Mr Unathi Pendu: E-Skills Facilitator, exhibiting at the NEMISA 4IR Digital Skills Summit and Research Colloquium
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) E-Skills CoLab attended the 4IR Digital Skills Summit and Research Colloquium at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre from 11-13 March.
The summit was arranged by the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA).
The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) has seen the developments of new digital innovations such as 3D printing, embedded devices and artificial intelligence, changing and sometimes disrupting the traditional understanding of work and life. As the VUT E-Skills CoLab has been playing its part to equip communities with 4IR-related programmes, it viewed this as a good platform to showcase its capabilities.
There are eight E-Skills CoLabs under the NEMISA umbrella in the country, and the VUT CoLab is the only one so far to have partnered with the Idea2Product (I2P) Lab to offer 3D printing training as part of its 4IR training mandate.
E-Skills CoLab was joined at the exhibition by its partners, I2P and Human Capital Learning Solutions (HCLS) and showcased 3D-printed prototypes, one of them being “4 Site”. This project came about as a collaboration between I2P, E-Skills CoLab’s robotic training partner, and the Additive Manufacturing Precinct (AMP). This innovative prototype represents foresight and how 4IR can solve problems.
The exciting three-day event allowed the CoLab to get in front of its target audience, showcase its brand, boost its business image, gain media exposure and, overall, draw attention to its business and programmes.