Team

Melissa Densmore, University of Cape Town

Melissa Densmore is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at University of Cape Town and helps lead the UCT Centre in Information & Communications Technology for Development. Her research area is human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D), specifically looking at the ways in which local content creation and ICT-enabled peer education can support personal and public health. She teaches HCI at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as a masters course on ICT4D.  Homepage.

David Johnson, Vernonburg group

David L Johnson is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department of the University of Cape Town and a consultant at the Vernonburg group. He has over 20 years experience in telecommunications research and has a passion for using his skills in RF engineering and networking to connect the unconnected or lower the cost of access. Ultimately he wants to see more communities grow and own their own community networks. Homepage.

Keegan White, University of Cape Town

Keegan White is a masters student in the Computer Science Department of the University of Cape Town. He has an undergraduate in Computer Science and Computer Games Development as well as an honours in Computer Science. His research focuses on how machine learning-driven software-defined networks can improve network performance in low-capacity community networks. Linktree.

 

Senka Hadzic, independent researcher

Senka Hadzic was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town in the ICT4D Networking group at the Computer Science Department from 2016 to 2018 and is currently a fellow at the CyberBRICS project and a member of an Internet Society project to explore community currencies in community networks.  Her research focusses on novel spectrum access techniques such as TV white space, community networks and digital policy  LinkedIn.

 

 

Torsten Stauch, Ammbr

Can a 10-year-old teach robotics to a class of adults?

Shouldn't we call it "computer art" rather than "computer science"?

What have you learnt today?

What have you taught?

What have you created?

These are the things that matter to Torsten. Technology is one of those things that helps unlock creativity, builds confidence, and motivates learning. Torsten started AppShed and a number of other community-centric Ed Tech initiatives to help kids "learn by doing", build their confidence, and embrace new challenges. Torsten aims to create Ed Tech programs that are easy to implement, low cost, and relevant to all. LinkedIn.