Work 4.1 summit acquaints ICT students with shaping the future workforce with technology

By Kgothatso Monono

7 September 2023

Adanian Labs, in collaboration with Adapt IT, extended a special invitation to the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Information and Communication Technology to attend a work 4.1 summit, Shaping the Future Workforce with Technology, at Adapt IT Holdings Johannesburg Campus, in August 2023.

The summit produced a day of enriching discussions, thought-provoking presentations and valuable networking opportunities. The event brought together distinguished speakers and esteemed professionals from various fields, offering unique insights into the dynamic relationship between technology and industry.

John Kamara: Co-founder, Group CEO of Adanian Labs and Chairperson of the AI Centre of Excellence, said the event aimed at merging and looking for universities to provide world class education as well as providing technology solutions and capacity development to thrive in the future of work.

“Data Science is but one of the new, emerging types of work that we train students for. The world needs people trained in AI, cybersecurity and related types of work – all fields that can provide jobs for young South Africans. In addition, we help organisations in their journey of data transformation to enable their digital transformation within an intelligent framework,” he added. 

Key themes and topics for the summit included; AI Opportunity in Africa: Exploring how AI is revolutionising industries across Africa and uncovering untapped growth opportunities; Data Transformation: Harnessing the power of data to drive innovation and transformation within businesses; Shaping the Workforce with Data: Analysing the role of data in crafting the workforce of the future; Unveiling Blockchain (Web3.0): Delving into the world of Web3.0 and its potential to revolutionise industries; and Empowering the Future Workforce: Strategies to equip the future workforce with essential technology-driven skills.

“Attending the event made a valuable contribution to my perspective of the field of study. The expertise shared during the discussions and the insights gained allowed me to tap into my future and see that as a woman, I too can make it in a field that is perceived to be male dominated,” said Fundiswa Khanyi, Computer Science student. 

Contributing to the resounding success of the summit was the attendance of a distinguished delegation from Zhejiang International Business School (ZIBS). Their presence enhanced the global perspective of the discussions and provided a remarkable platform for cross-border knowledge exchange. 

Discussing the future workforce Web3’s role in reshaping skills and career, from left is the facilitator, Taynita Harilal, Bendon Murgor, Fari Kadungure Lubula,Dong Ye.

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