Arduino Day 2016

South Africa

Celebrate Arduino Day with other fans, industry leaders, our leaders and the future leaders.

02 April 2015, The Innovation Hub.

Arduino Day 2016

The Geek Nation

It's an event open to everyone. Meet like minded minds in the industry engage in knowldge transfer

Arduino Day 2016

Future GeekStars

The City of Tshwane are empowering 30 learners through technological skills, help out a kid, its for our future.

About Arduino Day

Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino's birthday. It's a 24 hours-long event organized directly by the community, or by the Arduino team - where people interested in Arduino get together, share their experiences and learn more.

All Arduino user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, associations, teachers, pros and newbies are welcome to participate.

Arduino Day SA is brought to you by the Maker Library Network through Geekulcha in collaboration with The Innovation Hub

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Get motivated and learn from industry leaders.

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Hands-on Sessions

Build systems of with the Arduino board.



Meet new people, from the industry and get in touch with exhibitors.

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Be informed and stay in line with industry standards with Arduino.

2016 Speakers

These are the individuals who will be sharing knowledge at the Arduino Day 2016 conference.

Tiyani Nghonyama

Mr Tiyani Nghonyama

Geekulcha, COO | Maker Librarian

Talk Title: Arduino Day
Talk Time:All day

Tiyani will be the host for Arduino Day. His background in electronics has made him gain much interest and has built a number of systems with the Arduino Microcontroller.

Motlokwe Hlabirwa Thobejane

Mr Motlokwe Hlabirwa Thobejane

Co-Founder, Mohlotlo Thuto Foundation

Talk Title: Arduino: Cloud Computing and IoT
Talk Time:09:15 - 09:25

Masters degree Informatics at University of Pretoria

-Infrastructure Specialist(IT) at EMC, more than 8 years experience - worked for Accenture, SASOL, British American Tobacco, ArcelorMittal
-Founder and director at Mohlotlo Thuto Foundation(NPO)
-Contributor News24Voices
-United Nations(UN) Online Volunteer – Urunji Child Care (Malawi)

Dr Vukosi Marivate

Dr Vukosi Marivate

Data Scientist, CSIR

Talk Title: Big Data and Machine Learning
Talk Time:09:35 - 09:50

Vukosi is interested in insights that we can learn from data. Vukosi has a BSc, MSc in Electrical Engineering from Wits University and a PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University. He is interested in Machine Learning in general, but has moved over to tackling challenges using a wide array of skills, Data Science. Vukosi has a passion for how we can use technology and education to empower young people. He enjoys working in teams and assisting in enabling the teams to reach their full potential.

Ms Keitumetsi Tsotetsi

Ms Keitumetsi Tsotetsi


Talk Title: Panel Discussion Facilitator
Talk Time:10:00 - 10:50

Keitumetsi Tsotetsi has been a part of the Geekulcha team since 2013. The organisation is a hub for students to collaborate in developing IT solutions that provide efficiency in the business environment. Keitumetsi is responsible for blogging, content management and providing IT awareness to students.

Previously, while employed at a consulting firm, where she was exposed to an Independent Programme Assurance (IPA) engagement that provided services to a global fast moving consumer goods organisation.

Keitumetsi's client exposure includes SAB Miller, Transnet Engineering, CCMA and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited.

She studied BCom IT Management at the University of Johannesburg and graduated in 2013.

Dr Plantinga

Dr Paul Plantinga

The Innovation Hub, Specialist: Innovation Strategy Projects

Talk Title: GAP ICT
Talk Time: 09:25 - 09:35

Currently at The Innovation Hub in Tshwane where he leads projects on open innovation, innovation strategy, open government, social/community innovation, ICT & IP policy and tech transfer for the Gauteng province. In this role he consults with industry, SOCs and government departments on sourcing and procuring emerging technologies, and supports local tech startups and universities with getting their ideas to market.

Before joining The Innovation Hub he was a researcher in ICT policy with the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI) at Monash University where he explored regional, urban and community information systems. This followed 5 years as a consultant and engineer in the telecoms industry with Accenture and SAAB Grintek..

