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.

Marius Waries, iNethi Ocean View / iLearning Centre

Marius Waries is the chairperson for iNethi OV. He is the centre manager for the iLearning Lab at the Ocean View High school and provides computer literacy, app building and graphic design support to the youth in the area. He is an intern at AppShed building educational and marketing apps. He has been involved in the arts industry in South Africa with a focus on carnival design and music festivals. Facebook.

 

 

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.

Andre Van Zyl, iNethi Ocean View, Ocean View Secondary School

Andre Van Zyl is the CAT/IT Educator and LAN Administrator at Ocean View Secondary, since 2003. Prior to teaching he worked within the IT sector, specifically MWeb, Old Mutual, and AdvTech Group as the Head of the Computer Department. Whilst teaching, he achieved a number of accolades from the Western Cape Education Department e.g. Excellence in Secondary School Leadership for two consecutive years. Currently he is studying at UCT (MSc Information Technology). Facebook.

Hafeni Mthoko, University of Cape Town

Hafeni Mthoko is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre in ICT4D at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests are in ICT4D evaluation, local collaboration and community mapping for community wireless networks and digital citizen engagement. Her current research focus is around formulating an understanding of Ocean View’s current communicative patterns and the means in which community members make use of technology for communication and resource sharing. LinkedIn.

Eric Nitschke, Wakoma

Eric is CEO at Wakoma, a social enterprise building open source connectivity and EdTech solutions.  Eric is currently serving as an advisor to the iNethi project.