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technology and governance and
responsibility, but the world has
become much more fractured and
there's more risks of conflict coming up. I hope the discussions will
be about technology and how we
can directly impact the lives of the
bottom 2 or 3 billion people. How
can we be seeds for change?"
Assefa's certainly in the right
place to provide answers to that
question. A prolific research
scientist in the field of phototonics with more than 50 patents
and 150 co-authored articles to
his name, he works with government, academia and enterprise to
understand the potential impact
for cloud computing, artificial
intelligence (AI) and big data to
impact and improve the lives of
the world's poorest.

IBM's Bold Investment
Three years ago, IBM announced
that it would be investing in a second African Research Lab to join its
existing facility in Nairobi, Kenya.
The new lab is based in Johannesburg's Tshimologong Precinct.
The precinct had been recently
purchased by the nearby University of the Witswatersrand (Wits).
Professor Barry Dwolatzky of the
School of Electrical and Information Engineering had somehow
managed-over the course of
several years-to convince his
employer that it should engage
in an ambitious plan to turn a
shuttered nightclub and disused
offices into a thriving innovation
hub, around which it was hoped a
high-tech business cluster would
emerge. Its name, Tshimologong,
is a Sesotho word that means
"new beginnings."
Remarkably, Dwolatzky's
vision of a space where academia, multinational technology
firms and innovators from the
city meet, mingle and share ideas
is coming to fruition. Today, the
precinct is home to several ded-

"In our work on cancer research, we are
leading the discussions with healthcare providers
around the continent, but it's been important
to bring all stakeholders together right from the
start so that they're involved in the definition of
the solution itself."
-Dr. Solomon Assefa, director of IBM Research Africa

icated startup accelerators run
by Wits, in diverse partnerships
that include the Dutch Embassy,
Ryerson University, the city of
Johannesburg, South Africa's
state-owned telecommunications
provider, Journalists for Human
Rights and, of course, some of
IBM's best researchers.
Standing on the corner of the
precinct, the lab provided the
catalyst for further investments
in the area. The IBM branding
across the facade emboldens
IBM's "THINK" motto, which
is appropriate following IBM's
10-year commitment to the
precinct that was announced
in August 2016 with great
fanfare. It signalled the start of
partnerships with not just Wits,
but with the Departments of Science and Technology and Trade
and Industry. The lab was to
be a cornerstone not just of the
new Tshimologong Precinct, but
big government-led programs in
healthcare, urban transport
and smart cities, and skills
development.
Assefa says that the original
vision has been more or less
unchanged. The emphasis on
research is important, Assefa
says, as it means the lab can
focus on understanding problems rather than fall into the

i

Youth
unemployment in
South Africa can
get up to

60%,
which is viewed
by many as a
root cause of
inequality and
social unrest

common trap of rushing through
"scattergun solutions" that may or
may not be appropriate. The Kenyan lab, which opened in 2012, is
only now commercializing some
of its work, but patience is paying
off as solutions are better suited to
local needs.
"We get the space to develop,
there's no pressure to hit headlines," Assefa says. "But it's a
unique environment. It's not
researchers working by themselves; we're very much in the
thick of it. For example, in our
work on cancer research, we are
leading the discussions with
healthcare providers around the
continent, but it's been important
to bring all stakeholders together
right from the start so that they're
involved in the definition of the
solution itself."
That's not to say that there
hasn't been a lot of science-the
lab's output has been prolific. In
healthcare, it's produced research
that maps the spread of communicable diseases in public hospitals
using Arduino-based tracking
devices to monitor patient
movements. And in doing so,
they've also produced valuable
data from which they can analyze
and improve efficiencies within
the way hospitals work and also
begin to map the relationships

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Editor's Desk: Transformation in the balance
Partner POV: Real-time visibility to data access is required to maintain GDPR compliance
R&D: IBM Research is providing valuable insights to tackle challenges and enable prosperity from the tip of Africa
Feature 1: Fleet of Foot: FRAIKIN Group develops a cost-effective and flexible thin-client environment
Cover Story: Radical Changes: Rabobank relies on DevOps on Z to transform its payments system
Feature 2: Developing a Business Plan: DevOps and the IBM Z Digital Transformation Model pave the way for innovation
Champions Showcase: Meet 18 of the 2018 IBM Z Champions
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Solutions: IBM Z Mainfraime Virtual Tape Library, IntelliMagic Vision 8.14.2, zAdviser, DYNA-STEP Dynamic STEPLIB and ISPF Library Management 3.2
Stop Run: IBMer Karl Schmitz bridges the gap between art and computer security
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Cover1
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Editor's Desk: Transformation in the balance
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - Partner POV: Real-time visibility to data access is required to maintain GDPR compliance
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2018 - R&D: IBM Research is providing valuable insights to tackle challenges and enable prosperity from the tip of Africa
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