Paul Ssali

Paul Ssali

Mechanical Engineering Student: University of Pretoria

Talk Title: Panel Discussion
Talk Time: 10:00 - 10:50

Paul Ssali is a final year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Pretoria. He has been a member of EWB-UP since 2014 and has overseen the successful completion of 8 projects with EWB-UP. He served as the Chairperson and Projects Coordinator of EWB-UP in 2015.

He was elected at the 2016 Student Representative on the Engineers Without Borders SA board of directors and now serves EWB-UP as a Projects Coordinator for the year 2016.

Tchisseke Vicente

Tchisseke Vicente

Lead Mobile Developer, Geekulcha

Talk Title: Intel RealSense Walk-through
Talk Time: 10:50 - 11:00

Vincent is a lead developer at Geekulcha specialising in Android and iOS apps. He has a passion for all things smart and making Africa competitive on the global scale.

Palesa Antony

Palesa Antony

Mobile and Web Developer, Geekulcha

Talk Title: Geekulcha Open Data Club
Talk Time: 11:00 - 11:05

Palesa Antony - Software/Android Developer Palesa Antony is a graduate from university of Johannesburg, Currently a Junior Software and Android Developer for Geekulcha. As a Junior Software and Android engineer she is responsible for the development and management of software products produced by the company.

Jacob Mphahlela Masingi

Mr Jacob Mphahlela Masingi

Masingi Electro-Mechanical and Technologist, CEO & Founder

Talk Title: Panel Discussion
Talk Time: 10:00 - 10:50

Young Scientist in Energy Measurement and Verification System in Mining Sector, and work as an Engineering Workplace Coach at Glencore. He is the founder of the MEMT Group Projects and ScienceTECH TV & Radio Educational Programme at Ikwekwezi FM and other community radio stations. Studied Electrical and Power Electronic Engineering at TUT.

  • Tiyani Nghonyama

    Tiyani Nghonyama

    The Host

  • Motlokwe Hlabirwa Thobejane

    Motlokwe Hlabirwa Thobejane

    Cloud Computing and IoT

  • Vukosi Marivate

    Dr Vukosi Marivate

    Data and Machine Learning

  • Keitumetsi Tsotetsi

    Keitumetsi Tsotetsi

    Panel Discussion Facilitator

  • Dr Paul Plantinga

    Dr Paul Plantinga


  • Paul Ssali

    Paul Ssali

    Panel Discussion

  • Tchisseke Vicente

    Tchisseke Vicente

    Intel RealSense

  • Palesa Antony

    Palesa Antony

    Open Data Club

  • speaker 9

    Jacob Mphahlela Masingi

    Panel Discussion

What will dominate

The Arduino Day seminar will have the following activities to make your attendance worth while

Arduino Day promises to deliver

  • Talks/Workshops

  • Show and Tell

  • Networking

  • Hands-on

  • electroMobile Challenge

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Exhibition space is free, email to exhibit.

The Programme

Session 1 - Learn

  • 08:30 - 09:00

    Breakfast and Registration

    Sina Legong
  • 09:00 - 09:15

    Welcome and Briefing

    Tiyani Nghonyama
  • 09:15 - 09:25

    Arduino: Big Data and IoT

    Motlokwe Hlabirwa Thobejane
  • 09:25 - 09:35

    GAP ICT Challenge

    Dr Paul Plantinga
  • 09:35 - 09:45

    Data and Machine Learning

    Dr Vukosi Marivate
  • 10:00 - 10:50

    Panel Discussion

    Facilitator: Keitumetsi Tsotetsi
  • 10:50 - 11:00

    Intel RealSense Walk-through

    Tchisseke Vicente

Session 2 - Apply

  • 11:00 - 11:05

    Open Data Club Launch

    Palesa Antony
  • 11:15 - 11:30

    SkateHacks Challenge

    Maker Librarians
  • 11:30 - 13:00


  • 13:00 - 14:00


  • 14:00 - 16:00

    LiveHacks Continues

  • 16:00 - 16:25

    Presentations and Feedback

  • 16:25 - 16:30


    Tiyani Nghonyama

Note: The programme is subject to change.

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