Entrepreneurship – IoTÊP
Our IoT entrepreneurship workshop provided participants with the skills to understand IoT and Sigfox as a communication protocol. The workshop kicked off with inspiring words from the MD’s of T-Systems and Sqwidnet, and the CEO of Business Doctors. Participants were provided with an Arduino development kit. They learnt to activate the temperature sensor, the counter and the device voltage, and obtain the data from the Sigfox cloud. They were then then taught how to present the results from the sensor onto a dashboard, via the Adroit platform. Some of the less technical sessions included a fun and empowering session on Design Thinking. This helped participants to dive deeper into identifying their end customer. The final day was spent learning more about IoT use cases as well as the fundamentals of business.
Over the next few months, participants are expected to meet on a monthly basis for further training as they develop their solutions as well as their business. Business Doctors and technical experts from Sqwidnet, T-systems as well as Adroit will be available to guide them on their journey. Participants will also have access to T-systems supply chain to ensure that they have a relevant solution for a potential customer. The final session will see them pitching for funding in front of potential investors.
We hope to see the local ecosystem growing through the dynamism and effort of these young entrepreneurs.
SqwidNet and T-systems IoT Accelerator Program
Phathizwe taking participants through Design Thinking
Aerial shot of the participants
Design Thinking emphasised the importance of collaboration when coming up with new business ideas
SITA Gauteng NDP2030 Hackathon Adjudication process
Participants pitching ideas associated with current South African challenges.
SqwidNet partnered with SITA creating solutions for government to
better service their citizens.