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Student projects

Exposing our students to multicultural, multidisciplinary innovation projects is key to helping them become responsible citizens with the global mindset to drive real change in the world.

Projects that Impacts the Industry and Community

Everything that can be created has been created. These words ring true for many industries and we are seeing patterns in fashion, trends and other elements in our daily lives reappear only to fade into obscurity again. 

 

This ebb and flow is true for almost every sector except for the ICT sector. The ICT sector is at the forefront of creating solutions, products and services that have never existed before. This is what makes CT so alluring and fascinating. One’s limitations are only as wide as one’s imagination. Essentially, if you can dream it you can make it happen with IT.

Belgium Campus created the Botlhale Village as a place of knowledge creation and sharing to advance ICT and innovation in South Africa, Africa and further abroad as part of our ICT4Development initiative.

 

Innovation has become a key differentiator for corporates, SMEs and the business world and has a positive impact on society.

 

All activities undertaken in Botlhale Village are intended to improve the lives of community members in this region. Research at this innovation and incubation hub will always be conducted with the purpose of serving the needs of citizens in terms of learning and teaching. Belgium Campus believes in social development as a premise to ensure that our society grows and that opportunities are created for everyone in our communities.

 

The village is also an incubator for economic entities where research students engage with virtual companies.

Successful projects may lead to the creation of new, small and medium enterprises that add value to the knowledge gained and systems developed. This type of development leads to growth in the local economy and contributes to the improvement of the region in the spirit of ubuntu.

To facilitate the meeting of minds and growth of knowledge, research students will organise conferences to promote their results and development projects using the building’s exhibition centre and auditorium. 


Meetings like these bring together academics, representatives from business and industry, government leaders and potential beneficiaries.

Student Project Awards

Technology has become a defining benchmark of our evolution as a species.
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Tshwane E-government app is meant to strengthen the fostering of participatory democracy, accountability and responsive (Batho Pele principles).
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Smart Connect is a system that enhances effective communications between citizens and government to maximise service delivery.
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Together with students, Botlhale Village and head lecturer Francois Venter are working on a project called Solar Monitoring or Solmon.
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Stip Stap Sprong is a digital instrument for toddlers to be observed, assessed and guided by any liable party (school, parent or guardian).
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Academic and Corporate Partners

BC

Belgium Campus understands the revolutionary power of ICT and spearheads many innovations with educational and corporate partners, students and government. By empowering our students to innovate and revolutionise their worlds, we have seen brilliant and astonishing solutions flow through our campus. Innovations range through a multitude of industries, illustrating how IT is leading the charge in making tomorrow something completely different from today. If you want to see some of the innovations we have embarked on, or even participate in innovation dialogues, please feel free to follow the links below:

BMW Project

DRIVING INNOVATION WITH BMW
Our students collaborate with international students from Penn State University and the University of Sydney to develop software for BMW.
The software they develop serves to improve passenger safety and increase the efficiency of motor vehicles.

Boeing Project

REMOTELY CONTROLLED MARS ROVER
With a budget of $1000 from Boeing, our students collaborated with students from Melbourne University to design a safe, internet-based control system for a Mars Rover.
The system enabled ‘pilots’ from Belgium Campus to remotely control the Mars Rover to pick up surface samples.

Lockheed Martin Project

Lockheed Martin Project Intra-drone communication for collision-free flying

Our students teamed up with electrical engineering students from Penn State University to design and build custom, lightweight drones for Lockheed Martin. The software our students developed allowed the drones to scan a crowd of people/surface area whilst freely flying and navigating.

RESNA

THE HOPE PROJECT DISABILITY APP
EXPRESSING EMOTION THROUGH AAC
Our students, in partnership with Electrical Engineering students from Penn State University, won the 2016 RESNA Student Design Competition.
They designed a device that allows individuals with motor neurone disease, who use Augmented Alternative Communication (AAC), to express their emotions.
an award winning idea

Fishify​

Fishify is a user-friendly mobile application which provides a very clear overview and allows for full management of your aquaponics farm. It provides the user with a step by step guide on how to set up an aquaponics system, manage your entire aquaponics farm, do regular follow-ups and schedule maintenance. It clearly indicates what is being done wrong and helps to bring the whole system back into balance in the process.

 

The app also contains general information and useful tips about aquaponics.

Fishify

Fishify is a user-friendly mobile application which provides a very clear overview and allows for full management of your aquaponics farm. It provides the user with a step by step guide on how to set up an aquaponics system, manage your entire aquaponics farm, do regular follow-ups and schedule maintenance. It clearly indicates what is being done wrong and helps to bring the whole system back into balance in the process.

 

The app also contains general information and useful tips about aquaponics.

IT Without Frontiers

Inform | Innovate | Inspire

Technology has become a defining benchmark of our evolution as a species. IT Without Frontiers is the verbal and visual catalogue of this advancement of humanity, as it offers insight into all things technology. With in-depth storytelling, analysis and leadership dialogues, ITwF will Inform, Innovate and Inspire those who strive to stay in touch, and ahead, of the latest news and trends.

IT Without Frontiers focuses on local trends, ICT influencers and game changers, celebrating the concept of #AfricaRising in its editorial ethos. Partnering with Belgium Campus ITVersity, IT Without Frontiers is designed with early adopters, entrepreneurs, students and investors in mind. With global reports, roundups and innovations, we draw on renowned and informed editorial voices from South Africa and abroad and are proud to work with some of the largest global players in the tech field.

