In January 2020, several technology enthusiasts were nominated to come on board as Sigfox Ambassadors, of which three were selected as official Sigfox Ambassadors.
This program is putting forward some of the best and independent Sigfox experts, be it in the embedded systems area and/or on the cloud application side.
Tiyani Nghonyama is one of them, get to know him better in this short interview.
Hello Tiyani, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a Computer Systems Engineer with a passion for hardware/electronics, I was born in the northern part of South Africa —Known as Limpopo and can speak 6 of the 11 country’s official languages (Tsonga *, English, Venda, Tswana, Zulu, and Xhosa). I am the co-founder and COO of a youth ICT startup called Geekulcha.
What was your first experience with Sigfox?
In early 2018 at a Hackathon, while building a local weather system as a demo project. We were able to adapt it to various programmes.
We worked closely with SqwidNet, the local Sigfox partner, facilitating workshops around the country based on devices and connecting them to Sigfox. Unearthing and igniting innovation in the grassroots with Sigfox was a great highlight.
What are your plans for 2020?
Providing a stepping edge for new IoT based startups is key and it is part of our agenda for pushing a national IoT footprint.
Personally, I will be making/building IoT Solutions that directly seek to enterprise mankind.
We will continue working with Government entities in the Public Sector Innovation development and unlocking opportunities with Sigfox.