20, 2017The original plan for Roborace was to have 10 teams of engineers build software and compete in a race during the Formula E championship. The engineers would change the software week-by-week, learning from past mistakes and fine-tuning to make the car perfect for track racing.We are unfortunately not there yet. Only one robocar has taken to the track and the results tend to be a little less exciting than one would hope. Roborace has not said when it plans to invite teams of engineers to compete or if that is even the plan anymore.There are still six races to go before the end of the Formula E championship in July, enough time for Roborace to maybe add competitors or at least reach full speed. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The defeat sent the Philippines to the bronze-medal match against either Indonesia or Vietnam.Coming into the SEA Games, the Nationals were aiming to end their medal drought in the biennial meet that dates back to the 2005 Manila edition, when they bagged a bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We still have a chance to medal. This is still an achievement for us, making the semifinals,” said PH coach Francis Vicente.Formed just three months ago and playing as one team just six weeks back, the Philippines barged into the Final Four with a rousing win over Malaysia (25-18, 25-11, 25-16) Thursday. It had its chance to top the group stage but the Philippines yielded a straight-set loss to Vietnam (26-24, 25-12, 25-23).Vietnam, the silver medal winner in the last SEA Games, and Indonesia were locked in the other semifinal battle.If Vietnam wins, the Nationals will have to deal with Indonesia, a team led by explosive spiker Aprilla Manganang.Manganang had a beef to settle against the Philippines, whose officials questioned her gender during the 2015 Singapore edition.However, the 25-year-old Indonesian said the controversy is now water under the bridge when she came to the Philippines last year for the Asian Club Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img Philippines’s Jovelyn Gonzaga (top L) returns the ball against Thailand players during their volleyball women’s semi-finals match at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine team displayed its best form in the tournament but still failed to measure up to Thailand to lose a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 decision Saturday in the Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals here.The Thais, who regularly play in top-level tournaments like the World Championship and Olympics, didn’t hold their punches against the all-heart Filipinos and played their best players up until the end.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Gagan, Hasan win gold in 50m men’s rifle event

first_imgAce shooter Gagan Narang wins his third gold in men’s pair 50m rifle 3 position, partnering Imran Hasan. This win has taken India’s gold haul to a remarkable 16 in the Commonwealth Games.Narang wins his third gold in men’s pair 50m rifle 3 position, partnering Imran Hasan.He and Imran Hassan Khan score Games record 23-25 points in men’s 50 metre rifle three positions.last_img