 

City Of Tshwane E-Government​

Tshwane E-government app is meant to strengthen the fostering of participatory democracy, accountability and responsive (Batho Pele principles). Through this application, citizens and stakeholders will be given an opportunity to raise issues, provide input and influence City of Tshwane policies and strategies. The App also enables users to view the latest decisions that were taken and currently being handled by the city.

 

Citizens will be able to leave feedback, give suggestions and raise new topics. Feedback received from the Citizens will be used by officials as an opportunity to deliver services in an effective and efficient way.

City Of Tshwane E-Government

Tshwane E-government app is meant to strengthen the fostering of participatory democracy, accountability and responsive (Batho Pele principles). Through this application, citizens and stakeholders will be given an opportunity to raise issues, provide input and influence City of Tshwane policies and strategies. The App also enables users to view the latest decisions that were taken and currently being handled by the city.

 

Citizens will be able to leave feedback, give suggestions and raise new topics. Feedback received from the Citizens will be used by officials as an opportunity to deliver services in an effective and efficient way.

Interact

Inter-Act is an innovative lifestyle program designed to help women obtain a healthy lifestyle between and during pregnancies. Women will be supported by a coach and receive an app on their smartphone.

 

Inter-Act combines coaching and use of a mobile app that is connected to a Bluetooth weighing scale and activity tracker. The app monitors weight, eating behaviour, physical activity, mental well-being and offers continuous coaching through methods focused on positive behavioural change. The program strives for inclusion of 1100 women.

Interact

Inter-Act is an innovative lifestyle program designed to help women obtain a healthy lifestyle between and during pregnancies. Women will be supported by a coach and receive an app on their smartphone.

 

Inter-Act combines coaching and use of a mobile app that is connected to a Bluetooth weighing scale and activity tracker. The app monitors weight, eating behaviour, physical activity, mental well-being and offers continuous coaching through methods focused on positive behavioural change. The program strives for inclusion of 1100 women.

Smart Connect

Smart Connect is a system that enhances effective communications between citizens and the government to maximise service delivery. Smart Connect not only facilitates interactions between the public and the specific service departments through a single point of communication, it also visualises all processes and requests. This allows accurate, strategic decision-making by the municipality’s top management and the correct allocation of resources.

Alongside this, Smart Connect visualises the quality of service delivery. This allows for the efficient handling of service and maintenance requests. In this way, citizens have an effective technological tool to communicate with the municipality’s departments and follow up on their requests.

Smart Connect

Smart Connect is a system that enhances effective communications between citizens and the government to maximise service delivery. Smart Connect not only facilitates interactions between the public and the specific service departments through a single point of communication, it also visualises all processes and requests. This allows accurate, strategic decision-making by the municipality’s top management and the correct allocation of resources.

Alongside this, Smart Connect visualises the quality of service delivery. This allows for the efficient handling of service and maintenance requests. In this way, citizens have an effective technological tool to communicate with the municipality’s departments and follow up on their requests.

Solmon Solar​

Together with students, Botlhale Village and head lecturer Francois Venter are working on a project called Solar Monitoring or Solmon.

The system has been designed for use in remote areas where access to electricity grids is difficult. This project will be used to power schools and other facilities in rural areas.

What makes the Solmon system so unique is that it allows remote monitoring of the system, meaning that a technician does not have to be notified before coming out to do repairs or to stay on site. To do this, the entire system is connected to the internet and system parameters are sent wirelessly to the monitoring station wherever it is.

The monitoring system also allows the technician to control aspects of the system wirelessly via an internet connection, allowing relays to be switched on and off and parts of the system to be shut down in an emergency.

The software section of the system is ready for roll-out with the standard and existing hardware requirements. Solmon has already been installed in Mozambique. As a new and unique system in the realm of solar power supply, Solmon is a testament to the vision and capabilities of Belgium Campus.

Solmon Solar

Together with students, Botlhale Village and head lecturer Francois Venter are working on a project called Solar Monitoring or Solmon.

The system has been designed for use in remote areas where access to electricity grids is difficult. This project will be used to power schools and other facilities in rural areas.

What makes the Solmon system so unique is that it allows remote monitoring of the system, meaning that a technician does not have to be notified before coming out to do repairs or to stay on site. To do this, the entire system is connected to the internet and system parameters are sent wirelessly to the monitoring station wherever it is.

The monitoring system also allows the technician to control aspects of the system wirelessly via an internet connection, allowing relays to be switched on and off and parts of the system to be shut down in an emergency.

The software section of the system is ready for roll-out with the standard and existing hardware requirements. Solmon has already been installed in Mozambique. As a new and unique system in the realm of solar power supply, Solmon is a testament to the vision and capabilities of Belgium Campus.

Skillville

SKILLVILLE is a game and multimedia tool for children to learn important competencies in addition to what they are learning in school. These competencies include financial education, political awareness, technical understanding and social participation skills. It also has a strong focus on creating awareness about social problems such as the abuse of drugs, tobacco and alcohol as well as the prevention of this abuse. This tool has already been successfully implemented in Belgium and is already assisting children to understand the advantages, disadvantages and the consequences of the actions they take. This is one example of how, through gaming and ICT, one can bring about social change to prevent children and future generations from experiencing very real social problems such as poor money management skills and drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse.

Stip Stap Sprong

Stipstapsprong is a digital instrument for toddlers to be observed, assessed and guided by any liable party (school, parent or guardian). The application is meant to encourage and stimulate toddlers through fun, interactive, educational exercises.

The web application helps parents and schools identify whether or not the toddlers are ready for the first year of school.