National Science Foundation award for Durban

We’re now well into the second half of the year, and it seems winter has brought some warmth for the team at the immedia ecosystem. After having just won an innovation award for our involvement in a ground-breaking research project, we’re proud to have been nominated for a few more in this year’s MTN Business App of the Year awards alongside many more of the industry’s best and brightest in the post-PC space.

And remember, if you haven’t signed up already, we’ve got just a few seats left for Wednesday’s #OpenNight. We unpack our learnings at the recent BlackBerry Jam session in Durban, and some outtakes from last month’s annual Microsoft Build conference.

Innovation honour at NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards 2012/13


East Coast Access, part of the immedia ecosystem, has received the honour of an innovation award at the annual NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards 2012/13 held last month.

Together with consortium members from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Durban-based organisation walked away for an award for the Outstanding Contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation through Research leading to Innovation: in a Corporate organization or Institution for their creation of the ARTIST technology solution.

Hosted by the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) in partnership with BHP Billiton, the annual event has been celebrating excellence in scientific research, technological innovation, education, capacity building, and communication for the past 15 years.

The consortium of UCT, East Coast Access (ECA) and the CSIR partnered in 2007 to research, develop and release the ARTIST project, which addresses the widespread problem of low bandwidth and the ability to stream live video in developing regions with no interruption. This makes it particularly suitable for live broadcasting in developing countries with infrastructure as limited as +/- 30kbps as it results in a far more streamlined/seamless real-time video streaming experience.
Read more about the ARTIST solution »

uMhlanga – what’s not to love?


Last Thursday, at a networking event at the Oyster Box Hotel, CEO and Lead Strategist Anice Hassim (pictured here with attendees and some of our team), was one of twelve guest speakers to share their positive vision of our future Durban and Umhlanga.

The event was a celebratory launch of the Love uMhlanga movement – a new community that has been created to celebrate the modern urban lifestyle of Umhlanga. Created by local residents Derek and Sharon Wilson, also authors of an authentic photo coffee table book with beautiful photography of the city, Love uMhlanga aims to “contribute towards social dialogue, social cohesion and positive change – by providing a crisp and funky GoTo platform”.

In recent years, Umhlanga has become the economic hub of the KwaZulu-Natal region. Having moved to the area over a decade ago, immedia are proud to be able to offer a work environment in Umhlanga Ridge that is just as compelling as Silicon Valley. With world-class infrastructure and talent that can compete on a global level, immedia and other Durban-based companies like ourselves are able to offer a work/life balance second to none. Durban, and Umhlanga in particular, is fast becoming first choice for those wanting a metropolitan lifestyle in a pleasant climate, matched with meaningful career opportunities.

immedia are proud to have worked on the Love uMhlanga website,, which launched in sync with the event last week. The site is a curated directory of the best of Umhlanga – from the city’s most exquisite restaurants and hotels, to neighbourhood schools and places of worship for the family. An always up-to-date events calendar helps you plan your social outings weeks in advance, and interested businesses have the opportunity to be marketed to the site’s readers.

Visit the Love uMhlanga site to see what it’s all about, and remember to use #SiliconBeach in your tweets to get the word out about technology events and developments in the city.

Interesting insights…

Why mobile web apps are slow – Drew Crawford
9 July 2013

I’ve had an unusual number of interesting conversations spin out of my previous article documenting that mobile web apps are slow. This has sparked some discussion, both online and IRL. But sadly, the discussion has not been as… fact-based as I would like.

So what I’m going to do in this post is try to bring some actual evidence to bear on the problem, instead of just doing the shouting match thing. You’ll see benchmarks, you’ll hear from experts, you’ll even read honest-to-God journal papers on point. There are-and this is not a joke-over 100 citations in this blog post… more »

Insight into Android tablet adoption – Benedict Evans
25 July 2013

As part of Google’s event last night, it showed the following chart for Android tablet activations. The source is marked as ‘IDC, Gartner and internal Google data’ – which is odd, because you would think that Google’s own data would be enough for this.

Clearly, there’s an interpretation of this that says Android is eating iPad’s sales. However, there are two problems with this. The first is the cyclicality issue I explored in a post yesterday (just before this chart was used)… more »

Apple’s 3Q FY13 Review (presented as a “padcast”) – Asymco
25 July 2013

An interesting use of iPad as engagement device and a new term – “padcast”
Horace Dediu of Asymco reviews Apple’s fiscal third quarter performance shortly after Earnings Call in July 2013. Discussions include: top and bottom line growth, product line growth, iPad vs. Mac, iOS product mix, pricing, gross margins, cash and guidance… more »

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Tweets from the team@anicehassim
18 October 2013Apple has launched Games category in the South African app store. Hopefully books coming soon!

22 October 2013

Steers & beers for the Apple iPad event live stream at immedia. Drooling for some exciting new toys!

23 October 2013

Apple’s new Mac OS, Mavericks, includes settings for Zulu too

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The view of the yachts at Café Fish, Durban harbour

immedia boys, iBoots, ready to play the beautiful indoor game!

BraaiDay the 13th